Fast-food workers across the country protested their low pay this week, while President Obama decried the nation's growing wealth gap, calling it "the defining challenge of our time." Meanwhile, the nation's capital city passed a new minimum wage law.
It's not a grand bargain, as many were hoping, but House and Senate leaders say they are close to a budget agreement that will avoid a shutdown and set spending levels for the next two years. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to host Rachel Martin about the negotiations.
In December 1993, President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" as Mexico vacuumed up U.S. jobs. Economists say that the worst of Perot's fears never materialized. But opponents still see downsides.
To an African-American coming of age in the late 1970s, there seemed two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in his lifetime. So much for youthful predictions.
Melissa Block speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news.
The Mississippi senator, who turns 76 Saturday, ended speculation that he would retire and instead set up the prospect of another bruising GOP primary in 2014.
Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin historically have been pretty similar, but that's no longer the case. Wisconsin is now advancing conservative policies and lending a Midwestern face to the Republican Party, while Minnesota's agenda has been among the most liberal.
At the start of the year there was widespread expectation among Latinos that 2013 would bring with it a new immigration law. That hasn't happened and immigration activists in North Carolina are frustrated.
President Obama offered a remembrance of Nelson Mandela at the White House on Thursday, shortly after news broke of the South African leader's death. Obama talked about Mandela not only as an icon, but as a three-dimensional human being.
The world wants Syria's chemical arsenal destroyed. But so far, no country has offered to do the dirty work on its soil. Over the past week, an alternative has gained ground: Carry out the destruction at sea. The plan taking shape is complicated and untested, but it just might work.
BOSTON — U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are among 32 lawmakers who sent a joint letter to Senate leaders, urging Congress to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed before they expire at the end of the year.
BOSTON — Voters in the 5th Congressional District are heading to the polls this week to decide the latest in a string of special elections in Massachusetts.
BOSTON — A Shrewsbury business owner says he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in Massachusetts.
BOSTON — Karyn Polito, who unlike Sen. Elizabeth Warren is “super excited” to run for higher office, joins Charlie Baker on the redemption trail.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — We visit a boot camp of sorts for new mayors at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to find out what they learn there.
WATERTOWN, Mass. — State Sen. Katherine Clark, the Democrat in the special election to replace now-Sen. Edward Markey in the House, is considered the heavy favorite.
BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley says she doesn’t know how she’d vote on a proposed ballot question that would repeal the state’s casino law.