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Thanks, Obama: Trump Administration Uses Obama's Record As Defense

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

There's a well-worn tradition of new administrations blaming past presidents for their problems, but the Trump administration appears to be taking it to an extreme.

The Monday Night Massacre: Current Parallels To Nixon Administration

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

President Trump's firing of the acting attorney general reminded some of Nixon's sacking of a special prosecutor in 1973. Scott Simon speaks with Nixon's White House special counsel John Dean.

Evaluating The Qualifications Of Neil Gorsuch

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Yale Law Professor Stephen Carter about his reputation and qualifications.

The Impact Of Trump's Effort To Roll Back Financial Regulations

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with analyst Karen Petrou of Federal Financial Analytics about President Trump's plans to cut back financial regulations created after the financial crisis.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen On The Democrats' Strategy Going Forward

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

Senate Democrats have vowed to resist President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen about party strategy and future legislative fights.

Former Ambassador Discusses Trump's Emerging Foreign Policy

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

President Trump had several phone calls with foreign leaders this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with former Ambassador Thomas Pickering about how those calls are affecting U.S. foreign policy.

Week In Politics: Supreme Court, Cabinet Confirmations And A Spat With Schwarzenegger

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, had Rex Tillerson confirmed for secretary of state and insulted Arnold Schwarzenegger in a busy political week.

Does Having More Black Officers Reduce Police Violence?

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 5:00am

Data overwhelmingly confirm that black people are involved in and are victims of police-involved killings at greater proportions than any other racial group in the country. But there's a new twist.

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Trump Backers Want Ideology Test For Extreme Vetting

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 4:52am

What could "extreme vetting" mean in practice? For some who've helped form President Trump's refugee policies, it's not about stricter security screening. It's about something else.

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Kansas City Clergyman Seeks Way To Pastor Across The Political Divide

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 5:27pm

The Rev. Adam Hamilton of the largest U.S. Methodist church says sermonizing about politics is both a challenge and an obligation. His congregation is split between Trump supporters and critics.

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Is Trump Tweeting From a 'Secure' Smartphone? The White House Won't Say

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 4:29pm

Cybersecurity experts agree that if President Trump is using his old Android smartphone, it poses a big risk. The same experts say there are ways for Trump to tweet securely.

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Federal Judge Stays Trump Travel Order, But Many Visas Already Revoked

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:42pm

The State Department says some 60,000 visas were canceled, more than previous estimates. At least one airline said it will now allow nationals of the seven affected countries to travel to the U.S.

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White House Cites Jobs Report As Evidence Of Consumer Confidence

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

The White House cited Friday's jobs report as evidence of consumer confidence in the Trump presidency. Yet throughout his campaign, Trump trashed the jobs report as a false indicator of economic health.

Republicans Consider Restoring High-Risk Pools In Obamacare Replacement

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

Republicans are working on plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. One of the possibilities that has been put forward, reinstating high-risk pools. NPR's Audie Cornish talked to Ryan Burt, who's been involved with high-risk pools for 25 years and helped establish Minnesota's high-risk pool, one of the oldest and most highly regarded high-risk pool programs in the country.

Nordstrom Drops Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line Due To Lagging Sales

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

Ivanka Trump's fashion line has been dropped by Nordstrom. The retailer says the brand's sales have lagged.

Trump Signs Executive Action To Roll Back Some Financial Regulations

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

President Trump signed an executive action that sets the stage for a dramatic rollback of regulations put into place following the financial crisis. The president also wants to halt an Obama administration rule that requires financial advisers to act in their clients best interest in retirement planning.

Former Immigration Director Defends U.S. Record On Refugee Vetting

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

A fraction of people who seek refugee status in the U.S. are approved. Less than one-fourth of 1 percent of refugees on the planet are approved to come here. Leon Rodriguez, former head of Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that vets refugees, says agents already do "extreme vetting."

Federal Courts Consider Legal Challenges To Trump's Immigration Ban

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

As federal courts begin to consider the legality of President Trump's refugee ban, immigrant lawyers and advocates provide updates on the litigation filed across the country. Meanwhile, protesters are staging events against the ban during noontime prayers at mosques and other locales in more than a dozen states.

Trump Adviser Attempts To Recover From 'Bowling Green Massacre' Gaffe

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

Thursday night on MSNBC, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway referred to the "Bowling Green Massacre" to defend the president's restrictions on refugees. In fact, there was no massacre.

Advocates Fear Trump's Stance Against Media Will Block Flow Of Information

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:35pm

News organizations have objected to what they see as the new Trump White House's rhetorical stance against journalism. But transparency advocates say there's a larger concern: the potential constriction of the flow of information to the public.

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