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Congress Passes Legislation To Curb Online Sex Trafficking Of Children

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

Congress has overwhelming passed legislation meant to curb online sex trafficking of children. This means a first major change in years to a key legal shield used by Internet companies to avoid liability for what people say and do online.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Weighs In On How Congress Could Regulate Facebook

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

Congressional staffers are slated to meet with Facebook officials this week. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and a member of the Commerce and Judiciary committees, about what action Congress could take to regulate how Facebook uses user data.

Former 'Apprentice' Contestant Will Proceed With Defamation Lawsuit Against Trump

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

A New York judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges the president sexually assaulted and defamed her can go forward. On another front, a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump is suing to be released from a legal agreement requiring her silence.

As Steel And Aluminum Tariffs Take Effect, WH Considers Trade Sanctions On China

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

It's a big week for trade policy as new steel and aluminum tariffs take effect and the White House mulls tariffs on a wide range of exports from China.

Senate Intelligence Committee Recommends More Security For Midterms, Not How To Fund It

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 3:30pm

The Senate intelligence committee met Wednesday to review its recommendations about improving election security ahead of the 2018 midterms. Senators recommend more funding and IT support, but there is no consensus about how much or how to pay for it.

'Seize This Moment': Doug Jones Tackles Gun Control In First Senate Speech

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:47pm

The Alabama Democrat said recent student protests remind him of the civil rights movement. He called for tighter control of gun purchases and expressed respect for the Second Amendment.

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Mississippi Is Sending Its First Woman To Congress. Here's When Your State Did That

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 2:26pm

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith will be Mississippi's first woman in Congress when she takes over for Sen. Thad Cochran, leaving Vermont as the only state that has never sent a woman to Capitol Hill.

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Congress Set To Unveil $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:19pm

The spending bill includes dozens of unrelated policy "riders" added by party leaders in closely-held negotiations.

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Congress Unveils $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill As Friday Deadline Looms

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:19pm

The legislation includes nearly $1.6 billion in border security increases without addressing a legal fix for the roughly 700,000 immigrants who stand to lose protection under DACA.

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Cambridge Analytica's Role In Trump's 2016 Campaign Raises Potential Legal Flags

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:42pm

The British firm, which worked for President Trump's campaign, gathered data from as many as 50 million Facebook users. Did it break the limits on what foreign nationals can do in U.S. campaigns?

Comic Roy Wood Jr. Taps Into America's Psyche On 'The Daily Show'

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:16pm

Wood says the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — prepared him for his work on The Daily Show.

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Kobach Trial Ends, Judge Now Deliberating On Kansas Voting

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:13pm

The trial has ended in the lawsuit alleging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's requirements to register to vote in his state are unreasonable. A federal judge will rule on the suit by the fall.

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Syria's Fragile Future

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:06am

Vulnerable regions attract violence. How should the world help them?

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DNC Chair Tom Perez

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 9:06am

From Doug Jones to Danica Roem, Democrats scored some surprising and historic victories in 2017.

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Senators Hold Election Security Hearing After Releasing Recommendations For 2018

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 8:03am

Top intelligence and election officials are being grilled by senators on Wednesday about what they need to improve to secure voting in the U.S.

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Fed's New Chairman Steps Into Spotlight Amid An Expected Rate Increase

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 6:02am

The central bank is expected to raise its key interest rate for the first time under Jerome Powell. Economists wonder if faster economic growth will mean more aggressive rate hikes.

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Cambridge Analytica's Suspended CEO Takes The Spotlight In Scandal

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 4:11am

Alexander Nix worked in London as a financial analyst before becoming CEO of Cambridge Analytica. The company is now at the center of the Facebook data harvesting scandal.

Senators Examine Election Security

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 4:11am

Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing to look into election security ahead of the midterm elections. But even though a panel has called for a major funding increase, there's no consensus over how much.

A Brief History Of Presidential Sex Scandals

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 4:11am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the history of presidential sex scandals.

Cambridge Analytica's Legal Challenges

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 4:11am

Cambridge Analytica could face legal problems related to how it harvested and used data of millions of Facebook users.

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