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Despite The Facts, Trump Once Again Embraces Vaccine Skeptics

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:11pm

Theories that a preservative in childhood vaccines could cause autism have been dismissed and disproven. But that's not stopping the incoming president from launching a commission looking into it.

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Insurance Customers In Pennsylvania Look To Trump To Ease Their Burden

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 3:42pm

Two Pennsylvania voters who buy health insurance on HealthCare.gov are frustrated with how expensive the plans have become. They voted for Trump in hopes he can bring down health insurance costs.

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Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly Faces Senate For DHS Confirmation Hearing

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

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly faced senators Tuesday for a confirmation hearing on his nomination by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

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.

Sen. Jeff Sessions Addresses Past Racism Controversy In Confirmation Hearing

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

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, faced his fellow senators in a confirmation hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Outgoing HHS Secretary To GOP: Don't Repeal Until Ready To Replace

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

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the GOP's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and how Democrats are trying to defend it.

Obama Returns To Chicago For Final Speech As President

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

President Obama will deliver his farewell address Tuesday night in Chicago. NPR has a preview of what he is expected to say in his final speech as president.

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt Responds To Intelligence Testimony On Russia Report

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

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Republican Sen. Roy Blunt about the testimony by intelligence officials before the senate intelligence committee Tuesday.

U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Testify Before Senate Panel On Russian Hacking

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

The heads of the big three intelligence agencies and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss their finding that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of cyber-mischief to disrupt the U.S. presidential election. It's the first public appearance by FBI Director James Comey since the election, and the first hearing by the spy czars since they issued their public report about the Russia campaign on Friday.

From The Start, Obama Struggled With Fallout From A Kind Of Fake News

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 3:08pm

When Republicans attacked the proposed Affordable Care Act by falsely claiming that it contained "death panels," the White House initially saw the charge as being so absurd that no one would buy it.

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Trump's Homeland Security Pick Faces Confirmation Hearing Today

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 11:10am

Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly would be the first non-civilian to head the sprawling department, which oversees areas ranging from immigration to airport security.

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Protesters Interrupt Confirmation Hearing For Sen. Sessions As Attorney General

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:52am

Protesters interrupted the hearing where Jeff Sessions was being considered as Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. Groups oppose the nomination over Sessions' record on civil and voting rights.

Watch Live: Jeff Sessions' Attorney General Confirmation Hearing

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 8:31am

The Republican senator from Alabama is Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. He faces the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Watch the hearing live and catch up on the key issues.

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Confirmation Hearing For Betsy DeVos, Trump's Education Pick, Delayed A Week

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 6:37am

Democrats recently raised objections about the wealthy philanthropist's incomplete financial disclosure paperwork. The announcement of the delay didn't mention any of those concerns.

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Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:00am

As President Obama prepares to deliver his farewell message to the country, we look back at the legacy the last eight years might leave.

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Trump Names Son-In-Law As A Senior Adviser Raising More Ethics Issues

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

President-elect Donald Trump has named Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump's husband, as a senior adviser to the president — raising questions about both nepotism and conflicts of interest.

Heads Of 4 U.S. Spy Agencies To Appear Before Senate Panel On Russia

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

There are a total of 17 U.S. spy agencies. The four that consistently make headlines will be back in the news on Tuesday. They are testifying about Russia before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Leahy Has Concerns About Trump's Pick For Attorney General, Jeff Sessions

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Sen. Sessions' confirmation hearing begins on Tuesday. Steve Inskeep talks to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who served on the panel with Sessions.

Former Presidential Adviser Previews Obama's Farewell Address

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

President Obama delivers his valedictory speech from Chicago Tuesday night. Steve Inskeep talks to former Obama senior adviser Austan Goolsbee for an idea of what he expects from the speech.

Sen. Sessions Has The Experience To Be Attorney General, Gonzales Says

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Steve Inskeep talks to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who supports Sessions.

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