Ailsa Chang

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Growing Up In Houston, Ted Cruz Learned To Never Hold Back

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Before Ted Cruz was the firebrand Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a firebrand teenager reciting conservative ideology. (This piece initially aired on July 3, 2015 on ATC.)


8 Things Congress Actually Did This Year

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

When Republicans took over both chambers of Congress in January, party leaders vowed they would prove to the country that Republicans could govern. They promised to stop with the self-made crises, such as government shutdowns, and rack up legislative accomplishments. So in the first year of a GOP-controlled Congress in ...


The Year In Congress: How Did Republicans Do?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Republicans had something to prove when they took over both houses of Congress at the beginning of 2015 — that they could govern. So, did they prove it?


Encore: This Is Where Donald Trump Learned How To Beat The System

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NPR looks back on Donald Trump's time in military school where he learned how to get ahead while playing by the rules. This story originally aired on Nov. 10, 2015 on Morning Edition.


Congress Unveils Massive Spending Bill To Fund Government

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Congress has unveiled a giant bill that will fund the government for the year and clarify the tax code. Congress will give itself an extension to get the bills passed before current funding runs out.


Justice Stephen Breyer On What The Court Does Behind Closed Doors, And Hamilton

Sunday, December 13, 2015

One of the members of the nation's highest court dropped by the NPR Politics Podcast last week for a wide-ranging conversation about the inner workings of the Supreme Court, and Washington, changing global realities and why he loved the musical Hamilton.

It's been 16 years since I last saw Justice ...


Senate Passes Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood, Repeal Health Law

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Update at 8:40 p.m. ET: Senate passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act, with a 52-47 vote.

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Senate Republicans are expected to achieve two goals on Thursday that have long eluded them — they'll pass a bill that defunds Planned ...


Republicans In Congress Call For Pause In Refugee Resettlement

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Republicans in Congress are seeking action limiting President Obama's plan to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States.


This Is Where Donald Trump Played By The Rules And Learned To Beat The Game

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"We used to refer to our detention as a 'DT' — a 'Donny Trump' — because he got more of them than most other people in the class," said one of Trump's grade school classmates.


Paul Ryan Wins Republican Nomination For Speaker Of The House

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan won the Republican nomination speaker of the House Wednesday, but there are questions about whether he will be able to bring together a fractured caucus.


White House And GOP Congressional Leaders Reach Budget Deal

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The deal increases spending for defense and domestic programs and raises the federal debt ceiling through March 2017. It now must be approved by both houses of Congress.


In Letter To House GOP, Paul Ryan Says He's 'Ready And Eager' To Be Speaker

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has formally put himself forward as a candidate for speaker of the House. He said in a letter to the House Republican Conference that he is "ready and eager" to be speaker.


Ryan Gets The Support He Asks For In House Speaker Bid

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Two-thirds of a hard-line conservative group in the U.S. House has voted to support Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker. Now, if Ryan decides he does want the job, he has enough votes to win it.


Paul Ryan Sort Of Joins The House Speaker Race

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

After a week and a half of mounting pressure, Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan announced he is open to serving as Speaker of the House after all — but with conditions: his fractured Rep...


Tag, You're It: House GOP Leaders Pressure Paul Ryan To Enter Speaker Race

Friday, October 09, 2015

Republican leaders met to try and resolve their differences Friday after their election for a new speaker dissolved following the sudden withdrawal of the frontrunner, Kevin McCarthy.


Rep. McCarthy Stuns Colleagues By Pulling Out Of Leadership Election

Friday, October 09, 2015

House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly pulled out of the race for speaker of the House. The election is off until House Republicans can coalesce around a new candidate.


McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race, Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos

Thursday, October 08, 2015

This post was updated at 4:25 p.m.

In a shocking move Thursday afternoon, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled out of the race for speaker of the House, throwing the GOP leadership race into chaos and confusion.

According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting — ...


Congress Passes Funding Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Congress passed a bill Wednesday funding the government through mid-December. The bill does not restrict federal funding for Planned Parenthood.


Boehner To Step Down From Often Thankless Job. What's Next For His Successor?

Friday, September 25, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner will resign his leadership position at October's end; he also plans to resign his seat in the House. What does this mean for Congress, as a possible federal shutdown looms?


Pope Francis Speaks Before Joint Meeting Of Congress

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis delivered a speech before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday. The speech comes at a time when Congress is so divided over the issue of abortion that the government coul...