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Once A Democratic Darling, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Suffers Political Misfortune

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:55pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jim Warren, former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's ongoing political crisis.

Week In Politics: Gun Control Debate, Republican Presidential Race

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:31pm

Political columnists David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post join NPR's Kelly McEvers to discuss the latest in the gun regulations debate, and Marco Rubio's tactics to compete for Ted Cruz votes.

How Are Mayors Better Poised to 'Get Things Done'?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says mayors are in a position to accomplish a great deal, because they're locals. They can see a city the way "people who are most in need of help see it," he says.

Does The Road To Changing The World Go Through City Hall?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Political theorist Benjamin Barber argues that cities and city mayors are the key to bypassing political gridlock and solving many of our global challenges.

Trump In Vermont: 'I Would Love To Run Against Bernie'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:33am

The Republican front-runner stopped in one of the most liberal states in the country for a raucous rally.

Why Iowa Has Caucuses And Why Iowans Vote First In Presidential Contests

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:15am

In less than a month, voters in Iowa will be first to choose who they want to be president. The Iowa caucuses have been first since 1972. How did this tradition get started?

Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:00am

For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked — he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.

China's Woes Are Growing, Along With A Debate: Is It 2008 Again?

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 5:09pm

China's economy and stock market are taking hits. Billionaire George Soros says it's setting the stage for another global meltdown. But others argue China's troubles will not trigger a crisis.

Black Pastors Sue Virginia Board Of Elections Over GOP Loyalty Pledge

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

Donald Trump has attracted a lot of supporters outside of the usual political process. And now, some of those supporters, a group of black pastors, are suing the Virginia Board of Elections for a new rule requiring voters to pledge loyalty to the Republican Party.

Advocates Push Public Health Campaign To Combat Gun Violence

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

What if we treated gun violence as a public health issue the way there were campaigns against drunk driving? Or safer sex practices during the HIV/AIDS pandemic? NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research about what this would look like, and the political and personal challenges to doing research on gun violence.

Obama Directs The Pentagon To Study Gun Safety

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

The White House has ordered the Pentagon to study gun safety in an attempt to field new technologies that make weapons safer. But the military services don't have any desire for safer weapons, and none of the technologies or products that already exist have found any acceptance among gun buyers.

Hillary Clinton Outlines Plan To Address Autism

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 3:13pm

This week in Iowa, Hillary Clinton announced a detailed plan to address autism, including additional resources and research. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Ron Fournier, a columnist for National Journal and father of a child with Asperger's syndrome, about the plan and the significance of a presidential campaign taking on the issue.

How Florida's New District Maps Could Give Democrats An Edge

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 1:32pm

Republicans control the reins of power in Florida but Democrats think the new maps will help them unseat some Republican incumbents both in Congress and in the state legislature.

At Portland, Ore., Gun Store, Strong Opinions And Stronger Sales

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:01am

Owner Karl Durkheimer says President Obama's gun policies, including this week's executive orders, motivate many of his customers' purchases.

New Dietary Guidelines Crack Down On Sugar. But Red Meat Gets A Pass

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 6:00am

An advisory panel had recommended telling Americans to cut back on red and processed meats. But that controversial advice is missing from the update to the government's official nutrition guidelines.

Bush, Rubio Aim For 3rd Place In Iowa Caucuses

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:27am

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are in a battle for first place. There's a struggle between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio to place third — which would give them momentum going in to the New Hampshire primary.

SuperPACs Are Not So Super In 2016

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:03am

Outside groups were expected to propel candidates this year. But in the 2016 Republican primary, they are having little impact on who's up and who's down.

Christie Campaign Costs Topping $1 Million May Fall To N.J. Taxpayers

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:00am

Presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie is afforded around-the-clock protection from state troopers regardless of where he is or the nature of his travels. His spokesman won't say who is paying.

House To Vote On Bill Repealing Affordable Care Act

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 4:15pm

The U.S. House will vote Wednesday on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Senate has already passed it, but President Obama has vowed to veto it.

Composer Sets Politics To Music In Scoring Campaign Ads

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 3:33pm

Composer Todd Hahn says at the peak of a campaign season he scores as many as 18 ads a day. Over the course of his career, he figures he's done nearly 15,000. NPR introduces us to him in the latest installment of "Snapshots 2016" — a series of audio portraits of people we're meeting on the campaign trail.

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