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Senate Democrats Question Vetting Of Cabinet Picks With Slew Of Hearings

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:33pm

Nine confirmation hearings are scheduled this week, but not all of Donald Trump's nominees have filed paperwork. It's a complicated process with varying rules and potential conflicts of interest.

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Trump To Reportedly Name Son-In-Law Jared Kushner As Senior Adviser

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:08pm

The appointment of the president-elect's son-in-law to a senior role could run into legal and ethics issues related to nepotism. Kushner plans to largely divest from his sizable business interests.

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As Obamacare Repeal Heats Up, Newly Insured North Carolinians Fret

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 2:47pm

Over half a million people in North Carolina rely on insurance made available under by the Affordable Care Act. Many are concerned about what happens if the federal health law is dismantled.

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A Discomfiting Question: Was The Chicago Torture Case Racism?

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 5:30am

The man was held captive and beaten by four people who livestreamed the attack. He was white. His tormentors were black. Calling that a hate crime doesn't tell the whole story.

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This Could Be The Busiest And Most Consequential Week Before Trump Takes Office

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 5:00am

This week sets the table for Donald Trump's entry into the White House, as Cabinet picks face scrutiny in the Senate and the president-elect faces reporters — and Barack Obama offers his farewell.

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Sen. Kaine Weighs In On Obamacare And Russian Hacking Hearing

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who has been pushing to get moderate Democrats to work with Republicans to overhaul Obamacare.

Why Generals Need Congressional Waivers To Become Defense Secretary

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

George Marshall was the last general nominated for defense secretary and he needed a waiver from Congress. We take a look at Marshall's Senate hearing in 1950. Donald Trump's pick also needs a waiver.

Trump Has Yet To Acknowledge Intelligence Reports On Russian Hacking

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Donald Trump called the accusations that Russia hacked the DNC a "political witch hunt." Steve Inskeep talks to Jonah Goldberg of the National Review about the implications for the Republican Party.

Decision Expected Soon In Florida Golf Course Suit Involving Trump

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

A federal judge will rule on a 2013 lawsuit involving the Trump National golf course in Jupiter, Fla. Trump bought the club in 2012 and has refused to return $6 million to members wanting refunds.

At Golden Globes, Meryl Streep Takes On Donald Trump

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:53am

Meryl Streep, a prominent progressive in the arts world, did not mention Donald Trump by name when she criticized his remarks about a reporter during the campaign. But her target was clear.

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HUD's Castro Worries That Housing Rule Could Be Rolled Back

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:47am

HUD secretary Julian Castro hopes his likely successor, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, will come to support many of HUD's programs, but worries whether he'll roll back a new fair housing rule.

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Low Pay In State Legislatures Means Some Can't Afford The Job

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 3:02am

State legislators in 30 states make $30,000 a year or less. New Mexico doesn't pay lawmakers at at all while those in New Hampshire make just $200 per two year term.

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Will Obama Grant More Clemency Requests With Less Than 2 Weeks In Office?

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00pm

Harvard Professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. talks about his work on criminal justice reform, and the last minute clemency requests to President Obama.

Try To Keep Count Of How Many Times You Hear 'Confirmation' This Week

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00pm

This week will be packed with Senate confirmation hearings for some of President-elect Donald Trump's top officials, but some nominees still have incomplete ethic reviews.

New York Congressman Hopes To Use His Immigrant Experience To Influence Lawmakers

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican American congressman, hopes his background as a formerly undocumented immigrant will help find him common ground with his colleagues on immigration policy.

As Questions Loom, Trump, Congress Gear Up For A Busy Wednesday

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Wednesday will be a busy day on Capitol Hill with confirmation hearings and a Trump press conference. Questions about Russia's interference in the U.S. election will likely be at the center of both.

VA Critic Florida Rep. Brian Mast Calls For Greater Healthcare Access For Veterans

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Freshman Republican Congressman Brian Mast, a former Army soldier and double amputee, says his priorities for Congress include veterans affairs and cleaning up Lake Okeechobee's polluted freshwater.

President-Elect Donald Trump Will Hold First Press Conference Since Before Election

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 7:35am

Trump will hold a news conference Wednesday. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik says, historically, leaders have distinguished "news" from "press" conferences to undercut the role of the press.

Obama Says Goodbye This Week, But His Message Hasn't Always Gotten Through

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00am

President Obama came into office hailed as the "Great Communicator," but when it came to explaining the $780 billion stimulus, he came up short, setting up a pattern that would repeat.

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'Killing Has To Stop' In Chicago, Says Senate Minority Whip

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 5:02pm

Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin talks about Chicago after more than 700 homicides in 2016. He says there's not one solution, but the city does need federal funds to grow the police force.




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