July 14, 2013 WITFOn Monday a judge will rule on the constitutionality of requiring all Pennsylvania voters to show state-issued photo identification. Supporters say it's a common-sense remedy for voter fraud, but opponents counter it's an attempt to disenfranchise minorities.
July 14, 2013 The chairmen of the House and Senate tax-writing committees, one Democrat and one Republican, are embarking on a tour to sell the importance of changing tax policy. In public, they stick to what they agree on — but there are still some sticky issues ahead.
July 13, 2013 The House Oversight Committee will hold its latest hearing next week into how the IRS handled the applications of groups seeking tax exempt status. The hearings have morphed from a scandal over the targeting of Tea Party groups into something broader.
July 13, 2013 Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon argues that it's time to retire the phrase "this wouldn't be a scandal in Europe" when referring to American politicians embroiled in sex scandals. From former President Bill Clinton to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, such scandals no longer seem to end careers.
July 12, 2013 The political messaging of failure isn't easy. Just ask New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who called the GOP's rejection of his immigration bill "encouraging."
July 12, 2013 The Canadian train tragedy is becoming Exhibit A in the political case for building pipelines, such as the proposed Keystone XL, as well as for opposing them. Meanwhile, energy companies have boosted rail shipments of oil in response to a surge in production.
July 12, 2013 Alan Rosenthal, a giant in the study of state legislatures, was also a leading figure in changing the way they operated. He died this month, at 81.
July 12, 2013 She is to become the University of California's next president. Confirmation of a successor could take time. Speculation on a successor has already begun. Perhaps former Sen. Joe Lieberman?
July 12, 2013 Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, says materials from an IRS workshop in 2010 instructed agents to flag applications from "progressive" groups as well as those with "Tea Party," "patriot" or "9/12" in their names.
July 12, 2013 After reports that he has sexually harassed numerous women, Mayor Bob Filner released a video statement in which he apologizes but does not talk about stepping down. The 70-year-old Democrat has only been in office about 6 months.