Mayor Hales Signed Settlement Without Knowing The Details

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he did not know the controversial details of a legal settlement he signed with Portland Police Captain Mark Kruger.

Pew's Latest Look At Voters Finds Many Who Defy Party Labels

NPR | June 26, 2014 5:04 p.m.

"Young Outsiders" are Republican-leaning voters who don't like the GOP. Meanwhile, "Hard-Pressed Skeptics" are Democratic-leaning voters who could vote Republican in significant numbers this year.

Petitioners Say Marijuana Legalization Measure On Track For November Ballot

OPB | June 14, 2014 2:24 p.m.

Petitioners say their signature-gathering pace is on track to qualify a marijuana legalization measure for Oregon’s November ballot.

'Hard Choices' Tour Put Spotlight On Clinton's Strengths, Weaknesses

NPR | July 30, 2014 9:02 a.m.

HiIlary Clinton's book tour is over, and her final decision on a 2016 presidential bid is months away. The tour highlighted Clinton's strengths, weaknesses and possible presidential campaign.

Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

NPR | July 30, 2014 5:07 a.m.

A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.

Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

NPR | July 29, 2014 4:50 p.m.

The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

NPR | July 29, 2014 4:31 p.m.

The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

NPR | July 29, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time. While Nunn has a well-known name and a strong fundraising arm, analysts say she'll have to mobilize minority voters to have a chance.

Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

NPR | July 29, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.

The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

NPR | July 29, 2014 4:31 p.m.

A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.

Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

NPR | July 29, 2014 1:58 p.m.

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.

A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

NPR | July 29, 2014 4:35 a.m.

House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

NPR | July 28, 2014 4:40 p.m.

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

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