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7 Months Without A Budget, Ill. Gov. Rauner To Deliver State Address

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

The stalemate between the Republican governor and the Democratic legislature has left Illinois without a budget. In that atmosphere, Gov. Bruce Rauner is to present his State of the State address.

Promoting Partisan Divide May Up Candidates' Donations

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

A political fundraising experiment reveals: Small donors are more likely to open their wallets for political campaigns when they're told other donors who support a rival candidate are being generous.

Perry Campaigning For Cruz: No One Is More Prepared To Be Commander In Chief

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race last year, is back on the trail this week in Iowa. This time in support of fellow Texan, Sen. Ted Cruz.

Trump Won't Participate In Fox News Debate; Feud With Network Escalates

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

The stage is set for Thursday's Fox News Republican debate but front-runner Donald Trump won't be there. Trump's campaign confirmed he won't participate, citing unfair treatment from the network.

Trump Says He 'Probably Won't Bother Doing' Thursday Fox Debate

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 6:27pm

GOP front-runner Donald Trump, upset over his treatment by Fox News and by top anchor Megyn Kelly, is threatening to boycott the final debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

White House Adviser On 'Devastating Consequence' Of Solitary Confinement

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:32pm

This week, the Obama administration banned the use of solitary confinement for juveniles.

White House Protester, Who Held A Peace Vigil For More Than 30 Years, Dies

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

Concepcion Picciotto, a protester who held a keep a peace vigil outside the White House for more than three decades, has died. NPR spoke with her in 1985. The Washington Post speculated that she held the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Focuses On New Hampshire In Early Primary Race

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich is making New Hampshire his main focus. NPR explores what his campaign hopes to achieve.

Anti-Abortion Activists Indicted On Felony Charges In Planned Parenthood Case

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

A grand jury in Houston has returned indictments against two members of a group that targeted Planned Parenthood with a string of undercover videos last year. The felony indictments are a twist as the panel was originally tasked with investigation the group's claim that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue.

'FiveThirtyEight' Measures Impact Of Presidential Newspaper Endorsements

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Harry Enten, a political analyst for FiveThirtyEight, about whether newspaper endorsements are meaningful to presidential candidates.

WATCH: Clinton And Sanders Duel In Ads Ahead Of Iowa

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:10pm

Hillary Clinton's spot portrays her as a voice of consistency, while Bernie Sanders' is shown as a candidate of change.

No Way To Pick A President? Here Are 6 Other Ways To Do It

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:17pm

Critics say Iowa and New Hampshire are too old, too white and too small to have so much power in the presidential nominating process. There are lots of other ideas, but tradition is hard to change.

Trump Nabs Endorsement Of Top Evangelical Leader

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:26pm

In a blow to rival Ted Cruz with less than a week until Iowa, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. officially endorsed the twice-divorced casino mogul.

Longtime White House Protester Dies, After Vigil That Started In 1981

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 8:57am

Persisting through cold and rough weather, Concepcion Picciotto was a fixture outside the White House, where she was often called the president's closest neighbor.

8 Things You Missed At Democrats' Final Iowa Town Hall

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 8:35am

Bernie Sanders said he would raise taxes to pay for his health care plan, while Hillary Clinton emphatically explained her plans and experience to young Sanders supporters.

Trump Hammers Birther Charge, Dismisses Cruz As 'The Canadian'

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 7:45am

With the polls tightening a week ahead of the Iowa caucuses, the real-estate mogul is continuing to raise questions about whether the Texas senator is even eligible for the White House.

As Iowa Caucuses Near, Democrats Hear From Presidential Candidates

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

The Iowa Democratic Party hosted a town hall Monday night, where the three presidential candidates talked to voters. It wasn't technically a debate and they didn't appear on stage at the same time.

Billionaire Koch Aims For 'Better' When Giving To Political Causes

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Koch, the fourth-wealthiest man in America according to Forbes, and a conservative political financier.

Federal Task Force Recommends Reducing Number Of Inmates By 60,000 In 10 Years

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 11:05pm

The criminal justice system "suffers from a one-size-fits-all approach to sentencing and rehabilitation and that doesn't really serve the interests of public safety," said one task force member.

Grand Jury Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Videos

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 9:35pm

A grand jury indicted two activists and cleared a Houston, Texas, Planned Parenthood clinic in a possible misconduct case. The two activists covertly recorded conversations regarding fetal tissue.

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