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News Brief: GOP Relations, Iraqi Forces Launch Kirkuk Operation

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:02am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump meet for lunch on Monday for a chance to work out their differences. And in Iraq, two key U.S. allies are fighting each other.

Facing Unrest On The Left, Dianne Feinstein Draws A Primary Opponent

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:01am

Feinstein's reputation as a bipartisan bridge builder may work against her with some California Democrats who are eager for a more confrontational approach to the Trump Administration.

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Trump's Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump keeps adding new and thorny issues to the congressional to-do list, as lawmakers already face a government-funding showdown in December.

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Far-Right Expected To Win Austrian Elections

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 4:56pm

Austrians vote today in an election likely to shake up the traditional two-party structure of politics in Austria — and see an anti-immigrant far-right party form part of the next government.

Vice Presidents Enter Fray In Final Weeks f Virginia's Governor Race

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 1:55pm

Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden attempt to sway Virginia voters in governor's race, which is widely expected to be an early indication of 2018 mid-terms elections.

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For Every President Since Reagan, Immigration Has Been One More Minefield

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

After nine months in office, President Trump has found the many issues of immigration more vexing than he may have imagined — something Trump has in common with a long line of predecessors.

As Trump Moves To Renegotiate NAFTA, U.S. Farmers Are Hopeful But Nervous

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

Farmers say exports are a crucial part of their business and they're warily watching as the Trump administration pushes to remake the long-standing trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

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In A Busy Week, Trump Tests The 'You Break It, You Own It' Rule

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

President Trump cut cost-sharing subsidies to health insurers and stepped back from the Iran nuclear deal last week. He did both with tools he decried when used by President Obama: Executive actions.

On Iran, Health Care And Environment, Trump Turns To Executive Actions

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

Last week was heavy on White House executive actions. Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, says that with ineffective congressional leadership, it's the president's best option.

The Russia Investigations: Facebook Makes Nice, Imbroglio Sucks In More Tech Firms

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 6:00am

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launches a goodwill tour in D.C., more big tech companies are pulled into the imbroglio and the White House weighs its Muller strategy.

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Bannon: 'It's A Season Of War Against The GOP Establishment'

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 4:05pm

Bannon's speech at the Values Voter Summit wasn't overtly religious but he opened by reading from the Bible to make his case that the time was ripe for the type of crusade he wants to wage.

Politics In The News: Trump And Congress

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:57am

President Trump's recent moves on the Iran nuclear deal, health care and immigration pile even more onto the agenda for Congress, which has been unable to get through even its top priorities.

Sen. Hasson On President Trump Ending Obamacare Subsidies

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:57am

Trump this week ended subsidies to health insurance companies. Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire talks to NPR's Scott Simon about how this will impact the Affordable Care Act.

White House Actions Could Undermine ACA's Insurance Markets

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:57am

President Trump has vowed to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. But with Congress failing to do that, Trump took action this week that could hurts the program.

Trump Plans to Pull The U.S. Out Of The Cultural Arm Of The U.N.

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:57am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Irina Bokova, the director-general of UNESCO, regarding the announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the organization.

Trump Pushes Obamacare To Detonation, Forges Path Away From GOP, Democrats

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:00am

After three failed attempts at passing GOP health plans, President Trump appears to be trying to negotiate with Democrats by showing he's willing to facilitate the Affordable Care Act's collapse.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Of 'Missing' Educators; A Hundred Thousand Homeless Students

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 5:52am

Plus, a 48 percent graduation rate at some of the for-profit and virtual schools often touted by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Trump Threatened To Kill The Iran Nuclear Deal. But The Deal Wins — For Now

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 5:08pm

For all his denunciations of the Iran nuclear deal, the president passed up on a chance to exit from it. While the deal stays in place for now, plenty of questions remain about what might happen next.

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New York District Attorney On The Defense Over Handling Of Weinstein Allegations

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 4:44pm

Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein despite an undercover audiotape of the movie mogul harassing an Italian model. Now Vance is under scrutiny over his handling of the case.

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Conservative Christians Express Frustration Toward Congressional Republicans

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 4:28pm

At the Values Voters Summit, thousands of conservative Christians are expressing their simmering frustration toward Republicans in Congress for not doing enough to support President Trump.

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