Audie Cornish http://wgcu.org en Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine http://wgcu.org/post/putin-speaks-decries-us-experimenting-rats-ukraine In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 7923 at http://wgcu.org Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men http://wgcu.org/post/obama-announces-task-force-help-young-minority-men Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama kicked off a new initiative this afternoon aimed at improving the odds for young black and Latino men. The White House calls the program My Brother's Keeper. The idea is to bring together business people, faith leaders, athletes and celebrities to confront the challenges facing young men of color. Major charities have pledged $200 million to the cause over the next five years. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 7792 at http://wgcu.org When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future http://wgcu.org/post/when-it-comes-cuts-pentagon-claims-eye-future Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now to talk about the Pentagon's view on cuts to military benefits. And Tom, we just heard from Quil that retirees feel the military is essentially breaking faith with those who served. But what do Pentagon leaders say to that?<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Well, Audie, I spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey earlier this week and I asked him about these pension cuts and here's what he had to say.<p>GENERAL MARTIN DEMPSEY: Look. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 6430 at http://wgcu.org Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits http://wgcu.org/post/hopes-dim-long-term-extension-jobless-benefits The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 6339 at http://wgcu.org Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny http://wgcu.org/post/christie-delivers-statewide-address-under-increased-scrutiny Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in the spotlight today. The annual State of the State speech came at an awkward moment for Christie. The Republican governor had not spoken publicly since apologizing last week for politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the unfolding scandal at the start of his speech.<p>GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 6342 at http://wgcu.org