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House Set To Vote On GOP Health Care Bill

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:54am

GOP leaders are optimistic their bill will pass, but the vote is expected to be close.

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Trump 'Confident' About GOP Health Care Bill's Prospects In The Senate

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:54am

Passage in the House is the first step in fulfilling the GOP's longtime pledge to dismantle Obamacare. The president praised House Speaker Ryan as a "genius" for engineering the legislative victory.

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House Passes GOP Health Care Bill

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:54am

The vote is the first step in fulfilling the GOP's longtime pledge to dismantle Obamacare. Democrats said the bill had been hastily rammed through the House.

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GOP Expected To Pass Its Health Care Bill At Long Last, But Still A Long Way To Go

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:45am

The House votes Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But this bill will likely never become law, at least not in its current form. And the road ahead is bumpy and full of potholes.

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Republican House Leaders Will Try Again To Replace Obamacare

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 6:38am

They backed out before, but GOP leaders say lawmakers in the House will vote on Thursday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. They're confident they have enough votes to pass the bill.

Trump Order Would Relax Restrictions On Political Activity By Religious Groups

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 6:17am

The executive order will, in the words of the White House, "promote free speech and religious liberty." Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Tom Gjelten and Greg Baylor with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

House Republicans To Vote On Measure To Repeal Obamacare

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 6:03am

The last time they were expected to vote on bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they called off the vote rather than lose. This time the vote is expected to be very close.

Morning News Brief: GOP Health Care Plan, Trump Eases Religious Group Restrictions

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

After weeks of wrangling, the GOP will send a health care bill to a vote Thursday. Also, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order relaxing political restrictions on religious groups.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole On GOP Health Care Bill

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma tells Steve Inskeep the House should pass the Republican health care plan. But he says to not sweat the details, because the Senate will change the bill anyway.

Whether She Wins Or Loses, Marine Le Pen Has Changed French Politics

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

The two candidates in the French presidential election held their final debate Wednesday. Even if she loses, the far-right Marine Le Pen has moved her agenda into the French political mainstream.

'The Forward': A Small Publication With An Outsized Influence

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

The Forward is a small publication with a Jewish-American audience. Its reporting has done more than anyone to undermine the position of White House counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka.

Republicans Scrap Rule For Small-Business Retirement Plans

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

The Obama-era policy allowed states to offer retirement savings plans. Retiree and worker protection groups say the state-designed plans benefit employees of small businesses which lack 401(k) plans.

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DEA Seeks Prosecutors To Fight Opioid Crisis; Critics Fear Return To War On Drugs

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00am

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants to hire prosecutors "to hold accountable the people who are facilitating addiction." Advocacy groups worry the move would exceed the DEA's legal authority.

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Fact Check: Are Prosecutors Too Quick To Let Off The Police?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00am

The decision not to charge the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling is being met with anger by activists who say prosecutors are too deferential to cops. Is it true?

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Trump Set To Relax Rules On Political Activity By Religious Groups

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:34pm

The move on the National Day of Prayer is among the promises Trump made on the campaign trail that would blur government lines that divide church and state.

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House Republican Leaders Plan Vote On Revised Health Care Bill

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:57pm

House Republican leaders are planning a vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. The bill has been revised to provide options for states to opt out of some key Obamacare requirements.

History Of Our Time: Making Sense Of This Moment

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:41pm

It's been a disorienting year in many democracies, and the world is changing. NPR is asking writers, thinkers and political leaders to help chart how we got to this point and where we're headed.

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Puerto Rico Makes Unprecedented Move To Restructure Billions In Debt

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:08pm

The territory, which is ineligible for bankruptcy, filed to begin a similar procedure tailor-made for its more than $70 billion debt crisis, which is likely to dwarf Detroit's 2013 Chapter 9 filing.

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Is The GOP Health Bill Morphing Into Yet Another Big Federal Program?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:17pm

The proposals to create federal high risk-pools will create another big group of people whose health care costs are paid for by the federal government.

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In Big Bend, Texas, There's Bipartisan Consensus: No Border Wall

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:17pm

President Trump says he's forging ahead with his U.S.-Mexico border wall. But one place nearly everyone agrees it won't cross is the starkly beautiful Big Bend region of far west Texas.

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