The interview was wide-ranging and nuanced. Obama touched on topics ranging from Iran to his view of race relations in the country to the new political reality of a Legislature controlled by the GOP.
The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.
The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.
The Florida Republican tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while he had not made a final decision on a run, "we're closer to a decision than we were a month ago."
"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.
The 114th Congress has yet to convene but already members of the new majority have personnel issues to confront.
Earlier this fall, voters in Utah elected the first black Republican woman to the House of Representatives. Mia Love is a Haitian American who previously served as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, near Provo, Utah.
The EPA moved ahead with far-reaching polices to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. And the president struck a landmark deal with China to curb its carbon output as well.
The House majority whip said the group was one of many he spoke to in 2002 in efforts to build support for legislation. But, he said, he opposed the group's "racial and religious" views.
President Obama said he thinks the U.S. is less racially divided today than when he first took office. Polls and research by social scientists show that Americans have mixed views on race relations.
President Obama told NPR's Morning Edition he thinks the U.S. is less racially divided today than when he first took office. Polls show that Americans have mixed views on race relations.
Liberals are trying, again, to set up a group that would counteract ALEC. That's the conservative nonprofit that produces pro-industry measures drafted by state legislators and corporate lobbyists.
The president says incidents in the past year have "surfaced" long-simmering issues between minority communities and authorities, allowing for a healthy airing of grievances.