As he responded to more mass shootings, the president has become more forceful on gun politics. especially after the massacre at Newtown. But he's also agitated that stricter laws haven't been passed.
The vice president's popularity has tracked closely to Obama's during their administration, and it's risen as he explores a White House bid. But the realities of a campaign could bring it back down.
Criminal justice experts and advocates say they're cautiously optimistic about a new bipartisan proposal in the Senate — the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
The former Florida governor sparked controversy when he cautioned against quick political reactions to the Oregon school shooting, saying that "stuff happens."
The president spoke again Friday, one day after the shooting at an Oregon community college that killed nine. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to correspondent Tamara Keith about the president's response.
"Mr. Trump remains committed to reaching out to the Hispanic Community in more genuine and productive ways as he continues to share his vision to Make America Great Again," the campaign said.
Regular commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times discuss President Obama's remarks on the Oregon school shooting, and the leadership race in the House.
As details of Thursday's shooting at Umpqua Community College continue to emerge, several politicians are reacting with strong language about gun control.
Job growth turned out to be a lot slower in September than most economists had been assuming. Now, with hiring looking weak, they think the Federal Reserve may put off any rate increase until 2016.
Since the 1980s, Democrats have had a serious presidential candidate pressing the need for generational change. But now Republicans have the young candidates, and Rubio is running as the fresh face.
Sanders could find himself having to uncomfortably explain his past positions on gun control, to his possible political peril.
Duncan has been with Obama from the beginning of his administration. His tenure has been marked by reform — and controversy over initiatives like Common Core and an embrace of charter schools.
The lesson of many past campaigns is that while money is an essential test of viability in the early stages of a campaign, it is no guarantee of electability.
Speaking forcefully about the need for gun policy reform Thursday, Obama said, "Our thoughts and prayers are not enough."
New campaign fundraising numbers are out, and they show Bernie Sanders on pace with Hillary Clinton. For Republicans, Ben Carson was the big winner. NPR's Robert Siegel learns more from correspondent Peter Overby.
The agency's director, James Comey, said Thursday that he is closely monitoring the investigation. He also made unusually passionate remarks about violent crime in America.
The agency's director, James Comey, said Thursday that he's closely monitoring the investigation. He also made unusually passionate remarks on violent crime in America.
Russian hackers tried a phishing scheme, a White House operator didn't believe the caller was actually Clinton and she panicked after being unable to find her local NPR station.
From 60 points down and a third of the money, Bernie Sanders is now up in polls and on par in fundraising with Hillary Clinton, who raised $28 million in the third quarter.
As Hillary Clinton continues to struggle, Joe Biden's name continues to surface. No one in Washington truly knows what the vice president will do, but he likely has to decide in the next couple weeks.