At issue in the Supreme Court on Monday is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions during which no business is conducted.
There's evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — including surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.
It's been nearly 60 years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racially-segregated schools in Brown v. The Board of Education. On Monday, a federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., holds a hearing on ending a school desegregation case rooted in the notorious standoff over the black students who integrated all-white Central High school in 1957.
Full transcript of unedited interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.
In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief and his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden, and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young Cabinet.
For some Americans, getting high-speed Internet can be a challenge. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, consumers rate Internet service providers worse than airlines, the postal service and health insurance in terms of satisfaction.
In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.
Ryan Bell was asked to step down from his Seventh-day Adventist congregation in March, after questioning his faith. For his New Year's resolution, Bell has decided to "try on" atheism and put his role as a religious leader — and follower — on hold.
The organization has unveiled its nominees for the 45th annual Image Awards, established to honor African-American performers who are often ignored by mainstream Hollywood. Some nominees are white, others of South-Asian or Latino heritage. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if that changes the meaning of the ceremony.
The Syrian death toll has passed 100,000 but it's become too difficult to accurately keep track of all the killings, according to the United Nations. Here's the story of one recent death: a nurse who had helped establish a makeshift clinic in one of Syria's most contested cities.
Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.
Francis elevated archbishops from the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Chile and Haiti. They are in keeping with his message of ministering to the poor.
Beginning Jan. 20, Iran will begin eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium. In exchange, the U.S. and its partners will ease some sanctions on Iran.
One observer calls the episode a "very British scandal about a very French affair." French laws and culture make publishing stories about affairs rare.
New mayors in cities such as New York, Boston and Minneapolis have made income inequality and racial inclusion top priorities. That's a different tack than some other recent progressive mayors, who focused more on keeping cities safe and budgets balanced.
Authorities said the numbers are moving in the right direction, but they're still days away from giving an all-clear.
Four years ago, an earthquake heavily damaged Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000 people. Many areas of the Haitian capital now look much like they did before the 7.0-magnitude quake. But nearly 150,000 are still living in temporary structures.
Sunni leaders in Iraq are trying to retake control of two important cities in Anbar province. That's raising fears in Afghanistan, where al-Qaida operatives still reside near the border with Pakistan. The Washington Post's David Ignatius talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the rise of al-Qaida-affiliated groups and America's relations with Afghanistan.
Berns was the star of a popular documentary on progeria, a disease that accelerates aging. His parents, spurred by Sam's own illness, were instrumental in the discovery of the first drug to treat the disease.
Sharon's casket was lying in state outside the Knesset on Sunday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sharon was "one of the greatest military leaders."