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Republican Rep. Tom Reed On Why He Voted For GOP Health Care Plan

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:48am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Republican Rep. Tom Reed of New York. Reed voted for the health care bill that would repeal and replace large parts of the ACA. He also supported a previous version.

Secretive Nonprofits Back Governors Around The Country

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:48am

In Missouri, a nonprofit group affiliated with Gov. Eric Greitens published the personal phone number of a lawmaker who criticized the governor's policies.

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3 Men, One Skyscraper And A Conflict-Of-Interest Concern In Foreign Policy

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:26am

"It all just looks really bad," said anti-corruption expert Stuart Gilman. "It looks like Trump is trying to simply protect his properties."

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Say It Ain't So: 129 People Have Already Filed To Run For President In 2020

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:00am

Already 129 people have filed to run for president in 2020. Among them: Donald Trump. Prominent people are considering it, but these elections receive outsize attention compared to office's power.

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Health Care Bill Hits Special Ed; Trump Touts D.C. Vouchers Despite Poor Test Scores

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 5:01am

Our weekly education roundup: A big investigation into sexual assault in K-12 schools; achievement gaps persist in high school graduation rates.

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I Am Not Your Muslim

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 3:01am

An "identity matrix" is a trap that presents itself as the answer to broad-brush generalizations about Muslims as terrorists or radicals, but actually ends up being similarly simplistic.

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States Consider Legislation To Protect Free Speech On Campus

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:29pm

On college campuses across the country, there is a pattern of violence in response to provocative speakers. Now, states are considering a model bill to protect free speech on campus.

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Trump's 2nd Nominee To Serve As Army Secretary Withdraws

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:24pm

Tennessee State Sen. Mark Green blasted what he called "false and misleading attacks." Opponents cited what they called his discriminatory views and comments.

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As Chinese Exclusion Act Turns 135, Experts Point To Parallels Today

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:06pm

The law limited Chinese immigration and barred them from becoming naturalized U.S. citizens.

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Leaked Document Indicates Big Proposed Cuts To Drug Czar's Office

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 4:34pm

President Trump campaigned on fighting the opioid crisis. Now a preliminary White House budget document, obtained by NPR, calls for significant cuts to the office quarterbacking the federal response.

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People With Pre-Existing Conditions Worry About Losing Health Coverage

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

As the American Health Care Act moves toward the Senate, many people around the country are reacting to it. Among them, people with pre-existing conditions who worry about losing their coverage.

Obamacare Vs. American Health Care Act: Here's Where They Differ

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR looks at how the Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Act differ in terms of insurance marketplaces, the individual mandate, guaranteed coverage and insurance subsidies.

Week In Politics: House Passes American Health Care Act

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for National Review and columnist for Bloomberg View. They discuss the House passing the American Health Care Act and President Trump's executive order on religious liberty.

House Approval Of Health Care Bill Represents Major Victory For Trump

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump is still learning the ways of Washington. But House passage of the health care bill is a victory for the novice politician.

Scotland's One-Woman Rubbish Party Wins Seat In Local Elections

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 1:58pm

British publications were keen to point out that the "bin-focused party" won as many seats — one — in Thursday's elections as the right-wing UK Independence Party.

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State Department Again Hits 'Delete' After Allegations Of Trump Promotion

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 1:35pm

The Office of Global Women's Issues deleted a retweet plugging Ivanka Trump's book. It is the second time the State Department has faced complaints about touting the first family's business interests.

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Amid Presidential Access Questions, Former Trump Campaign Manager Quits Lobbying Firm

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:12pm

After criticism that the controversial Corey Lewandowski promised access to the president and hadn't registered as a lobbyist, he's stepping aside and says he will focus on speaking engagements.

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Pollsters Find 'At Best Mixed Evidence' Comey Letter Swayed Election

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 9:53am

Polling experts have conducted an autopsy on exactly why so many polls were off in the run-up to the 2016 election. They found that state polls were far off, in part because of late deciding voters.

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Senate Prepares To Consider GOP Health Care Bill

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 6:30am

The measure passed the House on Thursday, but it's in the hands of the Senate now. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia about the bill's chances in the Senate.

Emmanuel Macron's Unconventional Candidacy Stems From An Unconventional Life

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 4:30am

The French presidential candidate has always gone against convention, his biographer notes. He married his high school drama teacher and entered the political fray as a little-known outsider.

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