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On Policing In Baltimore, Activist DeRay Mckesson Gets Retweets. Can He Get Votes?

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

The Black Lives Matter activist is the city's highest-profile mayoral candidate but low in polls. Voters, who say policing is a top concern, are looking to candidates with more experience.

On Equal Pay Day, Why The Gender Gap Still Exists

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

President Obama issued a proclamation making April 12 "Equal Pay Day." NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin about what's behind the pay gap between men and women.

Criminal Justice Dominates Crowded Baltimore Mayoral Race

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

Baltimore voters say policing and crime is their top concern in the city's crowded mayoral primary this month. The vote comes a year after the death of Freddie Gray, the young, black man fatally injured in police custody.

This Woman Stopped A Donald Trump Project — But Wants Him To Be President

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:01pm

Pat Friedman fought Donald Trump's efforts to build a big restaurant and banquet hall on a public beach on Long Island for six years.

Political Gridlock Blocks Missouri Database For Fighting Drug Abuse

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 2:02pm

Every state except Missouri has a database that doctors can check to see if a person filling a prescription for an opioid is trying to get it from other pharmacies, too.

Justice Dept: 'Devastating Consequences' When Tech Exported To The Wrong Hands

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 1:45pm

Federal prosecutors recently extradited a man from Singapore to face charges he helped conspire to evade export-control laws and send material that wound up in improvised explosive devices in Iraq.

Paul Ryan To Announce, Yet Again, He Will Not Run For President

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:21am

"He's going to rule himself out and put this to rest once and for all," said a GOP aide familiar with Ryan's plans.

Clinton And De Blasio Land 'CP Time' Joke With Unfortunate Timing

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:08am

In a skit with Hillary Clinton, the New York City mayor joked about "CP time," which is slang for "colored people time." This primary battle, it seems no lame joke goes unpunished.

5 Key Demographics In The New York Primary

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:49am

"Demographics are destiny" has almost become a political cliché, but, so far in this campaign, it's holding true. That gives some clues for how people might vote in the New York primary in a week.

2016 Presidential Election Revives Discussion On Torture

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:04am

Renee Montagne talks to ex-Rep. Jane Harman about the possibility of forms of torture now illegal in the U.S. being authorized by a future White House. Harman now heads the Woodrow Wilson Center.

N.C. State Rep. Ken Goodman Stands Behind 'Bathroom' Law

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:04am

Boycotts of North Carolina are expanding in protest of the law as a violation of the rights of transgender people. Renee Montagne talks to Democratic State Representative Ken Goodman.

Hundreds Protesting Political System Arrested On Capitol's Steps

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 6:26pm

The Democracy Spring coalition of progressive groups called on legislators to replace caps on campaign donations, fix the Voting Rights Act and end gerrymandering. At least 400 were arrested.

Texas Attorney General, Already Facing Criminal Charges, Accused Of Civil Fraud

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 5:07pm

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with securities fraud, alleging that he improperly recruited investors for a high-tech Texas startup.

Can A Candidate Pay Delegates? Plus, 3 Possible GOP Convention Scenarios

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:57pm

Rides on Air Force One and state dinners were lures the last time there was an open convention. What about cold, hard cash? Top Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg explains what's permissible and not.

Despite Federal Court Rulings, Texas' Voter ID Laws Remain In Place

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

Despite being ruled in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution by seven federal judges, Texas' voter ID restrictions are still the law of the land. It's been six months since the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals again ruled the law unconstitutional, but it looks as if Texas will go through another election with the restrictions in place.

U.S. Chief Climate Negotiator: 'Paris Wasn't The End, Paris Is The Start'

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

Since the beginning of the Obama administration, Todd Stern has been the U.S. government's chief climate negotiator. He led the team in Paris that managed to get some 200 countries to agree to the most sweeping deal ever to limit global carbon emissions. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Stern about what's happened since Paris and his decision to step down from the job after seven years.

NPR Politics Podcast: GOP Elections Lawyer On A Contested Convention

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 3:30pm

The NPR Politics Podcast talks with elections law attorney Ben Ginsberg about how a contested GOP contention would play out.

Will President Obama Visit Hiroshima?

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:37am

The White House hasn't announced any such plans. But Obama will be in Japan next month and a visit would be a grand symbolic gesture in keeping with his emphasis on nuclear non-proliferation.

See Where Women Have The Most And Least Political Representation In The U.S.

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:34am

Women may make up half the population but in the U.S., just 24.5 percent of state lawmakers are women.

Is It OK To Vote For Clinton Because She's A Woman? An 8-Year-Old Weighs In

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:29am

An NPR listener's daughter tells her dad to vote for the "girl" candidate, because she's a woman. That's a highly controversial opinion in this presidential race.

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