The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.
Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.
Some of Hillary Clinton's most vocal critics are from those in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Mara Liasson about Clinton's evolving relationship with the press.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Harry Reid's retirement announcement and Ted Cruz's appeal to the far-right.
Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not seek a sixth term next year and will retire after three decades in the chamber. He endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer to replace him as Democratic leader.
Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.
Democrats argue the top Senate leader's retirement might be a good thing. But it's going to set off a scramble to replace him in one of the most hotly contested races in 2016.
The senator from Nevada was raised in a home built of scavenged railroad ties and with a toughness that has carried him through his life and political career.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is not seeking re-election in 2016, but he is leaving no room for a leadership fight. He's throwing his support to his top lieutenant and message maestro.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made the endorsement on Nevada Public Radio after saying earlier today that he won't seek re-election in 2016.
The Democratic leader in the Senate announced his decision in a video. "My friend Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, don't be too elated," he said. "I'm going to be here for 22 months."
The president called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades." Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.
Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.
Most of the members of the coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen, are also members of the U.S.-led coalition in Syria that's been waging an air campaign against the self-styled Islamic State.
As they do every time the Senate takes up a budget resolution, senators spend hours voting on proposals they want to add to the document, which isn't technically a budget but a vision statement.
The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.
Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.
Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.
Congress has acted 17 times to prevent a cut in Medicare doctors' payments. But the so-called "Doc Fix" has always been like that pair of jeans you keep in your closet, hoping someday they'll fit.