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Trump Announces Comey Replacement, Big Names To Testify Before Senate

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 7:56am

President Trump says he has chosen Christopher Wray, who has worked in the Justice Department, to head the FBI. A Senate panel begins hearings on Russia meddling on Wednesday.

Intelligence Officials Set To Testify Before Senate Panel

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 7:16am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee. Intelligence officials testify Wednesday, ex-FBI Director James Comey on Thursday.

Christopher Wray Is Trump's Nominee To Be The New FBI Director

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:52am

President Trump says he has chosen Christopher Wray, who worked in the Justice Department during President George W. Bush's administration, to head the FBI.

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Trump Deals In Saudi Arabia May Ultimately Be Less Than Advertised

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:13am

U.S. officials were slow to provide details about the agreements announced during Trump's trip abroad. Many of the deals were nonbinding — others had been in the works since Obama's administration.

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Costliest Congressional Race In History Sees First Debate

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Georgia's 6th Congressional District has been in Republican hands for decades. Democrats are betting this month's special election will change that.

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'The Trump 10': Packing On The Pounds In An Age Of Stressful Politics

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Think of it as the political version of the Freshman 15. Nowadays, some people who are unhappy with the current political environment are complaining of stress-induced eating and weight gain.

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Much Anticipated Russia Hearings To Begin By Senate Intelligence Committee

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Senators on Wednesday will questions the nation's top intelligence officials about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Rachel Martin talks to former FBI special agent Clinton Watts.

Trump Tries To Move Attention From Russia To Infrastructure

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

President Trump on Wednesday is giving a speech on infrastructure in Cincinnati. Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Rep. Jeff Dunham of California, who's on the House Infrastructure Committee.

Russia Hearings Take The Main Stage On Capitol Hill

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Washington will be consumed for the next two days by hearings at the Senate Intelligence Committee. On Wednesday, several members of the Trump national security team will testify on surveillance.

News Brief: Iran Attack, Russia Probe, Uber Workplace-Misconduct Report

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Iran state media report multiple attacks in Iran. Senate launches 2 days of testimony about the Trump campaign's Russia ties. A report commissioned for Uber catalogues its record on sexual harassment.

Gained Weight Since The Election? Blame Trump

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Some celebrities have claimed that the current political environment has caused them to eat more and gain weight. The effect has been dubbed: the Trump 10.

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Executive Privilege

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Morning Edition listeners have questions about the history of presidents and legal battles over executive privilege, which is one of the powers a president may use to defend himself.

Countdown Clocks, Morning Cocktails as Former FBI Director Prepares to Testify

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:00am

Testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee has become one of the most highly anticipated congressional proceedings in decades.

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Reports: AG Sessions Offered To Resign Amid Trump Anger At Recusal

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 9:26pm

Sessions was among Trump's most ardent supporters in 2016, but according to reports from ABC News and others, the president remains furious with his choice to recuse himself from Russia inquiries.

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WATCH LIVE: House Intelligence Committee To Give Update On Russia Investigation

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:12pm

Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 elections are set to give an update at a press briefing at 6:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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White House Downplays Trump Tweets On Gulf Feud

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:02pm

The White House and the State Department stressed the need for cooperation among Arab allies, after President Trump appeared to take the side of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbors against Qatar.

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In Response To Trump's Tweets, Some U.S. Envoys Push Back — Diplomatically

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:51pm

The president's tweets are complicating the work of U.S. diplomats. Some are distancing themselves via their own tweets. They're "entitled to use social media," says the State Department spokeswoman.

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Senate Set To Vote On Department Of Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

The Senate votes Tuesday on a bill aimed at reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation shortens the process to remove negligent employees and gives managers incentives to address poor performance.

Ambassador Nikki Haley Accuses U.N. Human Rights Council Of Bashing Israel

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

United Nations Envoy Nikki Haley says the UN Human Rights Council "whitewashes brutality" and instead singles out Israel for criticism. The U.S. is considering pulling out of the council based in Geneva.

Senators Poised To Expand Mandatory Minimums In Response To Opioid Epidemic

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

A bipartisan movement to lighten punishments for many drug criminals is shallower than it appears. NPR has learned the top Republican and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee are preparing to introduce legislation that would create many tough new mandatory minimum sentences in response to the heroin and fentanyl epidemics, which have killed many including the music icon Prince.

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