Politics & Government

  • 11:13am May 21, 2013
    Economy Economy Politics & Government

    Apple CEO Faces Senate Panel's Accusations Of 'Tax Gimmickry'

    Tim Cook will address reports that his company pays billions less than it should in U.S. taxes each year at a Tuesday hearing in Washington. According to a report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Apple avoids the tax payments by shifting profits to subsidiaries in Ireland.
  • 11:13am May 21, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Fox News Reporter James Rosen Caught Up In Federal Probe

    There is word of another controversial leak investigation by the Department of Justice. The target is Fox News reporter James Rosen, who was monitored by the department after breaking a story about North Korea's nuclear weapons program in 2009.
  • 11:13am May 21, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    Unclear Laws May Have Contributed to Tax-Exempt Controversy

    IRS and Treasury officials can expect a hard time in their appearances on Capitol Hill Tuesday. A key question that so far has not gotten much attention: How did it come to be that social welfare organizations became vehicles for political activity?
  • 11:15am May 20, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Is There Really A Second-Term Curse?

    Whether it's Richard Nixon's resignation or Bill Clinton's impeachment, presidents tend to have a tough time during the back half of an eight-year presidency.
  • 5:19am May 20, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    Why Congress Has Reasons Not To Be Bipartsan

    Some political columnists say President Obama needs to exercise more "leadership" to bend a divided Congress to his will. But congressional Republicans have little incentive to cooperate with the president. And the more he "leads," the harder it may be for them to follow.
  • 7:23am May 18, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    What A Week: White House Rattled By Controversy

    NPR's Ari Shapiro joins host Scott Simon to talk about the Obama administration's week. The president was buffeted by revelations that the IRS had targeted Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status and that the Justice Department had subpoenaed reporter phone records. On top of that, Republicans continue to allege that the White House engaged in a cover-up of talking points about the attack in Benghazi, Libya.
  • President Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. He told reporters: "Leaks related to national security can put people at risk."
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    9:34am May 17, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    AP Case Adds To Obama Team's Tough Record On Leaks

    His administration has prosecuted six people for giving reporters information about secret national security operations — twice as many cases as all previous presidents combined. Amid criticism from First Amendment advocates, the White House insists it values both press freedoms and national security.
  • 5:25am May 17, 2013
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    Obama Names OMB Controller As Acting IRS Commissioner

    On Thursday, President Obama named Daniel Werfel, 42, acting IRS commissioner. The announcement comes a day after the resignation of Steven Miller, who got caught up in the controversy over the IRS targeting Tea Party groups.
  • 7:24pm May 16, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Some Lawmakers Want Big-Budget Groups Included In IRS Debate

    The Justice Department is investigating the IRS's flagging of grass-roots conservative groups that sought nonprofit status. But some lawmakers want the debate extended to look at the well-financed activities of existing 501(c)(4) groups that spent millions in the 2012 elections.
  • Retirement savings
    2:04pm May 16, 2013
    National National Economy Politics & Government

    The Tricky Business Of Retirement: Hidden 401(K) Fees

    You could end up with a lot less savings at 65 than you ever anticipated because of fees charged by the financial institutions managing your retirement accounts. Robert Hiltonsmith, who researches retirement security, says those fees were disclosed to 401(k) plan participants until only recently.
  • After President Obama overturned Bush-era policy restricting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research in 2009, Nebraska Right to Life led a protest of the research outside the University of Nebraska regents' meeting.
    Nati Harnik/AP
    11:53am May 16, 2013
    National National Science Politics & Government Health & Safety

    Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock

    The news that scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the creation of Dolly the sheep. It's a fight that has, over the past decade and a half, produced a lot of heat and light and not a lot of policy.