Laura Sullivan http://wyso.org en Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns http://wyso.org/post/ghost-cats-and-musket-balls-stories-told-capitol-interns Every summer thousands of interns flood the offices of Capitol Hill. One of their primary duties is to give constituents tours of the famous buildings. They parade visitors from the rotunda to statuary hall, offering stories and anecdotes.<p>But while these intern tours provide a great deal of information, they are sometimes a little short on actual history.<p>On any given day in the Capitol, thousands of visitors listen to Senate and House interns. They point to the paintings and murals, the statues and architecture and talk about U.S. history. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 53438 at http://wyso.org Ghost Cats And Musket Balls: Stories Told By Capitol Interns Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://wyso.org/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 21:29:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 53223 at http://wyso.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance http://wyso.org/post/senate-re-authorizes-governments-role-terrorism-insurance Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Today the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize a bill first passed after 9/11. It allows the government to act as a financial backstop in the event of a large terrorist attack. Supporters say it's crucial for anyone trying to build a shopping mall or skyscraper. But as NPR's Laura Sullivan reports, the bill may run into trouble in the house.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: In the days and months after the September 11th terrorist attacks - after the human toll had been calculated, the scope of the financial devastation became clear. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 52946 at http://wyso.org Lawmakers Unearth Failures To Investigate Campus Sex Crimes http://wyso.org/post/lawmakers-unearth-failures-investigate-campus-sex-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>U.S. colleges are failing to investigate sex crimes on their campuses. That's the conclusion of a new national survey commissioned by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. The survey is part of an effort by several senators to reduce sexual assaults in college and change a culture where only 5 percent of victims report the crime. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports from the capital.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: Senator Claire McCaskill and other senators have been studying the high rate of sexual abuse on college campuses across the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 52547 at http://wyso.org Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics http://wyso.org/post/lawmakers-step-back-toward-disclosure-driven-optics Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change it made to lawmakers' annual financial disclosure forms. The committee had deleted a line asking what free trips members have taken in the previous year. These trips are usually paid for by companies or private interest groups. Members justified the change this week, saying that the information was redundant. But they've now decided to reverse course and put the question back. Joining us from the Capitol to explain this is NPR's Laura Sullivan. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 52293 at http://wyso.org