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Are Trump's Foreign Policy Stumbles First-Year Growing Pains Or A Reason For Worry?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:21pm

University of Virginia historians say tumult isn't unexpected in the first year of a new administration. But there are questions about whether the Trump administration is prepared to handle crises.

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Labor Leader Sees A White House Of 'Racists' and 'Wall Streeters'

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:42pm

Speaking to journalists Wednesday, the president of the AFL-CIO described two warring factions in the White House both seeking to influence the president — and each with drawbacks, in his view.

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Texas Rep. Gene Green Outlines Relief Plan For Harvey Victims

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Texas Democratic Rep. Gene Green about the plan in Congress to provide federal relief aid to victims of Harvey.

Trump Heads To Missouri To Tout Tax Overhaul Efforts

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump kicks off an administration push on a tax overhaul with an event in Missouri. But the specifics of his plan are hard to come by.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Writer/Director Paul Schrader

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:37pm

Schrader wrote the screenplays for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, and wrote and directed Blue Collar. He spoke in 1988 about his religious upbringing and his work in film.

Can Britain's Eccentric Rees-Mogg Become The Conservative Party's New Leader?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 12:45pm

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory lawmaker, tweets in Latin, drives his mother's old Mercedes and named his sixth child "Sixtus." Critics say his amiable persona distracts voters from his "regressive" beliefs.

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Trump Hits The Road To Promote Tax Cuts (Details To Come)

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 5:00am

President Trump will argue for tax cuts on Wednesday in Springfield, Mo. It's the beginning of what aides say will be a concerted push for a tax overhaul, but details are still vague.

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New Developments In Russia Investigation

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:02am

Other news has taken the spotlight, but there have been many developments over the summer in the Russia investigation, including revelations from emails and subpoenas from Robert Mueller.

News Brief: Houston Update, Trump And Russia

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:02am

We have the latest on the crisis in Houston caused by flooding. Also, President Trump has visited Texas, and we have the latest on the Russia investigation.

Thinking Of Running For Office? A Website Lets You Test The Waters

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:02am

Think you may want to run for public office? A new site lets you crowdfund a potential campaign. See how a California congressional candidate was inspired to give it a try.

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Why Approving Emergency Funding For Harvey Might Not Be Easy For Congress

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:01am

Billions of dollars will be needed to clean up and rebuild in areas hit by Harvey. Passing that funding is one more must-do item on the list for a Congress that has struggled to get things done.

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5 Controversial Ideas For Shoring Up Health Insurance Markets

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:00am

Lawmakers looking to stabilize the health insurance exchanges may consider a number of proposals — including pushing young adults off a parent's plan, or letting people buy into Medicare and Medicaid.

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Under Pressure, North Carolina Draws New Voting Maps

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:00am

North Carolina lawmakers have approved new legislative district maps to replace one thrown out by the courts for being illegal racial gerrymanders. But many critics say the new maps are just as bad.

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Ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Finally Meets Pope Francis

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:49am

When President Trump visited the Vatican in May, Spicer was left off a list of White House officials who had a chance to meet the pope. Spicer resigned as press secretary on July 21.

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Trump's Proposed Budget Cuts Could Undermine Harvey Relief Efforts

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump pledged to rebuild Houston and Texas bigger and better than ever. However, earlier this month, he rescinded an Obama executive order that required flood-damaged property to be rebuilt higher and stronger. Trump also has proposed eliminating federal flood mapping and the federal government's top disaster agency.

President Trump Visits Texas To Assess Harvey Damage

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump on Tuesday visited the Gulf Coast for the first time since Harvey made landfall. The president and first lady toured two Texas cities to see some of the damage and relief efforts.

Lawyer Admits Trump Contacted Russia For Help With Building Project During Campaign

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:32pm

A lawyer for Donald Trump has acknowledged he reached out to Russian President Vladimir Putin's office to ask for help with a putative Trump Tower project in Moscow during the presidential campaign — but says nothing came of it. The concession gives new insight into the workings of Trump's business and the potential paths for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations.

Congress Anticipates Looming Funding Fight Over Harvey Relief Aid

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 3:32pm

Texas will likely require billions in federal aid to clean up after Harvey. An emergency funding bill will complicate what's already set to be a complicated and busy stretch in Congress.

Can Trump Show A Nation He Cares?

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 7:22am

The president heads to Texas on Tuesday to survey the damage from Hurricane Harvey. It will be a test of his young presidency to show empathy and competence in responding to a historic storm.

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Harvey Is First Major Natural Disaster For Trump Administration

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 6:31am

Over the last few days, President Trump has been tweeting a lot about rescue efforts in Texas. He's offered praise, for "great coordination between agencies at all levels of government."

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