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Morning News Brief: Giuliani On Fox News, Trade Talks With China

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 3:58am

President Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, according to Rudy Giuliani. And a U.S. delegation will meet with their Chinese counterparts.

NRA Rallies Members In Dallas Despite New Pressure And Anger After Parkland

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 3:44am

Thousands of NRA members are in Dallas for the group's annual convention, under as much pressure as ever after the Parkland high school shootings. But members remain in no mood to compromise.

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Giuliani Says Trump 'Did Know' About Stormy Daniels Payment

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 9:39pm

On Fox News, the former New York City mayor turned presidential lawyer contradicted President Trump's comments about a $130,000 payment to an adult film star before the 2016 election.

First Guantanamo Inmate Released Under Trump Administration

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 7:08pm

The Pentagon says a 43-year-old convicted al-Qaida operative has been returned to his home country after more than 15 years at the installation on Cuba. He'll serve nine more years in Saudi Arabia.

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In Oklahoma, Critics Say Pruitt Stalled Pollution Case After Taking Industry Funds

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:14pm

When Scott Pruitt served as Oklahoma's Attorney General, he took over a major pollution lawsuit brought by his predecessor. Critics accuse Pruitt of inaction on the case, which remains unresolved.

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In The New York Real Estate Market, Trump's Name May Be Losing Its Luster

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 4:04pm

Trump Place, a condominium building on Manhattan's West Side, heads to court Thursday to ask a judge whether it has the right to change its name.

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Why Special Counsel Robert Mueller Hasn't Called The Trump Family In For Questioning

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:31pm

Why hasn't President Trump's family been called for questioning by Special Counsel Robert Mueller? NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Politico reporter Annie Karni to discuss some possible reasons the investigation is being cautious.

As WH Legal Team Undergoes Changes, Trump Intensifies His Attacks On Justice Department

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:31pm

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the Justice Department Tuesday against threats from hardline congressional Republicans to impeach him. On Wednesday, President Trump reignited his long simmering dispute with the Rosenstein via tweet.

Nancy Pelosi Says She Will Run For House Speaker If Democrats Win 2018 Midterms

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:31pm

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she's confident Democrats will take back control of the House, and if they do, she's running for speaker again. But there are those within the party that feel it's time for a new generation — and Republicans are "ecstatic" with her decision.

What The Uproar Over Kanye West Might Reveal About Black Voters

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:31pm

Kanye West's noisy flirtation with the Republican Party and President Trump has led to conservatives embracing him and Black people casting him out. Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch says that the controversy illuminates some important dynamics about black voting and partisanship.

What Does It Mean When Pompeo Says The State Department's 'Swagger' Will Return?

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:31pm

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is promising to bring back the State Department's "swagger." What does that mean and what will it take? NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Daniel Fried, former assistant secretary of state and Ambassador to Poland, to unpack those questions.

Secretary Of State Pompeo Addresses Key Priorities At His Swearing-In Ceremony

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 3:31pm

President Trump is making his first visit to the State Department, as his new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vows to bring back the department's "swagger."

White House Shakes Up Legal Team Amid Public Duel Over Mueller Subpoena

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 2:38pm

White House attorney Ty Cobb says he's retiring. An outside lawyer, Emmet Flood, is coming aboard. President Trump's advisers are warring over an interview with Mueller.

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Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down After Facebook Data Controversy

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 2:24pm

The U.K.-based firm made headlines for using data from Facebook users without their permission. Video also showed its executives describing campaign tactics of entrapment.

'Soul Of America' Makes Sense Of Nation's Present By Examining Its Past

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:37pm

Presidential historian Jon Meacham says looking back at times when the nation was divided by partisan fury and racial strife can help shed light on "the politics of the moment."

Secretary Of State Pompeo Promises New 'Swagger' At State Department Swearing-In

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 1:10pm

President Trump paid his first official visit to the State Department Wednesday to attend the ceremonial swearing-in of Mike Pompeo. Pompeo promised a vigorous pursuit of diplomatic opportunities.

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What You Should Know About The Decline Of This Powerful Massachusetts Politician

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 12:48pm

What's next for Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg, whose husband has been charged with sexual assault, criminal lewdness and distributing nude photos without consent?

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What You Need To Know About A Mueller Subpoena, Trump And The Russia Imbroglio

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 10:32am

Can the Justice Department subpoena the president? Can Trump invoke his 5th Amendment right not to give evidence? Answers to questions about the ongoing Russia showdown.

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Planned Parenthood Sues To Block Trump's 'Radical Shift' In Family Planning Program

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 9:25am

The Trump administration's proposed changes to the federal Title X program would put the health of millions of low-income patients at risk, according to Planned Parenthood.

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RNC's Spring Meeting Will Focus On Upcoming Midterm Elections

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 6:24am

Rachel Martin talks to John Whitbeck, chairman of Virginia's Republican Party, who's attending the meeting which is being held at the Trump National Doral Miami, a hotel and golf resort.

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