NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Sen. Patrick Leahy, co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act, which curtailed phone sweeps by the government. He says he also hopes to limit the collection of Internet records.
More than 20 states have budget problems, but one of the biggest budget deficits is in Louisiana. Gov. Jindal's presidential hopes are complicating efforts to fix the state's budget woes.
Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has taken on some tough gigs in his time, but being the United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria during the civil war topped them all.
Patients are flocking to community health clinics for care. Obamacare advertising brought a lot of people out of the woodwork who wanted health insurance but didn't qualify for it.
If you thought the Trans-Pacific Partnership was big already — and it is — it could get even bigger, President Obama told Kai Ryssdal of "Marketplace" from American Public Media.
Seven of the 33 inspector general posts in the Obama administration are being filled by temporary appointees, according to the panel. Permanent IGs have been nominated for just three of the vacancies.
The Justice Department indicted the New Jersey Democrat just two months ago on bribery and conspiracy charges. But lawyers in the case already seem to be getting under each other's skin.
In 2002, Lincoln Chafee was the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the use of force to oust Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Some Republican colleagues referred to him as "the missing Linc."
A new poll shows Americans think the rich have too much influence and that the political money system needs an overhaul, but they rate it low on the priority list.
The new rules rely on phone companies to collect the data. The altered approach was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, matching a version the House passed to update the Patriot Act.
Lawmakers wanted to know more about the recall of some 34 million vehicles that have potentially defective air bags made by the Takata Corporation. Congress wants to know what caused the problem.
Bush, who is likely running for president, is a firm Catholic. But that might not be enough for evangelical Christians in Iowa who see him as moderate and are looking elsewhere.
A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.
The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a House-passed bill that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection program. Edward Snowden also spoke via videolink to a conference in London.
NPR's Melissa Block speaks with John Pistole about the report that found 95 percent of recent covert tests of airport screeners were able to get past security.
State lawmakers passed dozens of bills to restrict abortion this session. One trend: making women wait ever longer, up to 72 hours in some states, before having the procedure.
Auto parts supplier Takata has agreed to modify the way it makes airbags. Takata and government safety officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about the massive recall effort. Some 34 million vehicles need to have new airbags installed.
Three weeks after the deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and the head of Amtrak testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
The acting head of the Transportation Security Administration has been reassigned after a covert investigation found serious failings in security screening procedures.
People always say they want change in elections, but who represents that change? A new poll sheds some light on who does — and who does not.