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Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.

Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.

All Things Considered

Week In Politics: U.S. Policy On Islamic State, 2016 Presidential Race

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review about U.S. policy on the self-declared Islamic State and the 2016 presidential race.

All Things Considered

State Department Releases First Set Of Clinton Emails

The State Department released the first batch of emails from when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state on Friday. They relate to Benghazi, Libya, and the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate there.

All Things Considered

Obama Faces Criticism For Light Footprint Strategy Against Islamic State

President Obama says the U.S. is not losing the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq, but his strategy has come under criticism after the fall of Ramadi.

Here's Where Hillary Clinton Gave Her Controversial Foundation Speeches

Her speeches were delivered largely at universities and on Wall Street, which has already made them sources of controversy for the 2016 presidential candidate.

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominantly Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.

Morning Edition

Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.

Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk to banks, universities and other groups, and give the proceeds to the family's philanthropic foundation.

What Free Speech Really Means

May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (David Karp/AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

Bush And Clinton Take Latest Swings Through New Hampshire

May 22, 2015
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a morning crowd at the Draft restaurant in Concord, New Hampshire, Thursday. (Jim Cole/AP)

The Clinton and Bush families have been represented in nearly every New Hampshire presidential primary since 1988. The latest members of these political powerhouses — Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton — made their latest swings through the state this week.

Week In Review: MBTA, Boston 2024 Leadership, Missing BPL Prints

May 22, 2015
In this April 5, 2012 photo, an MBTA train pulls into a stop on Commonweath Avenue near Boston University in Boston. The tunnels and bridges have long since been built, but Boston's massive and oft-maligned Big Dig project has left a legacy of debt in Massachusetts that many contend is crippling the state's overall transportation network. Big Dig debt was cited as one of the reasons why the MBTA was forced last week to raise fares and cut some service. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Jim Stergios and Dante Ramos join us to discuss the week’s news.

House Speaker Asks Court To Sort Out Tax Dispute With Senate

May 22, 2015

The Senate wants to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families.

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

May 22, 2015
Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

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

Clinton Emails And Iraq Dominate 2016 Campaign News

May 22, 2015
Hillary Clinton meets with parents and child care workers at the Center for New Horizons on May 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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.

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

May 22, 2015
Screenshot from the infamous Willie Horton “Weekend Passes” ad that completely transformed the 1988 presidential race.

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

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

May 22, 2015
In this image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In a report released on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-acting but reversible methods of birth control are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. women, with IUDs redesigned after safety scares and the development of under-the-skin hormone implants. (Merck via AP)

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

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

May 22, 2015
A man walks past billboard posters promoting the Yes campaign in favor of same-sex marriage on May 22, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Voters in the Republic of Ireland are taking part in a referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage on Friday. The referendum is being held 22 years after Ireland decriminalized homosexuality with more than 3.2 million people being asked whether they want to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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

Week In The News: ISIS, Airbags, Goodbye Letterman

May 22, 2015
Crashed cars with airbags deployed are shown to visitors as part of the display of Toyota Motor Corp.'s safety performance standards at the automaker's exhibition hall in Toyota, central Japan. (Shuji Kajiyama/AP)

ISIS rolls on. A TPP vote. Biggest recall ever – airbags. And Letterman’s last bow. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The Problem With Libertarianism

May 22, 2015
The political philosophy is great for back-benching, but not for governing, says Rich Barlow. Pictured: Rand Paul, left, with his father, Ron Paul, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.  (Ed Reinke/AP)

The political philosophy is great for back-benching, but not for governing.

Has The Ghost Of The Willie Horton Ad Been Purged From American Politics?

May 21, 2015
William Horton Jr., who was convicted of murder and rape, was mentioned by former Vice President George Bush in his 1988 campaign in order to portray Governor Michael Dukakis as a liberal who was soft on crime. (Lawrence Eagle Tribune/AP)

In 1987, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune wrote this about a local criminal case: “The question everyone wants answered is how a cold-blooded murderer ever got out in the first place.” One year later, the entire nation was asking the same question because of a 30-second television ad.

Congress Scrambles On NSA Surveillance, Trade Authority

May 21, 2015
View of the U.S. Capitol from the street in Washington, D.C. (Zoe Rudisill/Flickr)

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

Free College?

May 21, 2015
In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, late light falls on Wheeler Hall, South Hall and the Campanile on the University of California campus in Berkeley, Calif. This famously liberal college town is known as the cradle of the Free Speech Movement, but speech isn’t the only thing that’s free here. Whether you’re strolling the redwood-shaded University of California, Berkeley, campus, or slipping across the Oakland border for a dose of Golden State history, you can exercise your limbs and your intellect without giving your wallet a workout. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

With student debt topping $1 trillion, a renewed call for radical change – maybe even free public university tuition. We’ll hear more about it.

WBUR Analysts Discuss How 2016 Presidential Race And Boston’s Olympic Aspirations Are Shaping Up

May 21, 2015

Political analysts Democrat Dan Payne and Republican Todd Domke joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the early presidential race and Boston’s shifting Olympic bid.

House Speaker DeLeo Backs Creation Of MBTA Control Board

May 20, 2015

House Speaker Robert DeLeo delivered a major win for Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon, committing himself to the creation of a management control board to oversee the MBTA in the face of opposition from Senate leaders.

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