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Iowa's Brown & Black Presidential Forum Draws Democratic Candidates

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

Non-white voters could be the deciding factor in the Democratic presidential nomination. That's why Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley participated in the forum Monday night.

Trump Invited To Iowa Mosque. Imam: He's A Great Man With Bad Ideas

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

The imam of the oldest mosque in North America, the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has invited Donald Trump to visit. David Greene talks to Imam Taha Tawil about the invitation.

What To Expect From Obama's Final State Of The Union

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

Steve Inskeep talks to former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau about what it takes to write such a speech. President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address Tuesday night.

GOP Debate Shrinks To 7 Candidates, Rand Paul To Skip Undercard

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 7:09pm

Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul were bumped off the main stage for Thursday's debate on the Fox Business Network. Paul had warned for days that he would not show up for a lower-tier event.

State Of The Union Response: 5 Things To Know About S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 5:00pm

The Indian-American governor will give the GOP address after President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday. Her pick intensified speculation that she could be a top vice presidential pick for 2016.

State Of The Obama Economy: Far Better, But Still With Many Troubles

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:59pm

The economy has improved dramatically in the Obama era. But problems still abound because of the soaring national debt, a deformed tax code, shrunken paychecks and a growing skills gap.

Supreme Court Weighs Changes That Would Hurt Public Unions' Bottom Lines

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about whether public employee unions should be able to collect some dues from nonmembers. A majority of the justices seemed to be leaning against it.

Clinton, Sanders Get Tough On Policy Differences In Close Iowa Race

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 3:23pm

The Democratic presidential candidates are in Iowa Monday, three weeks ahead of the caucuses. With polls showing a tight race, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are highlighting differences.

Victory Lap? Final State Of The Union Speeches Reflect And Look Ahead

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:46am

Eighth-year reports, like the one President Obama will deliver this week, have carried a special portent and the opportunity for a president to address his own record and the direction of the country.

S.C. Gov. Haley To Give GOP Response To State Of The Union Address

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:12am

Nikki Haley's leadership was repeatedly tested last year, as South Carolina coped with the aftermath of a deadly shooting at a black church in Charleston, and historic floods.

Is It Fair To Have To Pay Fees To A Union You Don't Agree With?

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:00am

At the Supreme Court Monday, union opponents are seeking to reverse a 1977 decision that allows public employee unions to collect fees from those who don't join the union but are protected by it.

Obama's Final State Of The union

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 4:45pm

What to expect when President Obama delivers his final State of the Union on Tuesday, from NPR's Ron Elving.

5 Things To Watch For In Obama's Final State Of The Union

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 3:39pm

It's the last big speech many Americans will watch President Obama deliver, and he wants to leave a good impression.

Seeking To Expand Voter Reach, GOP Leaders Hold Poverty Forum

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Tim Scott hosted a forum in South Carolina Saturday on how Republicans plan to combat poverty. About half of the GOP presidential candidates shared their ideas.

Economy And Immigration: What's Dividing Republicans

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 6:57am

Amidst major economic development and an immigration influx, a trip to Charlotte, N.C., reveals trends within the Republican Party that are taking place across cities facing similar issues.

Barbershop: Guns, Obama and 'Making A Murderer'

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 4:39pm

This week: President Obama's tearful moment on gun policy this week. Also how the Netflix series Making a Murderer is shaking up the way people think about criminal justice.

Republicans Want To Change The Conversation About Poverty

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 4:39pm

Sen. Tim Scott hosted a forum on poverty for presidential candidates on Saturday. He talks about why he wants to change the way the Republican Party talks about the issue.

Research Suggests Gun Background Checks Work, But They're Not Everything

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 8:58am

Recent studies have found that background checks can help curb gun violence. In recent shootings, though, evidence is tougher to see.

'Caucus: The Musical' Jabs At Political Process

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:13am

With the real Iowa caucuses just weeks away, lines are being learned, moves choreographed, audiences are being wooed. It's all part of what's become an every four years-tradition in Iowa, featuring local residents.

As His Final State Of Union Nears, Looking At Obama's Legacy

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:13am

President Obama will give his State of the Union address on Tuesday. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Scott Horsley, Michele Kelemen and Chris Joyce about Obama's legacy.




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