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How Is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Washington Visit Playing In Israel?

The prime minister is headed to Washington to address Congress despite objections from the White House. Host Arun Rath speaks with NPR's Emily Harris iabout how Israelis regard the controversial trip.

Kerry Tries To Calm Tensions Over Netanyahu Visit

The Secretary of State said the Israeli prime minister is welcome to speak in the U.S. and that the White House does not want to see his address to Congress become "a political football."

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 63 percent of Republicans under the age of 34 favor legalization.

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Homeland Security Gets Stopgap Funding, But More Political Battles Loom

Congress will fund the Department of Homeland Security for one more week. Political correspondent Mara Liasson talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the politics of the battles being waged by congressional Republicans.

How Conservatives Are Readying Their 'Grassroots Army' For 2016

The message from the Conservative Political Action Conference's first-ever Activism Boot Camp was clear: a win for Republicans in 2016 must be a team effort.

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

President Obama late Friday signed a stopgap measure to keep the department running for another week, but the tussle over his executive action on immigration, linked to the funding, is not over yet.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Conservatives Heckle Jeb Bush On Education, Immigration

Some Republicans have said that former Gov. Jeb Bush isn't conservative enough. This week he appeared before the Conservative Political Action Conference and made his case for a possible 2016 run.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff

Chicago will hold a runoff mayoral election in April. Incumbent Rahm Emanuel will face Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to columnist Carol Marin about the race.

Weekend Edition Saturday

House GOP Scurries To Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

A last-minute scramble to fund the Department of Homeland Security exposed rifts among Republicans. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Ailsa Chang about the latest battle in Congress.

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

The former Florida governor's supporters shouted down his hecklers at his much anticipated appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Israel, Iran And The United States At Odds

March 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Week In Review: Rail Woes Continue, Budget Gap Looms, Tsarnaev Trial

February 27, 2015
Students walk past a statue of "Paws", the mascot of the Pawtucket Red Sox, outside McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Local officials in Pawtucket say moving the Boston Red Sox's minor league team to Providence, the state's capital, will devastate the smaller city's economy. A group of investors, including Boston Red Sox President Larry Lucchino, announced they bought the minor league team and intend on moving it to Providence.(AP)

We discuss the looming state budget gap, the ongoing woes over the MBTA, the Tsarnaev trial’s opening statements next week and how FEMA funding is at risk if the Department of Homeland Security shuts down.

In Ukraine, Russian Military Threat Remains

February 27, 2015
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a ceasefire holds between government troops and pro-Russian rebels in the east. (Ukraine National Security and Defense Council)

Despite a ceasefire agreement, fighting continues in the Ukraine city of Mariupol, just 37 miles from the Russian border.

U.S. And Israeli Politics At Play In Netanyahu Speech To Congress

February 27, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans on speaking to Congress on March 3, 2015. His visit is highly controversial, even among the White House Administration. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama does not plan to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in town to speak to Congress.

Why Can’t We Beat ISIS?

February 27, 2015
In this handout image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria, during flight on September 23, 2014. These aircraft were part of a strike package that was engaging ISIL targets in Syria. (Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland/U.S. Air Force via Getty Images)

For all of the destruction, the self-proclaimed Islamic State is relatively small, but a military strategist says “we allowed ISIS to build up.”

Putin’s Opposition: Russian Parliament Member Speaks Out

February 27, 2015
Ilya Ponomarev, a lawmaker of the Just Russia Party, speaks at a press conference in Moscow, on October 23, 2012. (Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Ilya Ponomarev was the sole member of the Russian parliament to vote against the annexation of Crimea. He joins us.

Peering Over The DHS Cliff – Will Congress Get It Done?

February 27, 2015
The logo of the Department of Homeland Security is seen at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, D.C., February 25, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress’s deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security is tonight at midnight. We get the latest from NPR’s Ron Elving.

Week In The News: DHS Shutdown Risk, Net Neutrality Win, Snowy South

February 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Commentary: Massachusetts Might Be Hillary Clinton's Least Favorite State

February 27, 2015
Hillary Clinton speaks at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women Tuesday in Santa Clara, California. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the main reason that our state seems less hospitable to Hillary Clinton. While Warren continues to say she has no plans to run for president, she is clearly not inclined to support Clinton any time soon.

Sen. Chang-Diaz On MBTA Crisis: ‘I’m Hopeful We Will Not Fail To Act On This Moment’

February 26, 2015

State lawmakers on Thursday questioned transportation officials about the massive problems that have plagued the MBTA during the recent stretch of snowstorms.

Congressional Conversations: McGovern Won’t Attend Netanyahu Speech

February 26, 2015
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, left, followed by former Homeland Security Secretaries, Michael Chertoff, center, and Tom Ridge, arrives for a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Senate Democrats on Wednesday signed onto a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid put the Senate on track to pass the bill as a partial agency shutdown looms Friday at midnight. (AP)

A gridlocked Congress is on the verge of shutting down the Department of Homeland Security and Congressman Jim McGovern has decided not to attend a joint session address by the Israeli prime minister next week.

For A Glimpse At A GOP Presidential Hopeful, Head To CPAC

February 26, 2015
Volunteers walk by a stand at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2015. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

The Conservative Political Action Conference is attracting nearly a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls, depending on how you count.

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

February 26, 2015
Political bumper stickers (kenudigit/Flickr)

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

Rep. McGovern Won’t Attend Netanyahu Address

February 26, 2015
Democratic Rep. James McGovern (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

“I think the timing and the circumstances of this speech are deeply troubling,” the Democrat told WBUR.

How The Fight Over DHS Funding And Immigration Is Playing Among Latinos

February 26, 2015
Dian Alarcon, originally from Colombia, stands with others during a press conference to protest the district court judge in Brownsville, Texas, who issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation process of President Barack Obama's Executive Action on immigration on February 17, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The issue at the heart over the fight over Department of Homeland Security funding is the president’s executive actions on immigration.

House Republicans Face Decision: Fund DHS Or Stand Firm On Immigration

February 26, 2015
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center February 26, 2015 in Washington, D.C. With less than two days to go before the Department of Homeland Security shutdown, Boehner said that it is still up to the Senate to pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, adding 'We passed a bill to fund the department six weeks ago. Six weeks ago.' (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio explains why he wants a bill that ties Department of Homeland Security funding to immigration.

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