President Obama called the idea of mandatory voting potentially "transformative." That's true, and Democrats might love it, but it's not likely to happen.
Vice presidents have cast 244 tie-breakers in the Senate, but if Biden rescues Loretta Lynch's nomination it will be the first time it has been used for a Cabinet nomination.
While many of the potential presidential contenders are on the road, the race is also taking off on social media.
NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Michael Crowley, Politico's senior foreign affairs correspondent, about U.S.-Israeli relations.
President Obama defends his economic track record, even as Republicans are trying to change the government's fiscal course. House and Senate committees unveiled draft budgets that would cut spending.
Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election is likely to cause President Obama more headaches when it comes to dealing with Republicans, the Iran negotiations and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is in a fight for his political survival. Signal of deeper divide in the Democratic Party.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in parliamentary elections shows that Israelis are backing the status quo. But the shape of a new government and the international implications of Netanyahu's victory are still being worked out.
The strength of Hillary Clinton's standing in the presidential contest is clouding a left-right divide within the national Democratic Party.
NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with Steven Greenhouse, a former longtime labor correspondent for The New York Times.
The Senate has delayed confirming Holder's successor Loretta Lynch. Sen. Durbin says she's been "asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar."
President Obama predicts Kentucky will be crowned college basketball champion and cap off a perfect season. He also picks three top seeds and one No. 2 seed to make the Final Four.
The Secret Service director is asking Congress to give the agency funding to build a replica White House at its training compound in suburban Maryland.
A new law in Oregon is designed to make voting easier. Advocates are looking to it to increase turnout, but that might not necessarily be the result.
Amid reports of lavish spending, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock announced he's stepping down, surprising supporters and detractors. Illinois residents are struggling to make sense of the sudden move.
House Republicans unveiled their version of a budget for the coming year, and it's already running into trouble over military spending. Republicans who back a bigger defense budget are rebelling against their own leadership and say they're ready to vote against the entire budget.
The Senate remains deadlocked over what appeared to have an easy bipartisan bill. The legislation creates a victims restitution fund for victims of human trafficking, typically children. But Democrats object to language they say only recently discovered that bans federal money for abortions. One consequence of the logjam is a delay for a vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which includes more than 4,000 ministers and 1.8 million members, will let individual churches decide whether to perform gay marriage ceremonies.
Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy faced tough questions about a string of agency embarrassments before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Tuesday.
Polls are now closed in Israel's parliamentary elections. NPR's Emily Harris says that voter turnout was a little higher than expected Tuesday.