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Senate Democrats In Political Quagmire Over Supreme Court Nomination

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:56am

Democratic senators could filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. But it is unclear if this is a wise move, or if this would cost them politically in the future.

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Gen. Mattis Makes His First Foreign Trip As Defense Secretary

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

Rachel Martin talks to Joel Wit of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies about the issues for Mattis' trip, which begins in South Korea on Thursday, and then moves to Japan.

Sen. Blumenthal Probes Whether Gorsuch Nomination Should Be Blocked

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who has said if Neil Gorsuch is out of the mainstream, he will pursue every legal tool to block Gorsuch's nomination.

Trump's Immigration Ban Leaves Syrian Family Stuck In Jordan

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

A Syrian family in Jordan had their bags packed for the U.S. until the Trump administration's ban on refugees started. The family sold their belongings before trying to travel to New York.

Democrats Aim For Their Own Initiative Modeled After The Tea Party

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America and the Democratic SuperPAC American Bridge, who has been fundraising to try to launch the liberal version of the Tea Party.

Flynn Puts Iran On Notice After Ballistic Missile Test

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

After a ballistic missile test, Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn said Iran is "on notice." Rachel Martin talks to Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace.

Trump Supporters Cheer Quick Starts On Campaign Promises In His First Weeks

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:34pm

The Trump presidency's early days have been anything but uneventful. Trump voters in Algonquin, Ill., praise both the pace and content of his actions, from the travel ban to his Supreme Court nominee.

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South Dakotans Voted For Tougher Ethics Laws, But Lawmakers Think Otherwise

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:56pm

A ballot measure last fall targeted South Dakota's status as the only state that lets lobbyists give politicians unlimited and undisclosed gifts. Now lawmakers are set to repeal the law.

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Immigration Lawyer Fears For Fate Of 'Dreamers' Under Trump

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Audie Cornish checks back in with Daniel Rodriguez, who is both a recipient of DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — and an immigration lawyer advising clients on the issue.

Former U.S. Diplomat Weighs In On State Department Dissent Cable

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews former U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling about how a dissent channel works and responds to the White House message to career diplomats that they should "either get with the program or they can go."

VA Secretary Nominee David Shulkin Faces Senate For Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

Veterans Affairs secretary nominee David Shulkin faces his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The session follows reports by NPR that document shortcomings in the longstanding attempts to improve the way the VA provides care, and promises by President Trump to further privatize its health services.

SCOTUSblog Co-Founder: Gorsuch To Have 'Immediate Impact' On Court

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Thomas Goldstein of SCOTUSblog about Judge Gorsuch, President Trump's pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

Trump Tells GOP To 'Go Nuclear' If Democrats Block Supreme Court Nominee

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump encouraged Senate Republicans to "go nuclear" if Democrats filibuster his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. But it's not clear either side is prepared to take things that far and upend Senate order.

Sen. Sherrod Brown Leads Democrats In Opposition To Trump

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

Democrats boycotted a committee hearing on two of President Trump's cabinet nominees on Wednesday. The GOP majority suspended the rules to vote for the nominees with Democrats absent. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown about what tools his party has to show their opposition.

Republicans Stand Behind President Trump On Immigration Orders

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump's executive orders affecting U.S. immigration policies have sparked sharp backlash from congressional Democrats and civil liberties groups. But on Capitol Hill, Republicans are standing firmly behind the president on the substance of the actions, even if they don't agree with how it was rolled out and messaged to the public. They say he is making good on campaign promises and his supporters are rallying.

Senate Confirms Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State In Narrow Vote

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

Hundreds of American diplomats have signed a document criticizing President Trump's travel ban on people from seven majority Muslim nations. The Senate confirmed Trump's secretary of state on Wednesday.

Trump Gets His Man At The State Department

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 2:22pm

Rex Tillerson, the former oil company CEO, will now head America's foreign policy, as skeptical diplomats wait for what's next.

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President Trump To Senate Leader: 'Go Nuclear' To Confirm Gorsuch

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 1:49pm

Seeking quick approval of his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Trump wants Mitch McConnell to pull out all the stops if necessary.

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In Black History Month 'Listening Session,' Trump Lashes Out At Media

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 1:04pm

At the start of the meeting, President Trump called the media "the opposition." Attendees included housing secretary nominee Ben Carson and Pastor Darrell Scott, who discussed violence in Chicago.

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Congress Tracker: Trump's Refugee And Immigration Executive Order

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:29pm

NPR and dozens of member stations want to help the public understand where their lawmakers stand on President Trump's executive order on refugees. Here's what we found.

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