Ron Elving en The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit<img src=""/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Congress is heading into its last week before taking a summer recess. For a change, lawmakers are not racing the clock to overt a fiscal calamity. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 38392 at In Kentucky Primary, McConnell Bests Tea Party Challenger In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states — including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races. Wed, 21 May 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Ron Elving 36318 at GOP Candidates Try To Hold Off Tea Party Picks In Primaries Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK, so that's the governor's race in Pennsylvania; a battle among Democrats. The other races we'll be watching closely tomorrow are mainly those among Republicans who want to serve in the Senate, and they are hoping it is a Senate with a GOP majority.<p>To walk us through some of these races, we're joined as we are most Mondays by Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.<p>COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.<p>GREENE: And here in the studio with me is NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Mon, 19 May 2014 08:57:00 +0000 Ron Elving 36242 at Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84 Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley died today at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 84 years old. Foley had been in hospice care following a stroke and a bout with pneumonia earlier this year. He was a Democrat who served in Congress for 30 years, beginning with the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964 and ending with the Newt Gingrich revolution of 1994, when Foley lost his own seat. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Ron Elving 30782 at With Shutdown Looming, Senate Takes Up Stopgap Spending Bill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And on Capitol Hill, words of anger and frustration today over the increasing likelihood of a government shutdown. This morning in the House, members of both parties took to the floor and pointed fingers.<p>REPRESENTATIVE EARL BLUMENAUER: If you're serious about working together to solve problems, why don't you work together to solve problems?<p>REPRESENTATIVE TED POE: Where oh where has the Senate gone? Where oh where can they be? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Ron Elving 30296 at Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye Dies At 88 Of Respiratory Complications Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii has died. He was 88. He was the president pro tempore of the Senate, an honor held by the most senior member of the majority party and a position that stands third in the presidential line of succession. Inouye died today at Walter Reed hospital outside Washington, D.C., from complications of respiratory disease. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:17:00 +0000 Ron Elving 7461 at All Eyes On The Battleground States As Polls Close Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And in our studio, NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Every couple of years, here we are around this time trying to figure out who has been elected to what. Tonight, what are you looking for? What are the important signs you're looking for in the numbers as they come in?<p>RON ELVING, BYLINE: We're looking to see if Mitt Romney can develop a trajectory up the East Coast a little bit like Hurricane Sandy did about 10 weeks ago. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:08:00 +0000 Ron Elving 6159 at NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call The <a href="" target="_blank">latest and last NPR Battleground Poll</a> for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.<p>The poll adds evidence that the Oct. 3 debate between the two men redefined the race. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:36:00 +0000 Ron Elving 5895 at NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call