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Is Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike Doing More Harm Than Good?

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

A study suggests the most recent minimum wage hike in Seattle may be doing harm. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., about the impact of Seattle's push for $15/hour.

A Hospital In Rural Colorado Is The Cornerstone Of Small Town Life

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

At the lone hospital in Hugo, a country town, staff members know most of the patients — they are friends and family. But cuts in the GOP health bill could threaten this cherished institution.

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Health Care Debate Opens A Wound Between House And Senate GOP

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

It has become clear that Republicans can't agree with one another on what to do about the Senate health care bill. Scott Simon talks to Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard about the GOP divide.

The Impact Of The 'Summer Of Love' Still Reverberates

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967 became a soundtrack for an emerging counterculture.

Strike Force Is Created To Combat Chicago Gun Violence

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

President Trump announced the strike force, but Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is skeptical. Scott Simon talks to Carol Marin, political editor at NBC 5 in Chicago, to discuss how the city reacted to the news.

Senate Will Resume Its Health Care Battle After July 4 Holiday

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Republican legislators are heading back to their districts after failing this week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. GOP senators are trying to overcome differences among themselves.

Trump White House Staff Payroll Nearly $36 Million And Top-Heavy

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 6:00pm

Among those making the maximum salary are chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault.

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GOP Health Bill Could Let Insurers Cap Spending On Expensive Patients

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:47pm

Current law requires all health insurance sold on the exchanges to cover 10 essential benefits — with no annual or lifetime limits to reimbursement. But the GOP plan might let states reinstate limits.

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On 'Fox & Friends,' Ivanka Trump Squashes Progressive Hopes

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

When Ivanka Trump quit her position at the helm of her company for an unpaid post within her father's White House, it raised eyebrows — cries of nepotism — and for many progressive women, it was proof, that someone would be on their side. Some saw her as a potentially moderating force within the new Republican administration. NPR checks in on the president's special adviser five months into the presidency.

Trump Administration Outlines Emerging Strategy On Afghanistan

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

The Trump administration's emerging strategy on Afghanistan involves sending more American troops into the country, the isolation of Pakistan, and the long-term goal of a political settlement with the Taliban.

Rex Tillerson Faces Mideast Test In Navigating Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tensions

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is the biggest test yet of the skills and influence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He has deep ties to Qatar's leaders, but the White House seems to prefer the Saudis.

Trump Pledges On Twitter To Help Chicago Fight Crime

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

President Trump tweeted that he's sending federal help to Chicago to fight crime. He says crime and killings have reached "epidemic" proportions.

Voting Commissioner Kris Kobach Defends U.S. Request For Voter Information

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

Kris Kobach is the vice chairman of a White House commission on voting and elections and the secretary of state of Kansas. He spoke to NPR's Ari Shapiro and defended the commission's request for voter information from across the country.

Kentucky Secretary Of State Denies White House Request For Voter Information

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic secretary of state for Kentucky, about resisting the Presidential Election Commission's requests for voter data from the states.

Mika, Joe And The Donald: Trump's Tweets Intensify Feud With MSNBC Hosts

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

The president's tweets attacking MSNBC critics veered into unexpected terrain Friday as they accused the White House of trying to extort an apology to Trump to get him to quash a tabloid story about their personal lives.

Week In Politics: GOP Health Care Bill, Travel Ban

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, and Yuval Levin, editor for National Affairs about the health care bill, the president's attack on two news show hosts and the travel ban.

GOP Lawmakers Face Political Risks In Supporting Unpopular Health Care Bill

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 3:33pm

Congressional Republicans say the political risks of failing to make good on their promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act outweigh the risks of passing an unpopular bill.

As Trump Travels To Summit, Congress May Be Reasserting Itself On Foreign Affairs

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 2:46pm

Congress has generally followed a pattern of deferring to the executive on foreign policy. For decades Congress has usually let the president take the lead — and take the heat when things go wrong.

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Chicago, Feds Create 'Strike Force' To Curb Gun Violence

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 1:54pm

The force will target "violent offenders who have no regard for human life," said the Illinois State Police director.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 10:06am

A curious warning from the White House to Syria about further use of chemical weapons was just one of the big global news stories this week.

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