The retirement of Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss has unleashed a scramble for the job. Eight Republicans are trying to out-conservative one another in battling for the nomination. And Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, has emerged as the likely Democratic nominee.
In his second week in the job, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Herring says he has concluded that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.
2014 marks the first time Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has had to run for office since the emergence of the Tea Party. Graham's heading into a primary with already four Republican challengers who say he's not conservative enough for the Palmetto State. NPR's Ailsa Chang traveled down there to check in on a race voters say has become a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in South Carolina.
At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama's Council on Women and Girls presented its report on sexual assault, calling it an epidemic especially on college campuses. The report claims that one in five women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetimes. Only 12 percent of victims actually report it, though.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been called out for embellishing details in her political bio. The beauty shop ladies weigh in on that and other news. Guest host Celeste Headlee hears from Connie Schultz, DeBora Ricks, Bridget Johnson and Nicole Austin-Hillery.
Morning Edition is reporting from Idaho, where money is pouring in to support a moderate Republican member of Congress, who faces a primary fight from a Tea Party candidate. The Tea Party is making an aggressive play to pick up seats in the House next fall. The race in Idaho shows some of the dynamics of the changing face of the Republican Party, and how voters feel about government.