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Senate Committee Questions Gen. James Mattis In Defense Confirmation Hearing

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis faces the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become President-elect Trump's secretary of defense. The popular former four-star commander is expected to face questions about ISIS, Iraq, Afghanistan and other tough issues, but appears likely to be confirmed.

Activists Fear Reversal Of Strict Rules On Campus Sexual Assault

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Survivors of campus sexual assault and their allies are imploring President-elect Trump's nominee for education secretary to continue cracking down on schools who don't take the issue seriously.

In A Surprise Send-Off, President Obama Awards Biden Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:22pm

Calling Biden "the best vice president America's ever had" and a "lion of American history," Obama gave his White House partner the nation's highest civilian honor in an emotional ceremony.

Trump Urges People To 'Buy L.L.Bean' Amid Boycott Threat

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 2:50pm

Linda Bean, co-owner of the family-owned outdoor retailer, says she gave money to PACs supporting Trump. Her political stance spurred calls for an L.L. Bean boycott under the hashtag #Grabyourwallet.

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DOJ Watchdog To Review Pre-Election Conduct Of FBI, Other Justice Officials

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:00pm

U.S. investigators say they will examine whether public statements by FBI chief James Comey on the Clinton email investigation ran afoul of policies that caution officials on influencing an election.

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Rudy Giuliani To Advise Trump On Cyber Issues

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 10:20am

The president-elect plans to issue a report in 90 days on how the government can improve cyber security.

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FACT CHECK: Trump Lawyer's Claim And Comparison to Rockefeller Is a Head Scratcher

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 5:00am

The attorney drew a parallel to former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller's wealth. "No one was so concerned," she claimed. But they were, and he disclosed his assets and placed them in a blind trust.

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Trump Outlines Plans To Step Back From Business Empire

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Donald Trump announced that he is handing over management of his business to his adult sons and a long-time executive. Watchdog groups say Trump hasn't gone far enough to avoid conflicts of interest.

U.S. Forces Deploy To Poland In Effort To Counter Russian Aggression

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

The U.S. is sending tanks and soldiers to Poland and the Baltic states to counter a perceived threat from Russia. It's part of the biggest U.S. military deployment in Europe in decades.

Trump Continues Attacks On The Media During News Conference

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Donald Trump's attacks on the media dominated his first news conference since being elected president. He singled out BuzzFeed and CNN for criticism.

Sen. Inhofe: Trump's Pick For Defense Secretary Is The 'Right One For This Time'

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Rachel Martin speaks with Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who says the U.S. is threatened more than ever and Gen. James Mattis is the right pick for secretary of defense.

Former White House Ethics Lawyers Parse Trump News Conference

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some of Trump's most revealing remarks at the news conference were made about potential conflicts of interest. Steve Inskeep talks to ex-White House ethics lawyers, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen.

Sen. Jeff Merkley Voices Concerns Over Rex Tillerson's Nomination

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, faced hours of grilling on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon about the hearing.

What We Know And Don't Know About Trump And Russia

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Donald Trump said Wednesday he thinks Russia was behind recent hacks, but later said it could have been others. He also denied allegations that Russia has a file with damaging information about him.

Senate Takes First Step Toward Repeal Of Obamacare

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:04am

The late-night "vote-a-rama" set in motion the process for gutting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in a way that evades Democrats' threat of a filibuster.

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Gas Taxes May Go Up Around The Country As States Seek To Plug Budget Holes

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:00am

This year could see a wave of state tax hikes on gasoline and diesel. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states seriously considering increases.

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We Asked People What They Know About Obamacare. See If You Know The Answers.

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:55am

A new NPR/Ipsos poll shows many Americans don't know details about the Affordable Care Act. And only 1-in-7 favor repealing the law altogether without a replacement.

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Chao Coasting To Confirmation As Trump's Transportation Secretary

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:52am

Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was President George W. Bush's labor secretary and served in top transportation jobs in the first Bush and Reagan administrations.

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U.S. Ethics Official: Trump's Divestiture Is Hard, Pricy And Essential

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:00pm

Every modern president has taken the tough steps to avoid conflicts of interest, setting an example for the entire executive branch, and the world, says the head of the Office of Government Ethics.

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In Day 2, Jeff Sessions' Attorney General Hearings Turn To Civil Rights

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 7:35pm

Former colleagues defended the Alabama senator, but activists pushed back. "We cannot count on him to support ... efforts toward bringing justice to the justice system," Sen. Cory Booker said.

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