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August 28, 2014 Comment

Fighting Escalates In Ukraine

Ukraine’s president has canceled a trip to Turkey, saying he needs to deal with “Russian troop deployments in Eastern Ukraine.”

August 28, 2014 2 Comments

Should Congress Have a Say In Further ISIS Airstrikes?

NPR’s Carrie Johnson discusses whether President Obama legally needs congressional authorization to expand military action.

August 27, 2014 2 Comments

District Profile: Up For Grabs But Leaning Right In Wisconsin’s Sixth

Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman and Democratic county executive Mark Harris are vying for retiring Rep. Tom Petri’s seat.

August 26, 2014 Comment

Senate Tracker: Colorado, The New Swing State

In Colorado, Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Udall is facing a challenge from Congressman Cory Gardner.

August 26, 2014 2 Comments

Whistleblower Weighs In On VA Report

Dr. Sam Foote refutes a new report that found no proof that delays in health care led to deaths.

August 26, 2014 5 Comments

Obama Unveils Veterans Mental Health, Housing Measures

President Obama will announce further actions aimed at improving veterans mental healthcare and housing.

August 26, 2014 4 Comments

Can The U.S. Hurt ISIS Without Helping Assad?

Regional experts say the U.S. is faced with a difficult problem: weakening ISIS could strengthen the hand of Syrian president Bashar Assad.

August 22, 2014 11 Comments

L.A. Considers Cash Prizes To Combat Dismal Voter Turnout

The city’s ethics commission has supported a plan to use a random drawing to reward people who come to the ballot box.

August 22, 2014 Comment

Supporters Of Haiti’s Former President Try To Block His Arrest

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who returned to Haiti in 2011 after years of exile, is accused of corruption and drug trafficking.

August 21, 2014 Comment

North Carolina Lawmakers Approve Plan For Coal Ash

Six months after a coal ash spill, state lawmakers have approved a plan to regulate the ashes left over from burning coal.

August 21, 2014 2 Comments

District Profile: Michigan’s 11th Congressional Race

In this week’s installment of District Profiles, we look at the race between Democrat Bobby McKenzie and Republican David Trott.

August 20, 2014 2 Comments

A Look At How Obama Has Navigated Racial Tensions

As calls grow for the president to visit Ferguson, Peter O’Dowd reports it’s the latest step in a long journey navigating racial tensions.

August 20, 2014 Comment

Obama: World ‘Appalled’ By Killing Of James Foley

Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard, the president commented on the video showing the killing of journalist James Foley by ISIS militants.

August 20, 2014 3 Comments

Senate Tracker: A Tough Fight In Kentucky

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is trying to unseat longtime U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

August 20, 2014 12 Comments

Historian: Ferguson Exposes Need For New Leadership

Peniel Joseph says the difference between today and the civil rights movement in the 1960s is that there are no unifying leaders.

August 18, 2014 Comment

One Key To Getting A Green Card: Luck

For a look at who the government is letting into this country — and why — Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd digs into the numbers

August 18, 2014 Comment

Week In Politics: Texas Gov. Perry In Hot Water, Clinton's Pricey Speaking Perks

NPR’s Charlie Mahtesian joins us from Washington to discuss the week ahead in politics.

August 18, 2014 Comment

Defense Begins In Corruption Trial Of Former Virginia Governor

Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen face a 14-count indictment charging that they violated federal corruption laws.

August 15, 2014 Comment

The Battle Of The Super PACs

There’s a new movement to fight big money in politics, and it’s being led by – wait for it – Super PACs.

August 15, 2014 Comment

There Are Strange Bedfellows In The Fight In Iraq

Fighting alongside Kurdish fighters are people with links to a Turkish group the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, the PKK.

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August 27 Comment

Veteran Honored, But Struggles To Keep Business Open

Former Marine Matt Victoriano is being recognized as a "Champion of Change" at the White House.

August 27 40 Comments

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.

August 26 8 Comments

It’s Not Business As Usual In Ferguson, Missouri

From barber shops to bike shops, WBUR's Deborah Becker looks at what the protests have meant for businesses.

August 26 95 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, "our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia."