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Vincent 'Buddy' Cianci, Longtime Mayor Of Providence, R.I., Dies

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:32pm

The former mayor of Providence, R.I., has died after a bout with cancer. Vincent "Buddy" Cianci was a longtime colorful figure in local politics having served two stints as mayor. He was known for his unpredictable behavior, temper and love for his city.

Veterans Criticize Empty Pledges Of Support By Republican Candidates

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Tim Hsia, an Army veteran and co-founder of Service 2 School, who says the candidates are using veterans for political gain without substantively addressing the issues.

GOP Presidential Candidates To Hold Final Debate Before Iowa Caucuses

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:32pm

The Republican presidential candidates meet in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday night for their final debate before the Iowa caucuses. Donald Trump will not be there, amid a feud with debate host Fox News.

Sanders Health Is 'Very Good,' Says Doctor

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:23pm

If elected, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the oldest president ever. His campaign has released a physician's letter that says the 74-year-old is "in very good health."

Planned Parenthood Investigations Find No Fetal Tissue Sales

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:47am

On Monday, a grand jury indicted two anti-abortion activists who made videos purporting to show the organization illegally sells fetal body parts. The videos prompted a wave of state investigations.

'The Best And Worst Of Politics': Two-Time Mayor, Felon Buddy Cianci Dies

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:53am

He was once America's longest-serving mayor. He led Providence, R.I., through a renaissance, but his terms in office — and personal life — were marred by corruption and scandal. He was 74.

The Last Candidate To Skip The Final Iowa Debate? Ronald Reagan

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 7:00am

Television debates have been a mainstay since 1976 in presidential campaigns. Now, the GOP presidential front-runner is taking a big gamble just days before the Iowa caucuses.

Defiant Trump Exposes More Divisions Within Republican Ranks

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:09am

The presidential candidates are in Iowa. Front-runner Donald Trump holds his own event Thursday night after pulling out of the GOP debate. Steve Inskeep talks to Jonah Goldberg of the National Review.

6 Questions Ahead Of The Trump-Fox Split-Screen Squirmish

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:00am

Donald Trump has once again commanded the spotlight creating yet another unprecedented moment in presidential campaigns. He bolted a Fox News debate and is holding his own counter event instead.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Overlooks Budget Crisis In State Of The State Speech

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will deliver his state of the state address Wednesday. It comes amidst a budget impasse, partisan fighting and finger pointing over cuts to social services and an underfunded pension fund.

Idealism Vs. Pragmatism: How Style Divides The Democratic Candidates

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

There are policy differences between the two leading Democratic presidential candidates, but those differences are small compared to the gap in style and tone.

Donald Trump To Skip Fox News Debate Over Megyn Kelly Spat

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

Donald Trump's stormy relationship with the Fox News Channel took a new turn with The Donald's announcement that he won't participate in the network's GOP debate on Thursday.

Congress Moves To Tackle Heroin, Prescription Drug Epidemic

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

What is being done to fight heroin and prescription drug abuse in hard-hit states like New Hampshire? What can Congress do to help? Lawmakers tackle the issue.

After Praising Clinton, Obama Holds 'Informal' Meeting With Bernie Sanders

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

President Obama had what the White House described as an "informal" meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. It comes on the heels of Obama lavishing praise on Sanders' opponent Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump Refuses To Attend Debate Less Than A Week Before Iowa

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 3:13pm

Drama, conflict and uncertainty about how it will all end. That's the state of the presidential race, five days before the first votes are cast in Iowa.

Sanders: Obama Has 'Tried To Be Fair' In Primary Race

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 2:01pm

Calling a meeting with the president "constructive and productive," Sen. Bernie Sanders said the two also talked about foreign and domestic policy and "a little bit of politics."

Embedded In Des Moines: A 'Times' Reporter's Year Covering The '16 Campaign

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:45pm

New York Times political reporter Trip Gabriel has spent the past year in Iowa, covering the political operations, speeches and rallies leading up to the first vote of the presidential campaign.

Meet 'The Tenth,' A Slick New Magazine For Queer Black Men

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 9:01am

Now on its third issue, The Tenth wants the fashion industry to stop seeing queer blacks folks as "the flavor of the month."

President Obama Wants More Funds To Feed Low-Income Kids In Summer

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 5:00am

The President will propose in his 2017 budget that families who qualify for subsidized school meals receive benefits to buy an extra $45 in groceries per child each month when school is out.

Sidestepping Iowa, John Kasich Is Hedging His Bets On New Hampshire

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:12am

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has held more town halls in New Hampshire than any other candidate — 80 to date. He's hoping a strong performance in the state will keep his campaign alive.

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