Politics & Government http://wuwm.com en Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism http://wuwm.com/post/montana-sen-walsh-says-ptsd-may-have-played-role-his-plagiarism <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/politics/montana-senator-john-walsh-plagiarized-thesis.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0.">After <em>The New York Times</em> reported</a> that Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 36747 at http://wuwm.com Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://wuwm.com/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do — cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised — some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 36720 at http://wuwm.com A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://wuwm.com/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36714 at http://wuwm.com Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://wuwm.com/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36715 at http://wuwm.com Walker Administration Says It Can No Longer Force Employers to Provide Contraception Coverage http://wuwm.com/post/walker-administration-says-it-can-no-longer-force-employers-provide-contraception-coverage <p>According to the Insurance Commissioner's office, the Hobby Lobby decision leaves the state unable to enforce its mandate, if there's religious objection. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:37:15 +0000 Marge Pitrof 36712 at http://wuwm.com Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://wuwm.com/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 36706 at http://wuwm.com Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://wuwm.com/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 36701 at http://wuwm.com Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen http://wuwm.com/post/glenn-beck-takes-his-campaign-against-common-core-big-screen <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Glenn+Beck+Takes+His+Campaign+Against+Common+Core+To+The+Big+Screen&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>We begin this hour with the Common Core, which is getting a little less common. The writing and math standards for kids - excuse me - the reading and math standards for kids from kindergarten through high school were adopted by most states in the country. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 36699 at http://wuwm.com To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress http://wuwm.com/post/cope-immigration-influx-competing-plans-emerge-congress Divergent plans are now emerging from the House and Senate on how best to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America across the border.<p>Though both would offer the president less money than he asked for to deal with the crisis, a major battle has developed over whether to amend a 2008 law that makes it harder to speedily deport the children.<p>House Republicans are drawing a clear line in the sand on this one: President Obama is getting no money from them if they can't attach some policy changes to the funding. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 36700 at http://wuwm.com To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress Marquette Poll: Walker and Burke Remain Neck and Neck http://wuwm.com/post/marquette-poll-walker-and-burke-remain-neck-and-neck <p></p><p></p><p>The school's <a href="https://law.marquette.edu/poll/" target="_blank">latest poll</a> shows Gov. Walker leading Democrat Mary Burke among registered voters, while Burke has the edge among likely voters.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:38:40 +0000 Marge Pitrof 36677 at http://wuwm.com Marquette Poll: Walker and Burke Remain Neck and Neck