The Energy Behind Repealing Obamacare May Be Ebbing

Monday, May 05, 2014

Republicans may not be as focused on Affordable Care Act repeal as before, but that doesn't mean the law has turned the corner in terms of public support.


Death Penalty Fades As Hot-Button Issue

Friday, May 02, 2014

With murders down dramatically, death penalty support has fallen far from its peak 20 years ago. Problems with executions, meanwhile, have made many Democrats, at least, skeptical about the practice.


Nino's No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's more than embarrassing when a Supreme Court justice makes his decision based on facts that he's gotten wrong. The court has corrected the record, but the slip has stuck among legal cognoscenti.


Poll: Young Voters Uninterested In November 2014 Elections

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A new survey reports voting interest among 18- to 29-year-olds has declined in recent months. Only a quarter say they'll definitely vote in the midterm elections.


A Path Out Of Prison For Low-Level, Nonviolent Drug Offenders

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that federal inmates serving long sentences for drug offenses will be eligible to apply for clemency if they meet six major criteria.


Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.


Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders

Monday, April 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the administration expects to broaden criteria under which federal prisoners convicted of drug offenses can apply for pardons or reduced sentences.


All Things Considered

Ryan Budget Vote Produces 'Win' For Both Parties

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Democrats made lots of speeches about the horrors of the GOP's Ryan budget. Republicans made lots of speeches about its wonders. The actual effect on public policy? None.


NPR Poll: GOP's Older Voter Advantage Slips From 4 Years Ago

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The new NPR poll indicated that Republicans had a 10 percentage-point advantage over Democrats with voters over age 59. In 2010, it was 21 points.


White House Launches Climate Change Data Website

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 is designed to make government data more accessible to researchers and industries trying to adapt to global warming.


Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations

Friday, March 14, 2014

Amid pressure to slow deportations and after meeting with Hispanic congressional leaders, President Obama said he would look at more humane ways to enforce immigration laws.


Obama's Overtime Move Designed To Excite Base, Swing Voters

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The administration's plan to increase the number of American workers eligible for mandatory overtime pay is seen as part of a strategy to stress income inequality.


4 Reasons The Pew Millennials Report Should Worry Democrats, Too

Monday, March 10, 2014

A new survey of Americans aged 18 to 32 includes some troubling news for the GOP. But the findings also suggest that few millennials see big differences between the two major parties.


Race To Stop 'Revenge Porn' Raises Free Speech Worries

Thursday, March 06, 2014

More than a dozen states are considering bills that would criminalize the online posting of sexually explicit photos or videos without the subject's consent. But First Amendment experts urge caution.


Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say officials who have helped close military bases.


Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

As they wait for the Food and Drug Administration to propose regulations for the nascent e-cigarette industry, lobbyists frame the product as way to move tobacco smokers "down ladder of risk."


Election Panel: Long Lines Were Management Problem

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The election administration commission appointed by President Obama found no evidence that partisan plots were behind long Election Day lines, as some have suggested. Rather, some election officials simply misjudged how much equipment and personnel they needed at certain precincts.


Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are at odds over whether military commanders should retain control over pursuing prosecution in sexual assault cases.


Holder Calls For Restoring Felons' Voting Rights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In a speech Tuesday, the attorney general said laws barring convicted felons from voting are counterproductive and perpetuate "the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals."


White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

President Obama used an executive order to start a program intended to help farmers and ranchers cope with weather changes that have begun to alter growing seasons and crop health.