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Nigerians Await Results Of Closely-Contested Election

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs at the State Department, about the latest on Nigeria's elections.

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Controversy Continues Over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Fallout continues over whether Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act sanctions discrimination. People on both sides point out that such laws are not new, but the controversy over them is.

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After Reelection Win, Netanyahu Faces Demands From Right-Wing Base

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to form a center-right government following the election. But pressure from President Obama might make Netanyahu back off some campaign pledges.

Elizabeth Warren On Hillary Clinton And Running For President

In an interview with WBUR's Here & Now, the darling of the left again denies any interest herself. But her politics — and followers — will have an influence.

Indiana GOP To Revisit Law; Paper Weighs In With Full Page Editorial

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act stoked controversy almost from the moment it was passed by the state's GOP-dominated Legislature and signed by Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday.

Clinton's Email Drama Hasn't Had Much Effect On 2016 Prospects

Three weeks after the Democratic front-runner's news conference about her use of private emails as secretary of state, polls continue to show her ahead of GOP contenders.

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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.

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Clinton Seeks A 'New Relationship' With The Press

Some of Hillary Clinton's most vocal critics are from those in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Mara Liasson about Clinton's evolving relationship with the press.

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Week In Politics: Sen. Harry Reid's Retirement, Cruz's Appeal To Far-Right

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about Harry Reid's retirement announcement and Ted Cruz's appeal to the far-right.

Gay Rights And Religious Freedom In Indiana

March 31, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. (AP)

Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics call it anti-gay. Business leaders say bad for the economy. The governor’s not backing down. We’ll dive in.

Democrats, Republicans Attend Opening Of Institute Honoring Sen. Kennedy

March 30, 2015

Politicians, friends and former colleagues celebrated the man known as the “Lion of the Senate” Monday, as the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate formally opened its doors on Colombia Point in Dorchester.

MBTA Getting Advice From ‘Peer’ Cities

March 30, 2015

The MBTA’s interim GM told a legislative hearing Monday that the T received a number of helpful suggestions that could be used during extreme weather events in the future.

The Liberal Lion’s Legacy: The Kennedy Institute Opens In Dorchester

March 30, 2015
President Obama speaks outside the newly opened Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Kennedy was one of the longest serving senators in U.S. history, and the institute named for him on Columbia Point is as much of a learning lab as it is a museum.

Sen. Warren: Not Interested In Reid's Job And Still Not Running For President

March 30, 2015
Senator Elizabeth Warren joined us in the studio for an interview about her new book. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Elizabeth Warren insists she has no plans to jump into the 2016 race. She joins us to discuss her current political goals.

Indiana Says New Law Does Not Discriminate Against LGBT Community

March 30, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. (Rick Callahan/AP)

Lawmakers in Indiana are defending a bill that sparked controversy this weekend, saying that it does not discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Is Schumer A Shoo-In For Senate Leadership?

March 30, 2015
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Democratic leaders meet with reporters after Republicans gave up on their quest to stop funding for the Homeland Security Department unless it contained roll backs to counter President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro discusses Sen. Chuck Schumer’s influence and whether anyone could challenge him for the role.

As Deadline Looms, A Look At The Sticking Points In Iran Nuclear Talks

March 30, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, waits with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, and others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

As negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program enter a critical point, we examine the latest developments.

Sen. Warren ‘Really Concerned About’ Olympics Bid

March 30, 2015
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at WBUR Monday (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren told WBUR on Monday she’s “really concerned about” Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid

NYC Mayor Taps Former Boston Administrator As Chief Of Staff

March 30, 2015

Thomas Snyder, who previously served in Boston’s government, has been appointed chief of staff for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

As Senate Institute Opens, Kennedy’s Ability To Find ‘Common Ground’ Recalled

March 30, 2015
Surrounded by Kennedys and other politicians, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, President Obama speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston on Monday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

At the formal dedication for the institute that bears his name, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the late “Liberal Lion” of the U.S. Senate, was remembered Monday for his devotion to causes he cared for and his ability to find common ground with Republicans.

Paul Kirk Discusses Ted Kennedy’s Legacy, New Institute

March 30, 2015

Paul Kirk, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate when Ted Kennedy died in 2009, says in today’s era of extreme partisanship and brinkmanship, the rising generation should look toward Ted Kennedy’s legacy of working across the aisle.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Opens With A Lofty Goal: Restoring Respect For Congress

March 30, 2015
At the center of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is a replica of the U.S. Senate chamber — a majestic room with gilded wallpaper and wooden desks modeled off the original congressional furniture. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Most of this virtual museum does not celebrate Sen. Edward Kennedy or his legislative accomplishments. Instead it celebrates the process of government, which is what he wanted, his widow says.

It’s Not About Us: What Ted Kennedy Taught Me In An African Desert 30 Years Ago

March 30, 2015
Sen. Edward Kennedy, center left, has a smile and a handshake for an unidentified young refugee in the Tuki-Baab famine refugee camp during a visit, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1984, Tuki-Baab, Eastern Sudan. (Robert Dear/AP)

Every third person in Massachusetts must have a story about the Democratic stalwart. This is mine.

2 Vie In House Race To Succeed Rep Who Joined Baker

March 29, 2015

The winner will succeed Matthew Beaton, a Shrewsbury Republican who left the House to become Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Baker’s administration.

Institute Honoring The Late Sen. Kennedy To Open In Boston

March 29, 2015
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Steven Senne/AP)

The $79 million facility that sits adjacent to the presidential library of his brother, John F. Kennedy, is scheduled to be dedicated Monday at a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

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