The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.
The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.
The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.
GOP presidential debate rules will exclude many candidates or relegate them to a second-tier debate, but nobody wants to be playing in the NIT while the big dogs are in the NCAA tournament.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review about U.S. policy on the self-declared Islamic State and the 2016 presidential race.
The State Department released the first batch of emails from when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state on Friday. They relate to Benghazi, Libya, and have already been reviewed by a Congressional panel looking into the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate there.
President Obama says the U.S. is not losing the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq, but his strategy has come under criticism after the fall of Ramadi.
Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.
Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.
Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk to banks, universities and other groups, and give the proceeds to the family's philanthropic foundation.
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at Wired magazine, who says the debate in Congress over the NSA's bulk collection program shows the Patriot Act needs to be revised.
The Senate is trying to wrap up its business before leaving Washington, D.C., for a week-long recess. That includes considering a bill to give President Obama expanded authority on trade.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to freshman members of the 114th Congress, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Rep. Mimi Walters, four months after their swearing in.
Macedonia escaped largely unscathed from the ethnic violence that defined the breakup of Yugoslavia. But the country's Slavs and Albanians live largely separate and unequal lives, until now.
Ireland could make history Friday when voters decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. It would be a striking change for a country where abortion is still outlawed and divorce was only legalized in the mid-1990s.
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Bill Kelly, a reporter with NET, Nebraska's Public Broadcasting Network, about the Nebraska legislature's vote Wednesday to abolish the death penalty.
Filibusters were once reserved for the gravest existential issues. Rand Paul's long hours Wednesday were about liberty, the Constitution, and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.
Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle and helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He has no regrets.
The comments came in an interview with The Atlantic. The president also discussed the nuclear talks with Iran and his often-frosty relationship with Israel's political leadership.