The Politics Of Calling In Sick

A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.

Morning Edition

Sen. Menendez Wants Ukraine Supplied With Defensive Weapons

David Greene talks to Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the situation in Ukraine. The New Jersey Democrat has just returned from a trip to Ukraine.

Morning Edition

Obama Fires Opening Salvo In Fall Congressional Campaign

At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.

All Things Considered

Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads

Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim."

151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal Of Honor

Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.

It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right.

Morning Edition

A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.

All Things Considered

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."

Weekend Edition Sunday

Obama Faces Hard Decisions On Syria, Immigration

Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.

Warren Tolman On Attorney General’s Active Role

September 2, 2014

Democratic candidate for Massachusetts attorney general, Warren Tolman, talks about his candidacy and key issues in the race.

What Martha Coakely’s Legal Career Says About Her Gubernatorial Ambitions

September 2, 2014
Martha Coakley

WBUR’s reporters have been following all the party candidates on the campaign trail for governor, and reporter Fred Thys shares his profile of attorney general and democratic candidate Martha Coakley.

Obama’s Tactics On Foreign Issues Under Scrutiny

September 2, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News weighs in on the fine line the administration is walking and what they’re trying to accomplish.

Sen. Warren Supports Repealing State Casino Law

September 2, 2014

The first-term Democrat said Monday she’ll likely vote in favor of repealing the law that allows for up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor in the state.

Fighting And Rhetoric Continues In Ukraine Crisis

September 2, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers sit on the top of an APC patrolling in the Donetsk area, on September 2, 2014. (Anantoli Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images)

There are new reports today that Russian troops are on the ground in eastern Ukraine. Moscow continues to deny that.

Pentagon Can’t Confirm Death Of Second American Or Al-Shabab Leader

September 2, 2014
Members of Somalia's al-Shabab jihadist movement are pictured during exercises at their military training camp outside Mogadishu, November 2008. (AP)

John Walcott of Bloomberg News discusses the apparent beheading of an American journalist and the reported killing of an extremist leader.

Estonian Foreign Minister Wants More NATO Presence

September 2, 2014
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet is pictured on February 18, 2014, in Moscow. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

Urmas Paet says Russian actions have changed the security environment for the whole of Europe.

Taking The Temperature Of The 2014 Midterm Elections

September 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

Gubernatorial Candidate Berwick Discusses Health Care, Casinos

September 2, 2014
Donald Berwick (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

WBUR’s Bob Oakes speaks with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Donald Berwick.

A First-Year Victory In The Mass. Fight To Control Health Costs

September 2, 2014
(Source: Center for Health Information and Analysis)

As Massachusetts strives to cut health costs, a look at the first full year of the effort finds that growth in costs has indeed slowed — but the trend may not last.

In Governor’s Race, Coakley Seeks Another First

September 2, 2014
In this January 2014 photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley addresses a breakfast meeting of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at a hotel in Boston. Coakley, a Democrat, is seeking the governor's office in the 2014 election. (Steven Senne/AP)

Martha Coakley was the first woman ever elected Middlesex County district attorney. She was the first woman elected state attorney general. Now she’s trying to become the first woman elected in her own right as governor.

Most Mass. Voters Register As Independent

September 1, 2014

A little more than 35 percent of voters are registered as Democrats while fewer than 11 percent are registered Republicans.

Detroit Defends Bankruptcy Plan

September 1, 2014
In this July 17, 2013, aerial photo is the city of Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP)

After a long and painful year of negotiations, city officials head to court tomorrow to defend Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy.

Hong Kong Democracy Supporters Heckle Chinese Official

September 1, 2014
Pro-democracy lawmakers chant placards to against Li Fei, deputy general secretary of National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee during a briefing session in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." The placards read "Break a promise" and "Shameful." (Kin Cheung/AP)

It was a rare occasion of a Beijing official being exposed to open defiance, after China said no to open elections in Hong Kong.

5 Things To Know About Elections In Massachusetts

August 30, 2014

As the Sept. 9 primary elections inch closer, here are five things to know about the political season.

Tierney Faces A Crowded 6th District Primary

August 30, 2014

While Rep. John Tierney has already been going after Republican Richard Tisei at campaign stops, he has a more immediate task – fending off four Democratic primary challengers.

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