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Republican Rep. Tom Cole On GOP Health Care Bill

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma tells Steve Inskeep the House should pass the Republican health care plan. But he says to not sweat the details, because the Senate will change the bill anyway.

Whether She Wins Or Loses, Marine Le Pen Has Changed French Politics

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

The two candidates in the French presidential election held their final debate Wednesday. Even if she loses, the far-right Marine Le Pen has moved her agenda into the French political mainstream.

'The Forward': A Small Publication With An Outsized Influence

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

The Forward is a small publication with a Jewish-American audience. Its reporting has done more than anyone to undermine the position of White House counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka.

Republicans Scrap Rule For Small-Business Retirement Plans

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:05am

The Obama-era policy allowed states to offer retirement savings plans. Retiree and worker protection groups say the state-designed plans benefit employees of small businesses which lack 401(k) plans.

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DEA Seeks Prosecutors To Fight Opioid Crisis; Critics Fear Return To War On Drugs

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00am

The Drug Enforcement Administration wants to hire prosecutors "to hold accountable the people who are facilitating addiction." Advocacy groups worry the move would exceed the DEA's legal authority.

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Fact Check: Are Prosecutors Too Quick To Let Off The Police?

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00am

The decision not to charge the officers involved in the death of Alton Sterling is being met with anger by activists who say prosecutors are too deferential to cops. Is it true?

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Trump Set To Relax Rules On Political Activity By Religious Groups

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 8:34pm

The move on the National Day of Prayer is among the promises Trump made on the campaign trail that would blur government lines that divide church and state.

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House Republican Leaders Plan Vote On Revised Health Care Bill

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:57pm

House Republican leaders are planning a vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. The bill has been revised to provide options for states to opt out of some key Obamacare requirements.

History Of Our Time: Making Sense Of This Moment

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:41pm

It's been a disorienting year in many democracies, and the world is changing. NPR is asking writers, thinkers and political leaders to help chart how we got to this point and where we're headed.

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Puerto Rico Makes Unprecedented Move To Restructure Billions In Debt

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:08pm

The territory, which is ineligible for bankruptcy, filed to begin a similar procedure tailor-made for its more than $70 billion debt crisis, which is likely to dwarf Detroit's 2013 Chapter 9 filing.

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Is The GOP Health Bill Morphing Into Yet Another Big Federal Program?

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:17pm

The proposals to create federal high risk-pools will create another big group of people whose health care costs are paid for by the federal government.

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In Big Bend, Texas, There's Bipartisan Consensus: No Border Wall

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:17pm

President Trump says he's forging ahead with his U.S.-Mexico border wall. But one place nearly everyone agrees it won't cross is the starkly beautiful Big Bend region of far west Texas.

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Inside The Debate Over Repealing Curbs On Methane Leaks

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:07pm

A deadline is approaching for lawmakers to undo an Obama-era regulation that aims to limit the emissions of methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — from energy production sites on public lands.

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Trump Hosts Palestinian Authority President Abbas At The White House

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:44pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab about Palestinian reactions to President Trump's meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

North Korea Confirms Detention Of Third American As Tensions Grow

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Joseph DeTrani, former State Department special envoy for negotiations with North Korea, about the detention of a third American in North Korea.

FBI Director Comey Defends Handling Of Clinton Email Investigation

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:31pm

FBI Director James Comey gets caught in the middle of politics at the Senate Judiciary Committee. He defended his handling of the Clinton email case and said he would do it again.

Trump Lobbies House Republicans To Vote For Health Care Bill

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump personally lobbied House Republicans on Wednesday to vote for the revised GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota's Measles Outbreak

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:24pm

State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that's worried about autism.

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House Approves $1 Trillion Spending Bill To Keep Federal Government Open

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:20pm

The House approved a bipartisan spending bill that keeps the federal government funded through September, sending it to the Senate. President Trump has pushed back as Democrats declare it a victory.

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Hate Speech And The Misnomer Of 'The Marketplace of Ideas'

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:22pm

The belief that more speech is the remedy for "bad" speech can be a principled stance. But racist hate speech may not be doing what free speech defenders think it is.

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