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Reports Suggest White House Efforts To Undercut Mueller's Russia Probe

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:25pm

News reports suggest President Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which is raising questions about conflicts of interest and the president's pardon power.

Sean Spicer Announces Resignation As White House Press Secretary

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:25pm

After a tumultuous tenure in the Trump administration, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation on Friday.

Week In Politics: Sean Spicer Resigns As White House Press Scretary

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:25pm

NPR's Audie Cornish wraps the week in politics with David Brooks of The New York Times and Jamelle Bouie of Slate. They discuss Sean Spicer's resignation as White House press secretary and the failure of the Senate Republican health care bill.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Announced As New Press Secretary After Spicer Resigns

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:25pm

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation on Friday. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take up the helm as the new press secretary, and Anthony Scaramucci becomes Trump's new communications director.

In Putin's Russia, An 'Adhocracy' Marked By Ambiguity And Plausible Deniability

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 2:52pm

Donald Trump Jr. found his meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya a waste of time, but her approach fits into a larger pattern of freelance political activity that has come to characterize Putin's Russia.

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White House, Dems Work The Referees In Public Battle Over Russia Probes

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 1:25pm

President Trump, his aides, investigators and congressional Democrats are anxiously trying to shape the public's impression about the fairness and validity of the never-ending Russia imbroglio.

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Reports: Sean Spicer Resigns As White House Press Secretary

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 11:32am

Multiple media outlets have reported the departure of Spicer, who has had an embattled tenure as President Trump's lead spokesperson.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:06am

The CIA ends aid to Syrian rebels, the U.S. looks at sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, and the shooting of an Australian in Minnesota raises questions on two continents.

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Even Talking About Weakening Obamacare Provisions Weakens The Exchanges

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:56am

The future of the Affordable Care Act pillars like subsidies and the individual mandate is uncertain, and that is causing higher premiums and fewer insurers in the marketplaces, experts say.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 9:06am

If the news this week has left you with questions, you're not alone.

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Trump Legal Team Reviews Options For Blocking Russia Investigation

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 8:42am

Washington Post reporter Rosalind Helderman says President Donald Trump's lawyers are investigating members of special counsel Robert Mueller's legal team for conflicts of interest.

Senate Will Hold Another Health Care Vote Next Week

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 6:40am

What options do Senate Republicans have left in their effort to undo the Affordable Care Act, which is also known as Obamacare? The stakes seem much bigger than just health care.

News Brief: GOP Presses On With Health Bill, NAACP Gathers For Convention

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:04am

We examine what options Senate Republicans have left if they want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The country's oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP, is looking for a new leader.

McCain Faces 'Serious Challenge' In Fight With Brain Cancer, Kerry Says

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to former Secretary of State John Kerry, who shares his thoughts on the news that his former colleague Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

State Department's Restructuring May Close War Crimes Office

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to former Ambassador at Large for War Crimes David Scheffer about the likely closing of the State Department War Crimes Office.

Fred Barnes: Republicans Aren't Team Players

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:04am

Politics is a team sport, and Republicans are playing it poorly, Fred Barnes, executive editor of "The Weekly Standard," tells Steve Inskeep.

Al Gore: Climate Change Issue Will Be A 'Much Bigger Political Plus' For Democrats

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:04am

Former Vice President Al Gore tells NPR the partisan divide over climate change is fading. Politicians, he says, are told by their pollsters to focus on other issues, but "that's changing."

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Trump's Recently Disclosed Putin Conversation Is 'Nixon All Over Again'

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:00am

Two interpreters who served a number of U.S. presidents, say a secrecy-obsessed Richard Nixon was the only president to routinely dispense with interpreters.

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U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Never Go Away — They Just Evolve

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:00am

When it comes to sanctions, the Cold War never really ended. Even as President Obama lifted Soviet-era sanctions, he imposed new ones. President Trump could soon find a sanctions bill on his desk.

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Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:24pm

All major stock indexes — including the Dow — are in record territory, even though the Trump administration has failed to deliver on key legislative promises. But other factors are at play.

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