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Congress Takes A Brush To The Budget, Barring Federal Funds For Portraits

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:57pm

President Trump signed the Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting Act, or EGO Act, into law Tuesday, permanently banning the use of federal funds for painted images of government officials.

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Congress Cutting Aid To Palestinians Over Controversial Stipend Practice

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:44pm

As part of the spending package that President Trump signed last week is a law that cuts aid to Palestinians because of a controversial practice in which the Palestinian Authority pays stipends to the families of people who've committed attacks on Israelis and are dead or in jail.

A Look At The State Of School Integration 64 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:44pm

Linda Brown Thompson of Brown v. Board of Education died this week. In 1954, the decision was supposed to desegregate schools. Now, 64 years later, NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin about the effects.

HIllary Clinton's Former Campaign Manager Calling For More Cybersecurity

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:44pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Robby Mook about the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's inability to get many campaigns to follow cybersecurity recommendations.

President Trump Seems To Be Struggling To Find Replacements For His Legal Team

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:44pm

President Trump's legal team has been in flux for more than a week and several top name attorneys have turned down the chance to work for him. This come as Robert Mueller's special counsel team is intact and moving forward amid that chaos.

What Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering Could Mean For 2018 Midterms

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:44pm

The Brennan Center for Justice has released a report on gerrymandering that says a Democratic takeover of the House is almost out of reach. Michael Li, the report's co-author, explains the findings.

Frustration Seems To Reign As Justices Hear Case Challenging Extreme Gerrymandering

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:44pm

The Supreme Court justices seemed frustrated by the problem of partisan gerrymandering in arguments Wednesday — and what to do about it.

Democrats See Opportunity In Dallas Suburb Thanks To Once Reliably GOP Voters

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:44pm

Texas Republican Pete Sessions is running for reelection in a district that is an island of blue in a sea of red. But Democrats are sensing an opportunity in the area that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Former Disney Star Caroline Sunshine Joins The Trump White House

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:28pm

Caroline Sunshine, 22, is one of several recent Trump administration hires to hold backgrounds in television.

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What Kim Jong Un's Trip To China Means For Negotiations With North Korea

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:25pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traveled to China this week on his first trip to another country since taking power. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with David Kang of the University of Southern California about the summit and what it means for ongoing negotiations with North Korea.

Why Teachers In High-Need Areas Are Now Saddled With Debt

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:25pm

A new government study obtained by NPR finds that thousands of teachers have had their federal grants taken away and converted to loans, often for minor paperwork errors.

Emoluments Lawsuit Against President Trump Allowed To Proceed

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:22pm

A federal judge ruled that Maryland and the District of Columbia can sue Trump. The states allege that he wrongly profits when foreign officials do business at the Trump hotel near the White House.

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All 22 Women Senators Call For Senate To Address Sexual Harassment

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:49am

Democratic and Republican women have come together to ask that their chamber take up legislation overhauling how harassment claims are handled on Capitol Hill.

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Deadline Nears For Elections Scott Walker Doesn't Want To Hold

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:52am

Judges want Scott Walker to hold special elections for two Wisconsin state legislative seats the governor says he doesn't need to hold. Democrats say Republicans fear losing the seats.

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U.S. Economy Grew At A Faster Pace Than Earlier Thought

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:13am

The Commerce Department revised its growth estimate upward to 2.9 percent for the fourth quarter. Consumer spending helped fuel the faster pace, but import purchases subtracted from growth.

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Congress Boosts 'Black Lung' Treatment Funding By Millions

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 8:50am

After NPR reporting on the Progressive Massive Fibrosis epidemic, Congress and the White House agreed to give the maximum funding authorized for clinics treating the disease in 15 coal-mining states.

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Trump Administration Strikes Major Trade Deal With South Korea

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 6:23am

Noel King talks to Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser, about the newly announced trade deal between the U.S. and South Korea. NPR's Uri Berliner weighs in on their conversation.

Trump's Alleged Affairs And GOP Voters

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

Republican political strategist Scott Jennings talks with NPR's Noel King about Republican concerns over President Trump's extramarital affair allegations with midterm elections this year.

Colorado, Guns And Politics

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

In Colorado's 6th Congressional District, likely Democratic candidate Jason Crow is campaigning for more gun control against battle-tested, and NRA-endorsed, incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Coffman.

#AskCokie: U.S.-Russia Relations

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 4:03am

NPR's Noel King talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the history of U.S.-Russia relations.

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