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Unemployment Data Are Often Colored By Politics

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The Labor Department has issued its monthly jobs report. In these hyper-partisan times, even seemingly objective facts about the economy are viewed through the lens of party politics.

A Busy Week In Politics: Climate Pact, Russia Probe

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

President Trump announced the U.S. will exit the climate deal, and there was more news about the Russia investigation. And next week, former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate.

Max Boot Commentary Post: 'Trump's Hand In Duterte's Dirty Work'

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The Philippines president brags about killing drug dealers and is praised by President Trump. Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations tells NPR's Scott Simon that Trump's approach is wrong.

Texas Freedom Caucus' Tactics Anger Many State Lawmakers

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The arch-conservative Freedom Caucus has stymied congressional Republicans over the past several years. A copycat group in Texas and other places is forcing the state legislative agenda to the right.

Sen. Durbin Is Critical Of The U.S. Withdrawal From Climate Accord

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois about the Paris climate change agreement, health care reform and the Democrats' strategy in Congress.

Trump's Approval Rating Decline Isn't That Big Compared To Past Presidents

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:00am

Yes, the president has grown more unpopular, but Bill Clinton's and Gerald Ford's spectacular early term plunges dwarf Trump's dip.

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Sen. Warren Launches 'DeVos Watch'; Principal Fired For Nazi Insignia

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 5:00am

Free college in Boston, and more news of the week, including the return of the IRS tool to help manage student loans.

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Trump Administration Made Secret Efforts To Ease Russia Sanctions

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo News, about the Trump administration's efforts to ease Russia sanctions.

Russia Investigation Elevates Jared Kushner's Previously Low Profile

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

Jared Kushner — the president's son-in-law and the husband of Trump's beloved daughter Ivanka — was expected to play the role of first friend — someone whose only agenda was to help the president. Instead, Kushner was given a vast policy portfolio, and now finds himself right in the middle of the Russia investigation.

What Leaving The Paris Climate Accord Means For Corporations

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Christopher Flavelle, who covers climate change for Bloomberg, about some of the corporate winners and losers of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

House Poised To Roll Back Dodd-Frank Financial Reform

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

The House is expected to vote next week on a bill to roll back the Dodd-Frank reform package passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Trump Appeals To Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Ban

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

President Trump has appealed to the Supreme Court over the travel ban. Just one week ago, the 4th Circuit Appeals Court rejected an appeal by the government, and the executive order has been on a legal hold since it was issued.

Week In Politics: Trump Withdraws U.S. From Paris Climate Accord

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and what it means for the country's role on the world stage.

White House Defends U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

The Trump administration is defending its decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, despite international condemnation.

Massachusetts Tries Something New To Claim Taxes From Online Sales

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:38pm

States have long argued that they're losing millions of dollars in uncollected taxes from online sales. Massachusetts is now trying a very Internet answer to this Internet problem.

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A Farm Journalist Tells Farmers What They'd Rather Not Hear About Climate Change

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:14pm

Journalist Chris Clayton writes for an audience filled with climate skeptics: farmers and leaders of agricultural businesses. He's telling them that a changing climate will disrupt their lives.

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FACT CHECK: Is President Trump Correct That Coal Mines Are Opening?

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:57pm

Locals in Jennerstown, Pa., are celebrating the grand opening of a coal mine and the estimated 70 jobs it brings. But the broad trends pushing the industry down are likely to continue, experts say.

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As Biden Launches 'American Possibilities' PAC, Is One Possibility A 2020 Bid? Maybe

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:04pm

The former vice president launched a political action committee this week — the surest sign yet he intends to keep his toe dipped in the White House waters over the next few years.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:06am

Afghanistan's president says cowards were behind this week's bombing in Kabul. After their latest meeting, Germany's Chancellor calls out President Trump. And of course, the President makes his decision on the Paris climate accord. A discussion of the week's most interesting news stories.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:06am

Paris deals, Jared's secret channels and a spate of worrying hate crimes seen across the country. Plus, the ongoing mystery that surrounds covfefe. A discussion of the week's most interesting news stories.

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