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Published: 04/24/11

Past House GOP Tactic Proves Useless to Democrats

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Past House GOP Tactic Proves Useless to Democrats

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, when Republicans were in the minority on Capitol Hill, they drove Democrats crazy by using an obscure parliamentary maneuver to change, delay and even kill Democratic priorities. Now that Republicans are running the House, Democrats have tried to stymie the GOP agenda by relying on the tactic, known as the motion to recommit. But they've failed on every one of their 23 attempts this year. That motion is almost always the last step just before the final vote on a bill. It gives the minority party, which has little voice and few rights in the House, a last chance to...

Published: 03/17/11

House Votes to Cut Federal Funding for National Public Radio

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
House Votes to Cut Federal Funding for National Public Radio

As expected, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban federal money for National Public Radio, but the bill might not be taken up by the Senate and faces opposition from the Obama administration. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), also would prevent member stations from using taxpayer dollars to pay dues to NPR or acquire programming from it. Stations could still use federal money for administrative expenses associated with day-to-day operations. The bill passed 228 to 192 in a largely party-line vote. Related...

Published: 03/17/11

House Votes to Cut Off Federal Funds for NPR

By  not in system - AOL News
House Votes to Cut Off Federal Funds for NPR

WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered." The bill, passed 228-192 along mainly partisan lines, would bar federal funding of NPR and prohibit local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues and buy its programs. The prospects of support in the Democratic-controlled Senate are slim. Seven Republicans broke ranks to vote...

Published: 03/16/11

House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radio

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radio

The House is set to take up a measure that would eliminate federal funding for National Public Radio, which has been tarnished recently by bad publicity and resignations. The bill by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) was considered by the House Rules Committee Wednesday. The Hill wesbsite quoted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) office as saying the GOP-controlled chamber would vote on the Lamborn bill on Thursday. "This is an exciting and significant step forward in the ongoing effort to protect taxpayer dollars from supporting programs that are fully capable of standing on their own....

Published: 03/9/11

Aspen Institute: 5 Facts About the Place Where NPR's Ron Schiller Won't Be Working

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Aspen Institute: 5 Facts About the Place Where NPR's Ron Schiller Won't Be Working

By now many people know that Ron Schiller, the public radio executive who called tea party supporters "seriously racist, racist people," is no longer the NPR Foundation's senior vice president for development. However, Schiller had plans to depart NPR before he made those inflammatory remarks; he'd previously accepted a job with the Aspen Institute as director of its arts program and Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence Program. Today the institute announced that Schiller would not take the new position after all. In an e-mail to Poynter's Jim Romenesko, an Aspen spokesman said that "in light...

Published: 03/9/11

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Ouster May Be Last Straw for Taxpayer Funding

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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Ouster May Be Last Straw for Taxpayer Funding

WASHINGTON -- Republicans set on eliminating taxpayer funding of public broadcasting would be hard-pressed to write a better script than the recent comedy of errors that reached a dramatic climax today with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's resignation. The public radio network survived efforts by conservative lawmakers in 1995 and 2005 to cut funding for what they have charged is an elitist mouthpiece for the left. But in the wake of a video sting by a right-wing provocateur that fit perfectly into that image, and in the midst of a debate on Capitol Hill to shrink the federal deficit, NPR's future...

Published: 03/9/11

Vivian Schiller Resigns: 3 NPR Debacles That Forced Her Out

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Vivian Schiller Resigns: 3 NPR Debacles That Forced Her Out

Strike three. Coming off yet another fiasco, NPR's board of directors announced this morning that it has accepted Vivian Schiller's resignation as the organization's president and CEO, effective immediately. "The board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years," NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards said in a statement. Despite the kind remarks, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik tweeted that Schiller was forced out by the board: .bbpBox45488128512888830...

Published: 03/9/11

Vivian Schiller: 5 Facts on NPR's Departing CEO

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Vivian Schiller: 5 Facts on NPR's Departing CEO

NPR usually just reports the news. But today NPR itself is the hot topic. CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned after NPR was caught up in a sting executed by James O'Keefe, the conservative activist who has made his name by using undercover videos to expose what he considers to be liberal institutions. In a new video, NPR fundraising executive Ronald Schiller (no relation to the now-departed CEO) spoke disdainfully of the Republican Party and the tea party. After her resignation was announced, Vivian Schiller told The New York Times that though she had nothing to do with Ronald Schiller's...

Published: 03/7/11

CEO Vivian Schiller Defends NPR Against Budget Cuts

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
CEO Vivian Schiller Defends NPR Against Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of NPR laid out the case today for rejecting Republican lawmakers' efforts to end federal funding for public broadcasting, even while acknowledging that the network had a "perception" problem for its poor handling of the firing of commentator Juan Williams and other missteps. Five months after the controversial sacking of the Fox News regular, NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller admitted executives acted too hastily. In January, the Williams fiasco claimed the head of NPR news, Ellen Weiss, and stripped Schiller of her 2010 bonus. Days later, a rattled NPR...

Published: 02/14/11

A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

At $430 million, public broadcasting is a tiny part of the $3.8 trillion federal budget. Still, it's time to end its role as a political football and a symbol of what government shouldn't be doing. It's time to find another way to help public broadcasting thrive. I say that as a huge fan. No one could love PBS and NPR more than I do. I'm a monthly contributor to local stations in my area and just last weekend I bought NPR's map pinpointing affiliated stations all over the country. My husband and I have "driveway moments" all the time, unable to leave the car until a story ends. One of them...

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