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Evan McMullin Wants To 'Get To The Bottom Of' Trump's Connections To Russia

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Following Evan McMullin's run as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election, he has earned a following as an independent conservative voice.

'He's Doing A Good Job': Supporters Rally Nationwide To Defend Trump

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 3:46pm

Demonstrators gathered in cities and outside state capitols to heft signs and chant slogans in support of President Trump on Saturday. In many places, counterprotesters were also there to meet them.

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Tom Hanks Sends The White House Press Corps A Caffeine Infusion (Again)

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 10:48am

For the third time in 13 years, the movie star has sent an espresso machine to the White House press corps, encouraging journalists to "keep up the good fight."

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President Trump Accuses Obama Of 'Wire Tapping,' Provides No Evidence

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 8:04am

In a series of tweets early Saturday morning, Trump alleged that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before Election Day, calling him a "bad (or sick) guy." Trump offered no justification for his accusation.

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Wisconsin Rep. Sensenbrenner On Not Shying Away From Town Halls

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner. He's held more town halls this term than any other member of Congress, many of whom have canceled events in the wake of protests.

Rural Democrats Try To Make Inroads In Republican Strongholds

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

Rural Democrats are trying to figure out how to make their party relevant to voters who don't live in cities. One activist in upstate New York thinks the answer is to start small and build.

How Trump's Immigration Plans Affect The Economy

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

Parts of the stock market have reached record highs since Donald Trump took office. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Bloomberg View's Joe Nocera about how immigration restrictions could affect the economy.

Jeffrey Goldberg Of 'The Atlantic' On Recent Anti-Semitic Threats And Attacks

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

Jewish organizations have recently been targeted with a number of threats. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic about anti-Semitism around the country and online.

A Recap Of A Busy Week For President Trump

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

We go over the stories of the week in politics, from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal to President Trump's joint address, and look ahead to a revised travel ban and Obamacare repeal efforts.

The Many Meetings Of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

After reports surfaced about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' meetings with the Russian ambassador, we look at what is next for the Trump administration.

'Hail To The Chief': Fanfare Sought By Some Presidents, Avoided By Others

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:41am

One perk of the presidency is that it comes with its own anthem. But when it comes to playing "Hail to the Chief," historians might say that Donald Trump is no James K. Polk.

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Stop Using The Word 'Pivot' — Trump Is Trump And Will Always Be Trump

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 6:17am

After the president delivered what amounted to a fairly normal address to a joint session of Congress, there were musings that maybe he would stay "presidential."

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In Competitive Sports, Puerto Ricans Gain A Sense Of Independence

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 5:50am

This week, Puerto Ricans marked 100 years of U.S. citizenship. The island's political status remains unique, along with its strong sense of cultural identity — most clearly seen in its sports.

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Betsy DeVos' 'School Choice' Controversy; Historically Black Colleges And More

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 5:01am

Here's NPR Ed's take on the top national education stories this week. The highlight: controversy surrounding a visit from black college presidents.

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Trump Nominees' Financial Reports Slow To Arrive For Ethics Review, Document Shows

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:38pm

A document obtained by NPR illustrates the complexity of the nominees' financial holdings — and how slowly they are being reported for federal ethics vetting, compared with the Obama administration.

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Experts Say White House's Conway Response Raises Major Ethical Questions

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:37pm

In the White House's letter to the Office of Government Ethics this week about Kellyanne Conway, there's a passage that is potentially far more significant than a clothing endorsement.

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Immigration Authorities Arrest Dreamer Despite Lawyers' Reassurance

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with lawyer Abigail Peterson about the rules governing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Peterson is representing 22-year-old Daniela Vargas, who was arrested by immigration authorities this week after previously receiving protection under DACA.

Rick Perry Looks To Bring Texas Approach To Energy Department

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

On Thursday, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was sworn in as the energy secretary for the Trump administration. NPR looks ahead to a series of upcoming pieces examining Perry's role in expanding wind energy production in Texas.

Trump's New Tone Wins Praise, But Only For 24 Hours

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

Trump got generally positive reviews for his address to Congress. But then, the good news was overtaken by more revelations of contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials.

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Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff Calls On FBI To Release Information On Russia Probe

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. He says the FBI director has been withholding information related to the probe of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

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