Politics http://kut.org en Red State Returns Spotlight To Women, Backbone Of Texas GOP http://kut.org/post/red-state-returns-spotlight-women-backbone-texas-gop Republican women have always played an important role in Texas politics, but this year, the GOP finds itself on the defensive in the campaign for women's votes. As KUT's Ben Phillpott reports, there's a new group to help address the issue: Red State Women. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:45:31 +0000 Ben Philpott 10185 at http://kut.org Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You http://kut.org/post/obamas-state-union-playing-second-screen-near-you Viewership is declining. Washington seems increasingly dysfunctional and irrelevant to the daily lives of Americans. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:46:36 +0000 Elise Hu 9661 at http://kut.org Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You NSA Says It Would Welcome Public Advocate At FISA Court http://kut.org/post/nsa-says-it-would-welcome-public-advocate-fisa-court The National Security Agency "would welcome" the creation of a public advocate's position at the court that oversees its electronic surveillance programs, said its outgoing deputy director.<p>John C. "Chris" Inglis, who retires Friday after more than seven years as the NSA's No. 2, told<em> Morning Edition</em> host Steve Inskeep that "I would only put the caveat on there that it needs to be operationally efficient."<p>"So, let's say that I'm authorized to target the head of al-Qaida worldwide and I'm actively doing that," he continued. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:00:22 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9518 at http://kut.org NSA Says It Would Welcome Public Advocate At FISA Court Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown http://kut.org/post/some-gop-leaders-tee-cruz-blame-if-theres-shutdown Just a week before the federal government could shut down if no agreement is reached to fund it past the end of September, it's anyone's guess whether Democrats and Republicans will avoid plunging over this particular cliff.<p>More certain, however, is that if a shutdown happens over Obamacare and Republicans wind up taking the heat, many GOP fingers of blame will point squarely at Sen. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:27:20 +0000 Frank James, NPR 8767 at http://kut.org Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown Cornyn, McCaul Call for Standards for Measuring Border Security http://kut.org/post/cornyn-mccaul-call-standards-measuring-border-security <p>Texas lawmakers in Washington want the Department of Homeland Security to define <a href="http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=NewsReleases&amp;ContentRecord_id=94680efb-5e39-4d65-8bf2-af29d93719a1" target="_blank">what successful border security means</a>.</p><p>Today, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin) <a href="http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/documents/040913_Border_Security.pdf" target="_blank">filed legislation</a> that would require the department to set metrics for achievement and solutions for reaching those standards.</p><p>Cornyn says it’s an important step to take in immigration reform. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:04:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7278 at http://kut.org Cornyn, McCaul Call for Standards for Measuring Border Security Obama To Congress: With Or Without You http://kut.org/post/obama-congress-or-without-you President Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:03:33 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 6572 at http://kut.org Obama To Congress: With Or Without You Bill Could Increase Availability to Texas Mental Health Care http://kut.org/post/bill-could-increase-availability-texas-mental-health-care <p>New attention could be coming to a bill filed by a State Representative out of San Antonio. Democrat Ruth Jones McClendon <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB205" target="_blank">filed the bill in November</a> but the topic is timely.</p><p><a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/news/member/press-releases/?id=4171&amp;session=83&amp;district=120&amp;bill_code=3650" target="_blank">McClendon says House Bill 205</a> would increase the availability of mental health beds provided by the state.</p><p>She says, right now, Texas provides one pool of funding for beds for two main categories of people in need of mental health services: those unable to make sound decisions and those detained for mental evaluation after a crime. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:54:43 +0000 Laura Rice 6226 at http://kut.org Bill Could Increase Availability to Texas Mental Health Care If Obama Took 'Executive Action' On Guns, What Might He Do? http://kut.org/post/if-obama-took-executive-action-guns-what-might-he-do After Vice President Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=168927784" target="_blank">might take some executive actions</a> on the issues of guns and gun-related violence, questions naturally arose:<p>What kinds of things was he talking about? Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:52:55 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6136 at http://kut.org If Obama Took 'Executive Action' On Guns, What Might He Do? Obama Taps Sen. Kerry For Secretary Of State http://kut.org/post/obama-will-nominate-sen-kerry-secretary-state President Obama announced this afternoon that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be his next secretary of state.<p>Kerry's long experience in the Senate (<a href="http://www.kerry.senate.gov/about/" target="_blank">he was first elected in 1984</a>) and especially in foreign affairs (he chairs the Foreign Relations Committee) mean the senator's "not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said.<p>We followed the short appearance at the White House by the president and Kerry and posted some highlights.<p><strong>Update at 1:50 p.m. ET. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:56:42 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5965 at http://kut.org Obama Taps Sen. Kerry For Secretary Of State How Obama's 2nd Inauguration Will Differ From 1st http://kut.org/post/how-obamas-second-inauguration-will-differ-first Details are starting to come out about President Obama's second inauguration next month. The co-chairmen include some leaders of the Democratic Party and the business world as well as actress Eva Longoria. A record crowd came to the nation's capital in 2009 to witness the country's first black president take the oath of office, but this event is expected to be less flashy.<p>On Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, a huge metal and wood structure has been erected over the past several weeks for Inauguration Day. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:08:22 +0000 Ari Shapiro, NPR 5861 at http://kut.org How Obama's 2nd Inauguration Will Differ From 1st Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion http://kut.org/post/texas-democrats-see-path-medicaid-expansion <p>Despite Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>’s firm opposition to a key tenet of federal health reform — expanding the state’s Medicaid program for those with low incomes — Texas Democrats remain optimistic that the 2013 legislative session can yield a deal that brings in billions in additional federal dollars.</p><p>It will be a tough sell: No Republican lawmakers have gone on record supporting the Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 1.8 million Texans onto the joint state-federal health plan by 2022.</p><p>But state Sen.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rodney-ellis/">Rodney Ellis</a>, D-Houston, said fiscal conservatives have an incentive to reach an agreement “because the alternative is going to cost us much more economically and dig a much deeper hole in our budget.”</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:55:00 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 5803 at http://kut.org Texas Democrats See Path to Medicaid Expansion Where the State Women's Health Program Stands http://kut.org/post/where-state-womens-health-program-stands <p><object height="254" width="451"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/fJ7q3ylduXQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="254" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/fJ7q3ylduXQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="451"></object></p><p class="p1" style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Women's health providers in Texas have had Nov. 1 marked on their calendars for months. It was supposed to be the day the state-funded&nbsp;Women's Health Program would launch. But it hasn't. And it won't until, according to Texas Health and Human Services Commission officials, the federal government stops funding it or a final court decision is rendered.</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:05:03 +0000 Alana Rocha, Texas Tribune 5504 at http://kut.org