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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.

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Clinton Seeks A 'New Relationship' With The Press

Some of Hillary Clinton's most vocal critics are from those in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Mara Liasson about Clinton's evolving relationship with the press.

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Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.

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In YouTube Video, Sen. Harry Reid Announces Retirement From Senate

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will not seek a sixth term next year and will retire after three decades in the chamber. He endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer to replace him as Democratic leader.

How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader

Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.

With Reid Out, Republicans See An Opportunity

Democrats argue the top Senate leader's retirement might be a good thing. But it's going to set off a scramble to replace him in one of the most hotly contested races in 2016.

6 Things You Might Not Have Known About Harry Reid

The senator from Nevada was raised in a home built of scavenged railroad ties and with a toughness that has carried him through his life and political career.

What Reid Endorsing Schumer As Top Democrat Means

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is not seeking re-election in 2016, but he is leaving no room for a leadership fight. He's throwing his support to his top lieutenant and message maestro.

Reid Backs N.Y.'s Schumer To Succeed Him As Senate Democratic Leader

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made the endorsement on Nevada Public Radio after saying earlier today that he won't seek re-election in 2016.

Institute Honoring The Late Sen. Kennedy To Open In Boston

March 29, 2015
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Steven Senne/AP)

The $79 million facility that sits adjacent to the presidential library of his brother, John F. Kennedy, is scheduled to be dedicated Monday at a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Gov. Baker Asks For Snow Disaster Declaration

March 27, 2015
Pedestrians walk single file through snow banks on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston last month. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Citing an “unprecedented and disastrous pattern of severe winter weather,” the letter seeks 75 percent federal reimbursement for costs related to the storms, which Baker is asking the feds to treat as a single, monthlong disaster.

Trying To Make The Senate Work

March 27, 2015
Artistic rendering of the replica of the Senate chamber at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. (Courtesy)

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is set to open Tuesday, and includes an interactive exhibit where visitors will play the role of senators and try to create and pass legislation, such as a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Oil Prices Jump After Saudi Strikes In Yemen

March 27, 2015
People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (Hani Mohammed/AP)

Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Yemen’s growing unrest has led to fears of instability in the oil market.

Harry Reid Stepping Down, Ted Cruz Stepping Up

March 27, 2015
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (left), pictured on March 17, 2015, will not run for reelection (Molly Riley/AP). Sen. Ted Cruz pictured on March 10, 2015, has announced he's running for president. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev and NPR’s Don Gonyea discuss the latest in 2016 politics and Capitol Hill news.

The Day Before Elections, Nigeria Claims A Military Victory Over Boko Haram

March 27, 2015
A combination of two pictures shows Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (left) and ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari during election campaigns. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says the timing seems rather convenient, as President Goodluck Jonathan is trying to keep his seat.

Commentary: Some More Boston Olympics Poll Questions I’d Like To Ask

March 27, 2015
People hold up placards against bringing the Olympic Games to Boston during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympic bid in February. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Analyst Todd Domke has some additional questions that would stir the “conversation” Boston 2024 leaders now say they want.

Week In The News: Germanwings Crash, Ted Cruz 2016, Yemen Unravels

March 27, 2015
Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP)

The co-pilot and the plane in the Alps? Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid. Heinz buys Kraft. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Report: Glitch Cuts Off Food Stamp Benefits For Thousands Of Eligible Residents

March 27, 2015

Advocates for the poor say efforts to modernize the state’s food stamp program and weed out fraud have left thousands of eligible residents without benefits.

State Considers Route 3 Toll Lanes

March 27, 2015

State transportation officials are considering adding paid express lanes on a section of Route 3 south of Boston in an effort to ease congestion and improve safety.

Boston Considers Paid Maternity Leave

March 26, 2015
Boston City Councilwoman Michelle Wu holds her eleven week-old son Blaise Pawarski as members of Boston 2024 answer questions during the first meeting of the Boston City Council on the city's bid to be awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics, Friday March 6, 2015, at City Hall in Boston. (AP)

Efforts to pass federal legislation mandating that businesses provide paid leave have repeatedly stalled. So, the action on this issue has shifted to state and local legislatures.

Addiction Expert: We Know Too Little About Marijuana

March 26, 2015
Although medicinal marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, no dispensaries have been approved yet. (Melanie Tata/Flickr)

Beacon Hill is buzzing with a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use — we talk to Dr. Kevin Hill about the real facts behind the drug.

Will Saturday’s Election Change Anything In Nigeria?

March 26, 2015
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (left), and APC main opposition party's presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari shake hands under the eyes of Chairman of the Abuja Peace Accord former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (center), after signing the renewal of the pledges for peaceful elections on March 26, 2015 in Abuja. Security is a major concern at Saturday's vote both from Boko Haram violence against voters and polling stations to clashes between rival supporters. In 2011, around 1,000 people were killed in violence after Jonathan beat Buhari to the presidency. (Philip Ojisua/AFP/Getty Images)

The opposition party has enough support to win in national elections, but would the president allow for a peaceful handover of power?

Our Protest-Free New Gilded Age

March 26, 2015
In this file photo, protesters sit at the intersection of Wall St. and Broad St. in New York, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The protesters, many who were affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, were trying to draw attention to the connection between capitalism and environmental destruction. (AP)

In our age of hyper-inequality, historian Steve Fraser asks when the little guy stands up and says “enough.” He’s with us.

Flapjacks And Flops: Why The Jokes At The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Were Beside The Point

March 26, 2015
Jimmy Tingle: "How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?" Pictured: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was among local, state and federal officials to celebrate the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast on March 15, 2015, hosted by Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.
(City of Boston Mayor's Office/flickr)

How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?

Indiana Governor To Sign Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

March 25, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gives a speech in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Michael Conroy/AP)

The measure aims to protect business owners who say it violates their beliefs to serve gay couples. Critics say it allows discrimination.

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