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Rand Paul Gets Into The Holiday Spirit With A Festivus Tweetstorm

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 3:48pm

The Kentucky senator wished his 1.86 million Twitter followers a "Happy Festivus" — a made-up holiday meant to poke fun at the commercialization of Christmas.

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Earmarks And Pork-Belly Spending, Long The Bane Of Congress

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, who says earmarks and pork-belly spending are alive and well in the newly passed tax bill.

Is Putin Handling Trump The Way A KGB Officer Handles An Asset?

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

As Robert Mueller's Russia investigation proceeds, NPR's Scott Simon asks veteran Moscow correspondent Luke Harding how Vladimir Putin manages his relationship with President Trump.

Making Midterm Elections About Trump Is A Bad Idea, Rove Says

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

NPR'S Scott Simon talks with Republican strategist Karl Rove about the effect Donald Trump might have on the 2018 midterm elections. Rove wrote about that this week in The Wall Street Journal.

Republicans Say They Delivered Tax Cuts, Democrats Say Not So Fast

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 7:11am

President Trump signed into law a massive tax cut bill, a major goal for him and Republican leaders in Congress. But Congress left Washington for the year with many issues still unresolved.

Comey, Spicey, Fake News And Biden: The Most Popular Politics Stories Of 2017

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 6:01am

These are the politics stories that drew in the most readers this year. And the top story is not about President Trump.

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The Russia Investigations: Battle Lines Drawn Over Mueller, Justice Dept. And The FBI

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 6:00am

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe made separate visits to Capitol Hill for 17 hours' worth of closed sessions with three House committees — Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight — this week.

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Education Under The Tax Bill, For-Profit Colleges And More Women In Med School

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 5:00am

Graduate students can breathe easier, a potential mixing of church and state in Louisiana, and for-profit students will get less money back than anticipated. It's the last weekly roundup of the year!

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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.

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