David Welna http://kgou.org en An Angry Hearing On The Hill For 'Cockamamie' Twitter-like Network http://kgou.org/post/angry-hearing-hill-cockamamie-twitter-network Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy was incensed that he only learned about the creation of a Twitter-like network in Cuba through press accounts. He had the chance Tuesday to vent his frustration when USAID administrator Rajiv Shah appeared before Leahy's committee. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 David Welna 26840 at http://kgou.org Senate Committee Votes To Declassify CIA Interrogations Report http://kgou.org/post/senate-committee-votes-declassify-cia-interrogations-report Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The Senate intelligence committee voted yesterday in favor of declassifying a huge report that's been kept under wraps for nearly a year and a half. It's the so-called torture report on the interrogation and secret detention program carried out by the CIA following the 9/11 attacks. NPR's David Welna reports.<p>DAVID WELNA, BYLINE: Only a 450-page summary of the report and its 20 findings would actually be declassified. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:38:00 +0000 David Welna 26583 at http://kgou.org With $1B In Aid For Ukraine, Congress Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is http://kgou.org/post/1b-aid-ukraine-congress-puts-money-where-its-mouth Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The House and the Senate both voted overwhelmingly today for aid to Ukraine and sanctions for Russia's annexation of Crimea. The bipartisan response to the crisis follows weeks of partisan wrangling. Differences between the two bills still have to be ironed out. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:45:00 +0000 David Welna 26087 at http://kgou.org Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift http://kgou.org/post/showing-signs-age-capitol-dome-gets-face-lift When you think of Washington, D.C., what's the first image to pop up?<p>For many, it's likely the U.S. Capitol — or more specifically, the iconic white dome that crowns the Capitol.<p>"It is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable symbols across the globe," said Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, whole job entails maintaining the Capitol dome.<p>As could be said of the Congress that meets below it, the century-and-a-half old dome has seen better days. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:38:00 +0000 David Welna 26015 at http://kgou.org Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift Out Of White House And Congress, Two Proposals To Change NSA Practices http://kgou.org/post/out-white-house-and-congress-two-proposals-change-nsa-practices Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Public outrage over NSA surveillance programs that collect data about Americans is forcing some big change. Documents revealing the security agency's methods have been trickling out in the press for months, thanks to leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.<p>SIEGEL: One of the big revelations is that the government secretly collects records of phone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 David Welna 25918 at http://kgou.org With New Inquiry, Harry Reid Raises Stakes In Senate-CIA Clash http://kgou.org/post/new-inquiry-harry-reid-raises-stakes-senate-cia-clash When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared "I support Senator Feinstein unequivocally" the same day she thrashed the CIA on the Senate floor, the question of whether the pugilistic top congressional Democrat from Nevada would leap into that fight seemed less a matter of if than when.<p>A little more than a week later, Reid made his move.<p>He fired off a letter to CIA Director John Brennan informing the top spy that Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer would be performing a "forensic examination" of computers and a computer network meant for exclusive use by the Senate Intelligence Com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:44:00 +0000 David Welna 25623 at http://kgou.org With New Inquiry, Harry Reid Raises Stakes In Senate-CIA Clash Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors http://kgou.org/post/senate-cia-clash-goes-behind-closed-doors The dust is still settling on Capitol Hill after California Democrat Dianne Feinstein fired a verbal bazooka at the Central Intelligence Agency <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/11/289060441/cia-tampered-with-senate-panel-s-work-feinstein-says">Tuesday morning from the Senate floor</a>.<p>The Senate Intelligence Committee's chairwoman — normally a stalwart of Washington's spooks — essentially accused the spy agency of illegally and unconstitutionally spying on its congressional overseers.<p>Specifically, Feinstein charged that the CIA had searched computers used by her commi Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:22:00 +0000 David Welna 25265 at http://kgou.org Senate-CIA Clash Goes Behind Closed Doors Aid Package For Ukraine Moves Slowly Through Congress http://kgou.org/post/aid-package-ukraine-moves-slowly-through-congress Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are agreeing on something these days, that Congress needs to approve an aid package quickly for the fledgling and nearly broke government now ruling Ukraine. But it's been harder than expected for the House and Senate to agree on what should or should not be in that aid package. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 David Welna 25077 at http://kgou.org House Backs Obama's Request To Back Loans For Ukraine http://kgou.org/post/house-backs-obamas-request-back-loans-ukraine The crisis in Ukraine is galvanizing unusually swift bipartisan action on Capitol Hill. The GOP-led House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to authorize a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 +0000 David Welna 24681 at http://kgou.org Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military http://kgou.org/post/hagels-hill-pushing-slimmer-military Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. We begin this hour on Capitol Hill, where the secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs were grilled today by lawmakers. The Pentagon leaders appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to defend the proposed cuts in military spending. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 David Welna 24566 at http://kgou.org