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Political Reporters Hit The (Bike) Trail In Iowa

David Greene speaks with NPR's Don Gonyea, Scott Horsley and Brian Naylor about The Des Moines Register's Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The three reporters are riding in the event, also known as RAGBRAI, to explore the Iowa they didn't see on the presidential campaign trail.

Scandal-Ridden San Diego Mayor Urged To Step Down

Pressure is growing on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign. His former communications director came forward Monday to publicly accuse him of sexual harassment.

New York Politicians Go Head To Head In The Wild

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced off in a rafting race Monday on a whitewater river high in the Adirondack Mountains. It was one part summer camp and one part House of Cards as two of the country's most influential big-city politicians shut off their smart phones and headed into the wild.

How Floor Charts Became Stars Of Congress

Watch C-SPAN long enough and you'll see members of Congress using big visual aids, known by Capitol Hill insiders as floor charts. They've become an essential part of congressional messaging — and there is so much affection for them, they have their own Tumblr.

In The Summer, Univision Is Numero Uno

For three consecutive weeks, the Spanish-language TV network's prime-time ratings have dominated among young adult viewers.

Texas Pit Masters Bask In Moment Of Barbecue Glory

When Dallas barbecue restaurant Pecan Lodge opened three years, there was no line of customers waiting to taste the brisket. But that all changed when Texas Monthly barbecue critic Daniel Vaughn rated the Pecan Lodge barbecue among the very best in the state.

Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case

With President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin serving as a backdrop, two new polls released Monday revealed a wide gap in public opinion.

McConnell's Challenge: Deal-Making Without Fingerprints

Sen. Mitch McConnell's job requires him to make deals with Democrats, something at which he's been especially good. But he may be forced to use proxies like Sen. John McCain because of an expected Tea Party primary challenger to his re-election.

MLB Suspends Brewers Star Ryan Braun

Major League Baseball announced Monday it is suspending Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of the season for violating doping policy. Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the move.

Lack Of Leaders Puts Strain On Homeland Security Department

Fifteen top posts at the Department of Homeland Security, including retiring Secretary Janet Napolitano's position, are now vacant or soon will be. Many are being filled on a temporary basis, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want the Obama administration to get busy filling those jobs, too.