Ailsa Chang http://www.kunc.org en Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? http://www.kunc.org/post/could-socialist-senator-become-national-brand As members of Congress continue hammering out a bill to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs' <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/04/318827245/va-health-cares-chronic-ailments-long-waits-and-red-tape">beleaguered health care system</a>, attention has focused on one man leading the charge: Bernie Sanders, Independent senator from Vermont and a self-described socialist.<p>Sanders barely got 2 percent of the vote when he first tried breaking into Vermont politics in the 1970s, but now there's buzz that the man known simply as "Bernie" may be a presidential candidate in 2016.<p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 58737 at http://www.kunc.org Could A Socialist Senator Become A National Brand? Hagel Defends Bergdahl Exchange Before House Panel http://www.kunc.org/post/hagel-defends-bergdahl-exchange-house-panel Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained why the Obama administration agreed to swap five top Taliban leaders for the release of an Army enlisted man, who willingly left his post in Afghanistan. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 57663 at http://www.kunc.org Outraged Senators Reach Across Aisle For Deal On VA Wait Times http://www.kunc.org/post/outraged-senators-reach-across-aisle-deal-va-wait-times Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Some U.S. senators have crafted a bipartisan response to the crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last week, amid controversy over treatment delays at veterans' hospitals. Now, a Senate plan calls for construction of new medical centers for veterans. It would also allow quicker dismissal of high-level employees at the VA.<p>NPR's Ailsa Chang is following all of this from the capital. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 57427 at http://www.kunc.org House Panel Wants More Done To Undermine Boko Haram http://www.kunc.org/post/house-panel-wants-more-done-undermine-boko-haram The House Foreign Affairs Committee got a briefing on the threat from Boko Haram, a terrorist group that has kidnapped and is holding hundreds of Nigerian girls captive. Thu, 22 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 56829 at http://www.kunc.org Obama Judicial Nominee Gets A Hostile Reception From Democrats http://www.kunc.org/post/obama-judicial-nominee-gets-hostile-reception-democrats Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>One of President Obama's most controversial picks for the federal bench faced a barrage of hostile questions from Democrats, during his confirmation hearing today. Michael Boggs is a state judge in Georgia. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 56481 at http://www.kunc.org