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Morning News Brief: Trump Blames 'Both Sides,' NAFTA, Sierra Leone Mudslide

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump on Tuesday again refused to single out white supremacists for violence in Charlottesville. Also, Robbie Whelan of The Wall Street Journal discusses plans to renegotiate NAFTA.

Trump And Russia: Lots Of Talk, But Critics Say There's No Clear Strategy

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:00am

For all the talk about President Trump and Russia, he has yet to lay out a grand plan on dealing with Moscow. The Russia probes are an obstacle to cooperation. And he has resisted confrontation.

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Moore, Strange Advance To Alabama GOP Senate Primary Runoff

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:10pm

Former state Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore will face incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who was endorsed by both Mitch McConnell and President Trump, in a September runoff.

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DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 8:10pm

Legal experts called the government's demand for information unusually broad. DreamHost says the warrant would require it to hand over logs of 1.3 million visits to its customer's website.

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Transcript: Trump Shifts Tone Again On White Nationalist Rally In Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:41pm

The president discussed the violent protests on Tuesday after giving two earlier statements, the second of which called out racist groups. Trump now says, "There's blame on both sides."

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CEOs' Dilemma: Supporting Trump's Agenda, Opposing His Behavior

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:44pm

Several prominent chief executives are leaving President Trump's manufacturing advisory board in response to his views on the violence in Charlottesville. They find themselves in a tough position.

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Trump Places Blame On Both Sides After Charlottesville Unrest

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:09pm

Trump argued that members of what he called the "alt-left" were just as responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend as the white supremacists who staged the protests.

Another Reversal: Trump Now Says Counterprotesters Also To Blame For Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:54pm

The remarks come a day after he called out neo-Nazis and the KKK for the violence in Virginia over the weekend. Trump had been criticized for not mentioning those groups in his initial statement.

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'There's Blame On Both Sides': Trump Backtracks On Charlottesville Violence

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:54pm

The remarks come a day after he called out neo-Nazis and the KKK for the violence in Virginia over the weekend. Trump had been criticized for not mentioning those groups in his initial statement.

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President Trump Blames Both Sides For Charlottesville Violence

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:40pm

President Trump on Tuesday defended his delayed response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend and said that there was violence on both sides.

'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

UVa Student Newspaper Editor Reverses Position On Alt-Right After Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Brendan Novak is an opinion editor at the University of Virginia student newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. He wrote a column in July saying the alt-right protest in Charlottesville, Va., should be allowed to go on. After last weekend's rally turned violent, he says he was wrong.

After Charlottesville, White Supremacists Encounter Mainstream Resistance

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

White supremacists and alt-right activists have long pushed for mainstream acceptance. In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., their racist ideology is encountering mainstream resistance.

Tillerson Calls Out Key Persian Gulf Allies In Religious Freedom Report

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the annual religious freedom report on Tuesday, singling out some key US partners from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. This comes after Tillerson has faced criticism for downplaying human rights.

In South America, Pence Discusses Trade And Venezuela Crisis With U.S. Allies

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Vice President Mike Pence is spending the week in South America, discussing trade and the crisis in Venezuela with U.S. allies, but he's also doing a fair amount of answering for the president.

Alabama Senate Primary Turns Into Bitter Slug-Fest On Republican Side

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Alabama voters head to the polls Tuesday in a primary to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' vacant Senate seat. Voters will choose Republican and Democrat candidates for the seat that opened when Sessions joined the White House.

'Unite The Right': Charlottesville Rally Represented Collection Of Alt-Right Groups

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Last weekend, white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va., under one banner: "Unite the Right." But in reality, it was a patchwork of different alt-right groups attempting to show a unified front. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Professor George Hawley of the University of Alabama about the current landscape of alt-right organizations.

Walk And Chew Gum: Common U.S. Approach To Russia Not Clearly Followed By Trump

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Managing the U.S.-Russia relationship is one of the most important jobs for any president. Yet for all the talk about Trump and Russia, he's yet to lay out a grand plan for dealing with Moscow.

CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:14pm

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

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Can My Boss Make Me Pay The Tax On My Great Health Plan? Maybe Yes

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:17pm

Since Congress hasn't passed a fix, employers who offer generous health care plans may look to shift the tax burden to employees if the so-called "Cadillac tax" kicks in.

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