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November Jobs Report: Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs; Unemployment Steady

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:32am

U.S. jobs growth has averaged 174,000 per month so far in 2017, compared to an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

Tax Bill Could Offer New Way To Funnel Political Cash — And Make It Tax Deductible

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 6:00am

Big-money donors can already donate anonymously through social-welfare groups. If Congress keeps a provision in the House tax bill, it would allow charitable organizations to play politics.

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How The House And Senate Bills Affect Higher Ed

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:11am

Colleges and universities across the country are expected to be hit hard by the Republican tax plan. The House and Senate bills differ in important ways, but both would mean big changes for higher ed.

The Future Of Franken's Seat

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:11am

Sen. Al Franken's resignation creates a political opening in Minnesota. Margie Omero, Democratic pollster and partner at GBA Strategies, joins David Greene for a look at Democrats' strategy.

Congress Passes Bill To Avoid Shutdown, For Now

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:11am

We have the latest on negotiations on congressional efforts to avoid another government shutdown as the tax overhaul bill works its way through reconciliation.

News Brief: 3 Members Of Congress Out In One Week, California Fires, Jerusalem

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:11am

Republican Rep. Trent Franks is the third member of Congress to announce his resignation in a week. Also, we have the latest on fires in California and the situation in Jerusalem.

Abortion Could Be Deal-Breaker In Alabama Senate Race For Many Torn GOP Voters

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:00am

GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore could win Tuesday's special election, notwithstanding sexual misconduct allegations against him. A big reason is that Democrat Doug Jones supports abortion rights.

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Rep. Trent Franks To Resign From Congress After Asking Staffers About Surrogacy

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 6:07pm

The Arizona Republican is the third member of Congress to resign this week, saying that he had discussed surrogacy with two female subordinates.

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USDA Opens Door For States To Impose New Rules On Food Stamps

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:10pm

The USDA says it will give states more flexibility in how they deliver federal food benefits. That could potentially include requiring drug testing or imposing time limits for adults with children.

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FBI Director Chris Wray Briefs Congress And Defends His Institution

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

FBI director Chris Wray is briefed Congress on Thursday. He faced questions about the Russia probe which has intensified in recent weeks.

Minnesotans React To Sen. Al Franken's Decision To Resign

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

After a series of allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced he will leave the Senate. Minnesota voters offer thoughts about Franken's political career.

Will The Tax Overhaul Help The Working Class

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

President Trump has promised to stand up for the forgotten working class. The administration claims the tax overhaul backs up the promise. Do details of the tax package back up that claim?

Congressional Leaders Visit The White House Seeking To Avert A Government Shutdown

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress went to the White House to negotiate with President Trump on government funding. Congress is trying to pass a short-term extension before a Friday deadline.

Congress Examines Sexual Harassment Settlements Paid With Taxpayer Dollars

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

A House panel today examined taxpayer-funded settlements given to victims of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. The process through which they are paid out is opaque to the public.

GOP Women Confront Sexual Misbehavior By Politicians

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Senator Al Franken resigned Thursday after multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Katie Packer Beeson, Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Al Franken Announces To Resign Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. announced his resignation in Thursday. He yielded to mounting calls from fellow Democrats to resign after allegations of unwanted sexual contact over a number of years.

Congressional Leaders To Huddle At White House For Shutdown Talks

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:34pm

President Trump invited the top Democrats and Republicans in Congress to the White House a day before government funding runs out. Democratic leaders skipped the meeting last week over a Trump tweet.

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Will The Mueller Investigation Unearth A Crime? Legal Reporter Says It's Complicated

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:16pm

"There is not going to be a neat ending," New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin says of the investigation into Russian meddling. A central issue is whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.

After Franken, What's Next In Minnesota?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:53am

With the resignation of Minnesota's Al Franken, Republicans may have just been handed a possible takeover opportunity in a state President Trump lost by just 40,000 votes.

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Sen. Al Franken To Make Announcement Amid Calls For Him To Resign

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:32am

A Democratic official told Minnesota Public Radio that Franken plans to step down after more than half of Senate Democrats called for his resignation in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct.

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