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Follow The Money: Congress Uses Budget Bill To Rewrite Food Policies

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 3:33pm

As lawmakers revealed a spending bill to keep the government running, they also took the time to weigh in on school lunch, GM salmon, calorie postings on menus and meat labels.

Cybersecurity Legislation Finds A Place In U.S. Budget Bill

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 2:21pm

Congress has been trying to tackle cybersecurity for years. After several attempts to craft information-sharing legislation, the latest one has found its way into the must-pass federal spending bill.

Federal Reserve Announces Hike In Short-Term Interest Rates

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 1:03pm

After holding rates near zero for seven years, the Fed approved a small increase Wednesday. While that step seems minor, the impact could be huge in 2016 as borrowing costs head up.

No Government Shutdown Likely; Here's What's In The Spending Bill

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:01pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan looks like he will avoid what would've been a government shutdown at midnight with a massive $1.1 trillion spending package. But he had to appeal to Democrats to do it.

Panda Cub Bei Bei Is Set To Share His Adorableness With The World

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:48am

The 4-month-old cub is now walking, squealing loudly, eating well and racing ahead of his older sister Bao Bao developmentally.

Congress' Funding Package Offers No Debt Assistance To Puerto Rico

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:43am

Struggling under a $72 billion debt, the territory asked for a legal change allowing it to file for some form of bankruptcy. But lawmakers have left that language out of their tax-and-spending deal.

All Eyes On Trump Once Again, But His Rivals Feel The Pressure

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 5:05am

Trump appeared serene and imperturbable, while most all the others on stage directed their fire primarily at each other. Jeb Bush was the exception, saying Trump would be "a chaos president."

There Are Way More Campaign Ads This Year (But They're Not Doing Much)

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 5:00am

Compared to this time four years ago, nearly 50% more ads have run in the presidential campaign. But the candidate spending more on ads than anyone is Jeb Bush, now mired at the bottom of the polls.

Inside The Spin Room After The GOP Debate In Las Vegas

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

GOP presidential candidates will resume debate forums after the holidays. One political adviser pointed out that there may not be a clear frontrunner for the nomination before the party's convention.

Christie PAC Makes The Most Of Targeted Facebook Ads

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie's political action committee is using mobile ad technology to scoop up data about the people attending campaign events across New Hampshire.

How Did The GOP Candidates Do On Issues Of National Security?

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

Renee Montagne talks to Mary Beth Long, a former Defense Department official in the George W. Bush administration, about how well the candidates addressed the safety issues.

GOP Presidential Candidates Clash Over Security Issues In 5th Debate

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 4:11am

Recent world events refocused the conversation on terrorism and national security. Jeb Bush sparred with Donald Trump over his comments about temporarily banning Muslims from the U.S.

House Plans Vote On Year-End, Must-Pass Tax And Spending Deal

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 10:43pm

Republicans like the tax package; Democrats like the spending plan. The two parties are expected to put together enough votes to get the overall deal through the House, with a smooth road beyond.

The Fifth Republican Debate In 100 Words (And 4 Video Clips)

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 10:30pm

With the backdrop of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the fifth Republican presidential debate was the most serious to date. It was fiery but some substantive disagreements emerged.

The Debate Clock: Who's Getting The Most Time To Talk

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 8:55pm

Curious to see who will get the most talking time in tonight's GOP debate? So are we. NPR is keeping track of how long every candidate speaks - interruptions and all - in tonight's debate.

GOP Debate Liveblog: National Security Takes Center Stage

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 7:48pm

Concerns over terrorism and how to respond to threats at home and abroad will weigh heavily over the CNN face-off in Las Vegas.

In First Debate, Lindsey Graham Holds His Ground On Terrorism

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 7:36pm

Graham repeatedly rolled his eyes and shook his head as the other candidates discussed their plans to fight ISIS.

Ahead Of GOP Debate, Clinton Rips Republicans On National Security

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 7:16pm

Outlining her plan to combat ISIS and radicalization in the U.S., the Democratic presidential candidate said "shallow slogans don't add up to a strategy."

These Seven Charts Can Help You See What The Fed Is Doing

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 5:08pm

The Federal Reserve's thinking about interest rates may seem a bit mysterious. But here are some graphs that should help you see where we've been, and why the central bank may be ready to raise rates.

Why The Politics Of The Star Wars Universe Makes No Sense

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 4:32pm

Seriously, do you understand how the Galactic Senate functioned?




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