House Republicans planned to select a nominee for Speaker of the House Thursday, but the election was thrown into chaos when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner, abruptly dropped out of the race.
Officials from the Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments visit Cuba this week to grasp a better understanding of the country's economy. They want to know how far the U.S. can go in doing business with Cuba under the limits of the half-century old embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led the delegation, despite criticism from those who say the move comes too soon.
A big sticking point in the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership involved biologics medicines and vaccines created from living organisms. The dispute centered on patent protection: how many years drug companies should have before facing competition from generics. The negotiators ended up with a complicated compromise that gives drug makers five to eight years of protection. But nobody is really happy with the outcome.
Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned members of his own caucus Thursday by withdrawing from the race to be the next nominee for Speaker.
The political world was shocked when the GOP House leader took himself out of consideration for speaker. Rep. Charles Rangel tweeted that unlike his smoothie, things weren't "smooth" for McCarthy.
To be nominated for speaker, Kevin McCarthy would have needed just a majority of House Republicans' votes, but getting through a vote with the full House would have been a much higher hurdle.
The Senate minority leader and his wife are seeking more than $50,000 in damages over what they say is a defective resistance band that caused him to lose sight in his right eye, among other injuries.
According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting, the current House GOP leader told Republicans he didn't have a path to victory to secure the top job in the House.
The former Florida governor has a household name, but the candidate knows he needs to introduce himself. "I've gotta tell the Jeb story," he said, "I've got to say who I am. I've gotta show my heart."
House Republicans will cast secret ballots Thursday to nominate the next speaker. Kevin McCarthy is favored, but he will face a bigger hurdle when the entire House votes later this month.
In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.
This week's issue features a call to action, urging readers to speak out to Congress about gun violence. Renee Montagne talks to Editorial Director Jess Cagle about the magazine's foray into politics.
In politics, the assumption is that millennials are apathetic. But for some in that generation, there's optimism that convinces them that they could change the system they despise.
On Thursday, the House Republican Conference will choose a nominee out of three candidates to replace John Boehner as speaker. And then later this month, the entire House will vote for speaker.
Alabama closed 31 part-time driver's license offices last week due to budget cuts. That leaves many rural residents without a place to obtain driver's licenses — licenses that double as voter IDs.
Billed as a "companion" to major Senate sentencing legislation released last week, the top Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee say the proposal comes after months of negotiations.
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson says if he would have engaged the Orgeon shooter if he had been there, He isnt the only republican who has soken about guns recently,.
The Supreme Court heard its first death penalty case of the new term Wednesday, and the questioning quickly showed how deep and bitter the divide between the justices has grown on this issue.
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with NASA Commander Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, who are spending the year on the International Space Station.
"What I know of it, as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," the Democrat said, breaking with President Obama on his signature trade deal he hopes to push through Congress.