The Obama administration says it will boost enforcement efforts — and it will try to dispel beliefs among migrants who believe new U.S. policies will allow them to enter the country illegally.
President Obama announced that he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Analysts join guest host Audie Cornish to discuss some of the biggest political stories of the week.
The newly expanded benefits would allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.
House Republicans have elected Kevin McCarthy of California to succeed Eric Cantor as majority leader. Steve Scalise of Louisiana won the fight to replace McCarthy as majority whip.
President Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to gather intelligence on the insurgency. He was adamant there will be no American combat operations on the ground in Iraq.
The Labor Department will be directed to start drafting rules making clear that the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to same-sex couples.
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy became the new House majority leader, while more conservative members got someone closer to their ideological and regional liking for the majority whip position.
House Republicans voted on leadership positions. While Rep. Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy.
California's Kevin McCarthy replaces Rep. Eric Cantor in the No. 2 leadership post. Steve Scalise of Louisiana edged out two others for the No. 3 spot.
The governor, who was the subject of a 2012 recall vote, is said to have coordinated fundraising with outside conservative groups in violation of state law.
President Obama will discuss the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American help in the face of advances made by the Sunni extremist group ISIS.
The percentage of Hispanics who aren't affiliated with a particular religion is ticking upward. This demographic tends to be more socially liberal, too, which may have political consequences.
Today's 2 p.m. ET vote is to decide who will join House Speaker John A. Boehner in a top leadership role. While that slot seems decided, the No. 3 spot is up for grabs.
The amount of confidence Americans have in Congress has hit a new low, plummeting from highs in the 1970s and '80s. In the same period, the military has boosted its image.
President Obama's biggest speeches have a musicality to them. That's not an accident. His speechwriters obsess over rhythm and cadence.
House Republicans are to pick a new majority leader Thursday, following Eric Cantor's primary defeat. The favorite is Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, whose district is more than a third Latino.
According to a new NPR poll, in the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his job.
Iraq has a long history of roiling American politics. And that doesn't appear likely to change anytime soon.
House Republicans' upcoming leadership election to fill Rep. Eric Cantor's position has opened a new rift: the South versus everybody else. The region comprises nearly half of the GOP in the House, but currently none of the top four leaders in that caucus come from the South.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra faced another grueling hearing on Capitol Hill, two weeks after a critical internal report blasted the company's handling of defective ignition switches as incompetent. GM has recalled 20 million vehicles already this year and has set aside $700 million to cover repairs related to the recall.