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Reports: Intel Firm Was Hired To Discredit Former Obama Iran Deal Negotiators

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:07pm

Obama foreign policy adviser Colin Kahl was reportedly targeted by the Israeli company Black Cube: "It's especially awful that they not only went after me, but that they went after my family."

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First Lady Melania Trump Unveils 'Be Best' Campaign, Focusing On Children

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:34pm

Melania Trump has generally kept a low profile as first lady, but Monday she steps into the spotlight to formally unveil her initiatives. She'll be focusing on issues related to children.

President Trump Weighs In On West Virginia GOP Senate Primary

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:34pm

President Trump has weighed in on West Virginia's GOP Senate primary, telling voters not to support former coal executive Don Blankenship. Trump's move comes as Republicans worry they could lose the Senate this November.

NRATV Strays Seemingly Far Afield From Gun Ownership

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:34pm

National Rifle Association members did not have to travel to Dallas to keep up with activities at the recent annual convention. They could go online and tune in to NRATV for a live stream. NRATV isn't just for the convention. It's available to anyone with an internet connection, providing a steady pro-gun message, whether viewers belong to the NRA or not.

Pentagon Wants To Deploy 'Low-Yield' Nuclear Weapons To Deter Russia From Similar Ones

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:34pm

Even as the Trump administration excoriates Iran and North Korea on nuclear arms, Congress is set to fund a new, "low-yield" atomic weapon. The Pentagon says one is needed to plausibly deter any plans by Russia to use smaller nukes. Critics say such a "useable" nuke would increase, not decrease, the likelihood of the nuclear war that military planners say they want to avoid.

Security Has Improved, But The American Voting System Is Still Vulnerable

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:34pm

Six months before Election Day 2018, efforts to secure U.S. voting systems have made considerable progress — but there is still a long ways to go.

How The NRA Views Recent Protests Over Gun Violence

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:34pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with prominent gun-right advocate Marion Hammer about her work defending the National Rifle Association — an organization that she was formerly president of — in light of recent protests over gun violence.

CIA Nomine Gina Haspel To Face Tough Questioning At Confirmation Hearing

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 3:34pm

Gina Haspel, the first woman nominated to be CIA director, faces tough questioning at her confirmation hearing Wednesday. She met with Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Monday.

If A Rule Is Unwritten, Is It Really A Rule?

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:44pm

Congress has many rules and precedents that are documented on paper. But what about those traditions and folkways that persist unwritten?

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Connecticut OKs Bill Pledging Electoral Votes To National Popular Vote Winner

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:08am

Connecticut is set to join 10 states that commit their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nation's popular vote — regardless of who wins in those states.

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White House Leans Into Mueller Attacks Betting On Favorable Landscape With Supporters

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 9:53am

The president and his legal team are attacking the special counsel's office more strongly amid confidence that supporters share their views about "bias" and "abuse."

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Don't 'Junk' The Iran Nuclear Deal, Boris Johnson Says On 'Fox & Friends'

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 7:38am

Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson says the Iran deal can help avoid a nuclear arms race — one that would also include Saudi Arabia.

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Giuliani Raises More Questions About President Trump, Michael Cohen

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 6:13am

In a media marathon over the weekend, Rudy Giuliani, the newest addition to Trump's legal team, spent much of the time trying to clarify statements he made last week.

Primaries Will Reveal More Clues About Voters Ahead Of Midterms

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:02am

Tuesday's primaries put hard questions to Republicans about what their party represents. Rachel Martin talks to GOP Strategist Alex Conant about what's at stake in the various races.

Morning News Brief: Rudy Giuliania, Gina Haspel

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:02am

The White House is reeling after media appearances by an addition to Trump's legal team. The nominee to head the CIA reportedly considered withdrawing her name over involvement with a torture program.

GOP Lawmakers Aim To Roll Back Regs Using Old Law In A New Way

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:02am

Republicans lawmakers are expected to overturn a rule designed to prevent discrimination by auto lenders. It's part of a broader effort to roll back other regs using the Congressional Review Act.

Will Trump Submit To An Interview With Special Counsel Mueller?

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:02am

Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani says Trump shouldn't need to sit for special counsel Robert Mueller. Steve Inskeep talks to former U.S. Attorney Matt Olsen about what Mueller can and can't do.

Morning News Brief: Rudy Giuliani, Gina Haspel

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:02am

The White House is reeling after media appearances by an addition to Trump's legal team. The nominee to head the CIA reportedly considered withdrawing her name over involvement with a torture program.

In Traditional First-Lady Style, Melania Trump To Unveil Her Policy Goals

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:01am

Melania Trump often stays on the sidelines. But Monday she's outlining her initiatives — at a moment when her husband is under intense scrutiny.

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Republican Fears About Holding The Senate Start To Sink In

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:00am

Republicans have always been worried about keeping the House in 2018, but now those fears have spread to the Senate. Democrats are raising more money and going on offense in places like Tennessee.

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