Andrea Seabrook http://whqr.org en Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket http://whqr.org/post/ryan-brings-big-ideas-and-some-risk-gop-ticket Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has youth and experience. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 12:10:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 22124 at http://whqr.org Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket Report: Congressional Gridlock Has Cost $1.3 Billion http://whqr.org/post/report-congressional-gridlock-has-cost-13-billion The near-default on U.S. obligations cost $1.3 billion because of increased borrowing costs, according to a new GAO report. To put that in perspective, that's more than 1,600 times as much money as was wasted at a Las Vegas conference for government employees that the House has spent countless hours investigating. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:56:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 21022 at http://whqr.org Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward http://whqr.org/post/budget-hawk-ryan-offers-romney-risk-reward Among those on Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has youth and experience, he's a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up.<p>But the chairman of the House Budget Committee would not be the safest of choices.<p>Back in February, when the Republican primary was still in full swing and the party's right wing was conspicuously unhappy with the idea of Romney, tax hawk Grover Norquist spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>"We are not auditioning for fearless leader," said Norquist. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:22:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 20967 at http://whqr.org Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward House Repeals Affordable Care Act In Symbolic Vote http://whqr.org/post/house-repeals-affordable-care-act-symbolic-vote The GOP-controlled House voted to repeal President Obama's health care law. It's a largely symbolic gesture as the Democratic Senate will not agree to a repeal. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 20:34:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 20261 at http://whqr.org Undeterred, GOP Vows To Repeal Health Care Law http://whqr.org/post/undeterred-courts-decision-gop-vows-repeal-health-care Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Just last week, Republican leaders were warning their rank and file not to gloat if the health care law were overturned. Well, after the decision came yesterday, GOP leaders regrouped and vowed to keep fighting. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 19603 at http://whqr.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire http://whqr.org/post/congress-taking-student-loans-highway-bill-wire Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.<p>Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.<p><strong>Student Loans</strong><p>President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.<p>"This issue didn't come out of nowhere; it's been looming for months," Oba Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:34:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 19422 at http://whqr.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans http://whqr.org/post/romneys-next-challenge-woo-skeptical-republicans The battering Mitt Romney took from Republican rivals during the primary made big news. What seemed less noteworthy at the time — the knocks he took from Republicans in Congress — is now much more significant if there is to be a President Romney.<p>"He's the least of the candidates running right now that would be considered a Tea Party candidate," Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told CNN.<p>After Romney won Florida, GOP Rep. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:00:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 19297 at http://whqr.org Romney's Next Challenge: Woo Skeptical Republicans Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny http://whqr.org/post/big-political-donors-shy-away-public-scrutiny Several dozen <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/149097856/million-dollar-donors" target="_blank">wealthy donors</a><em> have taken advantage of this post-</em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/18/155148102/citizens-united-gets-renewed-scrutiny" target="_blank">Citizens United</a> world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs.<p>Yet it seems there's something wealthy donors weren't counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media.<p>"There's been a ton of so-called electronic media journalists that have lodged Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:04:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 18938 at http://whqr.org Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny Congressmen Accuse White House Of Leaking Intel http://whqr.org/post/congressmen-accuse-white-house-leaking-intel A bipartisan group of senators has called an investigation into how the news media has received information from the White House about drone strikes and cyber warfare. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 21:42:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 17954 at http://whqr.org Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor http://whqr.org/post/fundraising-walker-had-governors-advantage Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of major donations from across the country.<p>One reason for that was a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor in Walker's situation bypass limits on political donations.<p>Wisconsin law says candidates for governor normally may not take donations of more than $10,000 each. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:57:00 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 17724 at http://whqr.org Sky's The Limit In Campaign Cash For Wis. Governor