Scott Horsley en White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge When is it OK for an American company to avoid paying American taxes?<p>That's the question the Senate Finance Committee will wrestle with next week as the Obama administration urges lawmakers to make it harder for companies to duck corporate taxes by setting up shop overseas.<p>The latest tax-cutting strategy to go under the microscope, these so-called corporate inversions are a buttoned-down variation of an older, sexier tax dodge called the "naked inversion."<p>"The naked inversion is, you're a U.S. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 33615 at White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge Congress Pulls A Smooth Maneuver To Make Highway Payments Chances are you've never heard of the budget gimmick known as "pension smoothing." We'll try to explain.<p><strong>1. What is pension smoothing?</strong><p>It's one of the tactics lawmakers are using as a temporary patch for the Highway Trust Fund. It allows employers that offer traditional pensions to set aside less money for future retirees. That makes the companies appear more profitable in the short run so they — or their employees — pay more money to the government in taxes. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 33437 at Congress Pulls A Smooth Maneuver To Make Highway Payments House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 33198 at House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Perry Meeting On Immigration Crisis Constructive, Obama Says Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good Morning. President Obama met yesterday with a man who once aspired to take his job. He met with Texas Governor, Rick Perry.<p>MONTAGNE: They talked about thousands of unaccompanied minors heading from Central America to the U.S. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 33041 at Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.<p>But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.<p>At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.<p>"So far this year, Republicans have blocked or voted down every serious idea to st Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 33009 at Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis The Obama administration will ask Congress for more than $2 billion Tuesday to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico.<p>In the past nine months, more than 50,000 children and teenagers have crossed that border illegally on their own, most from Central America. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:38:55 +0000 Scott Horsley 32868 at Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis Lawmakers Pitch A Gas Tax Hike To Replenish Dwindling Highway Funds Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Let's take a closer look now at what's happening to the Highway Trust Fund. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned state officials in a letter today that unless the fund is patched quickly, the federal government will start limiting payouts to states on August 1. The average state will lose nearly 30 percent of its federal road money and that could mean a lot less asphalt. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 32479 at Birth Control Ruling Is A Setback For White House Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The Obama Administration is now looking for another way to promote broader access to birth control. This comes after yesterday's Supreme Court decision that closely held corporations don't have to include contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance, that is if the company's owners have a religious objection. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:06:15 +0000 Scott Horsley 32435 at Supreme Court To Rule On Hobby Lobby Contraception Case Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: Here in Washington, the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up its term today. And once again, we are waiting for a major decision on the Affordable Care Act. The High Court is set to rule on whether the health insurance that for-profit employers offer to their workers has to include birth control even if the employer has a religious objection. Our colleague Steve Inskeep spoke to NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the case.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Affordable Care Act has already been before the U.S. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 32355 at Cantor's Defeat Brings An End To Prickly Relationship With Obama Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. There is no love lost at the White House for Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House, who lost his primary this week. The Virginia congressman has long been a roadblock for the president's legislative agenda. House Republicans will vote next week on who should replace Cantor as majority leader. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 31287 at