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Morning News Brief

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:03am

As part of the Russia probe, lawmakers will be briefed about an informant working with the FBI — leading up to the presidential election. Diplomats try to work out a June U.S.-North Korea summit.

GOP And Democratic Lawmakers To Be Briefed On Russia Probe Documents

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:03am

The DOJ will conduct a bipartisan briefing on secret Russia probe documents. Democrats had cried foul at being excluded from a Republicans-only meeting led by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein.

Efforts To Loosen Banking Rules Worries Fed Official Neel Kashkari

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari about moves by lawmakers and regulators to rollback rules for financial intuitions.

Trump Is Sticking To His Playbook To Win The Midterms

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:01am

His approval numbers, the economy — even the Russia probe — could all help Trump boost the GOP. But some in the White House worry Republicans in Congress don't understand the headwinds 2018 brings.

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Deadly Delivery: Opioids By Mail

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:00am

Congressional investigators say hundreds of millions of dollars of fentanyl is coming into the U.S. by mail. But lawmakers are finding it hard to stop.

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Justice Department Will Conduct Bipartisan Briefing On Secret Russia Probe Documents

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 2:41am

The second briefing comes after Democrats cried foul at being excluded from a Republicans-only meeting led by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein.

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Trump Weighs Tariffs On Imported Cars

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:14pm

President Trump has instructed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider new protections for the domestic auto industry. He's relying on the same authority used to justify steel and aluminum tariffs.

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On Capitol Hill, USA Gymnastics President Apologizes To Nassar's Victims

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 5:21pm

Executives from the U.S. Olympic Committee and the governing bodies of swimming, taekwondo and volleyball also testified about changes their organizations are making to protect athletes from abuse.

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Senate Reaches Agreement On Changes To How Congress Handles Sexual Harassment Claims

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 5:01pm

Senate leaders announced a deal on legislation to overhaul how Congress investigates allegations of sexual harassment. The measure makes lawmakers personally liable for settling claims and streamlines the process for filing complaints. Top Republican and Democratic leaders hailed the deal and promised quick action.

Most States Don't Require Guns To Be Locked Up

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 4:36pm

The latest mass school shooting in Texas rekindles a debate over gun storage laws, after it was revealed the alleged shooter used his father's guns. The National Rifle Association also favors tightening how owners handle guns, but actual laws and regulations are a mixed bag.

Texas Gov. Continues Roundtable Discussions On School Shooting Prevention

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 4:36pm

In the wake of the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has convened a series of roundtable discussions about how to prevent and respond to school shootings. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Allen Banks, the police chief in Round Rock, Texas, about the discussion he participated in.

Milwaukee Basketball Player Sues Police After Being Tased

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 4:36pm

In January, Milwaukee Buck Sterling Brown was tased by Milwaukee police who were checking on his car. Brown was arrested but not charged and questions were raised at the time about what prompted the police to tase him. Brown is now suing police as the body cam footage is about to be released.

Trump's Government Ethics Appointee Gets Questioned By Senate Committee

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:49pm

Emory Rounds III, if confirmed by the Senate, will take charge of the Office of Government Ethics, a once obscure agency that advises federal workers on how to comply with ethics laws.

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After Rallying At The Capitol, A Dozen Teachers Win Primary Races In Kentucky

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:43pm

A math teacher ousted one of Kentucky's top Republicans in a primary race. Forty-one current and former teachers were on the ballot and this is just one state where educators are running for office.

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Under Trump, Family Planning Funds Could Go To Groups That Oppose Contraception

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:38pm

Several groups that promote natural family planning and abstinence education say newly-proposed guidelines could open the door for them to receive federal family planning funds for the first time.

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Federal Court Rules In Favor Or Transgender Student In Bathroom Case

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:31pm

A federal court in Virginia ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen who's been fighting for the right to use the school bathroom that aligns with his gender identity.

Olympic Officials Grilled By Congress About Sexual Abuse Scandals

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:31pm

Some of the nation's top Olympic officials face tough questioning in Congress Wednesday. The sexual abuse of young athletes and their coaches is leading to some changes.

Secretary Of State Pompeo Says Trump Administration Has Worked Hard To Counter Russia

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:31pm

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is promising to bring back the department's "swagger," testified at a budget hearing Wednesday about his plans for Iran, North Korea and his own department.

Senate Passes $55 Billion Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 3:09pm

The bill will change how the VA pays for private care, expand a VA caregiver program and start a review of the VA's aging infrastructure. President Trump has said he will sign it.

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Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Judge Says

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 2:34pm

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the president and his aides cannot block critics from seeing his Twitter account simply because they had posted caustic replies to his tweets in the past.

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