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Morning News Brief

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:08am

Rep. John Conyers stepped down from his ranking membership on the House Judiciary Committee after sexual misconduct allegations. And, who's in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Week Ahead: The Stakes Are About To Get Really High For Republicans

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:06am

Shutdown and debt ceiling deadlines are fast approaching four days before the Alabama Senate election, and Republicans are trying to pass a tax plan by Christmas.

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When Bob Packwood Was Nearly Expelled From The Senate For Sexual Misconduct

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 4:00am

The last time the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel a senator was 1995. The Packwood case is newly relevant in light of the allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around Congress.

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Lawsuit Filed To Block White House Appointment To Head Consumer Watchdog

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:30pm

Deputy Director Leandra English argues that she is the rightful head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But the White House has made a rival appointment — OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.

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In Arizona, Advocating For The LGBTQ Community Starts In Local Politics

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:32pm

LGBTQ leaders in Arizona have seen their biggest cities grow more welcoming toward the LGBTQ community. They hope that shift will help lead to acceptance across the state.

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Sen. Al Franken Says He 'Crossed The Line' But Won't Resign

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 5:46pm

The Democratic Senator of Minnesota said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio News that he will cooperate with the Senate Ethics Committee but will not resign amid the groping allegations.

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Sen. Al Franken Says He 'Crossed The Line' But Won't Resign

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 5:46pm

The Democratic Senator of Minnesota said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio News that he will cooperate with the Senate Ethics Committee but will not resign amid the groping allegations.

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John Conyers Steps Down From Judiciary Committee Role Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 11:53am

The Democratic congressman said he'd "step aside" as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee during a probe against him. But he denied the allegations and said he would not resign his seat.

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Encore: Lessons In Bipartisanship

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:57am

The last time lawmakers worked across the aisle in a big way was when the Senate overhauled the federal tax code in 1986.

The Call-In: Tension At The Holiday Dinner Table

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:57am

This week on The Call-In, NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with father and son Nicholas Creel senior and junior before and after their Thanksgiving feast about navigating tense political differences.

Politics: Who Will Lead The CFPB, Trump And Roy Moore

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:57am

There's confusion over who will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday. And President Trump has come out in support of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.

Montana Monument May Expand Under Trump Administration

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 6:00am

An area sacred to the Blackfeet tribe could become a national monument in the home state of Donald Trump's secretary of the interior.

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6 Possible Hurdles For The GOP Tax Plan

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 5:01am

Congressional Republicans hope to pass a sweeping tax overhaul before Christmas, but first they'll have to resolve some major policy differences that could derail the bill.

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Some Republicans Choose To Back Roy Moore's Opponent Doug Jones

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 5:42pm

Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has denied allegations of sexual misconduct, but some in his party can't get behind him. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with former Jeb Bush spokesman and GOP strategist Tim Miller about why he's supporting Moore's opponent.

Who's In Charge? An Awkward Monday Is Coming For This Federal Agency

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 4:40pm

The outgoing leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau named a replacement upon resigning. But the president has different plans, fueling a legal battle over who holds the power to appoint.

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Explaining The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Confusion

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 3:03pm

With the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stepping down, there's a dispute between the outgoing chief and the White House over who will take over as acting director.

The Left-Wing Tech Investor Running For Governor

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 7:01am

A man with an eclectic career — the youngest president of the NAACP, and a Silicon Valley tech investor — wants to be the governor of Maryland. NPR spent two days with him on the campaign trail.

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Research Finds Racial Disparities In Prison Sentences

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 7:00am

Georgetown law professor Paul Butler talks with NPR's Scott Simon about racial disparity in federal sentencing. The average sentence is nearly 20 percent longer for black men than white men.

'NYT' Editor On Flynn And Russia

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 7:00am

New York Times editor Mark Mazzetti tells NPR's Scott Simon about the latest twist in the Mueller investigation: Flynn's legal team is no longer communicating with President Trump's.

A Conservative Tax Analyst On The GOP Tax Plan

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 7:00am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Scott Greenberg, senior analyst at the right-learning Tax Foundation, about the GOP tax plans. He says it may be hard to reach consensus because of internal disagreements.

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