He was a poet and a community activist. Now, as mayor of Newark, N.J., Ras Baraka faces the challenges of struggling schools, municipal corruption and mistrust between citizens and police.
Since his election, Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka has tried some unusual tactics to battle crime. He says that's just a small step in a very long effort to make Newark a safer place to live.
Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, serving in the chamber for 13 years. He was a major champion of fair housing laws.
The new Senate majority leader will soon take office. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, what his leadership might look like.
With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.
Robert Siegel talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review.
Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.
The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."
It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.
Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died on Thursday, just hours after his son Andrew was sworn in for his own second term as governor of the state. In 1992, Cuomo choose not to run for president.
The number of judicial vacancies is now at its lowest point since Obama took office. All told, the president has seen more than 300 judges confirmed, including a record number of women and minorities.
The interview was wide-ranging and nuanced. Obama touched on topics ranging from Iran to his view of race relations in the country to the new political reality of a Legislature controlled by the GOP.
The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.
The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.
The Florida Republican tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while he had not made a final decision on a run, "we're closer to a decision than we were a month ago."
"I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement," the president says of Iran and other regimes perceived as U.S. enemies. But he says restoring relations is a gradual process.
The 114th Congress has yet to convene but already members of the new majority have personnel issues to confront.
Earlier this fall, voters in Utah elected the first black Republican woman to the House of Representatives. Mia Love is a Haitian American who previously served as the mayor of Saratoga Springs, near Provo, Utah.
The EPA moved ahead with far-reaching polices to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. And the president struck a landmark deal with China to curb its carbon output as well.
The House majority whip said the group was one of many he spoke to in 2002 in efforts to build support for legislation. But, he said, he opposed the group's "racial and religious" views.