The news that scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the creation of Dolly the sheep. It's a fight that has, over the past decade and a half, produced a lot of heat and light and not a lot of policy.
The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. The panel rebuffed Democratic efforts to keep the program whole, as debate on the farm bill turned into a theological discourse on helping the poor.
The 2012 accounting of the president and first lady's finances shows they had between $1.8 million and $7 million in assets.
The president says the resignation of Steve Miller is part of a larger effort to make sure the IRS never again engages in partisan targeting of certain groups.
The White House has released 100 pages of internal emails related to the development of talking points after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year. President Barack Obama also addressed the controversy surrounding the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups. Audie Cornish talks to Scott Horsley.
Among the things we learned about the IRS from the inspector general's report was that their boss told the group of employees at the controversy's heart to stop their dubious practices. Which they did, for a little while at least.
The IRS scandal has put a spotlight on a part of the tax code increasingly popular with political groups. Donors can't get tax deductions for giving to 501(c)(4) organizations like they would for charities. But the names of those donors can stay private.
The first city in the country to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections is a progressive town on the edge of Washington, D.C. But the push to allow people to vote or at least register before age 18 is ongoing in numerous states.
The White House releases all the emails related to the so-called talking points produced in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi.
As questions linger about the official response to the Benghazi attack, the White House faces new challenges related to probes by the IRS and the Justice Department. Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses the week in politics and the future of the Democratic Party with former DNC chair Howard Dean.
The Obama administration is taking heat after the IRS admitted targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. Also enraging critics, the Department of Justice seized phone records from the Associated Press. Host Michel Martin talks with two former White House insiders: Republican strategist Ron Christie, and Corey Ealons, of VOX Global.
The Army has announced that a soldier who was coordinating a sexual assault prevention program in Texas is under investigation for "abusive sexual contact." That's fueling a growing debate about sexual assault in the military, and what can be done to stop it. Host Michel Martin talks about the issue in the Beauty Shop roundtable.
Second chances are celebrated in the world of politics, and many leaders of high finance survive failure to enjoy lucrative careers. In her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin shares her thoughts about why so many poor Americans struggle to get second chances after a setback.
President Obama says we don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games. Was he talking about Benghazi or ScuttleButton?
The House speaker says he's not interested in who resigns because the IRS inappropriately singled out some conservative groups for extra scrutiny. He wants to know who's going to be charged with breaking the law.
A Treasury Department inspector general concludes that "ineffective management" is to blame for the singling out of some conservative groups.
While looking for the source of a leak, federal investigators obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors. There's been bipartisan outrage over what many see as government overreach. The attorney general tells NPR "I'm not sure" how many such seizures he's signed off on.
In an NPR interview, Attorney General Eric Holder answers questions about the IRS's processing of tax-exemption applications, the Justice Department's subpoenas for reporters' phone records and other hot issues. Holder faces questions on Capitol Hill Wednesday during an oversight hearing.
Senators on the Judiciary Committee spent their second full day slogging through proposed amendments to the bipartisan immigration overhaul. Tuesday's subject was the method of awarding visas for those wanting to come here to study and work.
A Treasury Department Inspector General's report criticizes the IRS for inappropriately flagging some conservative groups for additional scrutiny on their applications for tax-exempt status. President Obama says those responsible must be held accountable.