David Welna http://wfit.org en Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection http://wfit.org/post/leahy-aims-patch-loopholes-revamp-nsas-data-collection <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Leahy+Aims+To+Patch+Loopholes+With+A+Revamp+Of+NSA%27s+Data+Collection&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3ODg0ODc2MDEzMTE4NzIxMjhiYTVmNQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Reining in the NSA's collection of Americans' phone records - it's been a major issue on Capitol Hill since Edward Snowden revealed the domestic spying program more than a year ago. NPR's David Welna reports on a bipartisan effort in the Senate to do that. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 David Welna 39130 at http://wfit.org A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass? http://wfit.org/post/compromise-deal-overhauling-va-will-it-pass <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+Compromise+Deal+On+Overhauling+The+VA%2C+But+Will+It+Pass%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4OTAxNzAzMDEzMjc0MTc2MzA5ZDZlMw004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>As Congress prepares to leave town for summer recess at the end of the week, one item on the to do list appears closer to getting done - fixing the troubled health care system under the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 David Welna 39108 at http://wfit.org Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill http://wfit.org/post/time-running-short-congress-agree-border-bill Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.<p>The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 David Welna 39031 at http://wfit.org Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans http://wfit.org/post/military-dogs-advocates-say-canines-arent-pets-theyre-vets It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.<p>Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S.<p>Congress passed a law last year saying the military <em>may</em> bring back its working dogs to the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 David Welna 38924 at http://wfit.org Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work http://wfit.org/post/challenge-keeping-tabs-nsas-secretive-work Here's a question with no easy answer: How do you hold the nation's spy agencies accountable — when they control the secrets?<p>Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden apparently thought the answer was to blow the lid off some of the NSA's highly classified programs. He took documents and shared them with journalists.<p>But what about Congress? It's supposed to oversee the NSA — and other spy agencies. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 David Welna 38858 at http://wfit.org The Challenge Of Keeping Tabs On The NSA's Secretive Work