Politics

Subscribe to Politics feed Politics
NPR's expanded coverage of U.S. and world politics, the latest news from Congress and the White House, and elections. Subscribe to podcasts and RSS feeds.
Updated: 1 hour 52 min ago

GOP House Votes To Leave States Alone On Medical Marijuana

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:44pm

Nearly 50 Republicans signed on to a measure forbidding Department of Justice from interfering with medicinal marijuana laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

» E-Mail This

Retired Army Gen. On Shinseki: 'I Don't Look Up To Any Man More'

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:34pm

For more on Gen. Eric Shinseki's decision to step down, Robert Siegel turns to Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former Vice-Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army.

» E-Mail This

Shinseki's Apology Punctuates A Long Career Of Service

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for lengthy waits at VA facilities, saying he's ousting the leaders of a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after stories about delays in care there. Shinseki's decision to resign marks a muddy end to an illustrious career, which began when he joined the Army nearly five decades ago.

» E-Mail This

Week In Politics: Shinseki's Resignation And Obama At West Point

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation and President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point.

» E-Mail This

VA Secretary Shinseki Steps Down Amid Reports Of Systemic Problems

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:14pm

Gen. Eric Shinseki is stepping down as the secretary of veteran's affairs. The decision comes in the midst of growing outrage over scheduling issues in the VA health system.

» E-Mail This

What's Ahead For The VA As Shinseki Steps Down?

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:15pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday amid the scandal surrounding unofficial wait lists at VA hospitals. Two former presidential speechwriters weigh in.

» E-Mail This

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney To Step Down

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:02pm

President Obama, in a surprise appearance at a White House briefing, announced that Carney is resigning.

» E-Mail This

Democrats Plan Ad Buys In Some Rather Blue Places

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 11:03am

Part of the $44 million that House Democrats plan to spend on TV ads this fall is allocated to places like California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

» E-Mail This

VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 9:15am

Department of Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, President Obama says, hours after Shinseki said he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

» E-Mail This

Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:07am

The latest mass shooting has lawmakers on Capitol Hill talking again about overhauling the mental health system. On Thursday, psychologists and others urged Congress to do more.

» E-Mail This

Sen. Corker Wants More Lasting Show Of Force In Eastern Europe

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 4:07am

President Obama laid out his foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point. Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for reaction.

» E-Mail This

A Speech To A Nation Weary Of War, And Wary Of The World

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:37pm

The president knows America is deeply disillusioned with foreign wars and moves that seem to lead to them. "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail," he said.

» E-Mail This

Economic Upswing Has Fewer Americans Receiving Food Stamps

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:30pm

Last year, about 1 in 7 people in the U.S. were getting food stamps, or SNAP benefits. But the numbers have started to drop as more people find work and better-paying jobs, analysts say.

» E-Mail This

'Morning Edition' Friday: An Obama Critic On The West Point Speech

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:48pm

On Friday's Morning Edition, Republican Sen. Bob Corker addresses President Obama's foreign policy vision.

» E-Mail This

The Economy Takes A Dip, But Analysts Look For It To Snap Back

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:28pm

The latest U.S. report showed growth shrank in early 2014, but talk of a recession is unwarranted, economists say. They blame a harsh winter and say strong consumer spending signals a rebound.

» E-Mail This

Conservatives, Environmentalists Found Common Ground In Cap And Trade

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:27pm

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to George H.W. Bush, assisted in the development of the cap-and-trade system. He talks to Robert Siegel about how the system evolved over time.

» E-Mail This

Texas Takes A Hard Right Turn

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:23pm

In most states this year, the Republican establishment has managed to hold off Tea Party challengers. In Texas, the opposite was true.

» E-Mail This

Pope Invites Israeli, Palestinian Leaders For Joint Prayer Session

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:23pm

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have agreed to attend the joint prayer meeting at the Vatican, set for next week.

» E-Mail This

Old Senate Tradition Lies Behind Controversial Judge's Nomination

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 2:48pm

President Obama nominated a controversial Georgia judge — one who once supported the display of the Confederate flag — for the federal bench. The White House explains the choice by pointing to a Senate tradition giving a state's two senators virtual veto power over judicial nominations for their state. In Obama's case, this means that states with two Republican senators have blocked most of his appointments.

» E-Mail This

ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time'

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 12:24pm

At high poverty schools, "students rarely experience a normal school day, let alone semester or year."

» E-Mail This

Pages

©2014 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574