November 1, 2013 After focus groups and polls indicated that replacing the vice president with Hillary Clinton wouldn't boost the president's re-election effort, the idea was dropped. Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley says the campaign was simply doing "due diligence."
October 1, 2013 In his interview with President Obama on Monday, NPR's Steve Inskeep says some of the president's remarks were reminiscent of what he said in 2011 during the debt ceiling crisis. One stark difference, however, was the president's firmness. "Absolutely I will not negotiate," the president said.
September 6, 2013 Republicans invented the term "Obamacare" as a way to denigrate the Affordable Care Act. NPR's hosts and reporters now commonly use the term, prompting the ire of some listeners. Is NPR "letting Fox drive the narrative," as one wrote?
July 31, 2013 Also: an excerpt from George R.R. Martin's upcoming novella; a plea from the OED; a new short story from Adam Johnson.
June 28, 2013 Before leaving Senegal, Obama recalled that his first act of political activism was inspired by Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement.
June 19, 2013 Obama also defended his administration's surveillance programs, saying they've struck the right balance between security and privacy.
June 12, 2013 For the first time since 2005, Gallup's polling shows Bush's "favorable" rating exceeding his "unfavorable" number. The polling firm says it's normal for Americans' opinions of former presidents to improve over time.
May 19, 2013 President Obama delivered a rare, very personal speech during the commencement ceremony at the historically black college.
May 19, 2013 White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Republicans are trying to make political hay with the scandals.
March 19, 2013 Also: English town may ban apostrophes on street signs; feminist romance novels; and Marie Ponsot wins the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
November 12, 2012 This past election may have been about jobs. But there was a more profound question at issue: coming to grips with the collapse of the myth that we all go it alone. Commentator Alva Noë says this myth has distorted our politics and that President Obama was right to take aim at it.
October 27, 2012 The Iowa paper favored Barack Obama for president in 2008 and hasn't endorsed a Republican since Richard Nixon in 1972. "The president's best efforts to resuscitate the stumbling economy have fallen short," the Register writes.
October 23, 2012 The final presidential debate left many viewers scratching their heads. It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. It's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.
October 19, 2012 Utah could give Mitt Romney his largest margin on Election Day, but the state's biggest newspaper is rooting for his rival. The Tribune's editorial board says the Romney it praised for turning around the 2002 Olympics is not the same Romney running for president in 2012.