Subscribe to Politics feed Politics
NPR's expanded coverage of U.S. and world politics, the latest news from Congress and the White House, and elections.
Updated: 1 hour 34 min ago

House Republican Leaders Plan Vote On Revised Health Care Bill

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:57pm

House Republican leaders are planning a vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. The bill has been revised to provide options for states to opt out of some key Obamacare requirements.

History Of Our Time: Making Sense Of This Moment

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:41pm

It's been a disorienting year in many democracies, and the world is changing. NPR is asking writers, thinkers and political leaders to help chart how we got to this point and where we're headed.

(Image credit: Larry Downing/Reuters; Ariel Zambelich/NPR; Jason DeCrow/AP)

Puerto Rico Makes Unprecedented Move To Restructure Billions In Debt

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:08pm

The territory, which is ineligible for bankruptcy, filed to begin a similar procedure tailor-made for its more than $70 billion debt crisis, which is likely to dwarf Detroit's 2013 Chapter 9 filing.

(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Is The GOP Health Bill Morphing Into Yet Another Big Federal Program?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:17pm

The proposals to create federal high risk-pools will create another big group of people whose health care costs are paid for by the federal government.

(Image credit: Cliff Owen/AP)

In Big Bend, Texas, There's Bipartisan Consensus: No Border Wall

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:17pm

President Trump says he's forging ahead with his U.S.-Mexico border wall. But one place nearly everyone agrees it won't cross is the starkly beautiful Big Bend region of far west Texas.

(Image credit: John Burnett/NPR)

Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:07pm

A deadline is approaching for lawmakers to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — from energy production sites on public lands.

(Image credit: Eric Gay/AP)

Trump Hosts Palestinian Authority President Abbas At The White House

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:44pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab about Palestinian reactions to President Trump's meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

North Korea Confirms Detention Of Third American As Tensions Grow

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Joseph DeTrani, former State Department special envoy for negotiations with North Korea, about the detention of a third American in North Korea.

FBI Director Comey Defends Handling Of Clinton Email Investigation

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:31pm

FBI Director James Comey gets caught in the middle of politics at the Senate Judiciary Committee. He defended his handling of the Clinton email case and said he would do it again.

Trump Lobbies House Republicans To Vote For Health Care Bill

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump personally lobbied House Republicans on Wednesday to vote for the revised GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota's Measles Outbreak

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:24pm

State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that's worried about autism.

(Image credit: Mark Zdechlik/MPR)

House Approves $1 Trillion Spending Bill To Keep Federal Government Open

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:20pm

The House approved a bipartisan spending bill that keeps the federal government funded through September, sending it to the Senate. President Trump has pushed back as Democrats declare it a victory.

(Image credit: Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)

Hate Speech And The Misnomer Of 'The Marketplace of Ideas'

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:22pm

The belief that more speech is the remedy for "bad" speech can be a principled stance. But racist hate speech may not be doing what free speech defenders think it is.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Obama Presidential Center Design Unveiled

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 1:49pm

The Center will be located in the Jackson Park neighborhood of Chicago's South side and it will include three buildings — a museum, forum and library that surround a public plaza.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Obama Foundation)

Trump's Messaging Keeps Friends Confused And Enemies More So

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:30pm

The president has spent three days and nights in a frenzy of mixed messaging that amounts to counter-programming not only his rivals but his own administration, his own party and even himself.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

For The Deal-Making Trump, Compromise Seems To Be A Dirty Word

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:01am

Ironically, President Trump seems irritated with the need to make deals. He's eager to make threats and change rules, but the American system was set up to curb a president's power.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

FBI Director Comey Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:18am

The appearance comes as several congressional committees look into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election.

(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Non-Citizens Will Soon Be Able To Vote In San Francisco — For School Board

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:55am

"If you allow the children to attend school, why can't a parent have the right to vote?" said one parent. Some worry the move will complicate and jeopardize the integrity of the city's elections.

(Image credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Without A Special Visa, Foreign Startup Founders Turn To A Workaround

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:27am

Immigration advocates often tout how many startups are founded by foreigners. Yet the U.S. does not offer startup visas. Some entrepreneurs turn to a program started as an experiment in Massachusetts.

(Image credit: Asma Khalid/Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Lawmakers To Vote On Spending Bill To Avoid A Government Shutdown

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:25am

Since Republicans need Democrats to vote for the measure, they had to compromise. While the spending bill is expected to pass, Republicans don't have the votes yet to pass a new health care bill.




WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions


(256) 895-9574

(800) 239-9574