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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 9:06am

President Trump makes news talking to Democrats, a war widow and Puerto Rico's governor.

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Federal Judge Will Not Void Guilty Ruling On Arpaio, Despite Trump's Pardon

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:10am

Citing legal precedents, Bolton said that while a pardon removes the threat of punishment, it does not "blot out guilt."

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Politics In The News: Gen. Kelly And Ex-Presidents Obama And Bush

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:53am

Chief of Staff John Kelly made an emotional defense of the president's conversations with gold star families. Will it quell criticism? Steve Inskeep talks to Johan Goldberg of the National Review.

Virginia Statehouse Race Pits 'Bathroom Bill' Author Against Transgender Woman

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:01am

If Democrat Danica Roem succeeds in unseating Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, she'd become the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Was Tangled Badly From The Start, Sen. Risch Says

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Congress must decide whether to remain party to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal or impose sanctions and void the deal. Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho about what plans are moving forward.

Obama Travels To Virginia To Campaign For Democrat's Gubernatorial Candidate

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

Nine months after leaving office, former President Barack Obama is back campaigning for Democrats. He was in Virginia Thursday night for gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.

Allegations Of Sexual Harassment Against Movie Mogul Spark Global Conversation

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

In California, women involved in politics signed a letter calling out a culture of sexual harassment. Rachel Martin talks to Rebecca Luby, who was the controller for the state's Republican Party.

News Brief: Trump's Call To Widow, Border Wall With Mexico

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:00am

The White House is bogged down in controversy surrounding a call President Trump made to a military widow. Near San Diego, the administration is constructing prototypes of the proposed border wall.

CIA Backs Off Director's Claim That Russian Meddling Didn't Swing Election

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:13am

Director Mike Pompeo incorrectly told a security conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that U.S. intelligence has concluded that Russian meddling "did not affect the outcome of the election."

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Senate Passes Budget Resolution Seen As Key To Trump's Tax Overhaul

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:08am

The White House says the $4 trillion resolution, which passed by a narrow 51-49 vote, "creates a pathway" for promised tax reform and tax cuts.

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'Our Democracy Is At Stake,' Obama Says Of Virginia Race For Governor

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:03pm

Former President Obama hit the campaign trail Thursday in support of Democrat Ralph Northam, and took some implicit shots at President Trump and GOP gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie.

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Meet Jacinda Ardern, 37, New Zealand's Next Prime Minister

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:29pm

When Ardern was elected Labour leader just 12 weeks ago, her party's polling numbers surged so rapidly it was dubbed "Jacindamania." She'll be the country's youngest prime minister in 150 years.

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Trump Says Administration's Response To Hurricane In Puerto Rico 'A 10'

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:29pm

President Trump says things on the island were already pretty rough, but praises residents for their spirit. He met Thursday's with the island's governor, FEMA's administrator and other officials.

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What's The Section 99 Tax Deduction?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

As Republicans look to overhaul the tax code, we look at the story of a single corporate tax deduction that tells us a lot about how the tax code works.

Veterans React To Trump Politicizing Condolences Of Miliary Deaths

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

Veterans are reacting with dismay to what they call the politicization of military deaths and presidential condolences.

Obama On The Campaign Trail In Virginia For Democrat Ralph Northam

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving the White House to campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.

Was Steve Bannon Always The Person We Know Today?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

Before getting involved in politics, Steve Bannon spent decades in Hollywood, and his time there can tell us a lot about the origins of his beliefs.

Former President George. W. Bush Denounces President Trump

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:16pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about a speech former President George W. Bush delivered Thursday that did not name Donald Trump but was clearly a criticism of his presidency.

WATCH: Kelly Denounces Congresswoman's Public Account Of Trump's Call With Widow

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 3:02pm

"I just thought the selfless devotion that brings a man or woman to die on the battlefield ... might be sacred," said chief of staff John Kelly, a retired general whose son died in combat.

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Sure, There's A Health Care Deal. That Doesn't Mean It Can Pass

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:05pm

Opposition from conservatives and waffling support from President Trump remain serious hurdles for the first-ever bipartisan legislation affecting the Affordable Care Act.

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