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FEC Commissioner Ravel Leaving What she Calls A Broken Agency

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 4:11am

Ann Ravel had success uncovering secret money in politics when she was a state official in California. After a year leading the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C., she is stepping down.

Sen. Marco Rubio Hones GOP Presidential Pitch In Iowa

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 4:11am

Sen. Marco Rubio campaigned in Iowa on Wednesday with Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Benghazi Committee. He set the tone for the event, defending Rubio's record on immigration.

Jeb Bush: GOP Must Be Inclusive; Can't Insult Its Way To The White House

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 4:11am

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush talks to Steve Inskeep about his vision for the party and explains his immigration policy. While down in the polls, Bush still has a well-financed campaign.

Jeb Bush Says Voters' Passions For Trump Will Pass

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 4:00am

"I think the emotion of the here and now will subside," Bush said in an interview with NPR. He predicts voters will turn on front-runner Donald Trump and see things his way once voting starts.

Finally Revealed: Jeb Bush's Secret Guacamole Recipe

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 4:00am

Bush has boasted about his "really good guacamole" recipe on the campaign trail. Just in time for college bowl season, he shared it with NPR.

Puerto Rico Calls On Congress For Help In Billion Dollar Debt Crisis

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 3:30pm

Puerto Rico has a billion dollars in debt payments due January 1 and the U.S. territory's governor says the island may default. If forced to choose between making debt payments or paying for vital public services, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says he will choose Puerto Ricans. The heightening crisis has spurred Congress to take action, but it might not come until the island is insolvent.

Donald Trump Launches Ad Campaign In Early Primary States

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 3:30pm

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently threw $2 million a week behind television ads to draw support in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Encore: How Life In The Motor City Shaped Ben Carson's Conservative Views

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 3:30pm

Republican presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson was born and raised amid the tumult of Detroit in the 1960s. Even as a young man, Carson sought a different path from his peers.

Penn. Court: Unconstitutional To Bar Employment Due To Criminal Record

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 12:34pm

A state law that prevents convicted criminals from getting full-time jobs in nursing homes or long-term care facilities is unconstitutional, the Commonwealth Court in Pennsylvania ruled.

Trailing Sanders In New Hampshire, Clinton Pays Attention To The State

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:16am

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spent Tuesday campaigning in New Hampshire, where rival Bernie Sanders is posing his strongest challenge against her in the primary race.

2015 Was Another Rough And Tumble Year For Obamacare

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:16am

The Affordable Care Act survived another challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court this year. But the still-fragile marketplace is showing the strain of rising health care costs.

Trump Focuses On Iowa 'Cuz We Have To Win'

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:16am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday campaigned in Iowa, where he is facing a strong challenge from rival candidate Ted Cruz. The caucuses are Feb. 1 and he urged people to vote.

Growing Up In Houston, Ted Cruz Learned To Never Hold Back

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:16am

Before Ted Cruz was the firebrand Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a firebrand teenager reciting conservative ideology. (This piece initially aired on July 3, 2015 on ATC.)

8 Things Congress Actually Did This Year

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:00am

It is fair to say that the widely held assumption Congress gets nothing done doesn't exactly fit in 2015. Some big issues like guns and immigration were still left on the table, though.

LISTEN: 6 Moments From A Surprising Year In Presidential Politics

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 4:00am

At almost every turn, the conventional wisdom turned out to be wrong in politics in 2015 — from Donald Trump to the depth of Bernie Sanders' support to the lack of strength of governors.

George Pataki Ending His Presidential Bid

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 7:38pm

The former New York governor never caught fire in the crowded GOP race and failed to even make the primary ballot in several key nominating states.

In Defense Of Food Stamps: Why The White House Sings SNAP's Praises

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 5:16pm

Republicans in Congress want to cut SNAP funding by 20 percent and transform the program. But proponents, including economists in the White House, say it keeps millions of families out of poverty.

The Student Who Once Nudged His Way To The Oval Office Now Hopes To Move In

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 10:37am

John Kasich, GOP presidential hopeful, has had a habit of speaking his mind, even as a college student at Ohio State. It has served the Ohio governor well in politics.

Retracing Where Hillary Clinton Grew Up, 1950's Park Ridge, Ill.

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 4:11am

The place someone calls home can say a lot about a person. Our political team went looking for Hillary Clinton's home in the suburbs of Chicago. (This piece initially aired on June 16, 2015 on ATC.)

Life's Many Codas: Maya Shankar's Path From Juilliard To The White House

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 11:00pm

Shankar was well on her way to an extraordinary career as a violinist when an injury closed that door. This week, we look at how she wound up at the top of another field: the social sciences.

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