House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, on Jan. 3, as the 113th Congress began. On Friday, Boehner condemned Young, the second most senior Republican in the House, for using the term "wetbacks," which Boehner called "offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds." Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

toggle caption Charles Dharapak/AP

Ghana Must Go author Taiye Selasi. Nancy Crampton /Penguin Press hide caption

toggle caption Nancy Crampton /Penguin Press

A scene outside the Supreme Court on Monday, as the justices announced they would hear another case involving affirmative action in higher education. Many of those waiting in line at the court in a late-season snowfall were hoping to attend oral arguments on gay-marriage cases being heard Tuesday and Wednesday. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

toggle caption Jose Luis Magana/AP
/Hake's Americana & Collectibles/Atlantic Monthly Press

Jean De Lafayette Elementary School is one of 50 schools slated to be closed in Chicago. Cities across the country are facing similar decisions, and opposition to the closures is growing. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor