KPCW http://kpcw.org en Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://kpcw.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 16329 at http://kpcw.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://kpcw.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 16328 at http://kpcw.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://kpcw.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Dan Charles 16327 at http://kpcw.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://kpcw.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 16323 at http://kpcw.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://kpcw.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 21:35:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 16326 at http://kpcw.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare The Mountain Life - July 23, 2014 http://kpcw.org/post/mountain-life-july-23-2014 <p>Hosts Lynn Ware Peek and Tim Henney started today's episode with a conversation with a group of accomplished runners and their parents. These kids have set world records and can tick off a 5K in about 16 minutes - some of them actually beat Tim Henney during the annual 4th Of July Fun Run. Next up, they spoke with Zelda La Grange, author of <em>Good Morning Mr. Mandela</em>. She was Nelson Mandela's long-time personal assistant and honorary <em>"grand daughter"</em>.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:29:10 +0000 Lynn Ware Peek & Mike & Tim Henney 16322 at http://kpcw.org The Mountain Life - July 23, 2014 Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://kpcw.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 16325 at http://kpcw.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://kpcw.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 16324 at http://kpcw.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://kpcw.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 16321 at http://kpcw.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus http://kpcw.org/post/doctor-leading-fight-against-ebola-has-caught-virus In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.<p>Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He's a "national hero," the country's health minister said Tuesday.<p>Now the doctor has caught the deadly virus himself, Reuters <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-health-ebola-africa-idINKBN0FS10T20140723">reports</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 editor 16320 at http://kpcw.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus