Eric Fanning is President Obama's choice to lead the Army, which could make him the first openly gay secretary of one of the military branches.
Francis has a full schedule, which includes a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana and President Obama in Washington, D.C., where he will also address a Joint Session of Congress.
Also this week: How Iran's supreme leader controlled domestic criticism of the nuclear deal, and the parallel to debate over the deal in the U.S.
The Obama administration is kicking off a campaign to encourage legal immigrants in the country to become citizens, which could potentially swell voter rolls by millions before Election Day.
The bill was adopted by a 241-187 vote; it isn't expected to pass in the Senate.
Because of Pope Francis' more progressive views on climate change, Rep. Paul Gosar, a Catholic Republican from Arizona, is boycotting the pope's address to Congress. He's facing pushback for it.
People on federal food assistance on average ate fewer fruits and vegetables and had worse diets than other Americans, a study finds. It reflects the challenges of eating well on limited means.
The GOP front-runner didn't dissuade a town-hall attendee who alleged President Obama is Muslim. Others in the field denounced Trump's response (or lack thereof).
Call it the stock market of politics. A new trading market allows people to essentially place bets on who will win a debate, get the most speaking time and more. And it walks a fine legal line.
The House on Friday will vote on two measures aimed at satisfying conservative Republicans in an uproar about sting videos alleging Planned Parenthood harvests and shares aborted fetal tissue.
Renee Montagne talks to Ben Zimmer, executive editor of Vocabulary.com, about some of the presidential and not so presidential words that came up during this week's Republican presidential debate.
Fresh off the second GOP debate, where he was at the center of the action, Donald Trump headed to the early primary state of New Hampshire for a rally with thousands of supporters.
One day after the GOP presidential candidates met for a debate, frontrunner Donald Trump headed to New Hampshire. He is holding a town hall meeting Thursday evening.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Mark McKinnon, former President George W. Bush's chief media strategist, about Donald Trump's style and substance.
A military coup has been announced in the West African country of Burkina Faso. The coup comes just weeks ahead of an election meant to complete a transition back to democratic rule.
One company closely watching the GOP presidential debate believes there's money to be made in the political horserace. PredictIt allows investors to buy and sell shares based on how candidates are doing.
Citing concerns about developments overseas, the Federal Reserve voted to leave interest rates unchanged Thursday. Many had expected the Fed to raise the federal funds rate by a quarter-point.
Daniela Schwarzer, senior director for research and director of the Europe Program for the German Marshall Fund, explains how the influx of migrants could affect the project of European integration.
The U.S. Federal Reserve has decided not to raise interest rates, despite the fact that the economy has been gaining strength. Economist Megan Greene has advice for how to handle the decision.
According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Department of Veterans Affairs rarely fires anyone for misconduct — except for the employees who blow the whistle on it.