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News Brief: Trump's Tax Plan, California's Raging Wildfires

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump heads to Harrisburg, Pa., to talk to an audience that will include truckers about his tax overhaul. And, more than a dozen people have died in intense wildfires in Northern California.

EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:00am

Superfund was initially paid for by taxes on crude oil, chemicals and the companies that created the toxic waste sites. But those taxes expired in 1995, leaving states strapped to find the money.

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Trump Challenges Cabinet Member's IQ, Fights Senator He Needs. What Is Going On?

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:00am

The president seems intent on keeping everyone on their toes, but it's not at all clear that there's a strategy behind it all.

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The 'Very Different' Leaders Of Germany's Far-Right AfD Party

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:55pm

The populist, anti-immigrant party is led by a lesbian former investment banker who's worked in China and a 76-year-old politician who abandoned Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

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Many Cabinet Positions Remain Open In Trump Administration

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:49pm

Even if Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stays in his job, President Trump still lacks a HHS secretary and a permanent DHS secretary. Many positions below the top cabinet posts remain open, too.

U.S. And Turkey Mutually Stop Issuing Visas

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:49pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute about the recent visa dispute between the United States and Turkey.

How Much Can The Repeal Of The Clean Power Plan Help The Declining Coal Industry?

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:49pm

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally begun the process to repeal the Clean Power Plan and coal states are welcoming the action. But the industry is still declining throughout the country.

California Governor Signs Law To Make Drug Pricing More Transparent

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 2:25pm

This is the first step in a long game to develop clearer prescription drug pricing laws around the country, health policy experts say.

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Tensions Rise Between Tillerson And Trump As The Threat Of War In N. Korea Looms

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 1:11pm

New Yorker writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn't value diplomacy: "Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that."

Trump Slams NFL And Jemele Hill Following ESPN Suspension

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:24am

The network said the host of SportsCenter violated social media guidelines when she weighed in on the controversy around NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

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In Moscow's Local Elections, Opponents Of Putin Find A Glimmer Of Hope

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:11am

The opposition, long frustrated at the national level, is encouraging novices to stand in local elections. Last month they won big in Moscow, with help from an expert with U.S. campaign experience.

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Why Periods Are Political: The Fight For Menstrual Equity

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:06am

On any given day, more than 800 million girls and women around the world are menstruating. And for many of them, in the U.S. and elsewhere, it's a problem — sometimes with life-or-death consequences.

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Will Trump's Twitter War With Sen. Corker Damage His Agenda?

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 7:09am

President Trump's latest fight with GOP members threatens to jeopardize his legislative plans. We examine how the schism may effect lawmakers trying to push through deep tax cuts.

Trump White House Reverses Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 4:08am

Rachel Martin talks to former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who helped finalize the Clean Power Plan. She talks to Rachel Martin about the Trump administration's moves to scrap that rule.

Morning News Brief: Wine Country Fires, Clean Power Plan

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 4:08am

At least 10 people have died in wildfires, forcing residents in wine country north of San Francisco to flee as homes went up in flames. And, the EPA plans to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan.

The NRA Wasn't Always Against Gun Restrictions

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 4:00am

Many are surprised to learn that the NRA of generations past worked with the federal government to limit the traffic in guns, for example where ex-convicts or mental patients were involved.

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What Trump's Proposed Changes Mean For Family-Based Migration

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:31pm

Robert Siegel talks with UC Irvine's Stephen Lee about the history of family-based migration and the consequences of ending it, which the Trump administration says is among its immigration priorities.

What A U.S. Refusal To Certify Might Mean For The Iran Nuclear Deal

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:31pm

As President Trump is expected to take a step against the Iran nuclear deal, experts in weapons inspections see a strict process that is meant to follow nearly every bit of nuclear fuel in Iran — but still has some gray areas.

9 Months Into Presidency, Trump Still Hasn't Offered Infrastructure Plan

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump hasn't released a plan to spend the promised $1 trillion rebuilding infrastructure. Amid bipartisan support for infrastructure spending, there are new questions about how to fund it.

White House DACA Demands Provoke Strong Reactions

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 3:31pm

Those who favor lower levels of immigration have been effusive in their praise of the proposals the president released Sunday. Immigrant rights activists are outraged.




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