90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, April 8, 2013

Guns, Immigration On Congress Agenda

The U.S. Capitol building. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The U.S. Capitol building. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Two key senators, Democrat Joe Manchin of Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania are reportedly close to an agreement to expand background checks for gun buyers.

Senate aides say the two senators are talking about requiring background checks for gun sales online and at gun shows, but with exclusions for sales between close relatives and friends, and for temporary transfers between hunters.

Also on Congress’s agenda this week is immigration reform, with political leaders waiting for the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight” to release its long-awaited agreement legislation.

Meantime, President Barack Obama is set to release his budget this week.

It’s two months late, but will reportedly include the White House’s proposal to cut entitlement spending by changing the way cost-of-living increases are calculated.

It could make President Obama the first sitting Democratic president to propose cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Guest:

  • Rick Klein, senior Washington editor for ABC World News and co-host of the the network’s political webcast, “Top Line.” He tweets @rickklein.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.

November 20 Comment

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 19 9 Comments

New Film Revisits The Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Case

The Penn State assistant football coach will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but that's not the end of the story.

November 19 206 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.