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Politics In The News: The Primary Brackets

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 4:28am

With five weeks to go before the Iowa primaries, we learn more about the state of play in the GOP presidential field. When you think about it, the primaries are a lot like football playoffs.

President Obama Has A Question For His Successor

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 4:03am

The president has conducted a few interviews of his own recently, so NPR asked him: What does he want to ask the next president?

Watch President Obama Put A Question To The Candidates For His Job

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 4:00am

In an interview with NPR, President Obama talks about interviewing people he finds extraordinary and about what question he'd pose to the people who want his job.

Arguably, These Are The 5 Business Stories That Shaped 2015

Sun, 12/27/2015 - 12:13pm

Compared with the Great Recession years, 2015 was a fairly tame time. Still, at least five stories had major impacts. They involved everything from crashing oil prices to merging beer companies.

Alabama's Secretary Of State Shakes Up Voter Engagement

Sun, 12/27/2015 - 6:57am

Alabama is not a state that generally has prominence in presidential primaries. But Alabama's secretary of state is on a mission to change that in 2016, and he's having success luring GOP contenders.

Portraits Of Those Killed By Heroin Bring Healing And Awareness

Sun, 12/27/2015 - 4:29am

Heroin and other opioid overdoses are projected to kill 400 people in New Hampshire this year. Many of them are young. And now one mom is painting portraits of those who overdosed.

Where Chris Christie Found His Political Calling

Sun, 12/27/2015 - 4:00am

In four years at the University of Delaware, the New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential candidate learned how to build a winning coalition — and found his wife.

Capitol Hill Political Staffers Find Their Zen

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 4:29pm

Most weeks, a group of congressional staffers meet to practice meditation on high-stress Capitol Hill. Some keep their regular moments of mindfulness a secret from their coworkers.

Barbershop: Political Dust-ups And Advocacy In The NBA

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 4:16pm

In the Barbershop, blogger Dru Ealons, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and NPR editor Ammad Omar discuss controversies involving Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and a new set of ads from the NBA.

#MemeOfTheWeek: Hillary Clinton, Not Quite An Abuela

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 1:58pm

The presidential candidate's latest attempt to reach out to Latinos may have backfired.

Get Excited, It's An Election Year! At Least I Will Be

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 10:41am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer has covered decades of presidential elections. She reflects on what to expect from 2016.

The American Political Invention That 'Let The People Rule'

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 7:21am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Geoffrey Cowan, author of "Let the People Rule," on Teddy Roosevelt's invention of the modern political primary.

Meet The Lawmakers Who Sleep, Shower, Work — All On Capitol Hill

Sat, 12/26/2015 - 5:20am

Call it the "couch caucus." At least 40 members of Congress sleep in their offices — from freshman Kristi Noem to Speaker Paul Ryan. It's one way to save a buck, until you see a mouse.

The Year In Congress: How Did Republicans Do?

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 3:10pm

Republicans had something to prove when they took over both houses of Congress at the beginning of 2015 — that they could govern. So, did they prove it?

U.S. Visa Rules May Burden Relatives Abroad, Advocates Say

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 3:10pm

Some dual citizens who used to be able to visit the U.S. under a "visa waiver" program no longer qualify. The new law requires extra screening for people with Iraqi or Syrian citizenship, for example.

Marco Rubio's Political Roots Began Where He Grew Up, West Miami

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 4:10am

One way to get to know the presidential candidates is to look at the people and places that helped shape them. (This piece initially aired on June 22, 2015 on All Things Considered.)

Encore: Born A City Kid, Bernie Sanders Drifted To The Green Mountain State

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 3:16pm

Bernie Sanders grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., but the 73-year-old has called Vermont home for almost his entire adult life. This story originally aired on June 20, 2015 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

Small Town Set To Swear In Idaho's First All-Latino City Council

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 3:16pm

The tiny town of Wilder, Idaho, is about to make history by swearing in the state's first all Latino city council. Latino advocates are hoping to set an example for other majority Latino communities.

Answering Your Questions About The Democratic Data Breach

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 6:30am

Everything you want to know about the big data breach in the Democratic presidential contest

Can't Vote But Campaigning Hard For Presidential Candidates

Thu, 12/24/2015 - 5:00am

Some young immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. without papers are working for Democratic candidates who support a path to citizenship for them.

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