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Backs To Betsy DeVos; Scholarships Denied; Paul Ryan Visits A Charter School

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 5:04am

Our weekly education news roundup: The secretary of education's commencement speech at an HBCU; aid denied to low-income students; an update on federal aid applications.

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Chinese Chicken Is Headed To America. But It's Really All About Beef

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:04pm

The U.S. has given the green-light for China to start sending cooked poultry to America. It's part of a long-simmering trade deal that will open China's huge market up to U.S. beef producers.

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'New York Times' Reporter Offers Different Account Of Trump-Comey Dinner

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Michael Schmidt of The New York Times about another version of what happened in President Trump's dinner with the now former FBI Director James Comey. Schmidt reports that Trump asked Comey for a private promise of his loyalty to which Comey demurred.

Michelle Obama Slams Trump For Rolling Back Her School Meals Program

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

Days after the Trump administration changed the rules on school lunches and postponed new regulations requiring calorie labeling on menus, former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out. She told an annual health conference Friday to "look at [the] motives" behind the government's decision, without naming Trump.

Trump Tweet Raises Questions About Secret White House Recordings

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia, about the history of recordings at the White House, from FDR to Nixon.

Is It Steen Or Stine? How To Pronounce Rod Rosenstein's Name

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

There were many points of contention this week over the firing of FBI Director James Comey, including how to pronounce Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's last name.

Immigration Lawyers Call For More Oversight Of U.S. Representation Program

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

With a shortage of lawyers to represent immigrants, the Justice Department has recruited thousands of people without law degrees to help. One of those representatives has come under scrutiny.

U.S., China Strike Trade Deal On Beef, Poultry And Natural Gas

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

China and the U.S. struck a trade deal that allows beef and natural gas exports to China. The agreement will allow U.S. companies to sell liquefied natural gas to China, which is likely to be controversial on the West coast.

Week In Politics: Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with political commentators, Matthew Yglesias, columnist, editor and co-founder of Vox, and Kelly Jane Torrance, deputy managing editor of The Weekly Standard. They discuss the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

White House Sends Mixed Messages Over Comey Firing

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:30pm

The White House continues to wrestle with conflicting accounts of why President Trump fired of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.

Trump's Lawyers Deny He Has Russian Income Or Debt, 'With A Few Exceptions'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:53pm

President Trump's attorneys say his tax returns don't show financial ties to Russians, with some exceptions, such as the time he got $95 million from a Russian billionaire.

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4 Big Intelligence Stories You Missed Amid The Comey Headlines This Week

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 2:16pm

There's a lot more going on in the shadowy world of America's spies than just the controversy over the abrupt dismissal of James Comey as director of the FBI.

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Where ICE Already Has Direct Lines to Law-Enforcement Databases With Immigrant Data

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:44pm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement documents show that for years, law enforcement in hundreds of jurisdictions, including major sanctuary cities, are feeding information into regional databases.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:06am

France and South Korea have new presidents. And Russia's president? He’s been making time for some ice hockey. On the international edition of the Friday News Round Up, a panel of journalists joins guest host John Donvan to talk about those stories and more.

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Trump Tweet Suggests His Conversations With Comey Might Have Been Recorded

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 9:52am

The president seemed to be cautioning the former FBI director against "leaking to the press."

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 9:06am

The controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey dominated the news this week. Guest host John Donvan and a panel of journalists discuss that and other happenings around the U.S., including the Texas governor's ban on sanctuary cities and how Shaquille O'Neal might do as a sheriff.

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Trump Reveals Reasons For Firing FBI Director In News Interview

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:35am

President Trump Told NBC News that he had planned to fire James Comey for a while — that he was a "showboat" and a "grandstander." But critics say the whole truth hasn't been revealed yet.

After Conflict-Of-Interest Flap, No China Meetings For Kushner Companies This Weekend

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 6:19am

A pitch by Jared Kushner's sister to Chinese investors last weekend drew questions over whether the family company was capitalizing on connections to the White House. This weekend, they're lying low.

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Sen. Sasse: Comey Firing 'Troubling' Amid 'Crisis Of Public Trust'

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:07am

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tells NPR's Steve Inskeep he will not yet call for an independent Russia investigation because it would be a "vote of no confidence" for the Senate panel's current probe.

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After Comey Firing, Are Supporters Still Backing Trump?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 4:04am

Reverberations from President Trump's decision to fire FBI director James Comey continue to reverberate. David Greene talks to Chris Burskirk, editor and publisher of the website American Greatness.

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