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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.

In Released Transcripts, Tony Blair And Bill Clinton Seem To Be Good Mates

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

Transcripts that have been released under the Freedom of Information Act show personal conversations between Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Some of the messages prove they were pretty good friends.

#MemeOfTheWeek: 'D-Money,' Race And Drugs In America

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:00am

Maine's governor made some offensive comments about black men, young white women and Maine's drug problem. He says it was a slip, but it may reveal a lot about the way many think about drugs.

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.

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