• 7:43am Feb 03, 2014
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    Voters In New Orleans Give Mayor Mitch Landrieu 2nd Term

    Over the weekend, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a triumphant re-election victory. Even with the major progress New Orleans has made since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, there are plenty of challenges for Landrieu to tackle in a second term, including high rates of unemployment and crime.
  • 7:51pm Jan 31, 2014
    National National Politics & Government Health & Safety

    More Republicans Push For Fixing, Not Repealing, Obamacare

    Some conservatives say the health care law is here to stay. They're urging Republicans to shift their focus from repealing it to changing parts they don't like. The Tea Party wing calls that capitulation. And it's pushing primary challengers against Republicans they say are soft on repeal.
  • The farm bill proposes a $1 billion cut to food stamps, which would affect nearly 850,000 struggling families who already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif.
    Antonio Mena / Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank
    8:00pm Jan 30, 2014
    National National Politics & Government

    Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

    The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it's far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.
  • 1:58pm Jan 29, 2014
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    Republican Rep. Schweikert: Obama Didn't Hit A Crescendo

    The Arizona Congressman sat in the House chamber Tuesday night and listened to President Obama address the nation. He tells Steve Inskeep this year's address sounded a lot like last year's speech.
  • 8:20am Jan 28, 2014
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    Capitol Hill Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Farm Bill

    After a more than two-year stall, lawmakers have reached a compromise on the Farm Bill. That mammoth piece of legislation deals with agriculture policy and governs the federal food stamp program. For more on the legislation, Steve Inskeep talks to Derek Wallbank of Bloomberg News.
  • 12:50pm Jan 27, 2014
    Books Books Politics & Government

    Congress Gets A Beating In Gates Memoir, Too

    Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has a new memoir out that serves up some tough criticism of President Obama and Congress. NPR's Arun Rath talks to correspondent Liz Halloran about the punches being thrown.
  • 10:16am Jan 24, 2014
    Politics & Government Politics & Government

    Boehner Picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers For GOP Rebuttal

    Tuesday night is the State of the Union Address — the biggest opportunity President Obama gets all year to speak to the American people about his priorities. There's also another speech that night — the GOP response. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner announced Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington State would deliver the official rebuttal.
  • Pope Francis waves to faithful during the Angelus prayer from his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday. President Obama will meet with the pope for the first time in March.
    Alessandra Tarantino/AP
    8:32pm Jan 21, 2014
    World News World News Politics & Government

    Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date

    The meeting in March will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter. The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Roman Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.
  • Henry Ford Hospital treats Detroit residents.  About 1 in 3 residents of that city is uninsured, and the hospital CEO hopes Medicaid expansion will increase the number of people with health insurance.
    Eric Whitney
    1:45pm Jan 20, 2014
    National National Politics & Government Health & Safety

    In Michigan, Businessmen And Politicians Agree On Medicaid

    Michigan is one of only a handful of Republican-led states that is expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. It did it by forging a plan that worked for Republicans, Democrats and business interests, as well as doctors and hospitals.
  • President Obama has alluded to his pen and his phone as two tools that help him act without waiting for congressional approval.
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    8:04am Jan 20, 2014
    National National Politics & Government

    Wielding A Pen And A Phone, Obama Goes It Alone

    President Obama has a couple tools at his disposal that let him bypass congressional approval — and he's using them to advance his economic agenda. The administration says the president is still willing to work with Congress, but some on Capitol Hill are taking issue with the executive tactic.