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Jeff Sessions Faces Questions About Trump's Firing Of James Comey

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

White House Continues To Deal With Fallout From Russia Investigation

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying on Capitol Hill, the White House is still grappling with fallout from the Russia investigation and the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Attorney General Sessions' Opening Statement To Senate Panel, Annotated

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:18pm

Sessions denied reports of a possible undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign. Here are his full prepared remarks, with analysis from NPR journalists.

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Nevada May Become First State To Offer Medicaid To All, Regardless Of Income

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:14pm

The Nevada legislature has passed a bill that would allow anyone without health insurance in the state to buy into the Medicaid program, regardless of income. It's awaiting the governor's signature.

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Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 2:27pm

The U.S. government has been struggling to balance a surge in applicants for disability benefits with shrinking funds. An updated application process could make getting benefits even harder.

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Watch Live: Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:18pm

The attorney general is expected to face pointed questions from some of his former Senate colleagues about last week's testimony by James Comey, the FBI director who was fired by the president.

Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:18pm

In testy exchanges with Democratic senators, the attorney general defended himself against suggestions of wrongdoing during the 2016 campaign but refused to discuss conversations with the president.

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Watch Live: Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:18pm

The attorney general faces questioning from some of his former Senate colleagues about last week's testimony by James Comey, the FBI director who was fired by the president.

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Senators Aim To Make It Harder For Trump Administration To Ease Russia Sanctions

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:36am

A new amendment strengthens existing sanctions and imposes new sanctions for human rights abuses, supplying arms to Syria's regime and "malicious cyber activity" on behalf of the Russian government.

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Trump Considering Firing Special Counsel? Just Another Example Of Stirring The Pot

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:15am

Chris Ruddy, CEO of a right-wing news site, suggested Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller as special counsel. It might just be another chapter in Trump friends causing chaos, because why not?

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Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:35am

The deputy attorney general told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that he would only consider firing special counsel Robert Mueller "if there were good cause" — even if an order comes from the president.

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What's Next For Health Care In The Senate?

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:06am

The GOP is working on a plan … but when will anyone see it?

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The 51st State?

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 9:06am

Puerto Ricans are American citizens, without all the benefits of folks from the mainland. Should the U.S. treat Puerto Rico like a state, or a colony?

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Republican Sen. Rounds Weighs In On News Involving The White House

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 6:38am

Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, who's on the Armed Services Committee, about what he wants to hear when Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate panel Tuesday.

Trump Weighs Firing Mueller, According To Confidante

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:42am

Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of the conservative news site Newsmax and a friend of President Trump, said in a PBS interview that Trump is considering "terminating the special counsel."

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Trump Looms Over Both Democratic And GOP Primaries For Virginia Governor

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:00am

Two Democrats are trying to channel anger against the president to win their party's nomination. The GOP front-runner has worked to side-step Trump as he faces a challenge from his right.

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High Court Strikes Down Law Favoring Unwed Mothers Over Unwed Fathers

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:00am

The Supreme Court struck down a federal law that treats unwed fathers and mothers unequally — a major victory for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has battled the discriminatory rule for decades.

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5 Questions For Sessions At The Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:00am

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to appear before members of Congress amid a war of credibility between the administration and former FBI Director James Comey.

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Coal Towns Face An Uncertain Future. What Is The Country Obliged To Do?

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:59am

As utilities transition away from coal power, what, if anything, do they owe the places that were built around supplying that coal? A Montana lawmaker is among those trying to make that case.

Md. And D.C. Attorneys General Sue Trump Over His Businesses

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:59am

In a lawsuit, Maryland and the District of Columbia accuse President Trump of violating anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution. Steve Inskeep talks to Karl Racine, the attorney general for D.C.

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