Since its creating in 2010 following the financial crisis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been both ambitious and divisive. Democrats and activists groups say it's a crucial fighter against the power of Wall Street. Republicans say the CFPB is unaccountable and even unconstitutional. This week's standoff over the bureau's interim directors is the most visible case of a battle that has been brewing for years.
Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, says more U.S. troops will be in harm's way by spring as they accompany Afghan troops into battle with Taliban forces. "We're going to win," the Nicholson says.
The United Nations says this year's opium crop in Afghanistan is on pace to be the highest on record. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with former Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Kevin Hartmann about the various U.S. initiatives in Afghanistan to disrupt the opium trade in past years.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Joe Rosenberg, senior research associate at Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Institute, about pass-through businesses and how they might be affected by the tax plans presented by Senate and House Republicans.
At an event on Monday honoring Native American veterans, President Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, saying "They call her Pocahontas." NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Jacqueline Pata of the National Congress of American Indians about the reaction in the room.
Pope Francis is in Myanmar where he voiced support for ethnic minorities, but did not mention the persecuted Muslim Rohingya by name. This, in comments to leader Aung San Suu Kyi, disappointed rights activists seeking support for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence.
North Korea fired what the Pentagon says was an intercontinental ballistic missile, the third this year. The missile flew about 1,000 km, passing over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and landing in the Pacific Ocean.
For decades, Canadian law enforcement — including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police — worked aggressively to purge members of the LGTBQ community from government positions and the military. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized for the policy that didn't end until the 1990s.
The first man to face justice over the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi Libya was found guilty today by a federal jury in Washington, D.C. Ahmed Abu Khatallah was convicted on terrorism charges, but he was acquitted on the most serious charges he faced — murder.
According to The Washington Post, a woman approached the paper with a dramatic and fake story about U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore appears to be part of a sting operation. She was later seen entering the office of Project Veritas, an outfit that produces videos designed to discredit mainstream media outlets as well as left-leaning activist groups.