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Accidentally Killing Birds Isn't A Crime, Says Trump Administration

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:30pm

A legal memo from the Department of the Interior declares that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act only applies to purposeful actions that kill migratory birds.

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Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 1:23pm

Despite his own claims to the contrary, President Trump signed fewer laws than any of his recent predecessors. But numbers aren't everything. Significance matters more.

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When Harry Met Barack: Obama Tells Prince About Life After White House

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:41am

Leaving the White House after the inauguration, Obama says his first thought was gratitude for his wife, Michelle. He describes days still driven by purpose, but with more leisurely breakfasts.

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NPR Bracket, Round 1 Results: Top Seeds Advance, 'The Mooch' With An Upset

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 9:43am

Voting continues Wednesday for you to decide the top political story of the year. After the first round of voting, there are 32 stories left with some big match ups ahead.

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Virginia's Tie-Breaker Draw Is Postponed; Pivotal Race Still In Doubt

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 7:00am

"Drawing names is an action of last resort," elections board chairman James Alcorn said, after a new legal challenge in the race that's expected to determine control of the state legislature.

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N.H. Training Program Teaches Female Candidates Campaign Basics

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 6:46am

Since Donald Trump was elected president, women have shown an unprecedented level of interest in running for office — sparking new candidate training sessions nationwide.

From The Loyalty Pledge To Mueller As A 'Savior': 2017's Most Popular Russia Stories

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:00am

The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election began more than a year ago, and the story has only gotten more complicated. Here are the highlights from NPR.org.

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The Tax Law's New Way Of Measuring Inflation Could Take A Toll On Taxpayers

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:00am

The tax overhaul uses an alternative measure of inflation that will show less upward pressure on prices. That means tax brackets will adjust upward less often, making many people pay more.

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The Biggest Education Stories Of 2017 And 2018

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:58am

Betsy DeVos, school choice, civil rights, student loans and for-profit colleges: A look at the year in education and the big stories we're watching next year.

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Morning News Brief

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:58am

President Trump has invited GOP congressional leaders to Camp David to discuss priorities for the new year. In Liberia, voters went to the polls to decide on their next president.

Court Challenge Delays Drawing To Decide Virginia House Race

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 6:01pm

A drawing scheduled for Wednesday that could have decided which Virginia candidate would become a state delegate, and potentially determine whether the Republican Party will stay in control, has been postponed. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Rachel Bitecofer of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., about the development.

Encore: How Trump Teases, Threatens And Dodges With 'We'll See What Happens'

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

President Trump frequently says "We will see what happens" about matters large and small, creating uncertainty for the media, members of his administration and even world leaders. But what do these constant teases mean for the presidency?

'Politico' Report Finds Lack Of Transparency Surrounding Work Of Trump's Cabinet Secretaries

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Politico reporter Emily Holden about their investigation of President Trump's cabinet. They looked into 17 members of and found that many of them provide little or no information about what the they're working on, breaking from the policies of the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

Control of Virginia's House Of Delegates Rests With Two Film Canisters

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with James Alcorn, chairman of Virginia's board of elections about drawing a film canister from a crystal bowl tomorrow, which will have a slip of paper that will decide which candidate will become a state delegate. It will also determine whether the Republican Party will keep control of the State House, or if the delegates will be split with the Democrats.

States Say They Need Federal Government's Help To Secure Midterm Elections

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

The 2018 midterm elections will be the first test of efforts to protect the U.S. voting process from outside interference since Russian hackers probed state voting systems in last year's presidential race. Some progress has been made, but state and local election officials say they need more money and information from the federal government to secure the elections.

Salt Lake Tribune Calls For Sen. Orrin Hatch To Step Down In Blistering Editorial

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:21pm

The paper named Hatch "Utahn of the Year," a title based on impact either good or bad, while denouncing his "utter lack of integrity." Hatch said he was "grateful for this great Christmas honor."

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Trump Administration Touts A Smaller U.N. Budget (And Takes Credit For It)

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:38am

The language in the U.S. mission's announcement led some to misinterpret it as meaning that Washington would reduce its own contribution by $285 million next year.

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Pick The Biggest Political Story Of 2017

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 8:58am

What's the biggest political story of the year? It's too hard to decide. You can pick in our March Madness-style bracket contest. Get your bracket before noon Tuesday.

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We Sort Out Political Headlines Using A March Madness Bracket

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 4:05am

The year has been filled with numerous political stories. How would you even go about ranking them? Our political team borrows the bracket idea from college basketball's tournament.

Morning News Brief: Political Headlines, Afghan Suicide Attack

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 4:05am

The new year is less than a week away, and it's good time to look back over the past political headlines from 2017. And, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Afghan Intelligence Agency in Kabul.

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