The state could elect the nation's first openly gay governor this fall. But Mike Michaud only recently came out, and some question whether he deserves the backing of Maine's largest gay rights group.
Giving up digital devices — even if for just a few hours or days — is a struggle. Whether it was to catch up on the news or peek in on the World Cup, NPR listeners found it tough to kick the habit.
Money plays a crucial role during the political campaign season. The amount of money backing your campaign could mean a win or loss in a seat in Congress. And when Super PACs were deemed legal by the Supreme Court in 2010, the game changed.
Before Super PACs were "super", a PAC was limited to spending no more than $2,500, with corporations and unions strictly forbidden from making donations. Now corporations and unions are allowed to make donations and the limit to spending? Well there is none.
Fair or not, this is one issue that is set in stone... or at least was. Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, wants to take down these Super PACs... by creating one of his own. This past weekend, the MayDay PAC reached its fund raising goal of $5 million. Lessig plans to start the anti-Super PAC campaign for this year's House of Representative election.
"We want to win five seats so we can convince the people of Washington that this issue really matters to voters so that we can build the campaign we have to have for 2016 that will win a Congress that is committed to changing the way that elections are funded."
This goal isn't an easy feat. The elections take place in a few months and the majority of people who donated are from areas that have a Democratic seat in the House, according to a map from the MayDay website. But Lessig says this issue is as important to people on the right as well as the left.
"You know, when Dave Brat beat Eric Cantor, the number two issue he talked about was that Eric Cantor had become a Crony Capitalist. So our view is this is cross partisan and we can talk about this in a way that gets people on the right and people on the left to recognize that though they don't have a common end, they have a common enemy. And the common enemy is the way we fund campaigns today."
Now that Lessig has done his part to raise money for the MayDay PAC, he'll hand it over to the campaign shops "that are experts at winning campaigns" and wait until November to see if it was all worth it.
The Chicago Tribune called it "the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year." The number of shootings in the city has risen since last year even as the homicide rate has fallen.
In his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis asked forgiveness on behalf of the church.
Following the deaths of three Israeli teens and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian, Jerusalem is as tense as it has been in years. NPR's Ari Shapiro and his translator found themselves victims of rock-throwing there. Their story offers a window into a city on edge.
Brazil's ambitious effort to drive crime out of Rio de Janeiro's violent, low-income favelas ahead of the World Cup has had a mixed record. One positive effect: giving residents a say in local issues.
The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.
A bloody Fourth of July weekend left 60 people shot in Chicago, nine of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon. Many of the weekend's shootings occurred in the city's South Side neighborhoods.
For details on how news of recent killings has been received in Israel, Robert Siegel turns to Ari Shavit, senior correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
Today, digital maps are a big business, and Google has become nearly everyone's go-to cartographer. But there are challengers out there — and you might be surprised by some of the competition.
We're asking listeners about what they could tell their 18-year-old selves about money if they had the opportunity to:
New question for next week's @MarketplaceWknd: what would you tell your 18-year-old self about money?
— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) July 3, 2014
Here's a few of your responses:
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) July 3, 2014
— Trevtor (@Trevtor) July 3, 2014
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) July 4, 2014
So what would you tell yourself if you had the chance? Let us know in the comments!