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America's Longest-Serving Mayor Steps Down

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 6:28am

Joe Riley has been mayor of Charleston, S.C. for 40 years. His tenure has seen the transformation of downtown Charleston, and recently, the alleged racially-motivated murders at Emmanuel AME Church.

The Tea Partier's Quandary: What To Make Of Trump's Rise?

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 5:04am

Matt Kibbe, former president of FreedomWorks and "card-carrying member of the tea party," is no fan of the GOP front-runner. He says Trump's nomination may "lead to the death of the Republican Party."

Clinton Emails Raise Questions Over Secure Faxes And An 'Old Friend's' Influence

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 6:03pm

A particular email drew scrutiny into whether Hillary Clinton had directed an aide to send secure material over an unsecure fax. And more emails from controversial adviser Sidney Blumenthal surface.

Politics Podcast: Presidential Combat In Iowa, Obama's Actions On Guns

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:57pm

This week, the race for 2016 ramps up in Iowa, a look at President Obama's push for tougher gun regulations, and a preview of his final State of the Union address.

The Employment Outlook For 2016 Is Looking Much Brighter

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:13pm

The Labor Department's latest jobs report provided reassurance that the domestic economy is on track for 2016. That was welcome news, given all of the gloomy reports coming out of China.

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.

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