Bill Chappell http://waer.org en 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://waer.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21662 at http://waer.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://waer.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21648 at http://waer.org Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://waer.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 21556 at http://waer.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://waer.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 21:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21552 at http://waer.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://waer.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 21530 at http://waer.org