This week the House Committee on Homeland Security met to discuss minors entering the U.S. alone through Texas. NPR's Tamara Keith talks with correspondent John Burnett, who's been covering the surge.
The influential American conservative Richard Mellon Scaife died Friday at the age of 82. Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon family fortune, used his wealth to promote his libertarian ideas and fuel the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
Regular political commentators E.J. Dionne and Ramesh Ponnuru discuss the Supreme Court's decision on contraception, June jobs numbers and immigration protests in the California city of Murrieta.
As protesters block buses full of detainees from entering a border patrol station, many Murrieta residents say the federal government is the real root of the problem.
Some Democratic Senate hopefuls have to be more measured than others in their responses to the recent Supreme Court decision.
The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change to its annual financial disclosure form that deleted information about free trips members have taken. Members had explained the change as a way to streamline paperwork, particularly when more detailed information is available elsewhere. They decided the bad publicity wasn't worth the trouble.
While a debate rages over the future of the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C., the bank's potential demise has drawn warnings from the other Washington — Washington state. Ashley Gross of KPLU reports that businesses, labor unions and politicians are raising alarm bells about potentially severe consequences.
The Highway Trust Fund has been short billions for years. Without more money, the White House says construction delays will put people out of work, but Congress can't agree on a fix.
From fireworks to singer Robin Thicke's new album falling flat, the Barbershop guys weigh in the week's happenings.
After a big explosion last year, Texans are worried about what's in nearby chemical plants. Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's running for governor, isn't making it easier for them to find out.
The reported deployment comes amid reports that Iraqi forces have abandoned their positions in the region amid a Sunni-led insurgency.
The White House has asked Congress for $2 billion to respond to the record number of children arriving at the U.S. border. The funds would be used for shelters and to process deportation proceedings.
The federal program, which would pay for catastrophic damage if a U.S. city was attacked again, is up for renewal this year and some have begun to worry that it may be in trouble.
Do individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech? Legal experts face off on the issue in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
As CEO of an outdoor equipment retailer, Sally Jewell was used to taking risks. Now, as the secretary of the interior, she has found there's little appetite for it in government.
The Supreme Court term ended Monday. The New York Times correspondent and lawyer Adam Liptak talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about what the decisions reveal about the nine justices.
As Monday's second-quarter FEC reporting deadline approached, candidates flooded email inboxes across the land with forecasts of impending doom.
At a time when congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom, the House Ethics Committee quietly made it harder to track privately financed trips taken by members of Congress.
Sens. Chris Murphy and Bob Corker have drawn up a bipartisan proposal to help resolve the Highway Trust Fund's impending financial problems. Their plan would pay for most federal transportation programs with a gasoline tax.
Speaking on the Potomac River waterfront, President Obama advocated for renovating aging American infrastructure with the historic Francis Scott Key Bridge poised behind him. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.