July 1, 2013 Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about state insurance exchanges and other new options. NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains how it's going to work.
June 30, 2013 The WikiLeaks founder argues that the "NSA leaker" has exposed "mass unlawful interception" of individuals' phone calls and Internet messages. But key lawmakers made the case again Sunday that Edward Snowden should be returned to the U.S. to face prosecution.
June 30, 2013 Proponents of California's Proposition 8 had asked that marriages be suspended while they decide whether to ask the court to reconsider its ruling about that initiative. Meanwhile, gay pride celebrations were happening in cities across the U.S.
June 30, 2013 HBO documentary Gideon's Army follows three public defenders working to give their clients the best representation while juggling hundreds of cases for little compensation. High-priced bail bonds and mandatory minimums make their work even more challenging.
June 29, 2013 There was a long line of couples Saturday at city hall and many more are expected on Sunday. It's the first weekend since the Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8.
June 29, 2013 The news this week has put race on America's brain. There were the Supreme Court decisions, the trial of George Zimmerman and the downfall of celebrity chef Paula Deen. But the country is still fumbling through persistent inequality, even in the absence of overt prejudice.
June 29, 2013 Retired federal Judge Vaughn Walker set the California gay marriage ban on its way to the Supreme Court with his ruling in 2010. On Wednesday, the high court kept his decision intact. Walker shares his insight into the justices' strategy and the controversy he's waded through as a gay judge.
June 29, 2013 The past week has seen many reactions to the testimony of a 19-year-old witness in the George Zimmerman trial. And the responses are anything but black and white.
June 28, 2013 After a circuit court removed a stay that had kept counties from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier, who were plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case, were at the front of the line to get their marriage license.
June 28, 2013 The former vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says that he did not betray the United States. Retired Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright has reportedly been named as a target of a federal leak investigation.
June 28, 2013 Most people know to phone 911 in an emergency, but police departments are often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of calls. Some cities use 311 lines to help divert non-emergency requests, while Miami dispatches a group of unarmed public servants to tackle many non-urgent situations.