After an unexpected promotion, Cardin has become the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just as it is crafting a role for Congress to weigh in on the Iran nuclear deal.
The move is just one part of the Obama administration's push to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.
From a place of significance to what message they want to convey, where and how presidential candidates announce their campaigns matters.
A vote in the Foreign Relations Committee could come as soon as today. The White House has threatened a veto, saying any congressional action could imperil talks with Iran on its nuclear program.
The name "Clinton" remains magic for many Americans who got jobs, bought homes and invested savings in the 1990s. But key elements of "Clintonomics" may not be popular with today's Democratic voters.
People trying to get help from the IRS to file their taxes are finding long lines, long waits on the phone and not much help. The IRS blames staff reductions on budget cuts spearheaded by Republicans.
A Senate committee begins work on a bill that would overhaul the education law. That measure — once considered a great uniter of politicians on the left and right — has since become a great divider.
On gay rights and immigration, Republicans running for president, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, are trying to navigate a tricky course between their party and the country at-large.
The GOP still has the health care law in its sights, but now also promises to do away with Obama's opening to Cuba and nascent deal on nuclear development with Iran.
Rubio spoke to NPR about his run for president, Indiana's religious freedom law, the president's deal with Iran and immigration.
The Florida senator could be the youngest Republican in the presidential field, but he is fully confident he has the experience to lead.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Guillermo Grenier, a sociology professor at Florida International University.
Police in China have released five women's rights activists on bail. They are suspected of disturbing public order, and may still be indicted at a later date. The case has caused an international outcry and a chilling effect on gender rights work.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up a bill Tuesday, which intends to give Congress a voice on the Iran nuclear agreement. The bill would take away the president's power to lift sanctions on Iran for 60 days after an agreement is reached, so Congress would have time to review it. The White House spokesman said Monday the president would veto such a bill.
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Kevin Rothrock, who wrote the article, "The Kremlin has declared war on memes" for Global Voices and Quartz.
In announcing her run for president, Hillary Clinton said "the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top."
Hillary Clinton will hold her first campaign events in Iowa Tuesday since announcing her 2016 bid for the White House. What can we expect to see? Her aides say to think small.
SuperPACs, financed by unlimited but disclosed donations, now appear to be the presidential candidate's new best friend. One backing Sen. Marco Rubio is revving up, and Sen. Ted Cruz already has four.
The Florida senator got his start on the Bob Dole presidential campaign and was once Mormon. Here's what else you might not know.
In 2010, Inglis, R-S.C., lost his seat in the Tea Party wave for, among other things, accepting climate change. Past winners of the award include President George H.W. Bush.