California Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget proposal that calls for a $1.9 billion rainy day fund, cuts to the prison population and some funds restored to the state's higher education system. However, state workers hoping to see more in their pension funds will be disappointed.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is apologizing for actions that his staff took to shut down portions of the George Washington Bridge in New York City that affected local residents of Fort Lee, N.J. Robert Siegel speaks with Republican strategist Mike Murphy about what this incident may mean for the governor's political aspirations and the residents of New Jersey.
A bevy of tax breaks — 55 of them, in fact — expired on New Year's Day. They range from a benefit for mass transit commuters to a subsidy for NASCAR racetracks. Some of these tax breaks may not be crucial to the national economy, but the businesses that once received them tend to disagree.
Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He's long pushed for reforming the National Security Agency's surveillance practices, and he met with President Obama Thursday to discuss his proposals. Audie Cornish speaks with Sen. Udall about the meeting.
Some Navajo activists want to overturn a tribal law banning same-sex marriages. They say the law contradicts Navajo values because it disrupts harmony. Host Michel Martin talks with people on both sides of the debate: Deswood Tome, of the Navajo Nation Council, and Alray Nelson, of the Coalition for Navajo Equality.
As Democrats stress the need to refiine the War on Poverty, the GOP says it needs wholesale changes. Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans on Wednesday critiqued the federal effort as a failure of big government — and said that the states know best how to help the poor.
Uncovered emails and text messages link Gov. Chris Christie's administration to a scandal involving the closing of lanes leading to the country's most traveled bridge. It snarled traffic for days. The emails add evidence to claims from state Democrats that the closure was political retribution for a mayor who did not endorse Christie for re-election.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has a goal of putting 100,000 young people and veterans to work on the federal lands she oversees before the end of the Obama administration. These are basically public service jobs that don't pay a lot. But still, it's not an easy goal to reach during times of tight budgets, so that's why she's gone to corporate America to try to raise money.
Sen. John McCain is furious about the al-Qaida surge in an area where 1,300 U.S. troops lost their lives during the Iraq war, and the Arizona Republican says the troops that fought in battles there are now left wondering whether it was all in vain. He says the total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq left a vacuum that's being filled by America's enemies.