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Week In Politics: U.N. Condemns Israeli Settlements, Trump On Nuclear Weapons

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution about the U.S. abstention from the U.N. Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements and Trump's recent statements on nuclear weapons.

Trump Essay Signals Shift In Approach For 'Teen Vogue'

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

An essay posted earlier this month about the concept gas-lighting and how it applied to the 2016 elections highlighted a surprising seriousness of purpose from a magazine traditionally devoted to fashion and pop culture. NPR profiles the two 20-something editors of Teen Vogue.

'Wall Street Journal' Raises Possible Conflicts Of Interest For Rep. Tom Price

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

A report in the Wall Street Journal is raising questions about possible conflicts of interest for Rep. Tom Price, Donald Trump's choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. According to the newspaper, Price traded medical stocks while also working on health legislation in Congress. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Michelle Hackman of the Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Abstains On U.N. Security Council Vote Condemning Israeli Settlements

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

The U.S. broke from previous practice and allowed the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements. It's a heated political point drawing criticism by Israel of the Obama administration, which sees settlements as a hindrance to peace efforts.

European Banks Reach Multi-Billion Dollar Settlement Over Toxic Mortgages

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

In the waning days of the Obama administration, two European banks, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, agreed to multi-billion dollar settlements with U.S. authorities for selling toxic mortgages prior to the financial crisis. The combined payouts will be approximately $12.5 billion. A third bank, Barclays, balked at a deal and is being sued by the Justice Department.

President-Elect Trump Suggests Expanding U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:49pm

President-elect Donald Trump suggested in a tweet Thursday that the U.S. should begin building up its nuclear arsenal. According to MSNBC, Trump said of nuclear weapons, "let it be an arms race." NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Washington Post reporter Dan Zak.

Conservatives Wonder Will The Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 1:24pm

Is Donald Trump conservative enough for the conservatives who supported him?Evangelical leaders are watching.

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DOJ's Big Bank Settlements Remove Potential Conflict Of Interest For Trump

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 1:13pm

Regulators reached a $7.2 billion deal with Deutsche Bank over toxic mortgage securities. President-elect Donald Trump owes the bank hundreds of millions. Credit Suisse agreed to pay $5.3 billion.

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Transcript: NPR's Interview With CIA Director John Brennan

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 12:09pm

In a wide-ranging interview, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks CIA director John Brennan about the incoming Trump administration, Russian interference in the U.S. election and the future of Syria.

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Putin Shrugs Off Trump's Tweet On Expanding U.S. Nuclear Capability

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 11:42am

During his annual news conference, Russia's leader also addressed accusations of Kremlin meddling in the U.S. election by saying Democrats "are trying to blame all their failures on external factors."

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Montana May Be Model For Future Medicaid Work Requirement

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 9:06am

The Obama administration has said no to many states' requests to take more control over Medicaid. But the incoming Congress and new White House team may be more amenable.

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Trump Tax Proposals Are Terrific, Adviser Arthur Laffer Says

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks to Arthur Laffer, tax policy adviser to Donald Trump and a leading advocate of supply side economics — the idea that cutting taxes increases government revenue by spurring growth.

Trump Conflicts Could Violate The Constitution On Day 1, Lawyers Say

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 4:07am

Donald Trump will enter the White House with more potential conflicts of interest than any recent president. Steve Inskeep talks to recent White House ethics lawyers Richard Painter and Norman Eisen.

If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 4:00am

Republicans who have pledged to repeal Obamacare also said they would halt the taxes Democrats used to pay for it. Without the money, Republicans won't have nearly as much to spend on an alternative.

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Radio's Diane Rehm, A Mainstay Of Civil Discourse, Signs Off

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 3:42am

After more than three decades and thousands of episodes, Rehm is stepping away from the broadcast microphone. But her successful show, with millions of listeners, almost didn't get off the ground.

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Trump Team Asks State Dept. To Name Those Working On Gender Equality

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:49pm

The State Department was asked to list its workers who focus on gender equality and ending violence against women and to identify money allocated for such programs.

White House Moves To Block Creation Of Muslim Registry

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

The Obama administration is abolishing the regulations that were used as the foundation for a post Sept. 11, 2001, program to register Muslim immigrants. The move will make it harder but not impossible for the Trump administration to establish a new Muslim registry.

Senators Call For Select Committee To Investigate Russian Hacking

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Democratic Sen. Jack Reed about creating a Senate select committee to investigate Russian hacking.

Database Tracks History Of U.S. Meddling In Foreign Elections

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Carnegie Mellon University researcher Dov Levin about his historical database that tracks U.S. involvement in meddling with foreign elections over the years.

Trump's Hotel Labor Disputes Underscore Conflict Of Interest With NLRB

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

As president, Donald Trump will get to name two people to the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the all important general counsel. Among the cases they will get to decide on are complaints involving the Trump Organization itself. Trump's casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas have been the target of a number of complaints over the years, and some of the cases are still open.

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