Ailsa Chang http://www.kplu.org en With Clock Ticking Down, Obama Polishes Judicial Legacy http://www.kplu.org/post/clock-ticking-down-obama-polishes-judicial-legacy Republicans have a decent shot at taking control of the Senate in November, so President Obama could have as little as nine months left to shape the judiciary he will leave behind.<p>Senate Democrats positioned themselves to help with that endeavor when they eliminated the filibuster for most judicial nominees last November. But Republicans are still finding ways to slow things down.<p>When Senate Republicans lost their ability to filibuster judicial nominees, many claimed the federal bench would change forever. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:43:40 +0000 Ailsa Chang 15153 at http://www.kplu.org With Clock Ticking Down, Obama Polishes Judicial Legacy FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums http://www.kplu.org/post/fema-flood-insurance-law-faces-partial-repeal-over-premiums The House is expected to vote as early as next week to partially repeal a 2012 law that overhauled the National Flood Insurance Program, which is tens of billions of dollars in debt.<p>The law was meant to make people living in flood-prone areas foot more of the insurance bill. But lawmakers didn't realize how many homeowners would be affected — or how hard they'd be hit.<p>You can find some of those homeowners in Bayou Gauche, about 30 miles west of New Orleans.<p>Like other parts of South Louisiana, this small community is below sea level. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:15:17 +0000 Ailsa Chang 14188 at http://www.kplu.org FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana http://www.kplu.org/post/democratic-sen-landrieu-walks-fine-line-red-louisiana If Democrats are going to keep their majority in the Senate, they'll need to hang on to a few critical seats they hold in conservative states.<p>Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has one of those, and like some of her colleagues up for re-election, her support of the Affordable Care Act could be the mountain to overcome this fall.<p>The question for Landrieu is: Will Louisiana voters define her by Obamacare, or judge her on the entire record she's built over nearly two decades as a senator?<p><strong>For Some, Obamacare's A Dealbreaker </strong><p>There's a sprawling, twisty live oak in Galliano, La. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:19:41 +0000 Ailsa Chang 14075 at http://www.kplu.org Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana