Nov 14, 2013 — NPR ran five stores on the giant pandas in Washington's National Zoo during its coverage of last month's government shutdown. It then ran a sixth story on them last week. What gives? Does anyone in the rest of the country really care about the capital's pandas? An NPR editor responds.
Nov 7, 2013 — NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson is also a contributor to Fox News. Some listeners complain that she has a conservative bias. A review of her work through the contentious political fighting over Syria, the government shutdown, debt default, and health care reform, finds otherwise. She's a remarkably cold-eyed analyst.
Oct 29, 2013 — The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.
Oct 24, 2013 — The federal government shutdown ended just a week ago, but it's already surfacing in ads for candidates in both parties. It's a preview of how candidates plan to frame the latest budget crisis in the 2014 election season.
Oct 17, 2013 — An assistance program for low-income seniors has its funding back. During the shutdown, food sat untouched in warehouses across the country. Some seniors wondered how they would get their next meal. Now, volunteers are scrambling to get the food to those who need it.
Oct 17, 2013 — A tax on medical devices stays in place, as does financial help for health coverage for staffers in Congress and the executive branch. One putative win doesn't amount to much. Legal language that would require the government to certify it's verifying the income of people getting subsidies is largely redundant.
Oct 17, 2013 — What we learned: Obama wasn't bluffing, the House GOP is ungovernable and Republicans blew a golden opportunity to direct attention to the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Oct 16, 2013 — The two Democrats played the routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.
Oct 15, 2013 — Day 15 of the government shutdown had a promising beginning, marked by a bipartisan proposal from Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But those hopes were quickly dashed.
Oct 15, 2013 — The unharvested food in the White House kitchen garden serves as a high-profile reminder of the shutdown's effects on food producers. And across the country, farmers are wondering when they'll receive the permits and government support they count on to stay afloat.