Partisan Divide Widens Over Immigration Policy

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows American opinions about immigration policy are increasingly split along party lines.

Conservatives' Pick For Speaker Might Not Even Be In Congress Much Longer

Florida Rep. Daniel Webster faces a redrawn congressional map that puts his re-election next year in doubt.

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Rep. Charlie Dent: House Republicans 'Frankly Shocked' By McCarthy Decision

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania about Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the race for the House Speakership.

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House Judiciary Introduces Bipartisan Plan On Sentencing Reform

Momentum for sentencing reform grows as leaders of the House Judiciary Committee introduce a bipartisan bill. But rising violence in some big cities could complicate the legislative forecast.

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Volkswagen's U.S. Chief Appears Before House Panel On Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen U.S. President Michael Horn appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer questions about the emissions scandal.

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House Speakership Race Thrown Into Chaos After McCarthy Drops Out

House Republicans planned to select a nominee for Speaker of the House Thursday, but the election was thrown into chaos when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner, abruptly dropped out of the race.

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U.S. Regulators Visit Cuba To Explore Boundaries Of New Trade Opportunities

Officials from the Treasury, Commerce, and State Departments visit Cuba this week to grasp a better understanding of the country's economy. They want to know how far the U.S. can go in doing business with Cuba under the limits of the half-century old embargo. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led the delegation, despite criticism from those who say the move comes too soon.

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TPP Negotiators Reached Agreement With Sticky Compromise On Biologics Drugs

A big sticking point in the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership involved biologics medicines and vaccines created from living organisms. The dispute centered on patent protection: how many years drug companies should have before facing competition from generics. The negotiators ended up with a complicated compromise that gives drug makers five to eight years of protection. But nobody is really happy with the outcome.

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Abruptly Withdraws From Speaker Race

Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned members of his own caucus Thursday by withdrawing from the race to be the next nominee for Speaker.

Best Twitter Reactions To McCarthy Withdrawing From Speaker Race

The political world was shocked when the GOP House leader took himself out of consideration for speaker. Rep. Charles Rangel tweeted that unlike his smoothie, things weren't "smooth" for McCarthy.

Week In The News: Kunduz Bombing, TPP Politics, South Carolina Floods

October 9, 2015
A manhole begins to spill over with floodwaters as high tide approaches at Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal in Summerville, S.C., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.  (AP)

Russia goes big in Syria. The US hits a hospital in Kunduz. Hillary flips on the TPP. An epic flood in South Carolina. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Rep. Mo Brooks: McCarthy Not Conservative Enough For House Speaker

October 8, 2015
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. (left) is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 28, 2011. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Alabama congressman reacts to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s surprise withdrawal from the race for speaker.

Do Russia And The U.S. Have Any Common Ground In Syria?

October 8, 2015
A picture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is splattered with eggs during a protest against Russian military operations in Syria, in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP)

Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, discusses the evolving situation in Syria.

On Day Of Election, McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race

October 8, 2015
U.S. House Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), speaks following the weekly House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Domenico Montenaro discusses the possible reasons for Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal and what’s next for the House.

McCarthy Withdraws Candidacy For Speaker

October 8, 2015
U.S. House Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), speaks following the weekly House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

In a stunning move, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for House Speaker.

Inside Overseas Tax Havens

October 8, 2015
In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, local newspapers show stories about the controversial strategy to bail the government out of a financial hole, at a restaurant along Seven Mile Beach on the outskirts of George Town on the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands have lost some of their allure by abruptly proposing what amounts to an income tax on expatriate workers who have helped build the territory into one of the most famous or, for some people, notorious offshore banking centers that have tax advantages for foreign investment operations. (AP)

Trillions of dollars are now stashed in protected tax havens around the world, leaving societies’ bills to those at home. We’ll dig in.

Could 'The Martian' Fix The Dysfunction Of Washington Politics?

October 8, 2015
The space adventure book-turned-movie offers a valuable lesson in how politics and public policy should be conducted: as a shared endeavor aimed at problem solving. (Courtesy 20th Century Fox)

The space adventure book-turned-movie offers a valuable lesson in how politics and public policy should be conducted: as a shared endeavor aimed at problem solving.

Congressional Conversations: Rep. Richard Neal On Gun Control, Race For New Speaker

October 7, 2015
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., asks a question during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

As part of our regular series of conversations with Massachusetts’ congressional delegation, we hear from Rep. Richard Neal.

California Gov. Signs Bills On Drones, Assisted Suicide, Fair Pay

October 7, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference to announce emergency drought legislation on March 19, 2015 in Sacramento, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assembly member Kristin Olsen to announce emergency legislation that aims to assist local communities that are struggling with devastating drought. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It’s a busy time for California Governor Jerry Brown, as several pieces of significant legislation reach his desk.

Education Reform, After Arne Duncan

October 7, 2015
Students in the new documentary film "Beyond Measure" take part in a project-based learning activity with their peers. (Courtesy the Filmmakers)

Arne Duncan’s headed out as U.S. Education Secretary. What’s next for America’s school kids?

The U.S. 'Mistake' That Ruined An Afghan Hospital

October 7, 2015
The Doctors Without Borders trauma center is seen in flames, after explosions near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Doctors Without Borders announced that the death toll from the bombing of the group's Kunduz hospital compound has risen to at least 16, including 3 children and that tens are missing after the explosions that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.  (AP)

The U.S. airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan faces tough questions from Congress. We’re looking for what really happened.

Mass. Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Proposals To Expand Protections For Transgender People

October 7, 2015

Lawmakers heard from both supporters and opponents of the bills which seek to allow transgender people access to public facilities separated by gender that they identify with.

Rand Paul’s World: Why His Greatest Strength Is Also His Achilles’ Heel

October 7, 2015
The Kentucky senator's views on foreign policy help set him apart in a crowded field. But they don't play well in the GOP base. Paul is pictured here on Sept. 19, 2015, in Mackinac Island, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/ AP)

The Kentucky senator’s views on foreign policy help set him apart in a crowded field. But they don’t play well in the GOP base.

Rep. Daniel Webster: ‘I’m Gonna Sell This Message’

October 6, 2015
In this file photo, Rep. Daniel Webster, D-Fla., left, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., right, walk together to a House Republican Conference meeting to hear a presentation on a budget agreement . (AP)

When House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his retirement and resignation from his position last month, it surprised both his Party and the Washington political establishment.

98 Day Illinois Budget Impasse Could Delay 911 Calls

October 6, 2015
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Ill. has been closed indefinitely because of a budget impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Illinois has racked up more than $6 billion in unpaid bills, and government services—including emergency services—are in jeopardy.

Lessons From Australia On Curbing Mass Shootings

October 6, 2015
Denizens of Roseburg gather at a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting October 1, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. Following a mass shooting in Australia, the government there radically overhauled its gun laws. (Michael Lloyd/Getty Images)

In 1996, a mass shooting in an Australian picnic area became a catalyst for the enactment of sweeping gun laws in the country.

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