Congress approved arming moderate rebels in Syria to battle Islamic State militants. Experts say that might violate international law banning the use of force against duly constituted governments.
One reason for the lapses could be low morale within the agency. And a big reason behind that may be the reorganization that placed the agency within the Department of Homeland Security.
Sympathy for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, helped get her successor elected. Now she lobbies for tighter gun laws, and a tough ad from her PAC has stirred anger.
The Number of the Week is: 80,000. That's the how many are protesting in Honk Kong, according to organizers. But data journalist Mona Chalabi says estimating crowd size isn't an exact science.
One of the most competitive House races this year is in Florida's panhandle. Democrat Gwen Graham has made it a tight race in part by attacking Southerland as being out of step on women's issues.
Before Secret Service agents found themselves the butt of late-night TV jokes, they were more used to being portrayed in big-budget Hollywood movies. We look at the service through Hollywood's lens.
Stuart Delery stayed out of the limelight even as he argued controversial cases. A recent promotion makes him the highest-ranking openly gay lawyer in the Justice Department.
Democrats see an opportunity in the South's changing demographics. Particularly in states with growing Hispanic communities, lots of unregistered black voters and migration from other states.
The White House says the new jobs numbers are evidence its policies are working. It's a message President Obama is taking on the road, but it's unclear if it will move voters in the midterm elections.
President Obama gets low marks for his handling of the economy — and that creates an opening for Republicans heading into next month's midterm elections.
A new NPR poll concentrates on the Senate battleground — the 12 states that will determine control of the senate next year. It found an electorate where nobody likes anybody.
Millions of dollars worth of ads have been dumped into the state's small media market. But out in the state, you find out those ads are getting on people's nerves.
With a month before the midterm elections, President Obama is trying to frame the elections by touting the administration's success on the economy. Republicans have other ideas.
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza says the Republican's earlier views on foreign policy and his opposition to the Civil Rights Act may dog him, as well as the extreme libertarianism of his father, Ron Paul.
Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.
The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.
It turns out the Secret Service isn't too good at protecting the White House, and maybe one reason is that we don't want it to be.
Elizabeth Warren tells NPR that newly released recordings of conversations by Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 meltdown have continued.
Warren tells Morning Edition that audio tapes made by an investigator working for the New York Fed reenforce the perception of a disturbingly cozy relationship between regulators and banks.
The new book Back Channel to Cuba, reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba.