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News Brief: GOP Tax Plan, Tillerson's Future At State, Kate Steinle Case

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

Republican senators are huddling to work through a number of complicated issues in the tax bill. Plus we look at Rex Tillerson's future at the State Department.

A Promise Of $1,200 Not Enough To Buy Wide Support For Republican Tax Plan

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 8:56pm

Republican lawmakers say their plans will save the typical middle class family between $1,200 and $1,400. But polls show only 25 percent to 33 percent of Americans approve of the proposals.

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Jury In San Francisco Finds Accused Killer Of Kate Steinle Not Guilty Of Murder

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:49pm

The San Francisco killing in 2015 became a focus of opponents of sanctuary city policies. The defendant said he had found the gun and it fired accidentally.

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Senate GOP Tax Bill Hits Speed Bump Over Deficits

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 5:38pm

A mechanism to trigger tax increases if proposed cuts do not generate promised economic growth is being thrown out, as GOP leaders look for new ways to address concerns from deficit hawks.

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Speaker Ryan On Sexual Harassment: 'We Are Having A Watershed Moment In This Country'

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:59pm

"I think we're all realizing that sexual harassment in America is absolutely pervasive and it's got to go and we need to end it," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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FACT CHECK: Trump's Pledge To Restore 'Merry Christmas' To The White House

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:01pm

President Trump will take part in his first National Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday. Trump has pledged to ditch political correctness and bring back Christmas, but did it ever leave the White House?

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Republican Sen. Charles Grassley On Why He Supports The Senate Tax Bill

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa,. about the proposed Republican tax plans. Grassley is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and supports the Senate tax bill.

A Look At What's Happening With The Senate Republicans' Tax Bill

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

The Senate has begun debate on a GOP plan to overhaul the nation's tax code, with major economic and political consequences in the balance.

What The Republican Tax Bill Could Mean For Lower And Middle Income Families

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

One of the sticking points among Republicans debating their tax bill is whether to make an expanded child tax credit refundable. The decision could greatly impact whether the change helps lower and middle income families.

Trump's Claim That GOP Tax Bill Would Hurt The Wealthy Continues To Be Challenged

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

The tax changes proposed by Republican lawmakers would impact President Trump's personal finances. This week, he said: "This is going to cost me a fortune," but experts say that's far from the case.

Rep. John Conyers Facing More Pressure To Resign Amid Harassment Allegations

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

Pressure is mounting on Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to resign following sexual harassment allegations. On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Conyers should step aside. The 88-year-old congressman who has been in his home district for most of the week has been hospitalized due to stress.

Former Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter On North Korea's Latest Missile Launch

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Ash Carter, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, former Secretary of Defense, and expert on missile defense, about North Korea's latest missile launch.

Trump Administration Sending Mixed Messages About Secretary Of State Tillerson

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

Rumors are continuing to circle that President Trump may oust his Secretary of State in the coming weeks. This at a time when his administration is sending mixed messages on North Korea and other big challenges.

Trump's Retweets Of Extremist Group Cause Firestorm In U.K.

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:59pm

"President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country," London's mayor tweeted Thursday.

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States Sound Warning That Kids' Health Insurance Is At Risk

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:35pm

Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program expired in September. Millions of children could lose coverage, unless Congress acts soon to restore the money to keep the program running.

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For Years, Anita Hill Was A 'Canary In The Coal Mine' For Women Speaking Out

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:44pm

Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister say Hill's harsh treatment during Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings served as a warning to other women.

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Walmart Pulls T-Shirts That Hint At Lynching Journalists

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:40pm

The T-shirt's message said, "Rope. Tree. Journalist." The third-party seller who was offering it through Walmart had promised that it would arrive by Christmas Eve.

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Pelosi Calls For Conyers To Step Down

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:53am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls for Rep. John Conyers to resign. Also, news organizations are reporting that the White House is readying a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump Reportedly Considers Replacing Secretary Of State Tillerson

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:30am

The move could come within weeks, according to multiple media outlets. President Trump brushed off questions on the topic during an Oval Office meeting on Thursday, saying only, "Rex is here."

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College And Bust: Why So Many Students Don't Stay The Course

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:06am

College completion rates vary widely in America. But millions drop out & the costs are staggering. How do we help more students stay the course?

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