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Reaction To DeVos Vote Is Swift, And Divided

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:20pm

The Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary. Here's what educators, lawmakers and education groups have to say about it.

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Trump's Energy Shift Could Bring Higher Gas Prices, Analysts Say

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:01pm

While Barack Obama's energy policy focused on renewable power and climate change, President Trump is focused on extracting fossil fuels. Among big changes, some predict higher prices at the pump.

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Using A Wi-Fi Network's Name To Broadcast A Political Message

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 1:42pm

Barack Obama supporters and opponents had been doing it for a while. Now Wi-Fi owners are expressing their views about the new president through their network names, such as "Trump Won! HipHipHooray."

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Pence Becomes First VP To Break Senate Tie Over Cabinet Nomination

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:36am

Mike Pence is not the first vice president to break any Senate tie, though; the right gives vice presidents a rare chance to be in the limelight and cast a consequential vote that makes a difference.

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Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:31am

The most controversial Cabinet pick in recent memory squeaks through with some help from Vice President Pence. Here are some implications for higher education, school choice and more.

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Facing Blasphemy Charges, Indonesian Politician 'Happy That History Chose Me'

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:53am

The case against Jakarta's Christian, ethnic Chinese governor has raised serious concerns about religious and ethnic tolerance in a country that claims to be the Muslim world's most moderate.

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What If 'Something Happens' After Judge's Ruling On Trump's Travel Ban?

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:08am

President Trump has said on Twitter that any terrorist attack would be the fault of the federal judge who ruled against the government. But history and the law suggest otherwise.

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Sen. Wyden Says He'll Vote Against Trump's Education Pick

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:34am

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon who says her policies won't work.

Democrats Conduct All-Night Session To Try To Stop DeVos Confirmation

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Democrats spent the night on the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. Two Republicans say they won't support her nomination.

Republican Sen. Lankford Supports Trump's Education Secretary Nominee

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma about Betsy DeVos. While he supports her nomination, two GOP senators say they won't vote to confirm her.

Albright And Other Former Diplomats Urge Court To Reject Travel Ban

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is one of 10 former diplomatic and national security officials to call on an appeals court to rule against key parts of the ban.

Trump's Criticism Of Judges Is Shameful, Former Reagan Official Says

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Donald Trump lambasted the judge that overruled his ban on some immigrants. Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Fried, who was the solicitor general for Ronald Reagan, who says Trump has gone too far.

Not Every Trump Outrage Is Outrageous, Tom Nichols Says

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Tom Nichols, an author and professor at the Naval War College, who says the public and the media need to take a step back and a long breath when thinking about President Trump.

Obamacare Helped The Homeless, Who Now Worry About Coverage Repeal

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Among those who benefited from Obamacare are many homeless people who were able to get Medicaid for the first time. Some are worried about what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean.

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Justice Department Urges Appeals Court To Reinstate Travel Ban

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 6:10pm

The Justice Department filed a brief with a federal appeals court Monday considering whether to overrule a judge's temporary stay on President Trump's executive actions on immigration.

DOJ Files Brief In Appeals Court, Defending Trump's Immigration Executive Order

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 6:03pm

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments by phone on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET in the controversial travel ban's latest test. A district court judge halted the executive order on Friday.

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Trump Says Media Fail To Report Terrorist Attacks; White House Promises List

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 4:43pm

The president made the claim while speaking to troops at Central Command headquarters in Florida. Press secretary Sean Spicer later said the White House would give examples of underreported attacks.

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Senate Dogged By Delays In Confirmations For Trump Cabinet Nominees

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:30pm

President Trump enters the third week of his presidency with only a handful of his cabinet secretaries in place. NPR takes a look at what's behind the delay.

Trump Makes First Visit To U.S. Central Command In Florida

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:30pm

President Trump visited U.S. Central Command in Florida Monday and met with troops for the first time as their commander-in-chief. He promised to always have their backs. Trump also had a message for ISIS.

Legal Fight Continues In Court Over Trump's Immigration Actions

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:30pm

A legal showdown is looming over President Trump's suspension of the nation's refugee program and ban on immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. Legal filings on both sides have been filed.

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