This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Primary races are picking up ahead of the midterm elections this fall. On Tuesday, voters in six states will go to the polls, making it one of the most important primary election days of the year.
Among the races to watch is a Tea Party challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. To give us a lay of the land is NPR political editor Charlie Mahtesian. Charlie, welcome to the program.
There's been nothing but bad news lately for Gov. Sam Brownback.
The FBI is investigating close associates of the Kansas Republican, including his former chief of staff, for possible lobbying and fundraising improprieties, as well as sweetheart deals involving state business.
Brownback dismisses it as a "smear" campaign. Nothing may come of it, but it's certainly made for some bad press.
Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? The answer seems obvious, yet the question remains relevant for an obscure federal agency still pursuing its Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.
Say you wanted to know more about supersonic retro-propulsion wind tunnel testing. Or ancient land use in the Maya Lowlands. Or a 1996 hazardous waste characteristics scoping study. OK, you don't really want to know about these things, but someone did, and someone did the research.
Income inequality is a big problem, many economists agree. But they also say some level of inequality is necessary for capitalism to work.
Inequality in the U.S. has risen to levels not seen since the 1920s. The top 1 percent pocket more than 20 percent of the nation's income, and the 400 richest people in the country own more wealth than everyone in the bottom 50 percent.
Someone dropped lime sherbet on the desert — and it's melting. Who's going to clean this up?
Nobody. Because this — believe it or not — is a plant. It may look like a glob of goo, but it's not at all gooey. It's solid to the touch — so solid that a man can lie on top of it and not sink in, not even a little.
The Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome added another notch on his bridle to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
He covered the 1 3/16th-mile course in 1:54:84.
This puts the California-bred horse, ridden by Victor Espinoza, on track to become a Triple Crown winner. If Chrome wins at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, he would be the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed won the coveted title in 1978.
Espinoza won the Preakness in 2002 with War Emblem.