Health Law Lawsuits Dominate Week Ahead In Washington

July 14, 2014
House Speaker John Boehner, pictured here on July 11, 2014, intends to sue the president over his last-minute changes to the health law. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

House lawmakers will vote on John Boehner’s resolution to sue President Obama, and a federal appeals court could rule on subsidies.

Film Explores Race, Culture And Politics In Post-Katrina New Orleans

July 14, 2014
Political operative Barbara Lacen-Keller denouncing some of New Orleans electoral tactics. (Andrew Kolker)

The PBS documentary “Getting Back To Abnormal” centers on a contentious 2010 race for New Orleans City Council.

Brazil In The Aftermath Of The World Cup

July 14, 2014
A fireworks display after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final between Germany and Argentina at Maracana Stadium on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro discusses the end of the World Cup and what it means for Brazilians in the elections ahead.

Diplomacy Challenges For The U.S. In The Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan

July 14, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his plane after arriving at Vienna International Airport on July 13, 2014. Kerry landed in Austria early on July 13 to help steer the final stretches of negotiations between global powers and Iran over Tehran's suspect nuclear program, as a deadline for a deal looms. (Jim Bourg/AFP/Getty Images)

International security expert Jim Walsh discusses the United States’ diplomatic efforts in these three places.

Death Toll Rises In Gaza

July 11, 2014
A child holds a placard during a rally organised by Lebanese and Palestinian supporters of the Islamist movement Hamas and the Islamic Group, Jamaa Islamiya in solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza strip where Hamas is engaged in a major confrontation with the Israeli army on July 11 in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon. Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike, raising the toll in four days of violence to 100, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time during the fighting, militants struck northern Israel from neighboring Lebanon. Rami Khouri joins us from Beirut to discuss the situation.

The Plot Thickens For Senator Menendez

July 11, 2014
Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is pictured at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on June 5, 2014. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses how this strange story about the New Jersey Democrat has unfolded in the media, and its validity.

Republicans Push Back On Obama’s Request For Emergency Funds

July 11, 2014
President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the urgent humanitarian situation following his meeting with local elected officials and faith leaders on July 9, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to help cope with a surge of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The request for $3.7 billion is aimed at dealing with the tens of thousands of children from Central America crossing into the U.S.

District Profile: California’s 52nd Congressional

July 10, 2014
Freshman incumbent Democrat Scott Peters (right) will face Republican Carl Demaio in November. (carldemaio.com / scottpeters.com)

KPBS’s Claire Trageser offers a primer on the race between freshman incumbent Democrat Scott Peters and Republican Carl Demaio.

Strikes Continue From Israel And Palestine

July 10, 2014
A Palestinian man lies amid the rubble of his house following an Israeli air strike that killed eight people, including members of his family, on July 10 in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis. The Israeli air force overnight hit more than 300 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire from the besieged Palestinian territory, an army spokesman said. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

As Palestinians reported at least 16 deaths today in Gaza. Neither side is showing any sign of halting their fiercest fighting since 2012.

How Australian Gun Laws Have Curbed Deaths

July 10, 2014
New South Wales police department workers in Sydney, Australia, sort and catalog weapons handed in for refunds, April 22, 1997, as part of a federal government money-for-guns plan. For the last year, responding to the worst massacre by a lone gunman in history, Australia has been pushing ahead with a unique and ambitious plan to buy military-style rapid-fire rifles from civilians and destroy them at this secret police facility in a quiet Sydney neighborhood. (Rick Rycroft/AP)

In the wake of the most recent U.S. mass shooting, we look to a country that’s had no mass gun violence since 1996.

Senate Democrats Look To Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

July 10, 2014
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, as House and Senate members discussed the introduction of legislation to reverse the Supreme Court's recent birth control decision. (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)

Sen. Patty Murray discusses the ruling and lawmakers’ effort to ensure workers have birth control coverage.

Gay And Religious Rights Groups Redrawing Battle Lines After Hobby Lobby Ruling

July 9, 2014
A Hobby Lobby store is seen on June 30, 2014, in Plantation, Florida. Today in Washington, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a suit brought by the owners of Hobby Lobby and furniture maker Conestoga Wood Specialties, ruling that companies cannot be forced to offer insurance coverage for birth control methods that the family-owned private companies object to for religious reasons. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Some groups are dropping support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because it includes a religious exemption.

A Look At The Legacy Of Sudan’s President

July 9, 2014
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir speaks during the opening of a new session of parliament on October 28, 2013 in Khartoum. (AFP/Getty Images)

Three years after South Sudan became independent, we look at Sudan’s leader, Omar al Bashir, who seized power 25 years ago.

Obama Meets With Texans About Child Immigrants

July 9, 2014
This June 18, 2014, photo shows children detainees sleeping in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

The meeting is taking place in Dallas, hundreds of miles from the wave of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

The Complicated Task Of Closing Guantanamo

July 8, 2014
A U.S. trooper stands in the turret of a vehicle with a machine gun, left, as a guard looks out from a tower, in this 2010 photo of Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

How would you close the U.S. detention center in Cuba if you wanted to? Laura Pitter of Human Rights Watch joins us.

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