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Test Of '1 Person, 1 Vote' Heads To The Supreme Court

Analysts have noted that dividing districts based on eligible voters rather than total population would tend to shift representative power to localities with fewer children and fewer immigrants.

All Things Considered

Federal Appeals Court Lets Stand Blockage Of Obama Immigration Actions

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against a request by the Obama Administration to resume applications for temporary deportation relief for an estimated 4.7 million immigrants.

What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?

This week, NPR looks at four seemingly intractable problems that await the 45th president: stagnant wages, violent extremism, cybersecurity and the federal debt.

Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

The 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership account for almost 36 percent of the world's economy, which would make TPP by far the largest U.S. trade pact.

Morning Edition

Canada Cuts Down On Red Tape. Could It Work In The U.S.?

Canada says it's the first country with a law that eliminates one regulation for every new measure that's adopted. The One-for-One Rule is designed to ease the burden on businesses.

Morning Edition

Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Measure Preventing Local Fracking Bans

Oklahoma's governor is deciding whether to sign a bill that prevents communities from banning fracking and other oil and gas activity. Lawmakers were spooked by a voter-approved fracking ban in Texas.

Morning Edition

Former Texas Gov. Perry Prepares To Announce Presidential Bid

Haunted by memories of his debate debacle four years ago, Rick Perry says he's healthier and better prepared this time. Last week, the Republican was in Iowa drumming up support for another campaign.

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Do the glasses make the man? Four years ago, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run was derailed by one word — oops. He admits now he wasn't healthy then, and he's trying to make up for it.

Morning Edition

Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

On this Memorial Day, the Obama administration finds itself defending its foreign policy strategy in Iraq where the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has captured the city of Ramadi.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

Egypt's Transformation, Before And After Morsi's Fall

May 27, 2015
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi raises his hands as he sits behind glass in a courtroom, in a converted lecture hall in the national police academy in an eastern Cairo suburb, Egypt, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (AP)

Sentenced to death in Egypt for espionage, respected academic Emad Shahin joins us with a big take on Egypt, ISIS and America’s response.

Longest-Serving Mayor In Mass., Michael McGlynn Of Medford, Won’t Seek 15th Term

May 26, 2015
Mayor Michael McGlynn and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito hold a photo of the Krystle Campbell Peace Garden. (Courtesy Lisa Evangelista)

The first thing you learn about Michael McGlynn is that he loves being mayor of Medford. He’s been at the job since 1987.

Lawmakers Leave Unfinished Business On Capitol Hill

May 26, 2015
The American flag flies over the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol, as Senate Democrats speak nonstop on the chamber floor about climate change on March 11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Most Americans are back to work today after a three-day Memorial Day weekend, but the recess continues for Congress.

France Moves To Vastly Expand Surveillance In Wake Of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

May 26, 2015
Protesters hold placards reading 'Say no to mass surveillance' take part on May 4, 2015 in Paris in a demonstration against the government's controversial bill giving spies sweeping new surveillance powers, deemed 'heavily intrusive' by critics. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the country has long been critical of the Patriot Act, lawmakers are now moving to vastly expand government surveillance.

What Free Speech Really Means

May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

Debate Over Seal Hunting In Greenland Resumes

May 25, 2015

The Inuit people of Greenland are trying to get the European Union’s ban on the sale of seal products overturned.

Presidential Elections In Burundi Delayed

May 25, 2015

Amidst violent protests and a coup attempt, the president of Burundi has postponed the election — that was scheduled for tomorrow — until next month.

Interior Secretary On Drawing New Visitors To National Parks

May 25, 2015
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. (John 'K'/Flickr)

Memorial Day is a popular day for Americans to visit the nation’s parks and monuments. We speak to the Secretary of the Interior, who oversees the National Park Service.

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

May 25, 2015
Exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center pictured on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona, (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Almost a year after a scandal rocked the Veterans Affairs administration leading to a $15 billion infusion to fix the problems, long wait times and limited access to care remain unsolved.

Bush And Clinton Take Latest Swings Through New Hampshire

May 22, 2015
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a morning crowd at the Draft restaurant in Concord, New Hampshire, Thursday. (Jim Cole/AP)

The Clinton and Bush families have been represented in nearly every New Hampshire presidential primary since 1988. The latest members of these political powerhouses — Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton — made their latest swings through the state this week.

Week In Review: MBTA, Boston 2024 Leadership, Missing BPL Prints

May 22, 2015
In this April 5, 2012 photo, an MBTA train pulls into a stop on Commonweath Avenue near Boston University in Boston. The tunnels and bridges have long since been built, but Boston's massive and oft-maligned Big Dig project has left a legacy of debt in Massachusetts that many contend is crippling the state's overall transportation network. Big Dig debt was cited as one of the reasons why the MBTA was forced last week to raise fares and cut some service. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Jim Stergios and Dante Ramos join us to discuss the week’s news.

House Speaker Asks Court To Sort Out Tax Dispute With Senate

May 22, 2015

The Senate wants to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families.

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

May 22, 2015
Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

Some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are paid as little as 25 cents an hour – well below the minimum wage.

Clinton Emails And Iraq Dominate 2016 Campaign News

May 22, 2015
Hillary Clinton meets with parents and child care workers at the Center for New Horizons on May 20, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In our weekly look at the race for 2016, we’re joined by NPR’s Don Gonyea and Julie Mason of “Press Pool” on Sirius XM.

The Ad That Ushered In An Era Of Tough-On-Crime Politics

May 22, 2015
Screenshot from the infamous Willie Horton “Weekend Passes” ad that completely transformed the 1988 presidential race.

In 1988, an attack ad about Gov. Michael Dukakis granting “weekend prison passes” to murderers upended the presidential race.

What’s Next For Colorado’s Controversial Birth Control Program?

May 22, 2015
In this image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In a report released on Feb. 24, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, long-acting but reversible methods of birth control are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. women, with IUDs redesigned after safety scares and the development of under-the-skin hormone implants. (Merck via AP)

The state legislature has voted against continuing a program that’s credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortions.

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