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For President Trump, No Christmas At Camp David

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 4:00am

Trump once told a journalist about the Maryland retreat: "It's nice, you'd like it. For about 30 minutes." The recent lack of interest has prompted speculation about the future of Camp David.

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Why Mental Health Is A Poor Measure Of A President

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 4:00am

Presidents from Lincoln to Nixon appear to have suffered from a range of psychiatric disorders. But mental health professionals say that doesn't mean they were unfit for the office.

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What The Tax Bill Could Mean For Lawmakers During The Midterms

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with David Brooks of the New York Times, and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution about the tax bill that President Trump signed. They also discuss the implications of Indiana Sen. Mark Warner's stern warning against any interference with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling.

What The GOP Would Like To Get Done In 2018

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:34pm

Now that Republicans have passed a massive tax bill, they are hoping to tackle entitlement spending in 2018. But they will have to deal with one fewer seat in the Senate and elections in November.

U.N. Security Council Unanimously Tightens Sanctions Against North Korea

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:34pm

The United Nations slapped a fresh round of sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. The resolution was adopted unanimously by all members of the security council.

Why Public Approval Is Hard To Come By For Trump

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:34pm

Historically when the economy is in good shape so are the president's poll numbers. But there seems to be a disconnect between the current economy and President Trump's approval ratings.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:06am

What's the best way to break a tie in politics?

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Robust Health Insurance Sign-Ups Surprise Supporters And Opponents

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 8:09am

Despite an enrollment period that was half as long, nearly 9 million people have signed up for Affordable Care Act insurance for 2018 so far, about the same as last year.

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Congress Wraps Up 2017

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 6:06am

Congress left town after approving a short-term extension of government funding. Big fights await in 2018, but Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell tells NPR repealing the ACA is not a high priority.

Election Strife, Protest And Noise: In 2017, Russia Cranked Up The Volume

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 4:01am

"Active measures," as intelligence pros call them, have been around for centuries, and 2017 made clear that they are — and will remain — a part of everyday life online.

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News Brief: McConnell On 2018, Lawsuit Against Trump Dismissed

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:55am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked with NPR about his legislative agenda for 2018. Also, Jonathan O'Connell of The Washington Post discusses a dismissed lawsuit against President Trump.

Republicans Talk Of Changes To Welfare Next

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:55am

After tax cuts, one of President Trump's next priorities is "welfare reform." It's not clear what that means and how it fits with House Speaker Ryan's desire to overhaul Social Security.

Puerto Rico's Governor On Recovery Efforts And GOP Tax Plan

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:55am

It's been a little over three months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. NPR's David Greene gets an update on recovery efforts from the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello.

Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump Dismissed

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:55am

A federal judge in Manhattan has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause. The judge said the plaintiffs lack standing to sue.

Doug Jones Says Alabama Senate Campaign Against Moore Was 'Surreal'

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:42am

Appearing on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers, the senator-elect said at times it was "hard to believe" everything that was swirling around the campaign.

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Trump Wins First Round in Legal Battle Over Emoluments

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:20pm

Judge George Daniels said it's up to Congress, not citizens, to enforce the Foreign Emoluments Clause. "Congress is not a potted plant," he said.

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Pence Makes His First Trip To Afghanistan As Vice President

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 5:42pm

The previously unannounced visit comes four months after President Trump unveiled a new strategy for the United States' role in Afghanistan.

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DREAM Act Co-Sponsor Will Risk Government Shutdown For DACA Fix

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:55pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Democratic Congressman Pete Aguilar of California. He's the Whip for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Assistant Whip for the House Democratic Caucus. He's an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017. He talks about whether he is willing to risk a governmental shutdown if DACA is not extended by the end of the year.

Keeping Pace With The Threat Of Campaign Hacking

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:55pm

Cybersecurity experts are worried that political campaigns are still vulnerable to hacking efforts that plagued the 2016 campaign season.

Britain's Brexit And Trump America: Allies' Influence Threatened On World Stage

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:55pm

The U.S. government's foreign policy and the UK's decision to leave the EU have damaged the influence the two allies wield these days in NATO and in the European Union, according to observers, as Russia and China become more assertive on the global stage.

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