Ron Elving http://wmot.org en The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://wmot.org/post/week-politics-progress-upgrading-va-health-system <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=The+Week+In+Politics%3A+Progress+On+Upgrading+VA+Health+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Congress is heading into its last week before taking a summer recess. For a change, lawmakers are not racing the clock to overt a fiscal calamity. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41631 at http://wmot.org Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin http://wmot.org/post/palins-call-impeachment-re-opens-debate-oversarah-palin It's nice to see Sarah Palin back in the news. Nice, that is, if you're a Sarah fan — or if you're a Democrat, or a member of the media.<p>Palin's fans, and they are legion on the right, love her reliably tough-talking take on how conservatives should fight President Obama and his use of executive power to circumvent Congress.<p>Writing for <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/08/Exclusive-Sarah-Palin-Time-to-Impeach-President-Obama">Breitbart.com</a> and speaking to Sean Hannity on FOX, Palin has insisted the required "high crimes and misdemeanors" are in evidence. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Ron Elving 41164 at http://wmot.org Palin's Call For Impeachment Reopens Debate Over ... Sarah Palin Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets http://wmot.org/post/why-you-should-care-where-gop-meets The next Republican nominated for president will take the stage and wave to the crowd in ... wait for it ... Cleveland, Ohio.<p>That may shock you for any number of reasons, not least being that hardly anyone remembers the last time Cleveland hosted a national convention.<p>In fact, it was 1936, when the GOP went there to nominate a guy named Alf Landon, who carried exactly two states in November. It was the worst showing by a Republican nominee in U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:59:41 +0000 Ron Elving 40857 at http://wmot.org Why You Should Care Where The GOP Meets Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan http://wmot.org/post/howard-bakers-legacy-political-not-partisan Howard Baker, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/26/325883657/former-senate-majority-leader-howard-baker-dies-at-88">who died Thursday at age 88</a>, was a former Senate majority leader and chief of staff to President Reagan. Both his father and stepmother served in Congress; one of the Senate's office buildings is named for Baker's father-in-law, Everett Dirksen.<p>When he retired, Baker took up residence as one of the capital's most respected and well-liked wise men. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Ron Elving 40378 at http://wmot.org Howard Baker's Legacy: Political, But Not Partisan Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines http://wmot.org/post/election-season-defies-conventional-storylines Crumple up that first draft. Hit delete on the keyboard. The take most of us had on Tuesday's primaries just one day ago turned out to be just one more misread in the primaries of 2014.<p>That story about the passing of the Old Guard? Or the one about the resurgence of the Tea Party? Not so fast, the voters still seem to be saying.<p>The first shock came in Mississippi, where six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran had been outpaced by an upstart state legislator, Chris McDaniel, in the June 3 Republican primary. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Ron Elving 40323 at http://wmot.org Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines