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More Jobs, Cheaper Gas And Rising Stocks Help The Economy Look Up

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 5:45am

The U.S. economy turned up encouraging signs for most Americans. Workers can now find more jobs, and drive to them using cheaper gas. And retirement accounts are getting a boost from rising stocks.

Christmas At The White House, Where You'll Want To Hang That Snowflake Just Right

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 4:03am

Every year, hundreds of people apply for a chance to volunteer to decorate the White House for the holidays. All 70,000 ornaments and 8,000 snowflakes of it.

Thousands Of Migrants Stage Protests Along Closed Greek-Macedonian Border

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Scott Carrier of the website "Home Of The Brave" about how the European Union has decided to allow only refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan into Northern Europe.

Growing Puerto Rican Community Transforms Politics In Central Florida

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:25pm

In recent years, Puerto Ricans have begun changing the political map along the hotly contested Interstate 4 corridor in Florida. These days, about 1,000 new Puerto Rican families a month are moving to Central Florida. And both political parties are trying to win them over. NPR explores the potential impact of the fast growing Puerto Rican community on presidential politics.

Week In Politics: San Bernardino, Calif., Shooting, U.S. Policy On Syria

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss politicians' responses to the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., U.S. policy on Syria and Trump's positioning with the GOP.

Presidential Candidates Still Like To Party

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 11:27am

House party, that is. Even as campaigns get larger, candidates who want to win in New Hampshire continue to meet voters one-on-one. Why does this curious tradition survive?

House Committee Report Finds Secret Service Is 'An Agency In Crisis'

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 10:45am

In the last decade, 143 security breaches or attempted breaches have taken place. The committee suggested the scope of the agency's duties be reviewed to determine what "missions can be shed."

Why Aren't Ads Buying GOP Candidates Better Poll Numbers?

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 10:44am

Trump has spent a tiny fraction of what Jeb Bush has spent on TV ads, but the former reality TV star remains unshakably at the top of national polls.

Trump Criticized For Using Stereotypes While Speaking To Republican Jewish Coalition

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 3:59am

Donald Trump appeared before the Republican Jewish Coalition, joking about Jewish stereotypes. The audience received those rather well, but was not as receptive to his political views about Israel.

Dick Cheney's Bust Unveiled At The Capitol, As He's Lightly Roasted

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:29pm

Former Vice President Dick Cheney returned to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday for a ceremony honoring his service as president of the Senate. Former President George W. Bush was among those honoring him.

'God Isn't Fixing This': Politicians' Reactions To San Bernardino Shooting

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 3:02pm

The chances for political action after the latest mass shooting are low. But the reaction was swift, with many on the left criticizing conservatives for turning solely to thoughts and prayers.

Trump To Jewish Republicans: 'I'm A Negotiator Like You Folks'

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 1:59pm

At the Republican Jewish Coalition's candidate forum Thursday, Trump spoke about his Jewish daughter as well as the threat of terrorism and U.S. policy in Israel.

'God Isn't Fixing This' Argument Divides Even More In Gun Debate

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 11:15am

For many fed up with the now seemingly routine shootings and the lack of policy action, pleas to God aren't enough. But is that fair?

Obama: 'We All Have A Part To Play' In Stopping Gun Violence

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:50am

In a statement from the Oval Office, the president also said the investigation into Wednesday's shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., has been handed over to the FBI.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Now Says He Welcomes Federal Investigation

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:35am

A day after Hillary Clinton called for a Justice Department investigation into Chicago police's handling of the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel reversed course to support one.

Senate Expected To Pass Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Health Law

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:47am

The House has managed to vote more than 50 times to repeal all or part of the health care law, but it's always been tougher in the Senate. They are symbolic votes that the president would veto.

In The Highway Bill, Some Find Road To Riches, Others Hit A Pothole

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 6:46am

The $305 billion highway bill funds transportation infrastructure projects. But it also offers wins and losses for unrelated businesses. The Export-Import Bank gets saved, but big banks lose out.

'Triumph Of William McKinley' Speaks To The Ages, Karl Rove Says

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:23am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican strategist Karl Rove about his book of history that he believes sheds light on politics today: the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley.

Obama Again Calls For Stronger Gun Measures After San Bernardino Shooting

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 4:23am

President Obama again found himself in the position of decrying a mass shooting and not being able to do much about it. He used a scheduled interview with CBS News to express his sympathies.

Obama Calls For Gun Control Measures After San Bernardino, Calif., Shooting

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 7:55pm

President Obama expressed sympathy to the victims' families of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. He also called for stronger gun background checks and other measures.

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