Audie Cornish en Putin Speaks, Decries U.S. For 'Experimenting On Rats' In Ukraine In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his position on Ukraine. In a news conference, Putin denied that Russian troops are in Crimea but reserved the right to use force in Ukraine. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 32227 at Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama kicked off a new initiative this afternoon aimed at improving the odds for young black and Latino men. The White House calls the program My Brother's Keeper. The idea is to bring together business people, faith leaders, athletes and celebrities to confront the challenges facing young men of color. Major charities have pledged $200 million to the cause over the next five years. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 32085 at Hopes Dim For Long-Term Extension To Jobless Benefits The Senate is still struggling to find a way to pay for an extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work for 26 weeks or more. Majority leader Harry Reid agreed to bring up five Democratic and five Republican amendments in hopes to winning enough Republicans over to get to the 60 votes needed for passage. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 30511 at Christie Delivers Statewide Address Under Increased Scrutiny Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was back in the spotlight today. The annual State of the State speech came at an awkward moment for Christie. The Republican governor had not spoken publicly since apologizing last week for politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Christie acknowledged the unfolding scandal at the start of his speech.<p>GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE: The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we're entrusted to serve. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 30514 at Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> host Audie Cornish traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to cover the 50th anniversary of the tumultuous civil rights protests that happened there. It's all part of NPR's series commemorating the monumental summer of 1963.<p>On Tuesday, she <a href="" target="_blank">interviewed Hank Klibanoff</a>, co-author of <em>The Race Beat</em>, about how Birmingham newspapers covered the civil rights movement at the time it unfolded. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 22606 at Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham Immigration Spurs A Rare Split Among Ariz. Mormons Mitt Romney is the most famous Mormon running for office this fall. But he's far from the only one.<p>In Arizona, two other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — Rep. Jeff Flake and businessman Wil Cardon — are vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.<p>All three candidates have said they'll be tough on immigration. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 23:01:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 9461 at Immigration Spurs A Rare Split Among Ariz. Mormons Arizona Tea Party Activists Say They're Back Maricopa County, Ariz., where 3 out of 5 Republicans in the state live, has become a hotbed of Tea Party activism.<p>That's where the head of the Original North Phoenix Tea Party lives. His name is Wesley Harris, and he used to manufacture precision rifle barrels. These days, his son runs the business, while Harris spends most of his time as a full-time Tea Party activist.<p><strong>Running Against Disenchantment</strong><p>The first rule of Tea Party activists: You do not talk about being a Tea Party leader. No one person speaks for the movement as a whole. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:28:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 9406 at Arizona Tea Party Activists Say They're Back Arizona Immigration Activists Mobilize Latino Vote For years, Maricopa County, Ariz., has been ground zero in the debate over immigration.<p>On one hand, the massive county, which includes the state capital of Phoenix, has a growing Latino population. On the other, it's home to publicity savvy Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has made his name by strictly enforcing, some say overstepping, immigration laws.<p>Last month, the Supreme Court struck down much of the state's immigration enforcement law known as SB 1070, even while leaving intact its most controversial provision. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:33:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 9352 at Arizona Immigration Activists Mobilize Latino Vote 'We Crush The Cars': Inside The Monster Truck Arena It's that time of year again — the time when the sports world starts to zone in on basketball's March Madness, hockey's playoff push, baseball's spring training ... and monster trucks. That's right, it's prime time for four-wheeled contraptions that specialize in crushing each other.<p>While it may be hard to get past the deafening radio ads, a funny thing can happen on the way to a <a href="">Monster Jam</a> show. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:59:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 3295 at 'We Crush The Cars': Inside The Monster Truck Arena