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'Sanctuary Cities' Promise Legal Fight After Sessions Threatens Funds

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 8:52am

"The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says.

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Occupy Activist Micah White: Time To Move Beyond Memes And Street Spectacles

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 7:51am

Micah White co-created Occupy Wall Street. Now he considers the worldwide movement a "constructive failure." In an NPR interview, the author of The End Of Protest says it's time for new tactics.

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Rep. Adam Schiff: Nunes Should Step Away From Russia Investigation

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

A scheduled open hearing Tuesday on Russia's involvement in the U.S. election is now closed. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with the ranking member of that committee, Democrat Adam Schiff.

Release Of Possible Topics For 2020 Census Raises Concerns

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

The U.S. Census Bureau is set to release proposed topics for questions in the 2020 census. Some demographers are worried that the census will become too politicized under the Trump administration.

Some Cities Undaunted By Attorney General Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities'

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

On Monday, the Justice Department said it would follow through on an executive order to withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities." In Travis County, Texas — which includes the city of Austin — officials have said they would not comply with this order. NPR's David Greene talks to Sarah Eckhardt, a Travis County judge, about the potentially severe consequences of being a so-called "sanctuary city" under the Trump administration.

Jared Kushner To Answer Questions About Meeting With Russian Bank Officials

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

After President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russia's ambassador in December, he then met with an official from the Russian development bank VEB. The bank is closely tied to the Russian government and was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014.

Message To 'Resistors' From Occupy Co-Creator: Stop Protesting. Run For Office

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

Micah White helped spark the Occupy Wall Street protests that spread worldwide. The activist and writer now says street protest is futile. Progressives, he says, should go rural and run for office.

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In Past Failures, A Possible Roadmap For Trump

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:53am

As a businessman Donald Trump re-framed his business bankruptcies as wins. As president he's seemingly doing the same with the failure of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:09am

The Trump administration aims to roll back the Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions from power plants, lift the moratorium on federal coal leases and change the "social cost of carbon" policy.

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Republican Blake Farenthold On Changing His Position On GOP Health Care Bill

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:16pm

David Greene speaks with Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas. He originally didn't like the GOP health care bill, but has changed his position after meeting with the president.

Proposed Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Great Lakes Clean-Up

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Proposed White House budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will end federal spending on Great Lakes clean-up. That includes axing work on invasive species like Asian carp and a public health program that protects drinking water from toxic algae for 11 million residents around Lake Erie.

President Trump Looks To Move On From Health Care Failure

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

How does President Trump recover from his first legislative failure? He may be able to draw some lessons from the last president who tried and failed to reform the health care system.

Democrats Look To Replace GOP Rep. Tom Price In Georgia Special Election

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

A special congressional election in Georgia is becoming a focus point for Democrats and Republicans eager to chart their parties' political futures.

Paul Ryan Looks To Unite GOP After Health Care Failure

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday that his party was going through "growing pains" as the Republican health care bill failed. Now Republicans have to figure how to pick up the pieces and figure out how to govern, or risk another leadership crisis in the House.

Trump's Plan To Ditch Clean Power Plan Threatens Paris Agreement

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

President Trump is expected to ditch the Clean Power Plan this week. The CPP regulations would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that warm the planet. Without it, the U.S. won't live up to its pledge, made in Paris in 2015, to make deep cuts in emissions. That could jeopardize the Paris deal, in which nearly 200 nations made similar pledges.

Congress Votes To Expand Drug Testing For Unemployment Recipients

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

President Trump is expected to sign a bill making it easier for states to require drug testing for recipients of unemployment benefits. Critics say drug testing doesn't save the government money. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy about drug testing as a condition for federal assistance.

Former Obama Official Outlines What Parts Of Obamacare Need Strengthening

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Kavita Patel worked for the Obama administration and helped draft the Affordable Care Act. She tells NPR's Kelly McEvers about the single biggest area of the health care law that she sees as in need of strengthening.

After GOP Health Bill Failure, What's Next For The Affordable Care Act?

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay — for a while at least. NPR looks at tweaks that could help stabilize the health law's marketplaces.

AP Calculates North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Will Cost More Than $3.7 Billion

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

The Associated Press tallied up business lost because of the controversial law, based on interviews and public records. The AP says its estimate of $3.76 billion over 12 years is probably low.

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Attorney General Orders Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities,' Threatens Holding Funds

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 2:42pm

The Justice Department's order to withhold $4.1 billion in federal grants over immigration enforcement could affect major cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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