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White House Lawyer Is Top Pick For Open Court Seat, And Controversy Could Follow

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 2:02pm

Gregory Katsas has a sterling legal pedigree. But his service in the Trump White House could play an important role in any confirmation hearings if he's selected as a federal appeals court judge.

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Congress Emerges From Another Health Care Failure Without A Clear Path Forward

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 1:11pm

Whether Republicans will try to resurrect health care efforts — again — is uncertain. Republican Sen. John McCain, who cast the decisive no vote, said the bill's defeat is a chance to "start fresh."

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Businessman Paints A Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin's Russia

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:12pm

Allegations of murder, blackmail and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of corruption. William Browder's story has it all — and he shared it Thursday with a Senate panel investigating Russia.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:06am

The U.S. slaps sanctions on Venezuela and Russia, plus the latest on Qatar's PR offensive.

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Top Lawyer For Civil Rights At Justice Department Leaving After Roughly 6 Months

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:00am

Thomas Wheeler led the Justice Department's civil rights unit through a period of transition. He told lawyers he never intended to stay in the job permanently.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 9:06am

Skinny repeals, Scaramucci's statements and Sessions' future.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper On Democrats' Plans For Health Care

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 6:30am

Rachel Martin talks with Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado about what Democrats plan to do after Senate Republicans failed to pass their latest health care bill.

Amid Russia Scandals, Conservative Media Provides Air Cover For President Trump

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 5:26am

Many Americans don't believe Russia tried to meddle in the presidential election despite intelligence evidence to the contrary.

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Senate Fails To Pass Latest GOP Health Care Bill

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:13am

At the end of a long night on the Senate floor, Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass their latest effort to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act, helped in part by Sen. John McCain.

Morning News Brief: GOP Health Plan Fails In Senate, Pakistan's Sharif Removed

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:13am

Sen. John McCain joined two other Republicans in voting against the latest GOP plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, dealing a potential death blow to their efforts.

Inside The White House Drama

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:13am

Steve Inskeep talks with reporter Olivia Nuzzi of New York Magazine about the apparent tension that's erupted among members of the White House staff.

Pentagon Reacts To Trump's Transgender Service Member Ban

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:13am

We have the latest on how the Department of Defense is reacting to President Trump's call to exclude transgender people from the military.

Senate Careens Toward High-Drama, Late Night Health Care Vote

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:46pm

After a whirlwind week of high drama, one more drama appears ready to play out, with Republicans ready to vote for a bill that leaves much of Obamacare in place but repeals the individual mandate.

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Russia Sanctions Headed To Trump's Desk. Will He Sign?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 6:01pm

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to impose new sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran — over threats from the White House to veto the measure.

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Repeal-And-Replace Effort In Senate Still Dominated By Confusion

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:09pm

Four Republican senators say they will vote yes on a so-called "skinny repeal" bill only with the assurance that the bill will go to a House-Senate conference. The bill is not yet finalized.

Top Trump Aide Says Ethics Filings Discourage Potential Government Employees

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:03pm

In an interview on Fox & Friends, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called federal disclosure rules "disincentivising" for qualified people who might otherwise want to join the administration.

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In Tacoma, Washington, Volunteers Offer Aid Outside Immigration Detention Center

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

Outside the immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington, a group of volunteers waits for people being released. They offer the former detainees food, clothing, cash, and help getting home.

Reaction To Trump's Plan To Ban Transgender People From The Military

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

The president's announcement that he will ban transgender people from the military is generating strong reaction. Some say it's a diversionary tactic. Others say trans people affect unit cohesion.

The Presidential Pardon Power: What Are Its Limits?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

In a recent tweet, President Trump stated that he has the "complete power to pardon." NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg explores what the possible limits of that power might be.

Kansas Governor Ends Tenure As One of Least Popular In Country

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been nominated to a State Department post, ending his tenure as one of the least popular governors in the country.

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