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Special Counsel Confronts Task Of Overseeing FBI's Russia Investigation

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

The special counsel who will investigate alleged Russian interference in the presidential election has broad authority and can bring prosecutions if he chooses. He reports to the deputy attorney general. NPR explains the position of special counsel.

In Southeastern Virginia, Trump Supporters Weigh Recent Scandals

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

In a week of extraordinary events, Trump supporters in southeastern Virginia share their views of his presidency and the continuing controversies.

Trump Holds Joint Appearance With Colombian President

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

President Trump holds a joint appearance with the Colombian president on Thursday. The meeting comes as questions swirl about two controversies related to Russia and fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump Embarks On First International Trip Amid Continuing Controversy

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

President Trump leaves for his first international trip on Friday as the White House continues to manage several recent controversies. NPR explores what's at stake for the president on this trip.

Ongoing Controversy Threatens To Damage Trump's Credibility

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

Credibility is the ability to confidently convey critical information. It's an essential quality for all presidents in difficult times, and the self-inflicted crisis of the last few weeks — the shifting narratives to explain the news — have severely damaged this White House's credibility. NPR looks at what's happened and why it matters.

Ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Embroiled In Russia Controversy

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:48pm

There's been a lot happening in Washington on the imbroglio involving Trump, Russia and the FBI. Reuters reports there were more contacts between Trump aides and Russia than previously disclosed. The New York Times reports Trump's camp was warned before the fact that Michael Flynn was under investigation, and the deputy attorney general briefed senators about all of this on Thursday.

Austria Becomes Latest Country In Europe To Ban Full-Face Veil

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:42pm

The ban is part of a series of measures related to integrating immigrants. The country's foreign minister has called the full-face veil a symbol of a "counter-society."

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President Trump Denies Asking Comey To Scuttle Flynn Investigation

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:38pm

The president also reiterated that he feels that the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia and his campaign's possible ties is a "witch hunt."

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President Trump Holds Press Conference With Colombia's President Before Overseas Trip

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:38pm

President Trump is holding a press conference with Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos.

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz To Leave Office At The End Of June

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:33pm

"I knew from day one that my service there would not last forever," Chaffetz said in a statement. The Republican currently chairs the powerful House Oversight Committee.

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Government Confirms A Surge In Foreign Guest Workers On U.S. Farms

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 1:59pm

Government statistics show a big increase in the number of foreign guest workers approved to work on American farms this year. It's up 36 percent over the same period last year.

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FCC Votes To Begin Rollback Of Net Neutrality Regulations

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:33pm

The vote begins a months-long process to collect — once again — public comment on how the government should regulate Internet service providers. The FCC is repealing Obama-era rules.

Comey Paper Trails: The Beginning Of The End?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:06am

What is the latest on the Russia investigation? Is Comey's memo Trump's "Smoking Gun"?

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After Special Counsel Named, Trump Reacts: 'Greatest Witch Hunt' In Political History

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 8:11am

The morning after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel overseeing the investigation into Trump team ties to Russia, the president is upping the grievance politics.

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Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 7:00am

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.

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Appointing Mueller As Special Counsel Is A Great Move, Rep. Farenthold Says

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:29am

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's role in the presidential election. David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas.

Ex-FBI Director Mueller Appointed As Special Counsel To Oversee Russia Probe

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 6:28am

On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to oversee the growing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump associates.

Who Is Robert Mueller, Special Counsel Overseeing Russia Investigation?

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:00am

Robert Mueller led arguably the biggest FBI overhaul in the bureau's history during his 12-year term as director. Now, he'll investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Former Rep. Jane Harman On Mueller And Russia Investigation

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:56am

Rachel Martin speaks with former Rep. Jane Harman about the significance of naming Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia investigation. Harman served on the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump To Meet Colombian President Santos At The White House

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:56am

Amid a huge boom in cocaine production, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meets with President Trump. Santos will try to convince the U.S. to maintain its support for Colombia's peace process.

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