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Week In Politics

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:09am

After a week that underscored divisions within the Republican Party, the White House and GOP lawmakers will try to show unity on a high-stakes tax overhaul effort.

With Federal Funds Cut, Others Must Lead Health Insurance Sign-Up Efforts

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:03am

Since the Trump administration slashed outreach funds and shortened the enrollment period to sign up for Affordable Care Act plans, local groups struggle to get the word out to Latinos and others.

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SALT Reduction Becomes Major Sticking Point In Tax Overhaul. So What Is SALT?

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 6:00am

The Trump administration and congressional leaders want to close a popular tax break, but they're getting resistance from some fellow Republicans.

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Conservative Website Initially Hired Firm That Later Produced Trump Dossier

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 3:50am

The Washington Free Beacon says it first hired Fusion GPS, which later produced a dossier of unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump's Russia ties. The site says it has no connection to the dossier.

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How Divisions Among Democrats Compare To Those Among Republicans

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:40pm

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake's decision not to run for reelection has raised a lot of questions about the state of the Republican Party. But are Democrats any more unified? NPR's Robert Siegel talks to David Axelrod, director of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, about whether the Democrats have settled on a winning and cohesive message.

Is The Republican Party Hurting From Its Divisions, Or Rallying Around The President?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Eliana Johnson, national political reporter for Politico, about the Republican senators speaking out against President Trump and the state of the Republican party.

Here's What's In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:26pm

The contract with Puerto Rico's power authority says it was approved by FEMA. But FEMA says it did not approve the contract and has not paid any money on it yet.

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IRS Apologizes For Aggressive Scrutiny Of Conservative Groups

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:08pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced settlements in two long-running cases against the IRS, saying, "There's no excuse" for the agency's treatment of the groups, which sought tax-exempt status.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:06am

Voters around the world elect the future of their nations.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 9:06am

Infighting in the GOP, Democrats and the dossier and a Twitter feud over restoring power in Puerto Rico.

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Does Our Future Depend On More Dialogue?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says we glorify the individual at the expense of the group. Sacks believes our future depends on returning to our communities — and the key to getting there is dialogue.

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Celeste Headlee: How Can We Have Civil Conversations With The Other Side?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

Public radio host Celeste Headlee has lots of experience with difficult conversations. She has learned that sometimes the most persuasive tool is to reserve judgement and just listen.

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Jonas Gahr Støre: As A Rule, Should Diplomats Talk To Everyone?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

As Foreign Minister of Norway, engaging in difficult and intense diplomatic negotiations was part of Jonas Gahr Støre's job. He learned that dialogue is a strategy of strength, not one of weakness.

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State Health Officials Met With Trump Before Opioid Crisis Announcement

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 6:35am

Rachel Martin talks to Louisiana State Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee, who was one of the people who met with the president before he declared a public health emergency.

Republican Establishment Announces Plan To Fight Bannon

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 4:05am

David Greene speaks with Steven Law of the Senate Leadership Fund, which helps get establishment Republicans elected, about its pushback against Steve Bannon's influence on the Republican Party.

News Brief: Mattis In Asia, Trump's Week, White Nationalists In Tennessee

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 4:05am

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is talking with his counterparts in South Korea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Also, we look at Republican criticism of President Trump.

Sen. John Thune On Republican Tax Plan

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 4:05am

NPR's David Greene speaks with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota about why he sees the GOP's tax plan as a priority to help middle-class Americans.

Most Of The New JFK Files Have Been Seen Before In Some Form

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:28pm

Of nearly 2,900 files put out by the National Archives, just 53 are totally new to the public. Others have been publicly available in redacted form.

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How Politics Have Complicated Business For Kushner Companies

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

Jared Kushner is both a Senior Advisor and son-in-law to President Trump, and, like the president, he and his family were in the real estate business before getting into politics. The Kushner Companies' troubled development on 5th Avenue in New York City shows how politics have complicated that business.

Addiction Prevention Advocate On Trump's Public Health Emergency Declaration

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:42pm

Gary Mendell lost his son to addiction in 2011, and went on to form the group Shatterproof, which advocates for better prevention and treatment for addiction. He was at the White House today to hear President Trump's announcement designating the nation's opioid crisis a public health emergency, and he shares his reactions with NPR's Robert Siegel.




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