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Airline CEOs To Discuss Aging Infrastructure, Foreign Competition With Trump

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 3:17am

CEOs of major U.S. airlines are to meet with President Trump Thursday morning. They're expected to discuss aging infrastructure, air traffic control reform, and possibly Trump's travel ban.

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Labor Nominee Says He Will Divest Portfolio And Forfeit Unvested Shares

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:51am

Andrew Puzder's confirmation hearing for labor secretary has been repeatedly delayed pending submission of his financial disclosure report. A Senate committee will finally hear from him next Thursday.

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Defense Department Renting At Trump Tower Is Another Step Into Ethical Murk

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:40pm

The Department of Defense needs space for its people and equipment whenever Trump goes home to his Manhattan penthouse. The move has precedent, but likely will be far costlier than previous rentals.

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Gorsuch Calls Trump Tweets About Judges 'Demoralizing' And 'Disheartening'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 6:32pm

Remarks by Neil Gorsuch, the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, about Trump's put-downs of judges were quoted by Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who met with Gorsuch about the nomination.

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Senate Confirms Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 6:30pm

The Alabama Republican was confirmed by his Senate peers on Wednesday night to lead the Department of Justice in a vote largely along party lines.

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Amid Travel Ban Debate, Chefs And Food Brands Take a Stand On Immigration

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:59pm

From pledges to hire refugees to fundraisers for the ACLU, food businesses large and small are getting vocal about their support for immigrants in the wake of President Trump's new policies.

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Senators Work To Block Potential Attempts To Ease Sanctions On Russia

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

A bipartisan group of senators hopes to make it harder for the Trump administration to ease sanctions on Russia.

Since The Election, Americans Grow More Supportive Of Obamacare

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

There are now more people who think Obamacare is a good idea than those who don't. It's basic human nature: People tend to get upset if they think they are about to lose something they feel entitled to or previously had. It's also the idea that fueled Donald Trump's electoral base, and ironically, now fuels those who are opposed to him.

As Trump Warns Against Fraud, GOP Votes To Eliminate Election Commission

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

President Trump says Vice President Mike Pence will lead an investigation on voter fraud, though it's not clear when that will happen. Meanwhile, a House committee has voted to eliminate an agency that works to improve how elections are run.

Veterans And Interpreters Make Case For Exception To Immigration Ban

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews veteran Andrew Slater and former Iraqi interpreter Nawaf Ashur about why they, along with other American military veterans and refugees, are visiting members of Congress to talk about the travel and refugee ban.

Trump Accuses Courts Of Being Political In Defense Of Immigration Order

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

In defending his executive order restricting travel, President Trump accused the courts of being political. It's not the first time he's criticized the judicial system or individual judges.

GOP Blocks Sen. Elizabeth Warren From Jeff Sessions Debate

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was barred from participating in the debate on Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for Attorney General after she quoted past criticism of him from Coretta Scott King and Ted Kennedy.

Controversy Continues Over President Trump's Stake In His Properties

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Donald Trump Jr., has taken over as president of the company that runs the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., but there's still controversy over the president's stake in his properties. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Steven Schooner, a law professor at George Washington University who focuses on federal government contract law, about the update.

In West Virginia, Men In Recovery Look To Trump For A 'Helping Hand'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Residents of a drug treatment center in Huntington, W.Va., hope President Trump follows through on promises to fight the addiction crisis. Many are worried about how they'll pay for their health care.

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Pentagon's Interest In Leasing Trump Tower Space Presents Conflict

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

The Pentagon said Wednesday it is interested in leasing space in Trump Tower, the 68-story skyscraper in New York where President Trump lives when he's not in the White House. Ethics experts say that would create a conflict of interest. As president, Trump can tell the Secret Service and Defense Department to rent space in Trump Tower, but as the owner of the trust that manages the building, he can reap a profit.

Steve Bannon Aligns With Vatican Hard-Liners Who Oppose Pope Francis

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:04pm

Bannon has made common cause with those in the Vatican who resist the pope's liberal moves. Francis' supporters worry that after Trump's victory, the pope is a lonely progressive on the global stage.

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N.C. Court Blocks Attempt By State Lawmakers To Limit Incoming Governor's Power

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:00pm

Judges delayed a law signed by the outgoing governor of North Carolina, who was defeated in November's election, requiring his successor's nominees to be approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

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A Senate Rule Silenced Elizabeth Warren. Is That Rule So Bad?

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:05am

Steve Inskeep says there is much to debate about the specifics of what happened to Sen. Elizabeth Warren but the Senate rule invoked by the GOP is one that many of us would do well to live by.

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Ethics Experts Find Holes In Trump's Firewall Against Conflicts

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:46am

President Trump signed over 488 business entities, including his luxury hotel in Washington, to a trust. But a document says those assets are held "for the exclusive benefit of Donald J. Trump."

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Trump Calls On Court To 'Do What's Right' And Uphold His Travel Ban

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:42am

Speaking to a gathering of sheriffs and police chiefs, President Trump said "a bad high school student" would understand the legality of his executive order, which is the subject of multiple lawsuits.

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