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Democrats Unlikely To Stop Any Trump Judicial Nominees

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Democrats may hold 49 votes in the Senate but for all practical purposes, they have been completely disarmed when it comes to opposing President Trump's judicial nominees.

Planned Trump Summit With North Korea Hits Roadblock

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

North Korea is having second thoughts about meeting with President Trump next month. Comments by the administration's national security adviser could be to blame.

Administration To Ban Funds For Clinics That Discuss Abortion With Patients

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, about new rules that are expected to restrict groups that receive federal funds from discussing abortion with patients.

Trump To Host A Prison Overhaul Summit

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 4:00am

Evangelical leaders are expected to attend a meeting at the White House Friday on prison overhaul. It's an issue that's becoming more of a front-burner political issue for this group.

Small Business Owner Fears U.S.-China Trade War Will Destroy Her Company

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 3:56am

Mary Buchzeiger's auto parts company may be fighting for its life if it doesn't get relief from Trump's proposed tariffs. "They're attacks on U.S. companies that are using Chinese goods," she says.

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White House To Ban Federal Funds For Clinics That Discuss Abortion With Patients

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:27am

The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce that it is reviving a Reagan-era rule that bars groups that receive federal funding from discussing abortion with patients.

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Judge To Decide Fate Of Civil Lawsuit Alleging Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 8:20pm

A federal judge heard arguments from three plaintiffs, who are suing the Trump campaign and Trump ally Roger Stone, about the alleged conspiracy. Stone and the campaign have denied any wrongdoing.

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Trump: Nuclear Deal Would Be Good For North Korea

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:16pm

At the White House Thursday, President Trump said he is willing to offer strong protections for North Korea's Leader Kim Jong Un in exchange for Kim giving up the country's nuclear weapons.

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While He Stays Silent, Others Have Tried To Define Robert Mueller's Persona

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:21pm

Robert Mueller is the least-known high profile public figure in Washington, D.C. So in the year of his investigation he has been defined by others: tarred as a Deep State conspirator, held up as an avenging angel and made the subject of quite a few funny moments.

HHS Secretary Clarifies Trump Administration's Plan To Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:21pm

The Department of Health and Human Services is releasing more details of the President Trump's plan to reduce drug prices, including a new web site.

House Republicans Agitating For Immigration Fight

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:12pm

A growing number of House Republicans want to force votes on immigration legislation this summer despite opposition from GOP leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

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Washington Politics Adding To Mental Health Crisis Among Farmers

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:01pm

Suicide rates among farmers are higher than any other profession in the United States, even exceeding the suicide rate for veterans.

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Black Gubernatorial Candidates Face An Uphill Battle

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:00pm

There are currently no black governors anywhere in the country. In U.S. history, only two African-American men have ever been elected governor. But this year, about half a dozen are running, including in Maryland and Georgia.

NAFTA Negotiations Have Yet To Produce A New Agreement

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:28pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan set a deadline of Thursday for a new deal on NAFTA, but negotiations have yet to produce such an agreement. NPR looks at what the implications will be if a new deal is not formed.

Lawmakers Prepare To Question Justice Department On Census Citizenship Question

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:28pm

Lawmakers are set to question the Justice Department Friday about why it requested the 2020 census to ask about citizenship. This comes as the U.S. census has a complicated history of asking about citizenship.

Long Before The Russia Investigation, Robert Mueller Was A U.S. Marine

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:28pm

It has been one year since Robert Mueller was appointed Justice Department special counsel. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Mueller's biographer, Garrett Graff, about Mueller's background — namely his formative experiences as a Marine in Vietnam.

A Look At What Special Counsel Robert Mueller Has Accomplished After 1 Year

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:28pm

May 17 marks the one year anniversary of the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel leading the Russia investigation. The team has secured 19 indictments and five guilty pleas. But one area remains, so far, untouched: hacking.

Senate Confirms Gina Haspel As CIA Director

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 1:35pm

Haspel faced criticism for her role in the agency's waterboarding program. But several Senate Democrats joined almost all the Republicans to confirm her as the first woman to lead the CIA.

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How Trump's 'War' On The 'Deep State' Is Leading To The Dismantling Of Government

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 12:57pm

New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.

During Roundtable, Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants 'Animals'

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:21am

During the discussion on California's "sanctuary law," the president said of immigrants suspected of gang membership, "These aren't people. These are animals."

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