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May 26, 2015 2 Comments

Lawmakers Leave Unfinished Business On Capitol Hill

Most Americans are back to work today after a three-day Memorial Day weekend, but the recess continues for Congress.

May 26, 2015 3 Comments

France Moves To Vastly Expand Surveillance In Wake Of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Although the country has long been critical of the Patriot Act, lawmakers are now moving to vastly expand government surveillance.

May 25, 2015 Comment

Debate Over Seal Hunting In Greenland Resumes

The Inuit people of Greenland are trying to get the European Union’s ban on the sale of seal products overturned.

May 25, 2015 Comment

Presidential Elections In Burundi Delayed

Amidst violent protests and a coup attempt, the president of Burundi has postponed the election — that was scheduled for tomorrow — until next month.

May 25, 2015 5 Comments

Interior Secretary On Drawing New Visitors To National Parks

Memorial Day is a popular day for Americans to visit the nation’s parks and monuments. We speak to the Secretary of the Interior, who oversees the National Park Service.

May 25, 2015 3 Comments

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

Almost a year after a scandal rocked the Veterans Affairs administration leading to a $15 billion infusion to fix the problems, long wait times and limited access to care remain unsolved.

May 22, 2015 2 Comments

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

Some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are paid as little as 25 cents an hour – well below the minimum wage.

May 22, 2015 5 Comments

Clinton Emails And Iraq Dominate 2016 Campaign News

In our weekly look at the race for 2016, we’re joined by NPR’s Don Gonyea and Julie Mason of “Press Pool” on Sirius XM.

May 22, 2015 4 Comments

The Ad That Ushered In An Era Of Tough-On-Crime Politics

In 1988, an attack ad about Gov. Michael Dukakis granting “weekend prison passes” to murderers upended the presidential race.

May 22, 2015 Comment

What’s Next For Colorado’s Controversial Birth Control Program?

The state legislature has voted against continuing a program that’s credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortions.

May 22, 2015 2 Comments

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

The referendum legalizing same-sex marriage in Ireland is expected to pass with more than two-thirds support.

May 21, 2015 5 Comments

Congress Scrambles On NSA Surveillance, Trade Authority

The Senate has scheduled rare Saturday votes before lawmakers go on Memorial Day recess.

May 20, 2015 12 Comments

Is Oklahoma’s Death Penalty Cruel And Unusual? Supreme Court To Decide

We look at why Oklahoma and other states settled on midazolam, and what may change when the Supreme Court ruling comes down.

May 20, 2015 Comment

The Sticking Point Of The Patriot Act: Section 215

This is the section former NSA contractor Edward Snowden brought to light, concerning the bulk collection of American’s phone records.

May 20, 2015 13 Comments

Jimmy Carter Has Created New Model For Former Presidents

The nation’s 39th president is still active at the age of 90, working to advance democracy and human rights through The Carter Center.

May 20, 2015 3 Comments

A Grim Outlook As Greece Struggles To Repay Its Debts

A government official says Greece won’t be able to make an upcoming debt repayment unless a deal is reached to unlock bailout funds.

May 19, 2015 5 Comments

In Nebraska, A Rare Conservative Push To Ban The Death Penalty

The Nebraska Legislature will decide in the next weeks whether to officially ban the death penalty.

May 19, 2015 19 Comments

White House Unveils Plan To Save Honeybees

The White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force has released a strategy to help improve bee habitat and health.

May 19, 2015 Comment

U.S. Raid In Syria Targets ISIS Leader

Who was Abu Sayyaf and why were U.S. Army Delta Forces commandos sent into Syria to kill him?

May 19, 2015 2 Comments

Congressman Weighs Risk And Rewards In ISIS Raid

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says he’s concerned about balancing the risk to soldiers and the value of the captured intelligence.

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Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

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May 25 Comment

Father’s Love For Fallen Son Inspires Memorial Day Tradition

In what has become an annual tradition, volunteers join Paul Monti, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan, to plant flags at each gravestone at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

May 25 3 Comments

An Ordinary Day At Arlington National Cemetery

Official ceremonies will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day. Here & Now's Lisa Mullins has this report of an ordinary day at the cemetery.

May 21 7 Comments

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

Maangchi's career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

May 21 17 Comments

UC’s Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus

Janet Napolitano talks about a plan to freeze in-state tuition, and campus protests against Israel's occupation of the West Bank.