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Jesse Byrnes, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

From the downed Malaysia airliner in Ukraine to the border crisis in Texas, the Obama Administration and Congress have many fronts to deal with. There's also the Iraqi ambassador. He's called on the U.S. to help beat the extremist group ISIS that's taken over parts of northern and western Iraq. Jesse Brynes is a staff writer for the Hill Newspaper. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the government will sort out its foreign affairs.

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Tuesday - 07/22/2014, 10:14am EDT
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Ben Goad, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

President Barack Obama pledges to hit the accelerator on key policy goals, with or without Congress' help. The White House has released a report recounting more than 40 administrative actions taken this year and hinting at more to come. It's fodder for a lawsuit filed by House Republicans. But the administration makes no apologies. Ben Goad is a staff writer at the Hill Newspaper. He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what's happened and what we can expect before year's end.

Tags: Ben Goad , Congress , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 07/15/2014, 09:26am EDT
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Justin Sink, White House Correspondent, The Hill Newspaper

Congress returns this week to confront a number of issues that need immediate action. President Obama is asking for an additional $2 billion to help deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors. And time is ticking away for lawmakers to replenish the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to run out of money at the end of August. The Hill's White House Correspondent, Justin Sink, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to give a round up on what's going on this week.

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Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 10:54am EDT
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Cristina Marcos, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The pictures are both heartbreaking and maddening. Thousands of minors pouring over the Mexican border into the United States, and causing havoc for guards and other federal employees. A new House bill would let the President appoint dozens of new immigration judges to help keep up with the flow of humanity. Cristina Marcos, a staff writer for The Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the bill's prospects and potential benefits.

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Tuesday - 07/01/2014, 10:49am EDT
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Elise Viebeck, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The new Health and Human Services Secretary is revamping management of HealthCare.gov. Sylvia Burwell has appointed a new operations manager to closely supervise the website, and she plans to fill more management positions. The goal is to make sure this year's open season doesn't mirror the fiasco of when HealthCare.gov first opened for business last year. Elise Viebeck covers health care issues for The Hill Newspaper. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new moves.

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Tuesday - 06/24/2014, 10:25am EDT
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Bob Cusack, Managing Editor, The Hill Newspaper

Congress is digging in this week to pass a bevy of bills. On the to-do list, appropriations and an overhaul of the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. Bob Cusack, managing editor of the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what else Congress has on its agenda this week.

Tags: Bob Cusack , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 11:17am EDT
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Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Leaders of both the House and Senate pledge to move quickly on legislation to help the Veterans Affairs Department treat the more than 100,000 vets who are either waiting months for medical appointments or have been unable to see a doctor. At a House hearing late last night, a top VA official apologized for the delays, calling them indefensible. Martin Matishak, staff writer at The Hill, joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss prospects for legislation and VA's future.

Tags: Martin Matishak , Congress , Veterans Affairs , Federal Drive , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 09:34am EDT
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Bob Cusack, The Hill Newspaper

Democratic and Republican members of Congress are at loggerheads over immigration reform. Meanwhile agencies who carry out immigration policy wonder what will happen. Leaders cannot agree on issues such as border security, work visas, and other issues. If the House fails to pass some type of reform by the end of July, some Democratic senators say President Obama will act on his own. Bob Cusack is the managing editor of The Hill newspaper. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss exactly what laws are up for reforming.

Tags: Bob Cusack , immigration , immigration reform , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 09:10am EDT
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Alex Bolton, Senior Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Washington seems enveloped in a tong war over happenings at Veterans Affairs' hospitals. A lesser known but highly critical VA program expires this fall unless Congress acts. It's the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Several bills introduced to keep the popular program alive have become lost in the swirl of politics over more visible issues. At a time when the VA is under harsh scrutiny, one of its more successful programs is about to die. Alex Bolton is a staff writer at The Hill Newspaper. He discussed the program and some of the benefits it has accrued so far on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Alex Bolton , Veterans Affairs , traumatic brain injury , veterans

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 10:02am EDT
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Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill

The House is close to considering a bill to drastically change the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The bill was approved by the Judiciary and Intelligence committees last week. It would end the NSA's practice of storing telecommunications meta-data in its own data centers. For what to expect next, Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp spoke to Julian Hattem, a staff writer for The Hill newspaper.

Tags: Julian Hattem , NSA , Congress , House , surveillance

Tuesday - 05/13/2014, 09:37am EDT
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