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Spending On Democratic Congressional Primary In Maryland Breaks Records

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

In the suburbs of Washington, D.C., wealthy businessman David Trone has injected more than $12 million of his own money to try to win the Democratic primary in Maryland's 8th congressional district.

In GOP Primary, Former Pa. Gov. Ridge Picks Substance Over Celebrity

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

Ex-Gov. Tom Ridge, also the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, talks to Steve Inskeep about why he has endorsed Ohio Governor John Kasich for president.

Campaign Mystery: Why Don't Bernie Sanders' Big Rallies Lead To Big Wins?

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:01am

Bernie Sanders is drawing large, energetic crowds, but that hasn't translated into wins in large states. It turns out there is often a disconnect between big rallies and winning elections.

5 Other Contests To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 3:33am

A Pennsylvania Democratic primary will affect the general election, the Maryland Senate race turns on race and gender, a $12.4 million congressional race and two House incumbents face tough primaries.

Harvard Poll: Millennials Yearn For Bernie, But Prefer Clinton To Trump

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:31pm

Poll finds just 17 percent of millennials view GOP presidential candidate Donald positively. While Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with a positive net favorable rating.

Ahead Of Sentencing, Ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert Is Sued Over Hush Money

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 5:11pm

A man who claims he was sexually abused by Hastert as a teenager is seeking the rest of the $3.5 million Hastert allegedly promised. Hastert faces sentencing this week for crimes related to the cash.

Bernie Sanders Campaigns In Connecticut Before Tough Slate Of Primaries

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:30pm

Bernie Sanders campaigns in Connecticut ahead of the next set of primaries. Sanders is facing an uphill battle in Tuesday's contests. He needs to win at least 59 percent of pledged delegates if he hopes to overtake his rival Hillary Clinton and win the Democratic nomination. But Sanders and his supporters are vowing to fight on.

Cruz, Kasich Join Forces In Last-Ditch Effort To Stop Trump

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:30pm

The campaigns of Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich have coordinated their efforts in select upcoming primaries in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the GOP nomination.

Congress Considers Plan To Restructure Puerto Rico's $72 Billion Debt

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:30pm

Puerto Rico is short of cash and at risk of defaulting on a $400 million debt payment due May 1. House speaker Paul Ryan pledged to have a plan ready by then to help Puerto Rico find a way to repay its more than $70 billion debt.

Connecticut Democrats Divided Over Gun Control Ahead Of Primary

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:30pm

Gun control has become a major subject of debate in the Connecticut Democratic presidential primary.

In Maryland, Political Money Flows Ahead Of Upcoming Elections

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:30pm

Washington, D.C., gets a close-up view of political money excesses next door in the Maryland elections, which include a millionaire self-financing his campaign and a candidate's spouse running a superPAC.

FACT CHECK: Bernie Sanders And Whether Poor Americans Vote

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 2:03pm

One of Sanders' stats may be off, but it's true that low-income Americans vote in far smaller numbers than their higher-income counterparts.

The Cruz-Kasich Deal: Will Their Alliance Against Trump Work?

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 1:28pm

John Kasich and Ted Cruz will stay out of each other's way in three upcoming primary states. The non-aggression pact is an attempt to block Donald Trump from clinching the GOP nomination.

'Alter Egos' Dissects Hillary Clinton's Tenure As Obama's Secretary Of State

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:31pm

Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force.

This Week In Politics: 5 States Hold Primaries On Tuesday

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 4:00am

There are primaries in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland and Connecticut. Steve Inskeep talks to commentator and columnist Cokie Roberts and Robert Costa of The Washington Post.

Populist Candidates Appeal To Voters Who Feel They're Unheard

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 4:00am

Populism has been the biggest force this election year. What lasting effect might populism have on both Democrats and Republicans — even after Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have left the scene.

Race, Gender Roil Maryland Senate Democratic Primary

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 4:00am

Donna Edwards is vying to be just the second black woman ever elected to the Senate. But not all of the state's black female leaders or African-American members of Congress are lining up behind her.

Cruz And Kasich Announce Joint Strategy To Block Trump

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 11:14pm

In a statement sent out Sunday, the Cruz campaign said it will focus resources on Indiana, "and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico."

President Obama To Announce U.S. Is Sending 250 Military Personnel To Syria

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 7:12pm

The president's announcement, set to be delivered Monday in Germany, will bring the total number of American military personnel deployed in the country to as many as 300.

What's At Stake In Tuesday's Elections

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 4:25pm

Five states in the Northeast go to the polls Tuesday. Bernie Sanders faces a tough challenge on the Democratic side, while Donald Trump leads GOP polls.

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