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What You Should Know About Marco Rubio

<b>This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET</b><p>Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who announced his bid for president Monday, was elected in 2010 as a Tea Party favorite. He's now trying to position himself as someone who represents a broad cross section of the Republican Party.<p>At 43, he's one of the …

Hillary Clinton, Polarizing Or Misunderstood, Jumps Into Race For President

Hillary Clinton officially launched the campaign everyone has been expecting for months — years, really. She's running for president and to finally break open that glass ceiling she famously said her last campaign put "18 million cracks" in.<p>Clinton kicked off the announcement on Twitter and in an …

Can Libertarian Rand Paul Win A Republican Primary?

Rand Paul is not like other potential presidential candidates.<p>The Kentucky senator, who announced his candidacy for the White House on Tuesday morning, doesn't fit neatly into the molds of either party.<p>Socially liberal on issues of crime and punishment — especially when it comes to drug sentencing …

Obama: 'Misjudgment' To Make Iran Deal Contingent On Recognizing Israel

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Monday.<p>President Obama says it would be a "fundamental misjudgment" to condition a nuclear deal with Iran on the country's recognition of Israel.<p>Obama made the comments Monday during an interview with <i>Morning</i> …

Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a question of great interest to America's auto-loving public: Whose speech is that on your specialty license plate? Specifically, when the government issues specialty tags at the behest of private groups or individuals, can it veto messages deemed offensive to …

Ted Cruz Makes It Official

And they're off.<p>After a midnight tweet, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tied together the American Revolution, nostalgia for a better time, and an appeal to social conservatives in his official kickoff speech at Liberty University in Virginia.<p>"God's blessing has been on America from the beginning of this …

Media Dissect Sen. Ted Cruz's Presidential Prospects

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his bid for the presidency with a tweet early Monday morning, becoming the first major Republican to declare that he is running.<p>As NPR's Domenico Montanaro reported: "Since bursting onto the scene in 2012 after his GOP primary upset victory against a former Texas …

An Object Of Desire: Hope And Yearning For The Internet In Cuba

After the sun sets on Havana on weekends, G Street turns into a kind of runway.<p>Blocks of the promenade — which is very colonial with its big, beautiful statues and impeccable topiaries — swell with crowds of young Cubans. For the most part, they just walk up and down, greeting each other with …

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Israel's Netanyahu Apologizes For Remarks On Arab Voters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologized to his country's Arab citizens for his comments ahead of last week's elections, saying he did not intend to offend them when he said Israel's Arabs were voting "in droves" to unseat his government.<p>"I know the things I said a few days ago hurt …

What You Need To Know About Ted Cruz

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his bid for president early Monday. The Republican has been making the rounds with other 2016 hopefuls, so it's hardly a surprise, but he's the first major one to make it official. And if the early campaign trail is any indication of how the race will play out, Cruz, …

Iran Talks Shed Light On Nuclear Tensions Between India, Pakistan

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Frank O'Donnell, a doctoral candidate at King's College London, about how nuclear powers India and Pakistan manage their bilateral relationship.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>One fear of Iran potentially developing a nuclear weapon is that it would lead to a regional …

Ted Cruz Set To Announce Presidential Bid

<i>Updated at 9:10 a.m. ET</i><p>Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday he is running for the Republican nomination for president, a close aide of the lawmaker confirmed to NPR following a report first published by The Houston Chronicle.<p>Ultra-conservative Cruz, who has quickly risen to prominence in recent …

Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign Begins

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Karen Grigsby Bates, from NPR's Code Switch team, about the new Starbucks campaign that encourages people to discuss issues of race. Will it succeed?<p>Transcript<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:<p>This week, Starbucks launched a thing that it's calling Race Together. In some stores, …

'Wear Your Imperfections On Your Sleeve': A Moment With Shamir

Shamir Bailey is only 20 years old, but he's already been acclaimed as one of the most exciting new pop artists to emerge this year. There's a lot of history to be found in his young voice: A little teenage Michael Jackson, a little early Nina Simone.<p>Shamir performed at South by Southwest this …

On Libel And The Law, U.S. And U.K. Go Separate Ways

This Sunday, HBO is airing the documentary <i>Going Clear,</i> about the Church of Scientology, to strong reviews. The nonfiction book on which the film is based was short-listed for the National Book Award.<p>Yet there have been serious challenges to releasing the film and the book in the U.K. That's because …

Might A Brush With Death Set The Stage For Greatness?

A name from the small print of history died this week.<p>Izola Ware Curry was 98. She died in a nursing home in Queens in New York City. In September 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King was signing books in a Harlem department store when Izola Curry stabbed him with a letter opener.<p>The tip of the blade …

Under ISIS, Life In Mosul Takes A Turn For The Bleak

Thousands of Sunni Arabs from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, escaped to Erbil at the end of the summer when the militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State first overran the city and imposed a draconian social code.<p>Among them is a man we'll call the professor — he, his wife and their …

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Movement Built On False Rumors, Columnist Says

NPR's Melissa Block interviews <i>Washington Post</i> opinion writer Jonathan Capehart about his column, " 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Was Built On A Lie." Capehart says he regrets the building of a movement on the false rumors that Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Mo., while putting up his hands in …

House GOP Budget Sets Stage For Showdown With The President

House Republicans unveiled a draft budget Tuesday designed to bring government spending in line with revenues over the next decade, while making significant cuts to safety net programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.<p>The plan is non-binding, but sets the stage for a political showdown between the …