December 23, 2011 The Obama administration is trudging ahead with policies designed to protect the integrity of scientific research. But critics of the process say the policies that have been released so far don't do enough to prevent political manipulation of science.
Mixed grasses growing in a parcel of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program is seen near Tribune, Kan. Millions of acres of CRP nationwide will be returned to farmland.
October 17, 2011 In farm communities, there are mixed feelings on conservation payments. Farmer Don Teske, of Wheaton, Kansas, says "the perception is that you're being paid to do nothing." They don't want to be park rangers, they want to farm.
October 17, 2011 Scientists and regulators have concluded time and time again that labeling genetically modified foods is unnecessary because they are no different than other foods. But food policy experts say just label them, already, so people can make their own choices.
Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addresses a Tea Partly Express Rally in Manchester, N.H., on Sept. 5.
September 15, 2011 As Sarah Palin keeps the GOP guessing on her White House intentions, she faces challenging filing deadlines and dismissed allegations in a new book as "disgusting lies."
September 13, 2011 The debt-ceiling debate was a game of chicken, a political scientist says. And the supercommittee may actually work out a deal.
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) waves to her House colleagues after voting for a bill to raise the federal debt ceiling, in this image from House Television.
August 1, 2011 Even as the vote results came in, the loudest cheers were heard when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) made her first appearance on the House floor since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January.
June 29, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, political junkie Ken Rudin and what people mean when they talk about a party's "base," Eddie Bocanegra and Alex Kotlowitz from the documentary The Interrupters, and innovators talk about where ideas come from.
May 27, 2011 This involves a related but different issue than the 2010 Citizens United case, in which the Supreme Court said corporations could make "independent expenditures" that indirectly support candidates.
April 8, 2011 President Obama kicked off his re-election campaign earlier this week with a videoposted on his website and an email and text message blast to supporters stating, "Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign – because we've got more work to do."
March 10, 2011 A House subcommittee has voted to deny funds for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases, in a Thursday session that pitted Republicans against Democrats in a heated debate.
Washington Post columnist David Broder speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press" at the NBC studios August 10, 2008 in Washington, DC.
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March 9, 2011 Columnist David Broder, who was a fixture on Washington's political landscape, has died, according to The Washington Post.
March 2, 2011 Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate have voted to begin fining Democrats $100 for every day they're absent without leave. The Democrats, who fled the state to quash a bill that would limit public-employee unions, say the threat of a fine won't sway them.
March 1, 2011 The House has voted to keep the federal government running for two more weeks, passing a bill to avert a government shutdown by a 335-91 margin. The bill, which the Senate is expected to pass as well, buys more time for legislators to work out a long-term spending bill.
Protesters filled the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison on Thursday.
February 18, 2011 They came into office pledging to cut spending and as they try to reduce the power of public employee unions the political battles are heating up.
February 16, 2011 On today's Talk of the Nation, the 2012 budget attacked from both sides of the aisle, the directors of Restrepo, how the shooting in Tucson has changed the gun debate, and the challenges faced by Western women reporting in the Middle East.
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