Also this week: a conversation between U.S. and Chinese sailors about pizza and wings (among other everyday topics).
The Justice Department found widespread noncompliance with a law requiring states to let people register to vote or update registration information when applying for or renewing a driver's license.
Since online threats targeting black students were posted online earlier this week, black students have found ways to support each other.
In a year full of political outsiders, Republican Bevin is the first to make it into office. A businessman who had never held office, he has shocked the state's political establishment.
The real estate magnate was exasperated and unfiltered during at 95-minute speech in Iowa on Thursday evening, going hard against his main GOP rival and others.
Underscoring her level of support among the Democratic establishment, Hillary Clinton has a far bigger lead with Democratic elected officials than in 2007, the last time she ran.
A big issue that came up in this week's debate was immigration. It exposed a divide between the candidates. We check many of the presidential candidates positions to see if they've changed.
They voted in record numbers for President Obama in 2008, but now they're lukewarm about any Democratic presidential candidate — saying nobody adequately addresses their big priority: racial justice.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has been hashed out line-by-line. All 6,000 pages of it. It will set the rules for roughly one-third of world trade. It has precise requirements for tariffs, quotas and subsidies for all manner of goods. But there's one huge secret tariff that isn't included: currency manipulation.
Israeli officials are objecting to new European Union guidelines to require that labels of origin on goods sold in Europe from occupied territories be labeled that way — not as made in Israel.
Public housing residents would be banned from smoking, not just in public spaces on the premises, but in their own apartments under a proposal Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The public will have 60 days to comment on the proposal, which is drawing criticism from many residents and being praised by others concerned about second-hand smoke.
The University of Missouri's Black Culture Center has become a hub for black students afraid after Tuesday's death threats. Students are also escorting each other to class and coping in other ways.
The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan has divided the states. It requires carbon emission reductions from power plants, and more than two dozen states have sued to stop it. But many others are in favor. This tug of war is playing out in Colorado and could head to the state Supreme Court.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with writer Roxane Gay and New York Magazine political columnist Jonathan Chait about activism and political correctness on today's college campuses.
"I know it is happening in some communities," Gary, Ind., Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said, adding voice to a controversial phenomenon known as the Ferguson effect.
"This proposed rule will help improve the health of more than 760,000 children and help public housing agencies save $153 million," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro says.
"The moderates are acting like conservatives usually do," Cruz told NPR. The Texas senator is positioning himself to capture supporters from Donald Trump or Ben Carson, should they falter.
Ben Carson polls high among GOP presidential candidates but fellow African-Americans traditionally fall in the Democratic column. Steve Inskeep talks to Republican strategist Ron Christie.
The ground game. It's how elections are won and for all the high-tech tools campaigns use every day, many votes are still secured the old fashioned way: door to door, person to person.
A group in Washington, D.C., collected money from government contractors to elect allies of the city's mayor, fueling fears of a pay-to-play culture.