Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley was considered the favorite to capture the state's open U.S. Senate seat. But an injudicious remark he made about veteran GOP Sen. Charles Grassley has unsettled the race.
Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But when it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning – fundraising – women do just as well as men.
Outright bans haven't passed legal muster, but new requirements enacted last year have shut down four of the state's 14 abortion clinics.
Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the "tide is turning" toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.
The Department of Education declared that transgender students are protected under Title IX. But there are questions about how that will work on campuses, and what the legal complications might be.
Iowa and Mississippi share a dubious distinction: They're the only two states that have never sent a woman to Congress or elected one as governor.
Primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio serve as the kickoff for an intense two-month stretch of elections. Did we mention former American Idol star Clay Aiken is on the ballot?
The GOP knows it has a problem with women. But is it tone or issues? And what can they do to woo more women without alienating their he-man base.
Recruiters for political parties say it's hard to get women to run for office. They're happy to join a campaign and raise money for others, but put themselves forward? That's a tougher proposition.
The state's death rate declined in the four years after Massachusetts passed a law requiring health insurance. The state's minority residents posted the biggest gains in life expectancy.
Three states go to the polls Tuesday, starting what will be an eight-week stretch of primaries in the U.S. For a look at the intra-party political landscape, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian has this overview.
Republicans may not be as focused on Affordable Care Act repeal as before, but that doesn't mean the law has turned the corner in terms of public support.
The award is for politicians who made unpopular decisions but they believed to be right. In 1990, Bush broke his own no new taxes pledge and accepted higher taxes to cut the federal deficit.
The Obama administration is trying to gain more support for a bi-partisan bill to dramatically re-shape the housing finance industry. Others say the bill would weaken affordable housing regulations.
The Senate is expected to vote soon on the controversial pipeline. Supporters introduced the bill after the White House put its approval process on hold indefinitely because of a legal dispute.
The gender gap is standard fare in politics. But in 2012, Barack Obama had a nearly 40 point advantage when it came to single women. That's more like a gender canyon.
Recent polls have President Obama's approval ratings hovering around 40 percent. That's a new career low. NPR's Arun Rath talks with correspondent Mara Liasson about what that means for Democrats in November's midterm elections.
While House Speaker John Boehner is almost certain to win re-election in his suburban Cincinnati district, his prospects of being re-elected as speaker are far less clear.
We asked: "who or what got you engaged in politics?" The answers from NPR's audience have been heartfelt and personal.
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to reporters Tamara Keith and Ailsa Chang about NPR's She Votes series, and the critical role women could play in the 2014 midterm elections.