Medicaid is a campaign issue for the first time in years. Republicans cite studies to say the health care program for those with low incomes has failed, and they want to turn it back to the states. But Medicaid researchers say those studies don't portray Medicaid accurately.
The head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau says he wants to "extend new protections to consumers against the kind of shabby customer service and law-breaking by mortgage servicers that has been so thoroughly documented." The bureau has proposed new rules to help homeowners facing foreclosure. But housing advocates say it will all depend on enforcement.
Rep. Paul Ryan will be campaigning in Iowa Monday. It will be his first day campaigning solo since GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney named him as his running mate on Saturday. Over the weekend, thousands of people lined up for hours to see the newly minted GOP ticket.
President Obama says he wants this campaign to be about ideas and differing outlooks for the future. The selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate offers the chance for just such a fight. Ryan is the author of a conservative and controversial budget.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan stopped off in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin Sunday. Ryan has represented Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District for 14 years. In that time, he's gained national attention for proposing sweeping changes to the way government works while also watching out for his constituents.
Florida's 7th Congressional District was born out of redistricting. It pits longtime Rep. John Mica against freshman Rep. Sandy Adams. She has the backing of the Tea Party, but he raised more money. The contest has been particular nasty, with both candidates bringing distinct ideologies and styles.
The gun-control debate has been framed as one between those who want to ban all guns and those who want to protect the right to own them. But digging into the numbers shows a complex relationship between ownership and crime. But some studies suggest stricter gun laws have not had a significant effect on crime rates.
President Obama has long used House Republicans as a foil. Now that one of the leaders in that group, Paul Ryan, is on the ticket alongside Mitt Romney, the connection is that much clearer. NPR's Scott Horsley joins host Guy Raz to talk about the president's response to the newly formed GOP ticket.
As the Olympics have shown, participation in sports at this high level can teach discipline, perseverance and teamwork. But can the Olympics teach U.S. athletes to think in meters and kilos instead of feet and pounds?
Since the Wisconsin congressman came on the scene on Saturday, Mitt Romney's rallies have felt different. The crowds are bigger. The audience is more raucous. Lines that used to be a routine part of Romney's stump speech have become rousing battle cries.
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