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Week In Politics: U.S. Airstrike Against Syria, Gorsuch Confirmed

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the U.S. airstrike against Syria and the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Senate Confirms Neil Gorsuch To Serve On Supreme Court

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:31pm

After a filibuster by Democrats that led to a historic rule change in the Senate, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed Friday to serve on the Supreme Court.

U.S. Missile Strike Marks 'Beginning Of New Strategy' In Syria

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:31pm

On Thursday, the U.S. launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base following allegations the Assad regime attacked civilians with chemical weapons. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Jennifer Cafarella from the Institute for the Study of War on how the U.S. response might affect the Syrian civil war.

U.S. Airstrike Against Syria Overshadows Trump's Meeting With Chinese Leader

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump's decision to launch a targeted missile strike against Syria overshadows his summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. NPR takes a look at what this means for Trump's foreign policy.

At Trump And Xi's Meetings, Uncomfortable Talks Are The Order Of The Day

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 9:12am

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to President Trump's Florida resort ends Friday, hours after a U.S. strike on Syria. But that's not the only tough issue confronting the leaders. Here's a rundown.

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Russia Says U.S. Broke International Law In Striking Syria, Citing 'Pretext'

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:27am

Russia blamed the strike on "speculations on children's photos." At a U.N. Security Council meeting, the U.K. ambassador said Russia was "humiliated by its failure to bring to heel a puppet dictator."

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Is A Tweet Partisan Political Activity? Did Scavino's Tweet Violate Hatch Act?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 6:32am

Dan Scavino, the president's social media manager and former caddie, sent a tweet calling for the primary election defeat of Justin Amash, a GOP member of the House Freedom Caucus and a Trump critic.

Sen. Kaine: Before Syria Strike, Trump Should Have Included Congress

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 6:29am

U.S. ships in the Mediterranean on Thursday launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base. Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who says the president should have gone to Congress first.

Russia Responds To U.S. Airstrikes In Syria

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

Russians are viewing the U.S. airstrikes in Syria through a completely different lens. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Wall Street Journal Moscow bureau chief Nathan Hodge.

Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff Responds To Syria Airstrikes

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

Rachel Martin speaks with Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff about the airstrikes on Syria and about the House investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Morning News Brief: Trump Orders Syria Airstrikes, Hosts Chinese President

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

President Trump says he ordered strikes against a Syrian air base in response to a chemical weapons attack ordered by Bashar Assad. Also, Trump met with China's President Xi Jinping.

Trump Backer Says Put Jobs First

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

With strong jobs numbers out this week, the conservative blogger Chris Buskirk tells Steve Inskeep that President Trump should put issues of wage and job growth front and center in his administration.

Republicans Change Rules To Clear Gorsuch Confirmation

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a new precedent that will ease the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. Lawmakers are also reacting to President Trump's airstrikes in Syria.

Trump Orders Syria Strikes In Change Of Policy

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

President Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airfield where the U.S. says planes used in a chemical weapons attack originated. It's a change in policy after espousing nonintervention abroad.

After Historic Vote, Gorsuch Speeding To The Supreme Court

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 4:00am

Senate Republicans unleashed the "nuclear option" on Thursday, essentially ensuring that Neil Gorsuch would be confirmed to the Supreme Court on Friday. He is expected to tow a conservative line.

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Trump Can't Bring Back All Those Jobs From China. Here's What He Can Do

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 4:00am

Massive tariffs won't help. In fact, one of the most helpful policies for putting manufacturers back to work has nothing to do with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Senate Confirms Gorsuch To Supreme Court

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 4:00am

Senate Republicans unleashed the "nuclear option" on Thursday, essentially ensuring Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Friday. He is expected to tow a conservative line.

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Congress Reacts To Trump's Syria Missile Strike

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 1:18am

On Capitol Hill, several members of Congress questioned the constitutionality of President Trump's action. Others commended the decision while also calling for consultation with Congress.

Trump Orders Syria Airstrikes After 'Assad Choked Out The Lives' Of Civilians

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 8:37pm

U.S. officials said that more than 50 Tomahawk missile strikes were carried out against a single Syrian air base from the USS Porter and USS Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Is Trump's Foreign Policy Evolving?

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 6:41pm

The new president is finding out that things happen, and the world's greatest superpower has to respond.

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