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FACT CHECK: How Does Paul Ryan's Case for Tax Cuts Match the Facts?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:00am

In an interview with NPR, the House speaker said the tax bill was "designed" as a middle-class tax cut. But in reality, the core is a corporate tax cut.

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The Russia Investigations: After Flynn Plea Deal, Where Does Mueller Aim Next?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:00am

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn flips in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, shock waves spread and Donald Trump Jr. is due back in D.C. to talk to Congress again next week.

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Trump Retweeted A Racist Group, But How Did He Find Their Videos?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:00am

NPR's Scott Simon muses on President Trump's decision this week to share racist, ultranationalist videos with his Twitter followers.

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Politics Podcast Special Edition: Tax-Vote Wrangling And Flynn Plea

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:13pm

Listen to how Senate leaders managed to win over uncommitted lawmakers and what Michael Flynn's guilty plea means for the special counsel's Russia investigation.

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What Went Wrong In Charlottesville? Almost Everything, Says Report

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 4:03pm

The Virginia city "protected neither free expression nor public safety on August 12," says the report, an unsparing record of the chaos that unspooled in protests by right-wingers and their opponents.

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President Trump Still Silent On News That Flynn Is Cooperating With Mueller

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

President Trump remains silent upon word Michael Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. Many are wondering if what Flynn tells Mueller could implicate others.

Under GOP Plan Tech Companies Would Receive Big Tax Breaks

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

Republicans say their tax proposal will get companies to bring their overseas profits back to the U.S. They say it will lead to more hiring and higher wages. Big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple stand to be the largest beneficiaries of these corporate tax changes But already they have plenty of cash available for new investment. So critics say they'll use the tax breaks instead to benefit investors not workers.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Says Republicans Have The Votes To Pass Tax Bill

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Senate Republicans have the votes necessary to pass their overhaul of the nation's tax code. He said this after the group held a closed-door meeting where final changes were discussed.

White House Appears To Be One Step Closer To First Legislative Victory

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

President Trump tweeted this morning that the Republican tax bill is "getting better and better" as Senate GOP leaders appear to have the votes to pass its tax overhaul measure. This would be the White House's first major legislative victory.

Verdict In Kate Steinle Case Sparks Debate Over Sanctuary Cities Again

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

On Thursday, a San Francisco jury found an undocumented immigrant not guilty of murder in the death of Kate Steinle. Now, federal officials say they will move quickly to take custody of the man as the case again becomes fodder in the nation's battle over immigration and sanctuary cities.

Trump Says Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Is Still On The Job

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Eliana Johnson, national political reporter for Politico, about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's plea deal, the Republican tax plan and the future of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Tax Bill Would Give Small Brewers A Big Break

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:25pm

A cut in the Senate's version of the tax bill would save alcohol producers $4.2 billion. But it probably won't lower the cost of beer, says one brewer who wants to use the money to expand.

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McConnell Says GOP Has Enough Votes To Pass Tax Bill Friday

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:15am

Firm holdouts, including Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, came on board after changes were made to the bill in a closed-door meeting Friday morning.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:06am

Yes … we'll mention the royal wedding.

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Michael Flynn Expected To Plead Guilty To Charge He Made False Statements To FBI

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:52am

President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his discussions with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.

A Tax That Would Hurt Science's Most Valuable — And Vulnerable

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:41am

Grad students are the engines of America's scientific and technological prowess — with an amazing return on investment, says professor Adam Frank.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:06am

Some of President Trump's language this week made headlines, but he's been bullish about his message.

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Michael Flynn Expected To Plead Guilty To Lying To FBI

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:32am

The former national security adviser is becoming a central figure in the special counsel's probe of Russian election interference and any possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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Trevor Timm: When It Comes To Government, How Much Do We Have The Right To Know?

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:30am

Whistleblowers who expose government wrongdoing often risk prosecution. Journalist Trevor Timm says the press can't truly act in the public interest if sources fear speaking out.

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Transcript: Paul Ryan's Full Interview With NPR's Steve Inskeep

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 4:10am

House Speaker Paul Ryan says lawmakers want to create a tax system that's more fair and much simpler. He also says the sexual misconduct allegations coming to light could end up changing the culture.

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