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The Deal With Drug Czars

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:06am

Aside from having the coolest executive office title, what does a Drug Czar do anyway?

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Senators Grill Attorney General Sessions On Russia, Comey, 'Sanctuary Cities'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:00am

The attorney general testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday and defended his past comments to the panel about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:00am

All nine Democrats on the committee recently sent Sessions a letter essentially informing him that they expected him not to broadly assert executive privilege on the president's behalf again.

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Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban Attempt

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 7:22am

District Judge Theodore Chuang wrote, "This Preliminary Injunction is granted on a nationwide basis and prohibits the enforcement of Section 2 of Presidential Proclamation 9645 in all places."

Senators Aim To Restore ACA Subsidies To Insurance Companies

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:43am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who says there needs to be a long-term solution to the Affordable Care Act instead of step-by-step fixes.

Numbers Disagree With Trump Golf Course Claim Of 'Millions To Charity'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

NPR's "Embedded" podcast team, examined charitable giving by Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles. It found the organization appears to have fallen short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving.

Cokie Roberts On The History Of U.S. Relations With Iran

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump's handling of the Iran nuclear agreement prompted listener questions about the history of the U.S. relationship with Iran. In "Ask Cokie," commentator Cokie Roberts has the answers.

News Brief: Health Care Deal, Travel Ban Blocked By Hawaii Judge

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 4:00am

Senators reached a deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance markets for 2 years. President Trump's third executive order restricting travel from some countries to the U.S. has been blocked.

'A Major Distraction': Is A Mega-Deal Like Amazon's HQ2 Always Worth It?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:52am

Amazon's unmatched promise of 50,000 well-paying jobs has red carpets rolling out across the U.S. — but also some soul-searching: How much should communities subsidize wealthy American corporations?

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Democrats To Attorney General Sessions: Don't Duck Our Questions

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:00am

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a Senate oversight hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers have questions about his contacts with Russia and his reversals on civil rights positions.

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Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 5:13pm

Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn't require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

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Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:55pm

For months, the United States, Canada and Mexico have been trying to rewrite terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But White House demands have led to frustrations that may threaten NAFTA.

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Senators Reach Deal to Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets for Two Years

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:31pm

The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

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'Trump's Claim Is Wrong': Comments On Presidents' Calls To Military Families Rebutted

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:13pm

Defending his lack of response to the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger, Trump claimed "a lot of" past presidents did not call families after a death. He raised the example of his chief of staff's son.

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The Court Challenge Begins: Is Trump Taking Unconstitutional Emoluments?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 4:01pm

On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear arguments in a case that asks: Is President Trump taking the kind of benefits banned by the Constitution? Step 1 is deciding whether plaintiffs have standing.

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Russian Cyber Trolls Watched 'House Of Cards' To Understand U.S. Politics

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff about how Russian trolls were ordered to watch Neflix's House of Cards show to understand Americans and U.S. politics.

After Taking On Big Tobacco 20 Years Ago, Former Mississippi AG Is Trying Again With Opioids

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59pm

When Mike Moore was Mississippi's attorney general, he spearheaded the 50-state lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Now, he's trying to do the same thing against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Trump Defends False Claim That His Predecessors Didn't Call Families Of Fallen Soldiers

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59pm

When President Trump claimed that past presidents did not call family members of fallen U.S. service members, it caused a backlash. On Tuesday he addressed the issue again, defending his false claim.

Trump Still Hasn't Fulfilled Promise To Declare Opioid Epidemic As A National Emergency

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59pm

President Trump's nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration pulled out amid controversy. This leaves Trump without a permanent heads at Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA. All the while, his promised declaration of a national emergency on opioids has yet to materialize.

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Aims To Stabilize Individual Market And Keep Premiums Down

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59pm

Senators leading bipartisan health care talks say they have a deal to restore subsidies to insurers that President Trump announced last week that he was ending. But it's not clear whether it can pass.

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