Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org en Politics Day: From the Gaza Strip to the U.S. Border http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-gaza-strip-us-border <p>Ten years ago, it was wildly controversial to talk about psychological differences between liberals and conservatives. Today’s that’s changed.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:11:45 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43848 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: From the Gaza Strip to the U.S. Border Politics Day: International Developments http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-international-developments <p>The Obama administration is asking for #3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to address the flood of unaccompanied children coming illegally into the U.S.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, we talk about the politics behind this latest chapter in the immigration debate. Also, our guests analyze the latest developments in the Middle East, Ukraine and the disputed presidential election in Afghanistan.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:21:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 43485 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: International Developments Washington D.C. - Hollywood’s New Wild West? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/washington-dc-hollywood-s-new-wild-west <p>From the idealistic public servants of "The West Wing" to the conniving anti-heroes of "House of Cards," the portrayal of Washington D.C. in popular culture has changed significantly over the last decade.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em> - what shows set in our nation's capital say about our political climate, and what we can and cannot learn from these programs.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:16:25 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Katherine Perkins 42071 at http://iowapublicradio.org Washington D.C. - Hollywood’s New Wild West? Frontrunners in Iowa's Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/frontrunners-iowas-republican-nomination-us-senate <p>State Senator Joni Ernst started out relatively unknown in a crowded field for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Is she now the front runner?</p><p>We look at the candidacy of Joni Ernst this week, as she gains the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the NRA. Also on the program, a tea party primary win in Nebraska, the likelihood of immigration reform before November’s election, and looking abroad, the latest crisis in Ukraine and Nigeria.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:33:32 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 40637 at http://iowapublicradio.org Frontrunners in Iowa's Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opening-floodgates-money-politics <p>Four years after the Citizens United ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has made a landmark decision that frees the nation's wealthiest donors to have greater influence in federal elections. Today on politics day, analysis of the court's decision.</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Stephen Schmidt and Timothy Hagle.</p><p>Also, a last-minute enrollment surge enabled the White House to meet its original sign-up target for the Affordable Care Act, a surprising victory for the Obama administration. How does this change the political landscape?</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:18:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38527 at http://iowapublicradio.org Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/secrets-deals-senate-race-and-sanctions <p>Dean Borg guest hosts this politics day edition of 'River to River.' &nbsp;Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich, University of Northern Iowa's Chris Larimer, and Drake University's David Skidmore are political analysts for this program that includes Iowa, U.S., and international politics.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:06:23 +0000 Dean Borg & Ben Stanton 37806 at http://iowapublicradio.org Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions Putin and Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-and-ukraine <p>President Obama says that Russian incursion in Ukraine is against international law and a miscalculation that risks pushing former Soviet-bloc nations further from Moscow. &nbsp;Russian President President Putin has defended his actions and criticized the U.S. response. &nbsp;Listen to this political analysis of the situation.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:34:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 37140 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin and Ukraine Ukrainian Violence and Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ukrainian-violence-and-politics <div>In about two weeks, the first of at least six Republican primaries will feature establishment Senate incumbents versus Tea Party challengers. Host Ben Kieffer and political analysts<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;look at these primaries and the GOP’s bid to retake the U.S. Senate. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, A U.N. panel accuses North Korea of crimes against humanity, and Ukraine erupts again. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:20:34 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36509 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ukrainian Violence and Politics Pipeline Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pipeline-politics <p>A new U.S. State Department report raises no major environmental objections to the possible construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the report is being treated differently by Democrats and Republicans. &nbsp;That and other political news; analysts for this Politics Day include Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:19:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35847 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pipeline Politics Mixed Reviews for 2014 State of the Union http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mixed-reviews-2014-state-union <p>President Obama stepped to the podium to deliver his 2014 State of the Union address against a backdrop of low approval ratings, a stagnant Congress and the term “lame duck” increasingly being used to describe his presidency.&nbsp; The State of the Union is often seen as an opportunity to press the reset button.&nbsp; But, an <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/28/267488606/obama-prepared-to-bypass-congress-if-needed">analysis of the list of priorities requiring Congressional action unveiled in 2013 </a>shows only two measures winning approval.&nbsp; This may have been what prompted the Pre Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:13:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35525 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mixed Reviews for 2014 State of the Union Political Leadership in the Spotlight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/political-leadership-spotlight <p>"When we talk about leadership, we often think that it's entirely under control of the individual," says Hans Hassell, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cornell College.&nbsp; But in reality, "It's not necessarily Boehner's leadership style that's causing the problems, it's the political environment."&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Hassell, David Andersen, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University and Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University.&nbsp; Recent stories about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as well Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:54:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 34909 at http://iowapublicradio.org Political Leadership in the Spotlight Moments and Movements That Defined 2013 Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/moments-and-movements-defined-2013-politics <p>Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;is joined by Drake University's Dennis Goldford for a look at the political&nbsp;topics that held the attention of the country this year: immigration reform, gun laws, Edward Snowden and the NSA, a government shutdown, the Obamacare rollout, and big changes develop for the future of the Iowa political landscape.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:22:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 33722 at http://iowapublicradio.org Moments and Movements That Defined 2013 Politics Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-127 <p>Bipartisan congressional negotiators have unveiled a long-awaited budget framework to fund the government past mid-January and stabilize the government's finances into the near future. But does it have enough support to pass?</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:26:17 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 33433 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day China's New Air Defense Zone and the U.S. Political Divide http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chinas-new-air-defense-zone-and-us-political-divide <p>The US and Japan have refused to recognize an air defense zone above tiny islands that China and Japan both claim. Today on River to River, we find out what is behind the dispute and what escalation would mean. Also, a look at how politics abroad are affecting politics at home, and whether <span class="userContent">our country's deeply divided political system could drive some areas of the U.S. to seek more independence.</span> Host Ben Kieffer sits down with Iowa State University political scientists, Jim McCormick and Steffen Schmidt.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:08:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 33055 at http://iowapublicradio.org China's New Air Defense Zone and the U.S. Political Divide Iowans Comment on Nuclear Deal with Iran http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-comment-nuclear-deal-iran <p>After western powers reached a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, what’s next? Today on River to River, guest host Ben Stanton sits down with political science experts Tim Hagle, of the University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, of Grinnell College. They talk about the deal and why it’s being met with skepticism by Israel, and some in Congress. They also discuss what happens after one party in the U.S. Senate uses a so-called nuclear option.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:46:21 +0000 Ben Stanton & Katherine Perkins 32746 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Comment on Nuclear Deal with Iran Presidential Ebb and Flow http://iowapublicradio.org/post/presidential-ebb-and-flow <p>Every presidency ebbs and flows.&nbsp; President Obama seems to be going through an ebb, as his job approval rating drops to the lowest of his presidency.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with presidential historian Tim Walch, former Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Donna Hoffman, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa, about the ebb and flow of presidencies through history, and what they can tell us about presidential popularity today.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:28:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 32422 at http://iowapublicradio.org Presidential Ebb and Flow Jim Leach and the State of Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jim-leach-and-state-politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Getting </span>“primaried”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has become a dreaded verb in politics. Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;talks&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about&nbsp;</span>intraparty<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rivalry and the partisan rancor in Washington with former U.S. Congressman Jim Leach.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, analyst Jim McCormick of Iowa State University joins the conversation with a wide array of policy discussion and political philosophy.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:25:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 32071 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jim Leach and the State of Politics Politics Day: Phone Tapping OurFriends and ACA http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-phone-tapping-ourfriends-and-aca <p> Amid allegations that the U.S. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:57:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 31382 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Phone Tapping OurFriends and ACA Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-125 <p>More than two weeks after the start of the government shutdown, a deal finally comes out of the Senate. Today on River To River, it&#39;s politics day. IPR reporter Dean Borg guests hosts, joined by political scientists: Drake University&#39;s Dennis Goldford and the University of Iowa&#39;s Tim Hagle. They discuss the negotiations taking place in Washington, public opinion of Congress, and take your questions and comments.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:56:10 +0000 Dean Borg & Emily Woodbury 30678 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Politics Day: The Partial Shutdown http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-partial-shutdown <p>Early Tuesday morning, without a Congressional agreement on spending, part of the federal government shut down. Today on River to River, we talk about the political implications. Who do you blame? How does a partial government shutdown impact the faith you have in the U.S. government&#39;s ability to do its work?</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer sits down with political analysts Tim Hagle (University of Iowa) and Wayne Moyer (Grinnell College), and they answer your questions and concerns.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:28:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 29993 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: The Partial Shutdown Politics Day: Syria http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-syria <p>How will Iowa’s congressional delegation vote on the question of possible military action in Syria? This show features discussion about<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the factors that congress will consider, why President Obama chose this path, and how his decision might affect the power of the presidency at home and abroad.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:55:26 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 28571 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Syria Politics Day: U.S. Role In Syria Conflict http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-us-role-syria-conflict <p>President Obama is expected to highlight the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior’s economic agenda as he marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. Today on River to River, Ben Kieffer hosts a discussion on how the President can successfully talk about race and class.</p><p>And, action against Syria for the use of chemical weapons seems more and more likely. We talk about the options with listeners and guests, Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, and Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:28:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 28201 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: U.S. Role In Syria Conflict Politics Day: From a 'Grand Bargain' to Mid-East Peace http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-grand-bargain-mid-east-peace <p>The US Treasury Secretary says that the debt ceiling needs to be raised, but can it be done without another partisan showdown? Join host Ben Kieffer to hear about what’s getting done in DC, and what is not likely to get done before politicians are again entrenched in another election cycle.&nbsp; <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, have a look overseas to updates on mid-east peace talks, Egypt, and China's recent economic slowdown. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 19:11:51 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 26707 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: From a 'Grand Bargain' to Mid-East Peace Politics Day: Egypt and the Middle East http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-egypt-and-middle-east <p>Massive protests once again in Egypt. Join host Ben Kieffer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;talk about the political situation there with Iowa State University's Jim&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McCormick&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and long-time Iowa resident Dr. </span>Hani<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Elkadi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a native of Egypt, who’s just returned from Cairo. &nbsp;Also, hear about the larger implications of this event for the Middle East.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:02:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 23411 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Egypt and the Middle East Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-supreme-court-decisions <p>On Politics Wednesday on River to River, guest host Dean Borg talks about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. &nbsp;Guests include political analysts Donna Hoffman, Professor and Chair of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa and&nbsp;Tim Hagle, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa. &nbsp;Iowa Congressman Steve King also gives his reaction to the rulings and gives an update on the Farm&nbsp;Bill from Washington D.C.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:37:31 +0000 Dean Borg & Katherine Perkins 23070 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Supreme Court Decisions Politics Day: Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-upcoming-supreme-court-decisions <p>Between now and the end of June, decisions will be made on a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Host<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Ben Kieffer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;gets analysis on some of the biggest cases: concerning affirmative action, voting rights, same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act. It's River to River's Politics Wednesday. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:38:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 21578 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-44 <p>U.S. senators of both parties are directing outrage at top IRS officials over not being informed earlier about the tax agency’s work to target conservatives, and they’re demanding answers. Today on River to River, it’s politics day. Host Ben Kieffer sits down with our analysts, Tim Hagle, of the University of Iowa, and Chris Larimer, of the University of Northern Iowa, to find out what questions are being asked, why it matters, and how much of what we’re seeing is simply political grandstanding.</p><p></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 21:31:43 +0000 Katherine Perkins & Ben Kieffer 21196 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Impacts of Terrorism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/impacts-terrorism <p><a href="http://www.people-press.org/2013/04/23/most-expect-occasional-acts-of-terrorism-in-the-future/">Three out of four Americans see occasional terrorism as a part of life in the future.</a> That percentage is up in the wake of last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.&nbsp; "River to River" examines changing public attitudes toward terrorism and how the Boston bombing is affecting debate over immigration.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:34:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer 19715 at http://iowapublicradio.org Impacts of Terrorism Gender and Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gender-and-politics <p></p><p>President Obama issued an apology after saying that&nbsp; California Attorney General Kamala Harris was “By far the best looking attorney general in the country.” &nbsp;On River to River we’ll talk about gender and politics:&nbsp; Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, and Michelle Obama’s role in a second term, moving beyond the Jimmy Fallon show.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:42:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer 19030 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gender and Politics Tensions Rise with North Korea http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tensions-rise-north-korea-0 <p>The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer to waters off the Korean peninsula. This comes in the wake of ongoing aggressive rhetoric from North Korea. On this Politics Day, we ask Steffen Schmidt of Iowa State University and Wayne Moyer of Grinnell College to share their political analysis of the situation. We also cover the other international hotspots in the news.</p><p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:06:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer 18651 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tensions Rise with North Korea