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Former White House Ethics Lawyers Parse Trump News Conference

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some of Trump's most revealing remarks at the news conference were made about potential conflicts of interest. Steve Inskeep talks to ex-White House ethics lawyers, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen.

Senate Takes First Step Toward Repeal Of Obamacare

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:04am

The late-night "vote-a-rama" set in motion the process for gutting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in a way that evades Democrats' threat of a filibuster.

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Gas Taxes May Go Up Around The Country As States Seek To Plug Budget Holes

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00am

This year could see a wave of state tax hikes on gasoline and diesel. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states seriously considering increases.

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California Nail Salons Start To Invest In Worker Safety

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:35am

A statewide collaborative of nail salons now has 120 members; all have made ventilation upgrades and switched from toxic products to safer ones. Will clients be willing to pay extra to help workers?

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Senate Takes The First Step To Dismantle Obamacare

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 2:27am

In a nearly partly-line vote of 51-48, lawmakers approved a nonbinding GOP-backed budget measure that makes it easier for action on subsequent repeal legislation as soon as next month.

U.S. Ethics Official: Trump's Divestiture Is Hard, Pricey And Essential

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:00pm

Every modern president has taken the tough steps to avoid conflicts of interest, setting an example for the entire executive branch, and the world, says the head of the Office of Government Ethics.

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Episode 577: The Kansas Experiment

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 6:08pm

A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.

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Why Going Organic Just Got Easier For Farmers

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:35pm

Farmers have to follow organic rules for three years before they can sell their food as certified organic. That transition period can mean much lower profits. But a new certification may change that.

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Law Professor: Trump's Plan Fails To Adequately Address Conflicts Of Interest

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis, who says President-elect Trump failed to adequately address his conflicts of interest in the plan laid out at Wednesday's press conference.

President-Elect Trump Announces Plan To Address Business Conflicts

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:29pm

Trump will continue to own the Trump organization, but he will turn management over to his two grown sons. He announced that and other plans to diminish conflicts of interest.

Volkswagen To Plead Guilty, Pay $4.3 Billion In Emissions Scheme Settlement

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 2:12pm

The Justice Department also announced the indictments of six VW executives. Volkswagen has admitted equipping diesel vehicles with software to cheat emissions tests and then lying to regulators.

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As Big Milk Moves In, Family-Owned U.S. Dairy Farms Rapidly Fold

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:32am

Large-scale dairy farms are more lucrative, and national milk production has actually increased. But small farmers like David Fuller, who is auctioning off his last herd, see their way of life dying.

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Facebook Unveils A New, Limited Journalism Project

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 9:01am

In an effort to be a more powerful player in the news business, Facebook is asking local and global outlets to tag-team on the creation of Facebook products.

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Watch Live: Rex Tillerson's Secretary Of State Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 8:12am

The Exxon Mobil CEO is appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. His business dealings with foreign countries, particularly Russia, are likely topics of inquiry.

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Auto Show Lesson: The Difference Between Driverless And Self-Driving Cars

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Major automakers at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit are betting big on self-driving vehicles. They all believe in a driver-less future, but they disagree on when it will arrive.

Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:54am

Liens filed by construction firms against the Trump Organization's new luxury Washington hotel claim they're owed more than $5 million for unpaid work. The federal government holds the building lease.

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George Lucas Chooses Los Angeles As Home For His Art Museum

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 6:52pm

The filmmaker's collection, which ranges from Norman Rockwell paintings to Hollywood props, is headed for a site near his alma mater, the University of Southern California.

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From Mozart To Adele To Chance The Rapper, Measuring Album Sales Means Being Specific

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:48pm

In 2016, the album that sold the most physical CDs worldwide wasn't anywhere near the top of the charts — and one of the best-charting records of the year couldn't be bought at all.

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Volkswagen Announces Tentative $4.3 Billion Settlement Deal

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 3:36pm

Volkswagen announced Tuesday it is in advanced talks with the Justice Department on a settlement agreement to end a criminal probe into its diesel cheating scheme. The company said it would pay civil and criminal fines of $4.3 billion.

Before The White House, Jared Kushner Must Sort Out His Financial Holdings

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 3:36pm

Jared Kushner has a monster job ahead of him, even before he accepts the role of senior adviser to the president. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Susanne Craig of The New York Times about Kushner's significant business and financial holdings.

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