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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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Senate Republicans Defy Democrats' Boycott To Advance Trump Nominees

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:42am

Republicans suspended committee rules this morning to advance the nominations for Health and Human Services and Treasury. Democrats staged another boycott over Trump's pick for the EPA.

Despite Turmoil, Latinos In California Are Prospering

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:36am

California has the country's largest Latino population. And they are tied to the state's economic prosperity. A new study analyzes how they're doing.

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Indiana Looks To Extend Medicaid Experiment Started Under Obamacare

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 8:58am

The home state of Vice President Mike Pence has asked the federal government to approve an extension of its carrot-and-stick approach to Medicaid that was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

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HHS Nominee Tom Price Targeted Panel That Urged Fewer Cancer Screenings

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 7:22am

After an influential task force of experts said evidence didn't support some cancer screenings, it became the target of lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Price and others with health industry ties.

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Sen. Ben Sasse On Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 6:57am

Steve Inskeep speaks with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska about where he disagrees with President Trump. But that doesn't include Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

Liberals To Senate Democrats: (Don't) Do Your Jobs

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 5:00am

Some on the left are aiming to create an antagonistic, liberal version of the Tea Party. It's already exerting pressure on Democrats to stop Trump by any procedural means necessary.

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Why Gorsuch's Nomination Is Likely To Play Out As An Angry, Partisan Battle

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 5:00am

Trump's Supreme Court nominee is going to face a very messy fight, as Senate Democrats are facing pressure from their base and are still upset with the obstruction of Obama's high-court nominee.

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Immigration Order Forces Middle East Airlines To Scramble On Flight Staff

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:04am

Travelers aren't the only ones confused about whether they'll be allowed to enter the U.S. under the president's immigration executive order — airline employees are too.

GOP Lawmakers Take Steps To Repeal Environmental Regulations

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:04am

There are two big environmental regulations on the chopping block for congressional Republicans this week — involving coal mining and methane emissions.

High Court Nominee Should Preserve Scalia Legacy, Conservative Group Says

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:04am

Carrie Severino, of the Judicial Crisis Network, talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about President Trump's pick of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The seat was vacated when Antonin Scalia died.

Outgoing State Department Official Urges Colleagues To Stay And Serve

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:04am

Career foreign service officer Tom Countryman was an acting undersecretary for arms control until he was dismissed last week. In a farewell speech, he urged his colleagues to protect the Constitution.

Sen. Chris Coons Comments On Democrats' Plans For High Court Nominee

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:04am

Republicans blocked President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. Will Democrats retaliate against Trump's nominee Neil Gorsuch? Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Coon of Delaware.

Trump Should Listen More To Career Government Employees, Negroponte Says

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to John Negroponte, who was the country's first director of National Intelligence. He shares his thoughts on President Trump's early national security moves.

Social Conservatives Are Excited By Trump's Pick To Join The Supreme Court

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:04am

Supporters and opponents of abortion rights are reacting to President Trump's pick of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. The pick was the culmination of a promise Trump made to social conservatives.




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