The future of the rule is extremely uncertain. Even if the Obama administration wins its appeal, the incoming Trump administration has already threatened to scrap the measure.
Like President Obama, Trump must deal with the millions of old-school, middle-skill jobs, like manufacturing, that just aren't coming back.
Subsidized greasy-spoon diners called milk bars thrived in Poland in the Soviet era. Their numbers have dwindled, but Poles are once again embracing them for cheap comfort food.
Steve Inskeep talks to William Cohen, former Defense secretary under President Clinton, about the various security challenges the president-elect and his yet to be named Defense secretary might face.
Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Ben Cardin about Trump's potential conflicts of interest. The Maryland Democrat introduced a resolution requiring Trump to divest from his businesses or use a blind trust.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Cheri Bustos, who Pelosi invited to join the Democratic leadership.
Trump's team says the secretary of State search has been narrowed to four candidates. Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.
His new hotel's $200 million renovation was financed by Deutsche Bank. The Justice Department is set to impose a multibillion-dollar fine on the bank. And Trump will oversee the Justice Department.
The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.
House Democrats held leadership elections Wednesday. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who has led House Democrats since 2003 was re-elected after an unexpected challenge from Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan.
A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office says the U.S. is on track to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt. This is due to the number of people who have enrolled in plans the Obama administration promoted to help borrowers avoid default. The GAO report finds the Education Department also understated the cost of these plans. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of The Washington Post.
In light of Trump's deal with Carrier to keep jobs in the U.S., NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Edward Alden, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, about the consequences of federal government intervention in the private sector.
Carrier says it will keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana instead of shifting production to Mexico. Donald Trump repeatedly singled out Carrier during his campaign and made stopping the move a priority. Now there is great interest in how Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence persuaded the company to reverse its decision.
Before the election, two prominent economists were predicting that the stock market would fall 12 percent lower if Trump won versus Clinton. But, as it often does, the market surprised everybody and went in the other direction.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Erich Schwartzel, a reporter who covers the film industry for the Wall Street Journal, about Steven Mnuchin, Trump's choice for treasury secretary, and his ties to Hollywood.
President-elect Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he is drafting "legal documents...[to] take me completely out of business operations." He said he will hold a press conference in two weeks with his children to explain it. Many ethics experts say he would need to liquidate all of his holdings and sell them to non-family members to avoid conflicts. At this point, his plans are unclear.
Big changes could be in store for Medicaid, the program that provides health care for more than 70 million. Trump has chosen the architect of Indiana's Medicaid overhaul to run the program nationwide.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Jesse Eisinger, a senior reporter for ProPublica covering Wall Street, about Trump's connections to Deutsche Bank.
In an odd sequence of events, the federal ethics watchdog praised Trump in a series of snarky tweets for allegedly deciding to divest his businesses — something he hasn't specifically promised.
House Democrats held leadership elections Wednesday. Nancy Pelosi was re-elected despite facing an unexpected challenge from Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan. David Greene speaks with NPR's Susan Davis.