What Would YOU Ask Elena Kagan?

Elena Kagan continues to make the rounds on Capitol Hill to lobby for her confirmation this summer. She’s met with several Democrats and some swing Senate Republicans in the days after her nomination. While Kagan lobbies, Senators get a chance to ask her questions before the formal confirmation hearings with the Judiciary Committee. But what if you were a Senator for one day, what question would you ask Elena Kagan?

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DC Metro Record Fare Hike Coming?

The decision has been put off for a couple weeks, but Washington’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will be raising rates to close a $189 million dollar budget shortfall. The only questions are which fares go up and by how much. WTOP’s Ari Ashe got reaction to some of these proposals from listeners.

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Published in: on May 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Does New York’s Times Square Plot Make You Nervous To Visit DC’s Monuments?

Snatched off a plane heading from New York to Dubai, a Pakistan-born man admitted to rigging an SUV with a homemade device to explode in Times Square, federal official say.

Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Connecticut, spent five months in Pakistan, before returning home to build a crude gasoline and propane bomb, which officials say he tried to blow up in the middle of a busy Saturday evening.

Shahzad has been charged with terrorism and using weapons of mass destruction, after being hauled off a flight at Kennedy Airport on Monday night. He was on the federal no-fly list.

Customs and Border Protection agents were on the lookout for Shahzad, and they recognized his name on a passenger manifest and ordered the flight stopped so they could arrest him.

“Based on what we know so far, it is clear that this was a terrorist plot aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

WTOP TALKBACK: If New York City is terror target number 1 in our country, Washington DC probably is 1A. So do this failed terror plot using a car bomb make you more nervous about visiting our tourist attractions?

Listen to my reports and let me know what you think!

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PUTTING ON MY PRODUCER’S HAT: Dimitri Sotis and Nathan Roberts spoke to James Carafano from the Heritage Foundation about this story.
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Published in: on May 5, 2010 at 2:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Getting Your Thoughts on Arizona’s Immigration Law

Arizona’s illegal immigrant law won’t kick in until summer, but there’s already heated debate on both sides going on in the courtroom, in Congress and in towns across America.

WTOP TALKBACK: What’s your opinion of Arizona’s immigration law?

Take a listen to my two reports and let me know what you think!

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Published in: on May 4, 2010 at 1:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Conan O’Brien Returns to Late-Night

Conan O’Brien announced Monday that he’ll be returning to late-night television with a program on TBS at 11pm. 

WTOP TALKBACK: Here are some of my live reports monitoring the WTOP Talkback Line:

Ari’s Live 9PM Report:

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Ari’s Live 10PM Report:

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And we had on TV Critic Aaron Barnhart, from the Kansas City Star.  WTOP’s Nathan Roberts and Veronica Robinson did a good interview:

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Published in: on April 13, 2010 at 5:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Spirit Airlines Bag Fees

Spirit Airlines announced last Tuesday that it’ll start charging customers for carry on bags in the overhead compartment starting August 1st. WTOP’s Ari Ashe reports that listeners were split about whether such a charge is excessive.

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Published in: on April 11, 2010 at 2:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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