Politics

RSS Feed
WAMU 88.5

What's At Stake In El Salvador's Presidential Election

Salvadorans will vote Feb. 2 for a new president, with absentee ballots cast for the first time by expats. We explore the impact on Washington's big Salvadoran community.

WAMU 88.5

Shaping The City: Architecture And Empty Spaces

As parking lots, community gardens and abandoned buildings give way to development, we explore the city's disappearing empty spaces.

WAMU 88.5

Tracing Coffee From Ethiopia To D.C.

Few countries are as synonymous with coffee as Ethiopia, whose exports reach consumers all over the world. Fresh from a learning tour of Ethiopia, Kojo explores the links between the coffee American consumers drink and the economic fortunes of the farmers who grow it.

NPR

President Hopes His Pen May Be Mightier Than Gridlock

President Obama's aides have hinted that the president plans to make greater use of executive orders going forward, primarily in order to bypass a gridlocked Congress. To learn more about how past presidents have used these unchecked executive orders, Robert Siegel talks with Ken Mayer, an expert on presidential powers from the University of Wisconsin.
NPR

The President Hopes For State Of The Union To Be A Big Reset Button

The political world is gearing up for President Obama's State of the Union on Tuesday night, an address in which the president gets to outline his priorities for the coming year. With tens of millions of people watching on TV and — the administration hopes — on their cell phones and tablets, the speech offers the chance to reframe the terms of many of the difficult issues that have so far dogged the president's second term.
NPR

State Of The Union Invitation List: Who Makes The Cut

Guests who get an invitation to the annual State of the Union address tend to reflect the personal and political aims of the president. Some have won notice during important news events that define the times — like the Boston Marathon bombing.
NPR

Gay Politicians: Washington's In Crowd Is Out

Eight openly gay members of Congress are on the cover of the National Journal. Host Michel Martin speaks with Representative Mark Takano of California and Adam Kushman, executive editor of the National Journal, about gay power brokers in D.C.
NPR

Rep. Radel Resigns; Pleaded Guilty To Cocaine Possession

The freshman member of Congress, a Republican from Florida, was found guilty of buying about $260 worth of cocaine from an undercover agent. He has been under pressure from others in his party to step down.
NPR

IRS Wants To Tighten Its Rule On Social Welfare Groups

The IRS is asking Americans to comment on how it should regulate social welfare groups. Under the tax code, they are known as 501(c)(4) groups. They are the new players in politics — heavily financed but done so anonymously.
NPR

The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much?

What does the growing income gap between the richest and poorest Americans mean for social mobility? An academic study published last week found that, contrary to popular perception, it has not gotten harder to climb the income ladder in the U.S. in the last two decades.

Pages