• 8:00am Dec 23, 2013

    Washington Holidays Begin With An Air of Bipartisanship

    President Obama and his family are vacationing in Hawaii and Congress is in recess until early next year. As members left town, it was in a less contentious mood than in the last several years. But next year brings challenges that are likely to test whatever good will is now in the air.
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    6:10pm Nov 17, 2013
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    Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Pushes Diplomacy Online

    Iran's leaders are active on Facebook and Twitter, and frequently reach out in English via social media. Both services remain officially banned in Iran. But journalist Robin Wright, an expert on Iran, calls their online overtures "the most ambitious public diplomacy campaign since Iran's 1979 revolution."
  • 6:35am Nov 11, 2013

    Since Post-Vietnam Era, Fewer Veterans In Congress

    The camaraderie that veterans talk about used to be true in Congress too — partly because many members had served in the military. But today's Congress has very few veterans in its ranks, about 20 percent, compared with more than three-quarters in the post-Vietnam era. What does that number mean politically.
  • 7:44am Sep 30, 2013
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    House, Senate Disagree On How To Keep Government Open

    A partial government shutdown is looming. To discuss the situation, David Greene and Steve Inskeep talk to contributor Cokie Roberts, NPR's Mara Liasson, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and Robert Costa, who covers Congress for the National Review.
  • 10:35am Sep 23, 2013

    Budget Debate To Hit High Drama This Week

    President Obama heads to New York on Monday for the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. The international meeting comes as, back in Washington, the U.S. Congress is once again heading into a possible government shutdown over spending priorities.
  • 9:44am Sep 19, 2013
    World News World News

    Feds Say NYC Building Is A Front For Iran

    The U.S. government moved this week to seize a Manhattan skyscraper said to be secretly owned by Iran. To discuss how such targeting of Iran's financial assets fits into the broader strategy of ending its nuclear program, Renee Montagne talks to former White House and Treasury Department official Juan Zarate.
  • 9:44am Sep 19, 2013

    Census Bureau Survey Indicates How Americans Live

    Steve Inskeep talks to demographer William Frey, of the Brookings Institution, about new trends in the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. It's an annual snapshot into the lives of Americans. The data helps communities plan investments and services.
  • 9:38am Sep 17, 2013
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    U.N. Report Doesn't Assign Blame To Syrian Chemical Attack

    U.N. weapons inspectors have issued their report on last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria. Anthony Cordesman, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Steve Inskeep that the report bolsters U.S. and European charges that the Assad regime deployed the sarin gas.
  • 6:52am Aug 19, 2013

    Democrats And Republicans Push Obama To Get Tough With Egypt

    After a week's vacation, President Obama is back at the White House planning a bus tour later this week to promote his economic and educational policies. The president comes home to increased pressure from both political parties to get tougher with the Egyptian military.
  • 7:29am Aug 05, 2013

    Washington Stresses Seriousness Of Terrorist Threat

    Nineteen American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa will remain closed all week. That after U.S. intelligence picked up a threat of terrorist attacks by al Qaida and its affiliates. Over the weekend, the State Department issued a travel alert to Americans warning of planned attacks.