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Week In Politics: Turnover In Trump's Cabinet Continues As Tensions With Russia Escalate

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 3:26pm

Tensions are escalating between the U.S. and Russia and there's another shakeup in the president's cabinet. David Brooks of the New York Times and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution join NPR's Ari Shapiro to discuss the week in politics.

The Economy Is Soaring, But President Trump's Approval Rating Remains Low

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 3:26pm

Nearly all financial indicators show American optimism about the economy is soaring. But, it's not clear that it's benefitting Donald Trump.

6 Of 8 Shots Hit Stephon Clark's Back, Independent Family Autopsy Finds

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 1:30pm

The city has experienced nearly two weeks of protests since 22-year-old Clark was killed by two police officers.

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Seth Rich's Brother Files Lawsuit Alleging Baseless Claims On DNC Hack

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:19pm

Dallas investor Ed Butowsky is sued a third time over conspiracy theories linking a DNC staffer's death to the leak of party emails. The suit also names an online activist and The Washington Times.

'I Basically Ran On Adrenaline': A Staffer Remembers Obama's White House

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:04am

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the West Wing for six exhilarating and exhausting years, which she describes in her memoir, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? She spoke to Fresh Air in 2017.

The Fall Of Harriet Miers: A Cautionary Tale For Dr. Ronny Jackson?

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 9:37am

Both Miers, picked as a justice, and Jackson, chosen for the VA, were known for strong praise of the presidents they served and resumes with questionable alignment to the jobs they were picked for.

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9 Palestinians Killed By Israeli Troops In Demonstrations Along Gaza Border

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 9:23am

Tensions are high as Palestinians are staging big "March of Return" rallies along the border for the next six weeks, in advance of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel.

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Poisoning Of Russian Ex-Spy Sets Off Diplomatic Expulsions

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:53am

Russia has responded to the U.S., vowing to expel 60 Americans and shuttering the U.S Consulate in St. Petersburg. Noel King gets some perspective from ex-U.S. ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow.

Trump Pick For VA Secretary May Get Additional Scrutiny

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:47am

Noel King talks to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal about President Trump's decision to fire VA Secretary David Shulkin, and the confirmation process of the president's pick to replace him.

Democrats Call For Senate Hearing Over 2020 Census And Citizenship Question

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:01am

Four Democrats on the Senate oversight committee for the Census Bureau say they're worried the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census is "tainted by improper political considerations."

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Passport Services Will Be Missed When Russian Consulate In Seattle Closes

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:02am

The consulate closes Friday under orders from the White House. In addition, 60 Russian officials are being expelled from the U.S. because of the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter.

Morning News Brief

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:02am

Over 20 countries have kicked out Russian diplomats and Russia has responded. Where do things go from here? And, a funeral was held for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by 2 police officers.

Using Pentagon Money To Pay For A Border Wall Is Harder Than It Seems

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:00am

President Trump spoke to Defense Secretary James Mattis about using military money to build the wall. But Congress — and the Constitution — might get in the way.

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Sessions Says 'No' To Republican Requests For A Second Special Counsel

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 5:41pm

Sessions said a special counsel is reserved for extraordinary circumstances, and argues that the GOP allegations do not rise to that level. Instead, Sessions has assigned the U.S. attorney for Utah.

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Federal Judge Allows Emoluments Lawsuit Against President Trump To Proceed

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:09pm

Last year, Maine Gov. Paul LePage stayed at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, a federal judge cited the visit as evidence in an emoluments case against President Trump. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Portland Press Herald reporter Scott Thistle, who broke the story last year.

Funeral Held For Stephon Clark As Unrest Continues In Sacramento

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:09pm

At Stephon Clark's funeral Thursday, Rev. Al Sharpton gave a eulogy to the man shot by police in Sacramento last week. Hundreds of residents went to City Hall Tuesday to express their anger about the shooting.

Republican Sen. Jerry Moran Weighs In On Firing Of VA Secretary Shulkin

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:09pm

There's more turnover in President Trump's cabinet — this time at the Department of Veterans Affairs. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, about oversight of the department and the confirmation process of the person picked to lead it.

How Veteran Groups Are Reacting To The Departure Of VA Secretary Shulkin

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:09pm

Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled American Veterans, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about how veteran groups are responding to the the news of VA Secretary David Shulkin's firing.

A Comparison Of How The Government Responded To Hurricanes Harvey And Maria

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:09pm

Politico reporter Danny Vinik found some striking differences in the way the federal government responded to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Vinik about the findings.

Departure Of VA Secretary Shulkin Doesn't End Debate Of Privatization

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:09pm

The departure of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin does not end the debate over how far the agency should privatize. Neither the president nor his nominee have given their views on the subject.

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