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The Next Encryption Battleground: Congress

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 3:55am

The top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel are floating a bill that would mandate cooperation in encryption cases, but critics say it creates a dangerous "back door."

Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Won't Be Prosecuted For Battery

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 10:56pm

Corey Lewandowski had been charged with simple battery after apparently pulling the arm of a reporter. She later showed bruises to police. Trump denied his aide had done anything wrong.

Understanding Bernie Sanders' Foreign Policy Approach

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 7:55pm

He's against the Iraq war, but not a pacifist and he sees foreign policy through an economic lens. Here's what you need to know.

Hillary Clinton Addresses Civil Rights Group After Missteps With Black Voters

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:28pm

After some recent missteps with African-American voters, Hillary Clinton addressed a high-profile civil rights group Wednesday.

Oregon's Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator To Endorse Bernie Sanders

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:28pm

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley announced his endorsement of Bernie Sanders for president Wednesday in The New York Times. He is the first U.S. senator to endorse Sanders.

When It Comes To Terms Like 'Colored People's Time,' Context Matters

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:23pm

Bill de Blasio's been getting dragged for joking about "CPT." Once more, with gusto: When it comes to terms like this, context matters. Who's saying it, where and to whom?

An Atypical Political Spouse, Melania Trump Steps Into The Campaign Spotlight

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 2:22pm

She's not a typical political spouse, spending most of her time at home caring for the couple's 10-year-old son.

'Don't Be Mean' Beer: 36 N.C. Breweries Sign Up To Sell Brew Aimed At HB2

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:37am

North Carolina's HB2 law has sparked an ACLU lawsuit and prompted calls for boycotts. Inside the state, beer brewers say the law doesn't represent them.

Bernie Sanders Picks Up First Endorsement From A Senate Colleague

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 9:11am

Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley has backed Sanders, which could help him in Oregon's May 17 primary. Hillary Clinton has far more endorsements from Congress — a big part of her superdelegate lead.

The Real Story Behind HBO's 'Confirmation' From The NPR Reporter Who Broke The Story

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 7:06am

NPR's Nina Totenberg broke Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court Justice candidate Clarence Thomas in 1991. She reflects on the climate then and how she was "pilloried" for it.

House Speaker Paul Ryan Rules Himself Out As A Possible Republican Nominee

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 4:12am

As part of a campaign to unify the GOP, Ryan said he would not be a presidential alternative. Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas about whether Ryan could still be persuaded.

The Case For John Kasich

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:29pm

The Ohio governor says there are "two paths" for the Republican party — one of "darkness" and the one that he's on. That may resonate more with general election voters than primary voters, though.

As Hollywood Stars Can Attest, It's Good To Be A Man On Payday

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 4:08pm

Economic data show that men still make a dollar for every 79 cents a woman earns. A half century ago, that figure was just 59 cents. So, much progress has been made, but a large wage gap persists.

Before Primaries, Party Elites Played Larger Role In Picking Nominees

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow in the governance studies program and director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution, about why a contested convention seems undemocratic to some, but is protected by the First Amendment and supported by the courts. She gives examples in history and compares the U.S. system with democracies around the world.

House Speaker Paul Ryan Rules Out 2016 Presidential Bid

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's "going to rule himself out of the presidential race and put this to rest once and for all." The speaker has repeatedly, publicly denied any interest in the office or the possibility of a "dark horse" run at a contested GOP convention in Cleveland.

Donald Trump To Visit Long Island Village With Painful Immigration History

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

In 2008, Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero was fatally stabbed in Patchogue, N.Y. NPR's Ari Shapiro checks in with Sister Margaret Smyth on how the village is doing, a few days before Donald Trump is set to speak at a Republican Party fundraiser there.

On Policing In Baltimore, Activist DeRay Mckesson Gets Retweets. Can He Get Votes?

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

The Black Lives Matter activist is the city's highest-profile mayoral candidate but low in polls. Voters, who say policing is a top concern, are looking to candidates with more experience.

On Equal Pay Day, Why The Gender Gap Still Exists

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

President Obama issued a proclamation making April 12 "Equal Pay Day." NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin about what's behind the pay gap between men and women.

Criminal Justice Dominates Crowded Baltimore Mayoral Race

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:28pm

Baltimore voters say policing and crime is their top concern in the city's crowded mayoral primary this month. The vote comes a year after the death of Freddie Gray, the young, black man fatally injured in police custody.

This Woman Stopped A Donald Trump Project — But Wants Him To Be President

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 3:01pm

Pat Friedman fought Donald Trump's efforts to build a big restaurant and banquet hall on a public beach on Long Island for six years.




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