It's been more than a month since leaders of the House and Senate budget committee worked out a broad agreement for federal spending, and their staffs are still working furiously to flesh out the outline before the deadline of January 15. So for many on Capitol Hill, there's been no holiday break.
Religious organizations have objected to the new health care law's requirement that employers include contraception coverage in the insurance plans they offer employees. But the Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt and has no standing to object.
Texas Republican Harold Simmons, who died last weekend, was known for throwing millions of dollars into fiercely aggressive attack ads against Democrats. His death, along with that of Texas conservative Bob Perry earlier this year, signals the fading of the first wave of mega-donors in modern American politics.
Tell Me More chats with a global roundtable, about stories to watch this year in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner who is in Kenya; Fernando Espeulas of Univision; and Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center.
Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.