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Politics Feb 22Nearly half of states are facing budget shortfalls. Here’s why that matters.
Trump and congressional Republicans’ evolving fiscal plans have created uncertainty at the state level, as states scramble to get their finances in order while planning for potential federal tax cuts. Both Mr. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have said…
Politics Feb 06Can the Women’s March organizers maintain momentum?
President Donald Trump’s actions have energized his opponents in the opening days of his presidency. But the fast pace of events in the two weeks since the Women’s March have also underscored the political challenges inherent in organizing a wide-ranging…
Nation Jan 27This anti-abortion feminist had a foot in both marches
Destiny Herndon De-La Rosa went to the Women’s March on Washington and the March for Life. She said women shouldn't have to choose between them.
Politics Jan 18What the Women’s March wants
Critics and some Trump opponents have cast the Women's March in Washington, D.C. as an anti-Trump protest, but organizers insist it’s a nonpartisan event aimed at advancing a specific policy agenda. But even if the groups behind the march coalesce…
Politics Jan 10The best of Obama’s speeches
In preparation of President Obama's farewell address, we look back at some highlights from his speeches over the years.
Politics Jan 09Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ record in Alabama could complicate his confirmation
At his confirmation hearing this week, Jeff Sessions will face tough questions about his 20-year tenure in the Senate. But he’ll also be pressed on his record before he entered Congress, when he served as U.S. attorney and Alabama’s attorney…
World Jan 06Russian interference in election a ‘hostile act,’ John Kerry says in PBS NewsHour interview
Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called Russian attempts to interfere in the U.S. election a “hostile act,” though he would not speculate on other reports that senior Russian officials celebrated President-elect Donald Trump’s win.
Nation Jan 06A snapshot of the new laws that take effect in 2017
Eighteen states raised the minimum wage. California broadened restrictions on cellphone use for drivers.
Politics Dec 16Trump’s cabinet is mostly white and male. What will that mean for policy?
President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet is almost entirely white and male. The lack of diversity could have an impact on policy making, according to advocates and experts who study diversity.
Politics Dec 14Who is Trump’s pick for Interior Secretary, Rep. Ryan Zinke?
If confirmed by the Senate, Rep. Ryan Zinke would be tasked with managing the federal government’s 500 million acres of public land. The Interior Department oversees the national park system and energy development on federal lands and offshore. The agency…