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Sen. Warren: We Need Regulators Who 'Work For The American People'

Elizabeth Warren tells NPR that newly released recordings of conversations by Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 meltdown have continued.

Morning Edition

Transcript: Sen. Warren's Full NPR Interview On Financial Regulation

Elizabeth Warren tells Morning Edition that audio tapes made by an investigator working for the New York Fed re-enforce the perception of a disturbingly cozy relationship between regulators and banks.

Morning Edition

Secret Talks And Back Channels Pervaded U.S. Relationship With Cuba

The new book Back Channel to Cuba reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba.

Fresh Air

'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.

Napolitano: ISIS Was One Of Many Similar Threats We Were Tracking

The former homeland security secretary and Arizona governor also talks about security improvements since the Sept. 11 attacks and the frustrations and potential solutions to the immigration debate.

Morning Edition

In Michigan, A Low-Key Campaign For A High-Stakes Senate Seat

GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land is taking it slow when it comes to public events. Her opponent, Democrat Rep. Gary Peters, leads in polls, but the race is close.

Morning Edition

Secret Service Director To Face Tough Question At House Hearing

Lawmakers will question Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on how a man was able to jump the White House fence, cross the lawn and get into the White House before being stopped by agents.

All Things Considered

Massachusetts Governor's Race In A Dead Heat

Republican businessman Charlie Baker is beginning to inch ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley. Democrats are increasingly worried that Coakley may stumble and disappoint the party as she did in 2010.

Morning Edition

In N.H. Race, A Rematch Of A Rematch

Voters in New Hampshire's 1st District have swung back and forth in recent congressional elections. This year, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter meets former GOP Rep. Frank Guinta for the third time.

Weekend Edition Sunday

With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

Attorney General Eric Holder tells NPR's Carrie Johnson that he's sorry his parents couldn't see Obama's tribute to him on Thursday — and that his greatest regret hit home on a visit to Newtown.

“Latino America”: The Politics Of A Population Boom

October 1, 2014
Actress Eva Longoria, center, Henry R. Munoz III, co-founder of the Latino Victory Project, left, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, are seated at an event launching The Latino Victory Project, a Latino political action committee, at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP)

Latino America. It is very large and growing very fast. How will it move the country?

A Clarion Call For Democracy In Hong Kong

October 1, 2014
Pro-democracy protesters hold umbrellas under heavy rain in a main street near the government headquarters in Hong Kong late Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them on Tuesday and threatened wider actions if he did not, after he said China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. (AP)

China, democracy and Hong Kong. They’re in the streets in Hong Kong with their “Umbrella Revolution.” What now?

WBUR Poll: Baker-Coakley ‘Essentially A Tossup’

October 1, 2014

The new WBUR weekly tracking survey shows Democrat Martha Coakley leading Republican Charlie Baker by a slim 3-point margin, 44-41.

Secret Service Director Faces Congressional Hearing

September 30, 2014
Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Division keep watch from the front of the White House on September 23, 2014. Eariler, an armed man scaled the fence and entered the residence. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Julia Pierson will face lawmakers today over an incident earlier this month in which an armed intruder scaled the White House fence and entered the residence.

Rep. Lynch: Low Confidence In Secret Service

September 30, 2014

Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch says he has very low confidence in Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s ability to protect the White House.

Hong Kong Protests Could Expand

September 30, 2014
Protesters sing songs and wave their cell phones in the air outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 30, 2014. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district despite authorities demanding they withdraw. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Protesters say they could expand their demonstration to include labor strikes or occupation of government buildings if their demands aren’t met.

With 100 Days Left, Patrick Transition Effort Underway

September 30, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has a two-person transition team working to smooth the way for his successor.

Auditing America's Police Force

September 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Baker Takes Issue With Lively In First TV Debate

September 30, 2014

Recent polls show Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker running pretty much neck and neck in the race for Massachusetts governor. But it wasn’t Coakley with whom Baker took issue during an hour-long forum Monday night.

Candidates For Governor Meet In First TV Debate

September 30, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley shake hands after a candidates forum on Sept. 24 in Boston. The two candidates, and the three independents, met in a debate Monday night in Springfield. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker worked to draw sharper distinctions between their candidacies.

Judge Wrestles With Partners Deal

September 30, 2014
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (Steven Senne/AP/File)

“Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Partners HealthCare et al.” is not proceeding like any routine anti-trust matter. For one thing, there’s unprecedented opposition to the consent decree.

As Gender Definitions Expand, So Do Some Women’s Colleges’ Admissions Policies

September 30, 2014
Carly Burton: "Understanding that womanhood is not static has inspired two women’s colleges to change their admissions criteria to consider anyone who identifies as a woman, regardless of their assigned sex at birth." Pictured: Audre Mowry, right, discusses preferred gender pronouns with other members of Mouthing Off!, a group for LGBT students at Mills College, the first women's college in the U.S. to accept students who were not born female but who identify as such. (Mathew Sumner/AP)

Understanding that womanhood is not static has inspired two women’s colleges to change their admissions criteria to consider anyone who identifies as a woman, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.

Gov’s Race, Ballot Qs: A Mass. Poll Roundup

September 29, 2014

Apart from WBUR, there have been three other polls by Massachusetts pollsters released in the past week.

How Far Should Journalists Go When Probing The Private Lives Of Political Candidates?

September 29, 2014
Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart waves his arms to quiet applause from supporters, during a press conference announcing his withdrawal from the Democratic presidential race in 1987. (Jack Smith/AP)

Presidents from Roosevelt to Kennedy to Johnson got a free pass, despite evidence of marital infidelity. But beginning with the Gary Hart scandal, private mores and sexual behavior became part of the regular political conversation.

New President Takes Office In Afghanistan

September 29, 2014
Newly-sworn in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (R) administers the oath to Abdullah Abdullah (L) as Afghanistan's new Chief Executive during the swearing in ceremony for the country's new president on September 29, 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Ashraf Ghani was sworn in today as Afghanistan’s new president, in the countrys first transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Methodist Pastor Faces Last Church Trial

September 29, 2014
Former United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks with reporters after a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage and later reinstated, awaits one more church trial. He writes about the experience in a new memoir.

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