Democrat Mary Landrieu was the lone Democrat from the deep south in the Senate. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Emory University professor Andra Gillespie about the changing political landscape of the South.
As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.
Republicans have reason to party in New Orleans this weekend. The GOP picked up a ninth Senate seat in Louisiana's runoff election Saturday — and by a wide margin.
As Congress wraps up for the year, it still must pass a federal budget, address immigration and release a torture report. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about Congress's agenda.
The Republican congressman pushed out the incumbent senator, boosting the GOP majority in the Senate.
Two nominees to President Obama's cabinet await Senate confirmation hearings. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about their prospects.
Unlike outgoing Secretary Hagel, Carter is no former soldier — he's a theoretical physicist but knows the inner workings of the Pentagon well. Leading Senate Republicans say he'll be easily confirmed.
President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.
Seven years after the Great Recession began, the U.S. job market finally is growing at a robust pace. In November, employers added 321,000 workers, raised wages and extended the average workweek.
Carter, a former No. 2 at the Pentagon, would succeed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. If confirmed, he will be President Obama's fourth defense secretary.
The report, however, found that two former aides acted with "perceived impunity" when they ordered the shutdown of some lanes of the George Washington Bridge last year.
On Friday, President Obama is expected to announce his pick to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Signs suggest that it will be Ashton Carter, who has served in many senior jobs at the Pentagon.
Democrat Mary Landrieu is in the last day of a bitter campaign to try to keep her Senate seat. Voters will choose between Landrieu, who has served three terms, and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier are both leaving. The magazine will drop to 20 issues a year from 10 and move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to New York.
While Thursday's House vote on immigration reminds us that Congress remains divided, one bill enjoyed bipartisan support this week.
The 87-year-old former Democratic governor and convicted felon is in a congressional runoff with Republican Garrett Graves and voters will decide between the two on Saturday.
The House passed a measure that declares President Obama's immigration actions null and void. It's largely symbolic, but could be a first step in further Republican efforts to try to roll back Obama's moves.
The Minnesota Republican is not running for a fifth House term. She wrote in BuzzFeed that she'll miss, among other things, smoke-filled rooms and Seersucker Thursdays.
The Senate still prefers paper instead of electronic filings for disclosures of donors and spending. The massive amounts of paper create all sorts of disclosure headaches.
Texas, which is leading the states, filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. State Attorney General Greg Abbott said the president's action "tramples" the Constitution.