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Veterans And Interpreters Make Case For Exception To Immigration Ban

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews veteran Andrew Slater and former Iraqi interpreter Nawaf Ashur about why they, along with other American military veterans and refugees, are visiting members of Congress to talk about the travel and refugee ban.

Trump Accuses Courts Of Being Political In Defense Of Immigration Order

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

In defending his executive order restricting travel, President Trump accused the courts of being political. It's not the first time he's criticized the judicial system or individual judges.

GOP Blocks Sen. Elizabeth Warren From Jeff Sessions Debate

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was barred from participating in the debate on Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for Attorney General after she quoted past criticism of him from Coretta Scott King and Ted Kennedy.

Controversy Continues Over President Trump's Stake In His Properties

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Donald Trump Jr., has taken over as president of the company that runs the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., but there's still controversy over the president's stake in his properties. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Steven Schooner, a law professor at George Washington University who focuses on federal government contract law, about the update.

In West Virginia, Men In Recovery Look To Trump For A 'Helping Hand'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Residents of a drug treatment center in Huntington, W.Va., hope President Trump follows through on promises to fight the addiction crisis. Many are worried about how they'll pay for their health care.

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Pentagon's Interest In Leasing Trump Tower Space Presents Conflict

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

The Pentagon said Wednesday it is interested in leasing space in Trump Tower, the 68-story skyscraper in New York where President Trump lives when he's not in the White House. Ethics experts say that would create a conflict of interest. As president, Trump can tell the Secret Service and Defense Department to rent space in Trump Tower, but as the owner of the trust that manages the building, he can reap a profit.

Steve Bannon Aligns With Vatican Hard-Liners Who Oppose Pope Francis

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:04pm

Bannon has made common cause with those in the Vatican who resist the pope's liberal moves. Francis' supporters worry that after Trump's victory, the pope is a lonely progressive on the global stage.

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N.C. Court Blocks Attempt By State Lawmakers To Limit Incoming Governor's Power

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:00pm

Judges delayed a law signed by the outgoing governor of North Carolina, who was defeated in November's election, requiring his successor's nominees to be approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

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A Senate Rule Silenced Elizabeth Warren. Is That Rule So Bad?

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:05am

Steve Inskeep says there is much to debate about the specifics of what happened to Sen. Elizabeth Warren but the Senate rule invoked by the GOP is one that many of us would do well to live by.

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Ethics Experts Find Holes In Trump's Firewall Against Conflicts

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:46am

President Trump signed over 488 business entities, including his luxury hotel in Washington, to a trust. But a document says those assets are held "for the exclusive benefit of Donald J. Trump."

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Trump Calls On Court To 'Do What's Right' And Uphold His Travel Ban

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:42am

Speaking to a gathering of sheriffs and police chiefs, President Trump said "a bad high school student" would understand the legality of his executive order, which is the subject of multiple lawsuits.

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Plenty Of Room At Guantanamo Bay for Trump's 'Bad Dudes'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 9:51am

President Trump inherited 41 "law of war" captives in Guantanamo, well below the 242 there when Obama took office. A visit to the prison camps finds them ready for more occupants.

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Read Coretta Scott King's Letter That Got Sen. Elizabeth Warren Silenced

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 9:37am

Warren was reading aloud from a letter by the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when she was interrupted by the presiding chair of the Senate.

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Republicans Vote To Silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren In Confirmation Debate

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:16am

Republicans invoked a Senate rule that silences a member accused of impugning the integrity of a colleague. Warren was speaking against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

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Republican Rep. Mike Johnson Calls Trump Travel Ban 'Common Sense'

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Steve Inskeep talks with Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana. He's among many supporters of President Trump's immigration order who say it is a matter of common sense.

Syrian Refugee Family Reunited At Chicago's O'Hare Airport

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

At the same time that lawyers were arguing over President Trump's travel ban, a plane carrying refugees landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

In Living Rooms Around The Country, Activists Organize To Oppose Trump

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

"Indivisible" is a loosely-organized network of activists united by a common goal: stopping President Trump's agenda. Local chapters are guided by a manual that takes its approach from the Tea Party.

Court Hears Arguments Over Trump Travel Ban

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held an emergency hearing Tuesday on whether to extend a restraining order against President Trump's travel ban. The ban has been temporarily suspended.

What The Left Can Learn From The Tea Party

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Brendan Steinhauser, a Republican strategist and early Tea Party movement organizer, talks with Rachel Martin about how liberal activists may be borrowing activist tactics from the Tea Party movement.

Cokie Roberts Answers Listener Questions On The Filibuster

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:50am

Rachel Martin talks with commentator and columnist Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about congressional rules and the history of the filibuster in the regular segment #AskCokie.

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