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10 Election Moments You Won't Totally Hate And Might Even Like

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 5:00am

The 2016 election was divisive and nasty and full of insults and innuendo. But let's look at the brighter side — here are 10 lighter moments from 2016 that weren't so bad. Some are actually funny.

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Ray Buckley Hopes To Lead Democrats As DNC Chairman

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

Rachel Martin talks to New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, who is among those vying to be Democratic National Committee chairman. Buckley has said the DNC requires "radical reform."

Obama Designates 2 New Monuments; Critics Want Trump To Undo It

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

In the desert Southwest, the Obama administration has designated 2 new national monuments. The move preserves sites in Utah and Nevada. State and local politicians vow to fight the designations.

Trump Speaks Briefly To Reporters, Reversing Obama Criticism And Touting New Jobs

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 5:30pm

Trump touted the creation of 8,000 new jobs, tied to investments from the Japanese firm SoftBank, which pledged big investments in American jobs after Trump was elected.

Senators Ask Trump's EPA Pick To Disclose His Connections To Energy Industry

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 4:17pm

Six Senators sent a letter Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump's pick to run the EPA. They want lists of donors and details about meetings with Energy lobbyists ahead of his confirmation hearings.

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Trump Tweets Gives A Glimpse Into Foreign Policy Approach

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 3:23pm

The president-elect's comments on Israel, China and nuclear policy also highlight how reactionary comments on social media can immediately spur international concern and attention.

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Trump Expected To Deliver Economic Message

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 3:06pm

President-elect Donald Trump has been taking credit for good economic news since his election. Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Scott Detrow about the strong economy Trump is inheriting.

Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:00pm

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy or named his choices for top food-related jobs. But the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.

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John Kerry Defends Two-State Solution, Rebukes Israel Settlements

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 1:24pm

In a more than hour-long address, the outgoing Secretary of State sharply criticized Israel's expansion into disputed territories, saying it was making the future prospect of peace ever dimmer.

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How The Donald Trump Cabinet Stacks Up, In 3 Charts

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 12:03pm

Trump's Cabinet is less academic, less government-centric, and less diverse than those of his predecessors.

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Beyond Fake News: 2016's Most Disruptive Media Moments

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 6:00am

This year was the most chaotic year America's mainstream news media have faced in a long time — and not just because of the presidential election, or the prevalence of fake news stories.

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11 Times Donald Trump Looked Like He Was Done For

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 5:00am

Many things Trump did seemed like a death knell — mocking a disabled reporter, disparaging a Gold Star family, bragging about his "manhood" and groping women, on tape. None of it mattered.

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What Role Will Ivanka Trump Play In Her Father's Administration?

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 3:59am

Listeners have been sending in questions for columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts to answer. Not surprisingly, a lot of people have asked about the incoming presidential administration.

As A Great Communicator, Did Obama Make The Case For His Agenda?

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 3:59am

President Obama came into office noted for his ability to inspire with soaring speeches. But as president, he admits he failed to properly communicate his policy aims and achievements.

Trump Decries His Foundation's Closure, Overstating Its Giving

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:19pm

Trump blasted the media for not reporting on his charitable giving through the foundation. In fact, Trump hasn't given his own money since 2008, and the organization has been embroiled in scandal.

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From Delay To Action: The Supreme Court To Take A Conservative Turn In 2017

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 5:06am

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell took a big gamble in not advancing the nomination of a centrist judge for the Supreme Court, appointed by President Obama. It's about to pay off... big league.

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How Conservatives Elected A Non-Traditionalist For President

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

Does Donald Trump's win signify a natural continuation of the GOP on the course set by Ronald Reagan? Rachel Martin talks to CNN political analyst Matt Lewis, who's a contributor to The Daily Caller.

If Chosen To Be DNC Chief, Jaime Harrison Pledges To Rebuild The Party

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 4:01am

David Greene talks to Jaime Harrison, chairman of South Carolina's Democratic Party, about his bid to lead the Democratic National Committee. Harrison was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Obama Says He Would Have Won A Third Term Had He Run

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:54am

Obama's remarks were hypothetical. The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution limits presidents to two terms of office.

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The Future Of Medicaid May Be Found In Indiana, Where The Poor Pay

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 3:44am

Seema Verma, the architect of Indiana's Medicaid overhaul, is slated to run the federal agency overseeing the health care program for the poor. She instated mandatory payments from recipients.

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