California Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions Wednesday. The move coincides with new figures that show snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is at a historic low.
The Republican Party is facing backlash over religious freedom laws passed this week in Indiana and Arkansas. The governor of Arkansas asked legislators Wednesday to reconsider its bill.
Arizona is requiring doctors to tell women using the "abortion pill" that it can be reversed. NPR takes a look at whether that's true.
Margaret Hamburg ended her run this week as one of the longest serving Food and Drug Administration commissioners in recent decades.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger about differences in the American and Iranian approaches to the talks.
At issue is whether the former IRS official waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made an opening statement proclaiming her innocence over the agency's targeting of conservative groups.
The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics. And as is often the case in controversies, the facts have become muddled and conflated.
Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday. A similar Indiana law sparked a backlash. Critics say it allows businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it bolsters religious freedom.
Limited though it may be, analysts say the administration's negotiation with Iran has shaken traditional allies and left both friends and enemies uncertain about what it will do next in the region.
Even before he won the White House in 2008, President Obama discussed redefining the U.S. relationship with Iran.
The court ruled Tuesday that private Medicaid providers cannot sue to force states to raise reimbursement rates in the face of rising medical costs.
Students who say their for-profit college degrees are worthless took their "debt strike" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today.
Two liberal groups say some politicians have crossed the legal line that defines a candidacy in campaign finance law, even though they haven't declared anything yet.
Six world powers and Iran will extend their deadline by a day to form a preliminary nuclear agreement.
Former military leader Mohammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win a Nigerian presidential election.
A group of students met with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Tuesday to send a message: They won't pay back the loans they incurred attending troubled for-profit colleges.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence addressed the continuing controversy surrounding his state's religious freedom law Tuesday.
The White House proposal will be submitted at the next big climate meeting in Paris this December. It marks the beginning of a worldwide plan for countries to combat climate change.
"This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs," said Jeb Bush. Hillary Clinton tweeted: "Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today."
Mixing judges with campaign contributions can lead to conflicts of interest. Fresh Air talks to retired Judge Sue Bell Cobb and the Center for American Progress' Billy Corriher.