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The White House Wants To Overhaul Entitlements

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

Overhauling entitlements could mean cuts to Medicaid, which serves more than 70 million Americans. Noel King talks to Caroline Pearson of Avalare Health about the potential impact of cuts.

News Brief: Afghan Blast, Moore Files Suit In Ala. Senate Election

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

A suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul killed dozens. Republican Roy Moore went to court to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the vacant Senate seat.

Luck Of The Draw? Games Of Chance Not Uncommon In Deciding Tied Elections

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:01am

A tied Virginia legislative contest looked like it would be decided by a drawing this week, but the race now is in legal limbo. Coin flips, drawing cards and throwing dice decide ties around the U.S.

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Trump Accomplished A Lot In 2017, But At What Cost?

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:00am

Despite being an unconventional GOP candidate, President Trump has largely delivered on a conservative agenda. The Republican tax bill was a particularly noteworthy win.

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What Secretary Of State Tillerson Worked On In 2017

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:33pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he hasn't put any diplomatic wins on the board this year, but he believes his reforms are putting the State Department in a better, more efficient place. His critics don't agree and say it will take the department years to recover.

FBI Agents Association Sees Increased Donations As Special Counsel Criticism Continues

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:33pm

President Trump and Congressional Republicans are continuing a campaign to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller. In response, the FBI Agents Association has seen an uptick in donations.

Accidentally Killing Birds Isn't A Crime, Says Trump Administration

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:30pm

A legal memo from the Department of the Interior declares that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act only applies to purposeful actions that kill migratory birds.

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Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 1:23pm

Despite his own claims to the contrary, President Trump signed fewer laws than any of his recent predecessors. But numbers aren't everything. Significance matters more.

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When Harry Met Barack: Obama Tells Prince About Life After White House

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:41am

Leaving the White House after the inauguration, Obama says his first thought was gratitude for his wife, Michelle. He describes days still driven by purpose, but with more leisurely breakfasts.

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NPR Bracket, Round 1 Results: Top Seeds Advance, 'The Mooch' With An Upset

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 9:43am

Voting continues Wednesday for you to decide the top political story of the year. After the first round of voting, there are 32 stories left with some big match ups ahead.

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Virginia's Tie-Breaker Draw Is Postponed; Pivotal Race Still In Doubt

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 7:00am

"Drawing names is an action of last resort," elections board chairman James Alcorn said, after a new legal challenge in the race that's expected to determine control of the state legislature.

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N.H. Training Program Teaches Female Candidates Campaign Basics

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 6:46am

Since Donald Trump was elected president, women have shown an unprecedented level of interest in running for office — sparking new candidate training sessions nationwide.

From The Loyalty Pledge To Mueller As A 'Savior': 2017's Most Popular Russia Stories

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:00am

The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election began more than a year ago, and the story has only gotten more complicated. Here are the highlights from NPR.org.

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The Tax Law's New Way Of Measuring Inflation Could Take A Toll On Taxpayers

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:00am

The tax overhaul uses an alternative measure of inflation that will show less upward pressure on prices. That means tax brackets will adjust upward less often, making many people pay more.

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The Biggest Education Stories Of 2017 And 2018

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:58am

Betsy DeVos, school choice, civil rights, student loans and for-profit colleges: A look at the year in education and the big stories we're watching next year.

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Morning News Brief

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:58am

President Trump has invited GOP congressional leaders to Camp David to discuss priorities for the new year. In Liberia, voters went to the polls to decide on their next president.

Court Challenge Delays Drawing To Decide Virginia House Race

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 6:01pm

A drawing scheduled for Wednesday that could have decided which Virginia candidate would become a state delegate, and potentially determine whether the Republican Party will stay in control, has been postponed. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Rachel Bitecofer of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., about the development.

Encore: How Trump Teases, Threatens And Dodges With 'We'll See What Happens'

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

President Trump frequently says "We will see what happens" about matters large and small, creating uncertainty for the media, members of his administration and even world leaders. But what do these constant teases mean for the presidency?

'Politico' Report Finds Lack Of Transparency Surrounding Work Of Trump's Cabinet Secretaries

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Politico reporter Emily Holden about their investigation of President Trump's cabinet. They looked into 17 members of and found that many of them provide little or no information about what the they're working on, breaking from the policies of the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

Control of Virginia's House Of Delegates Rests With Two Film Canisters

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with James Alcorn, chairman of Virginia's board of elections about drawing a film canister from a crystal bowl tomorrow, which will have a slip of paper that will decide which candidate will become a state delegate. It will also determine whether the Republican Party will keep control of the State House, or if the delegates will be split with the Democrats.

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