What To Watch For At Democrats' First Debate

Hillary Clinton needs to appear likable and trustworthy, while Bernie Sanders needs to appear presidential. Others need to make the case for why voters should give them a look.

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How The Attack In Benghazi Led Us To Hillary Clinton's Emails

Ahead of Tuesday's first Democratic presidential debate, we revisit the facts of the Benghazi investigation and how it became potentially damaging to the political fortunes of Hillary Clinton.

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For Joe Lieberman, Solutions To Political Ills Don't Involve Labels

The former senator discusses the New Hampshire Problem Solver Convention, as well as his work with No Labels to end what the group calls a hyperpartisan atmosphere in politics.

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Candidates Address Convention For Those Disappointed With Partisan Divide

The Problem Solver Convention, held by the group No Labels, gathered in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. Eight presidential hopefuls, including Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, headlined the convention. Republicans, Democrats and independents turned out partly to express their frustration, and to see who might manage to fix political dysfunction.

Koch Political Network Expanding 'Grassroots' Organizing

The groups funded by the Koch brothers have run lots of TV ads, but now they're making a big community-organizing push. They have the money to do it, too, vowing to spend almost $1 billion for 2016.

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LISTEN: 7 Blast-From-The-Past Clinton And Sanders Debate Moments

Both candidates have said they are running positive campaigns, but that could change in this week's debate. In the past, they have shown a willingness to turn tough on their opponents.

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Koch Political Network Takes A Deep Dive Into Community Organizing

The political network headed by David and Charles Koch is known for aggressive ads. But its grassroots work in communities across the country is seeking political change long after the campaign ends.

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In D.C., Officials Eye A 16-Week Paid Leave Proposal

NPR's Michel Martin discusses an ambitious paid leave proposal in Washington, D.C., with city councilmember Elissa Silverman, and D.C. Chamber of Commerce President Harry Wingo.

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California Becomes 2nd State To Automatically Register Voters

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed new legislation on Saturday that will allow eligible state residents to automatically become registered to vote when they get their driver's licenses.

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Days Away From Democratic Debate, All Eyes On An Undecided Biden

The first Democratic presidential debate is set for Tuesday, even as Vice President Joe Biden is considering whether to join the White House race.

Russia's Middle East Power Play

October 13, 2015
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, Syrian armored vehicles get ready to move near the village of Morek in Syria. The Syrian army has launched an offensive this week in central and northwestern Syria aided by Russian airstrikes. (AP)

Russia’s big power play in Syria, the US response, and where this could go.

U.S. Sen. Markey Pushing For Tougher Gun Control Measures

October 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in his office earlier this year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning to discuss gun safety efforts during an appearance at Roxbury Community College in Boston.

Trump And Sanders Try To Show New Hampshire They Can Reach Across The Aisle

October 13, 2015

Both men were out to demonstrate that they are practitioners of the art of compromise.

What’s Wrong With The Nobel Prize In Literature

October 13, 2015
This photo shows both sides of the Nobel Prize Medal. The front side of the medal of the Swedish Academy features a profile of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the prize, with the dates of this birth and death in Latin. The medals are made of 23-karat gold. (AP)

Time and again, the Nobel jury appears to put politics ahead of literary considerations.

Mexican-Born Artist Is ‘Erasing The Border’

October 12, 2015
Ana Teresa Fernandez's art installation on the border fence in Tijuana. (Courtesy of Ana Teresa Fernandez)

Ana Teresa Fernandez is planning to use her paint brush to help people imagine a U.S.-Mexico border without a fence.

In House Speaker Search, Republicans Look To Paul Ryan

October 12, 2015
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) heads for House Republican caucus meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol October 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Many GOP members of the House are asking Ryan to be a candidate to succeed Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) whose plans to retire at the end of October have been thrown into question after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Thursday he was pulling out of the race for Speaker. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The search for a new speaker of the House is proving difficult, and the debate is revealing a fractured Republican party.

Democratic Presidential Candidates Prepare For First Debate

October 12, 2015

Top Democratic contenders former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will square off for the first time.

Unlocking U.S. Sentencing Reform

October 12, 2015
Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman talks on his phone outside the newly constructed jail as prisoners are transferred into the facility in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP)

Step one in sentencing reform: 6,000 federal prisoners will go free at the end of this month. We’ll dig in.

Sanders Speaks Up For Guns, Trump Gets Hispanic Support

October 9, 2015
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 3: Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center October 3, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Thousands of people attended the rally, one of the biggest in recent state history for a politician. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

In our weekly roundtable on the race for 2016, we’re joined by The Wall Street Journal’s Jeanne Cummings and AP’s Jesse Holland.

A Closer Look At Rupert Murdoch’s ‘Real Black President’ Tweet

October 9, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a town hall event at River Woods September 30, 2015 in Exeter, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

The Republican presidential candidate is defending the business magnate after a tweet that some interpreted as racist.

Lessons From Speaker Henry Clay, ‘The Great Compromiser’

October 9, 2015
Henry Clay (1777 - 1852), American statesman and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Original Publication: People Disc - HC0397. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Historian Harlow Giles Unger calls him America’s greatest House speaker, working with 10 presidents over 50 years.

Tom DeLay Says Paul Ryan Would ‘Make A Good Speaker’ But Might Not Have The Votes

October 9, 2015
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaks with media Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Houston after the highest criminal court in Texas refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling from the 3rd Court of Appeals tossing the 2010 convictions. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

With no clear favorite to be the next House speaker, the former House majority leader weighs in on how to unify Republicans.

ISIS Strikes Back In Syria

October 9, 2015
A picture taken from the hill village of Buqaata in the Israeli-annexed Syrian Golan Heights shows flames and smoke ascending from alleged shelling by Syrian government forces on Islamic State group's positions near the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khashab on October 6, 2015. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic State fighters seized a string of villages from rival insurgents north of Aleppo, despite intensive Russian airstrikes.

Obama Heads To Oregon, But Won’t Be Receiving A Warm Welcome

October 9, 2015
A sign at the edge of campus welcomes students and staff back to Umpqua Community College on October 5, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. Despite crime scene tape still being stretched around large areas of the school, the campus was open to staff and students today for the first time since last Thursday when 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer went on a shooting rampage killing nine people and wounding another nine before he was killed. Classes are not scheduled to resume until next week. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The president plans to meet with families of victims of the shooting rampage, but town is not happy with his calls for more gun control.

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.

Patrick Kennedy, And The Politics Of Memory And Truth

October 9, 2015
A new memoir by former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy takes a hard look at his life, and how he and family members struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues as America’s most famous political family. Kennedy is pictured here on March 30, 2015 at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston. (Susan Walsh/ AP)

To write his memoir, the nephew of the late president and son of the late senator faced an especially daunting prospect.

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