January 14, 2013 As religious as this country may be, many Americans are not religious at all. The group of religiously unaffiliated – dubbed "nones"— has been growing. One-fifth of Americans say they're nones, as are one in three under 30. They're socially liberal and aren't looking for an organized religion.
January 14, 2013 Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is open about how she benefited from affirmative action, how she came to terms with her diabetes and the "out-of-body experience" of being appointed to the high court. Sotomayor spoke with NPR just before the release of her new autobiography.
January 13, 2013 It looks like Virginians will be choosing between polarizing figures for governor this year: right-wing state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. Polls show voters don't much like one, and don't really know the other.
January 13, 2013 President Obama's slate of nominees will have to be confirmed by the Senate, but those nominations could be held up by a filibuster threat. Democrats are trying to crack down on what they see as misuse of the filibuster, and it looks like Republicans may be willing to come to a deal.
January 11, 2013 You might think that after a pretty rancorous election season there would be lingering acrimony between people who belong to groups embroiled in some of the campaign's most heated debates. But if there is, a new study by Pew found that many Americans don't feel that way.
January 11, 2013 The announcement from Sen. Jay Rockefeller that he will not seek another term would seem to give Republicans a big opening in a state that went deep red in November. But West Virginia's animus toward President Obama doesn't necessarily translate into Republican advantages in statewide races.
January 11, 2013 Eleven states do NOT have more people on welfare than they have employed, as an email that's going viral claims. Two major fact checking organizations have crunched the numbers and debunked the email.
January 11, 2013 As tradition dictates, the House speaker has invited the president. This year, Speaker John Boehner's office announced, the date will be the second Tuesday in February.
January 11, 2013 President Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department faces hurdles, and there are questions about John Brennan at the CIA. Plus: Joe Biden tries for a consensus on guns. And Barney Frank wants to be an interim senator. NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try to make sense of it all.