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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.

No Charges For Police Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice: Some Must-Read Reactions

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 3:59pm

A grand jury declined to indict Timothy Loehmann, who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014. Tamir had been in a park in Cleveland, playing with a borrowed air gun.

He Was Born Republican Royalty, But 'Jebcito' Is From Miami

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 3:03pm

In the encore airing of the series "Journey Home" we learn why Jeb Bush embraced Hispanic culture and put down roots in south Florida.

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?

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