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Thanks To Russia, 2016 Isn't Really Going To End For Obama And Trump

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 5:00am

By refusing to respond to the sanctions, Russian President Putin spurned Obama and kept up what has looked like a public bromance with the president-elect, who in turn called him "very smart!"

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Simon & Schuster Will Publish Book By Breitbart Editor, Despite Criticism

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:32pm

Some Simon & Schuster authors are outraged over plans to publish the book by Milo Yiannopoulos, widely known for his attacks against actress Leslie Jones on Twitter.

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Intelligence Compounds Or Bucolic Resorts? Russian Estates May Be Both

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:00pm

Neighbors on Maryland's Eastern Shore said the Russian vacationers "were just like anybody else," but an intelligence expert says the sites were likely used for eavesdropping on communications.

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Britain's Leader Theresa May Reportedly Condemns John Kerry's Remarks On Israel

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:15pm

In a rare break in relations between the U.S. and Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May was reportedly critical of John Kerry's speech that condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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As U.S. Confronts Russia, Trump's Admiration Of Putin Is Consistent

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:53pm

Once again, President-elect Donald Trump is praising the Russian president as a stronger and more strategic leader than Barack Obama.

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North Carolina Judge Blocks Attempt To Strip Governor Of Some Powers

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:46pm

The judge temporarily blocked a law removing the State Board of Elections from the governor's control. The Republican-controlled Legislature's action was called a "power grab" by Democrats.

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Study: New Administrations Spark Mass Departures Of Civil Servants

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:44pm

Incoming presidents increase the departure rate of senior level employees, a new study of 6 million federal workers finds. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with one author of the study, John M. de Figueiredo, to learn more about how this will impact the Trump administration.

Week In Politics: Israel, Russia And The Race For DNC Chair

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:44pm

NPR'S Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentator David Brooks of The New York Times, and Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate magazine, about U.S.-Russia ties, Israel and contenders for the DNC chair.

U.S. Ethics Chief Was Behind Those Tweets About Trump, Records Show

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 1:17pm

Trump-style tweets from the Office of Government Ethics urging divestitures made many suspect a hack of this typically staid agency. New records shared with NPR show the author was the agency chief.

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Deal Or Disrupt? Congressional Democrats Weigh 2017 Choices

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:00am

Democrats in Washington will be at their weakest point in more than a decade next year. The minority party is weighing whether to cut deals with Donald Trump or try to block his agenda.

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Russian Hacking Allegations Will Follow Trump Into The White House

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

President-elect Trump urged the country to "move on" after the Obama administration retaliated against Russia for hacking during the campaign. He'll meet with top intelligence officials next week.

U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:02am

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has been meeting with eastern European NATO allies. She talks to Rachel Martin about what the sanctions could mean for Russia's regional neighbors.

In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 2:49am

The town of Sunderland, where jobs depend on a foreign employer, Nissan, voted resoundingly for Britain to leave the EU even though that could work against its economic interests.

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Why Inaugural Day Speeches Have A Meaningful Tradition

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:08pm

Donald Trump spent part of Thursday working on his speech for Inauguration Day. NPR's Ron Elving reviews the tradition of new presidents making their first address to the U.S. after taking the oath.

Obama Expels 35 Diplomats, Imposes Retaliatory Sanctions Against Russia For Hacking

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:08pm

The Obama administration is expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives and imposing sanctions on Russian intelligence services in response to Kremlin efforts to influence the presidential election.

Reflections Of Conservative Icon Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:08pm

Antonin Scalia's was the strong voice of conservative jurisprudence on the nation's highest court for 30 years. We reflect on the Supreme Court Justice — who died in February — with his own words.

Trump And Company Prepare Inaugural Address In The Shadow Of Tradition

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:08pm

The inaugural addresses often remembered best were delivered at the worst times in our national history: Abraham Lincoln with Civil War looming, Franklin D. Roosevelt in the depths of the Depression.

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Obama Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 1:56pm

The White House announced Thursday a number of actions in response to hacking aimed at the U.S. election. "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," President Obama said.

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Obama Faces Difficult Choices Amid Stream of Last-Minute Clemency Requests

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 8:09am

The White House is flooded with last-ditch requests for clemency by several prominent applicants including NSA leaker Edward Snowden and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

10 Election Moments You Won't Totally Hate And Might Even Like

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 5:00am

The 2016 election was divisive and nasty and full of insults and innuendo. But let's look at the brighter side — here are 10 lighter moments from 2016 that weren't so bad. Some are actually funny.

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