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Trump Takes Aim At A Centerpiece Of Obama's Environmental Legacy

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:09am

The Trump administration aims to roll back the Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions from power plants, lift the moratorium on federal coal leases and change the "social cost of carbon" policy.

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Republican Blake Farenthold On Changing His Position On GOP Health Care Bill

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:16pm

David Greene speaks with Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas. He originally didn't like the GOP health care bill, but has changed his position after meeting with the president.

Proposed Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Great Lakes Clean-Up

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Proposed White House budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will end federal spending on Great Lakes clean-up. That includes axing work on invasive species like Asian carp and a public health program that protects drinking water from toxic algae for 11 million residents around Lake Erie.

President Trump Looks To Move On From Health Care Failure

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

How does President Trump recover from his first legislative failure? He may be able to draw some lessons from the last president who tried and failed to reform the health care system.

Democrats Look To Replace GOP Rep. Tom Price In Georgia Special Election

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

A special congressional election in Georgia is becoming a focus point for Democrats and Republicans eager to chart their parties' political futures.

Paul Ryan Looks To Unite GOP After Health Care Failure

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Speaker Paul Ryan said on Friday that his party was going through "growing pains" as the Republican health care bill failed. Now Republicans have to figure how to pick up the pieces and figure out how to govern, or risk another leadership crisis in the House.

Trump's Plan To Ditch Clean Power Plan Threatens Paris Agreement

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

President Trump is expected to ditch the Clean Power Plan this week. The CPP regulations would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that warm the planet. Without it, the U.S. won't live up to its pledge, made in Paris in 2015, to make deep cuts in emissions. That could jeopardize the Paris deal, in which nearly 200 nations made similar pledges.

Congress Votes To Expand Drug Testing For Unemployment Recipients

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

President Trump is expected to sign a bill making it easier for states to require drug testing for recipients of unemployment benefits. Critics say drug testing doesn't save the government money. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy about drug testing as a condition for federal assistance.

Former Obama Official Outlines What Parts Of Obamacare Need Strengthening

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Kavita Patel worked for the Obama administration and helped draft the Affordable Care Act. She tells NPR's Kelly McEvers about the single biggest area of the health care law that she sees as in need of strengthening.

After GOP Health Bill Failure, What's Next For The Affordable Care Act?

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay — for a while at least. NPR looks at tweaks that could help stabilize the health law's marketplaces.

AP Calculates North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Will Cost More Than $3.7 Billion

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

The Associated Press tallied up business lost because of the controversial law, based on interviews and public records. The AP says its estimate of $3.76 billion over 12 years is probably low.

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Attorney General Orders Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities,' Threatens Holding Funds

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 2:42pm

The Justice Department's order to withhold $4.1 billion in federal grants over immigration enforcement could affect major cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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Head Of House Intel Committee Went To White House Grounds To Meet Source

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 1:05pm

Rep. Devin Nunes secretly went to the White House grounds to view classified intelligence, before briefing President Trump and the press on information that other committee members hadn't seen.

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FACT CHECK: Trump Says Obamacare Is 'Exploding.' It's Not

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:47pm

The Affordable Care Act, passed by Democrats during Obama's presidency, has its weaknesses, but the data show it's not at all "exploding." We have the facts behind what's going on.

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Trump Son-In-Law Jared Kushner To Be Questioned By Senate Intel Panel Over Russia

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:07am

The committee is investigating Russia's meddling in the presidential campaign and possible ties to the Trump team.

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Who Oversees The President's Ethics? Here's Our List

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:29am

As we cover conflicts of interest in the Trump administration, a question frequently arises: What parts of the government have the power to hold the president and his appointees accountable on ethics?

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Trump's Agenda May Be Doomed Unless He Learns That 'Little' Stuff Matters

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 5:00am

The president showed little interest in policy details. If he continues to focus superficially on getting a win instead of learning, Republicans warn that his priorities will continue to be derailed.

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House Ethics Leader Pushes For Examination Of Trump's Alleged Russia Ties

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

Rep. Ted Deutch, the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, is calling for an independent investigation into Russia's alleged ties to the Trump campaign and White House.

Health Care On Hold As Trump Administration Turns To Climate Change Regulations

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

After last week's failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and Republicans in Congress turn their focus to regaining momentum in the days ahead. A look at what's on the agenda for Congress and the Trump administration.

What's Next For Health Care On The Hill?

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

It could be a tough week for President Trump and Capitol Hill, after struggling to pass the health care replacement bill. Jim Hobart, a Republican pollster, talks us through what to expect.




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