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Congress To Postpone Tough Legislation Decisions To Avert Government Shutdown

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:55pm

Congress is working on a bill to avert a government shutdown on Friday, pushing off hard decisions on immigration, defense spending and health care until next year.

Economists Skeptical That GOP Tax Bill Will Boost Economy

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:55pm

The Republican tax bill is expected to be signed into law just after the new year and with that, President Trump's gamble that the huge cuts in the bill will drive huge economic growth. NPR's Michel Martin talks to economist Alan Blinder about why most experts are skeptical that will happen.

In Louisiana, NFL Anthem Protests Threaten Saints' Tax Breaks

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:55pm

President Trump's tweets are keeping the pressure on NFL players who use the national anthem to protest police brutality. In Louisiana, the debate has led to boycotts of games and calls for the Saints to lose their state tax breaks.

Jury Finds First Batch Of Inauguration Protesters Not Guilty Of Riot Charges

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:09pm

More than 180 demonstrators face trial over protests on Jan. 20. The first six defendants have been found not guilty in a verdict that could have implications for prosecutors' strategies.

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Finding A Legal Loophole, Memphis Takes Down Its Confederate Statues

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 2:17pm

To skirt a state law prohibiting the monuments' removal, the city sold two of its parks to a new nonprofit. "In all of my life in Memphis, I've never seen such solidarity," said Mayor Jim Strickland.

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McConnell Wants Bipartisanship In 2018 On Entitlements, Immigration And More

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:55pm

The Senate majority leader broke with House Speaker Paul Ryan's preferred approach to entitlement legislation next year in an interview with NPR.

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U.N. Votes Overwhelmingly To Condemn U.S. Decision On Jerusalem

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:11am

By a 128-9 vote Thursday, the General Assembly rejected a U.S. decree that recognized the disputed city as Israel's capital. "The United States will remember this day," Ambassador Nikki Haley warned.

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Congress Scrambles To Keep Government Running Before Friday Deadline

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:28am

House Republicans unveiled a stop-gap spending bill Thursday that would keep the government open until mid-January and extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program through March.

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Lawmakers Will Find A Way To Keep The Government Open, Short Says

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 7:07am

Rachel Martin talks to White House legislative affairs director Marc Short, who believes issues will be resolved to keep the government from closing. NPR's Tamara Keith weighs in on the discussion.

Will Sticking Points Lead To A Government Shutdown?

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 7:05am

David Greene talks to Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Lawmakers are expected to pass another temporary spending measure to keep the government open. NPR's Tamara Keith weighs in on the topic.

Iowa First Spouse Doll Of Kevin Reynolds Is Truly A First

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 6:00am

The statehouse in Des Moines has a display case of dolls of former first ladies. Kevin Reynolds is the first "first man." An event on Wednesday unveiled the first spouse doll.

Thousands Of Alabama Children Could Soon Lose Health Insurance

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:03am

Alabama is first state to announce a freeze in enrollment for the state's Children's Health Insurance Program, because Congress has not yet authorized additional funding for CHIP.

Virginia State House Race Winner Will Be Decided 'By Lot'

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:03am

A one vote margin of victory has been undone by a panel of judges. That puts the race at a tie. David Greene talks to Jordan Pascale of the Virginian Pilot about what happens next.

As Republicans Celebrate Tax Win, Government Shutdown Looms

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:03am

The government will shutdown late Friday if Congress fails to pass a spending bill. Rachel Martin talks to GOP Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado about where things stand. And NPR's Tamara Keith weighs in.

News Brief: Government Shutdown Looms, SUV Plows Into Australian Crowd

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:03am

The House is expected to vote on a short-term funding measure to keep the government open. Witnesses describe a white SUV smashing through pedestrians at high speed at an intersection in Melbourne.

Now That The GOP Tax Bill Is Approved, The IRS Gets Busy

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:01am

The agency faces a new challenge with fewer employees and possibly more budget cuts. The lack of personnel may be most apparent with the IRS help line, which confused taxpayers turn to for guidance.

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Judges Erase One-Vote Lead In Virginia, Throwing State Politics Into Disarray

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:53pm

State law says that in the event of a tie, the state election board shall "determine by lot which of the candidates shall be declared elected."

Trump's Tax Win: The Political Risks

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

President Trump gathered Republican leaders at the White House to tout the passage of the tax overhaul bill - their first major legislative win this year. But the bill comes with political risks.

Who Does The Tax Plan Really Benefit?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

The corporate tax rate will fall for all businesses, but some provisions in the bill will especially benefit certain industries — manufacturers, real estate companies, Wall Street and multinationals.

Drama Plays Out In One Race Of Virginia House Of Delegates

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 3:46pm

After a closely-watched recount, it's a tie in the race to represent Virginia's 94th district in the House of Delegates. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Rachel Bitecofer of Christopher Newport University.

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