U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power used Twitter to tweet her Russian counterpart after he made snarky comments about her meeting with members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot. It's the latest high-profile incident of diplomats engaging each other using less than 140 characters. Renee Montagne talks with Alec Ross, former senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about diplomatic protocol in the era of social media.
With time running short, House Republicans held a caucus meeting Monday night to map out their plan to deal with the debt limit. Speaker John Boehner last week indicated he would need Democratic votes to pass a debt limit increase because he was not likely to get enough Republican votes to reach a majority.
The Obama administration on Monday announced yet another postponement in implementing the new federal health care law. This time the administration is giving small businesses affected by the law another year to comply. Businesses with 50 to 99 employees have until 2016 to comply.
Several members of Congress are convening a field hearing on January's toxic water crisis in West Virginia, gathering in Charleston to listen to officials testify about the safety of the water. While officials testified that the water was now suitable for drinking and bathing, there is one word nobody would use to describe the water: safe.
The jury has begun deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen in exchange for steering city business their way after Hurricane Katrina. NPR's Debbie Elliott was in court on Monday and speaks to host Robert Siegel about the day's developments.
When the bi-partisan budget deal was announced in December, supporters heralded cuts that would balance spending increases. Among them, a slight reduction to the pensions of working-age military retirees. But a bi-partisan consensus emerged to undo it — calling into the question whether Congress has the political will necessary to make any cuts that reduce the long-term debt.
Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Rob Andrews of New Jersey announced that he'd be resigning from office. Andrews proposed 646 bills during his 23 years in Congress, and none of them passed. The Washington Post dubbed it the "worst record of the last 20 years." He speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about his record and why he is leaving Congress.