Davis was shot at point blank range with a shotgun on Dec. 13 and had been hospitalized in critical condition. The family announced her death "with unspeakable sadness," but also thanked the community for its outpouring of support.
It was another tough week for the National Security Agency. First, a federal judge said some of the NSA's surveillance activities were "likely unconstitutional." Then, a White House panel recommended that NSA activities in the U.S. and abroad should be significantly reined in. Host Arun Rath speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Siobhan Gorman about the week's news and the future of the NSA.
The Senate left town Friday, wrapping up the first session of the 113th Congress. Capitol Hill reporter Ailsa Chang joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about the many things left to tackle in the year ahead.
President Obama wrapped up a rough year with a White House news conference before boarding Air Force One to Hawaii with his family for the holidays. Amid all the criticism of the troubled rollout of his health care law, the government shutdown and NSA snooping, the president highlighted greater energy independence and flickers of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.
Congress enacted fewer laws this term than any in recent history. That can mean feast or famine for lobbyists; it just depends what they're lobbying for.
It's the season of peace and goodwill, but President Obama may have tested the limits of both with comments at his end-of-year news conference. He suggested Republicans would be "crazy" to wage a new debt ceiling fight and seemed to question even his allies' motives on Iran sanctions.
The White House announced another rule change for people signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Just in time for the holiday rush, the Obama Administration said people whose policies have been cancelled will be allowed to buy so-called catastrophic coverage plans. The high-deductible, low-premium plans that cover the basics and not much more had previously been limited to people under the age of 30 who had demonstrable financial need.
Ahead of his trip to Hawaii for the holidays, President Obama held a year-end press conference at the White House Friday. Despite a tough year, the president insisted he had successes under his watch as well, and said he still hoped 2014 could be a "breakthrough year."
Melissa Block speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They'll talk about another looming debt ceiling fight in early 2014, new changes to the Affordable Care Act, and a White House panel's review of NSA surveillance programs.
President Obama held a year-end press conference Friday at the White House. He touted successes under his watch including improved jobs numbers and a stronger economy, increased oil and gas production, and said a million people had signed up for private health plans on state and federal exchanges. He also chided lawmakers for allowing extended unemployment benefits to lapse. And he took questions from reporters on a range of other issues.
The law will give some students who are in the U.S. illegally the ability to pay cheaper, in-state tuition.
It's not every day that three long-serving House members announce their retirements within hours of each other. It's rarer still that two of those seats have a distinct possibility of being filled by an African-American Republican.
Our nation's capital was designed to showcase its monuments, and monumental buildings — from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. But as the city grows, is it time to rewrite the law that mandates a ground-hugging skyline?
The one-year review of the military's response to sexual assault within the ranks comes in response to a spate of embarrassing incidents in recent months.
The president will be taking questions from reporters. Listen to what he has to say and read highlights.
Janet Yellen would be the first woman to head the central bank. On Friday, the Senate voted to head off any potential filibuster of her nomination. A confirmation vote is scheduled for Jan. 6.
Congress is hopes for a happy holiday after approving a budget deal. But the President is still feeling the heat over Obamacare and the National Security Agency's data mining. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Fernando Espuelas of Univision.
The former Massachusetts Republican senator's monthslong flirtation with Granite State voters has powered plenty of speculation, and Thursday's event only fanned it.
If confirmed, the Montana Democrat would succeed Ambassador Gary Locke. Baucus had already announced he would not seek re-election next year. An early departure gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a fellow Democrat, the chance to appoint another member of their party to serve out the term.
After the Obama administration announced that Americans who recently had their health insurance canceled can buy "catastrophic policies," the insurance industry said the change will cause more confusion.