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For Construction Projects, 'Buying American' Means Higher Costs

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 2:03am

Trump has spoken about his commitment to "buy American and hire American." But what exactly does that mean? Some say it could mean higher costs for construction projects.

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Ross Confirmed As Commerce Secretary

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:37am

Wilbur Ross, 79, made his fortune buying distressed companies and restoring them to health. Criticized by some as a "vulture capitalist," Ross received the support of the United Steelworkers union.

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Can Sex Offenders Be Barred From Social Media? Justices Lean Toward No

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 8:00pm

The court heard two cases today: One on whether the government can deport a resident for a statutory rape conviction, and another on whether a state can criminalize social media use for sex offenders.

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Finding The Punchline: Maz Jobrani On Comedy In The Trump Era

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 8:00pm

Maz Jobrani, an Iranian-American comedian, uses humor to critique President Trump — whom he describes as "good for comedy but bad for the world."

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Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:18pm

From the death that sparked a hashtag that became a national movement, Black Lives Matter takes on a new urgency under President Trump. Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors discusses what lies ahead.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Focuses On Violent Crime And Police Morale

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 4:55pm

The new AG held his first on-record briefing as head of the Justice Department on Monday. He said he's "not a fan" of legalized marijuana use, and threats against Jewish centers are unacceptable.

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Reality Check: Trump Proposal Doesn't Cover Major Military Expansion

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:56pm

President Trump's proposed increase in defense spending could help the Defense Department plug current holes in the force, but it wouldn't cover the major expansion he supports.

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Rexnord Finalizes Plans To Move Indianapolis Jobs To Mexico

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with John Feltner, a machinist at the Rexnord plant in Indianapolis, which is moving operations to Mexico. President Trump took credit for preventing a Carrier plant, which is one mile away from the Rexnord plant, from moving some jobs to Mexico.

New FCC Chairman Plans To Block Privacy Regulations

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

The Federal Communications Commission's new chairman wants to block a rule approved by his predecessor requiring Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon adhere to new privacy standards.

U.S. Governors Meet With President Trump In Washington

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee about the National Governors Association meeting that took place over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

Trump Administration To Boost Defense Spending In Budget Proposal

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:37pm

The Trump administration unveiled its budget priorities Monday ahead of the president's Tuesday address to Congress. It comes after days of focus on the White House relationship with the media.

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:29pm

The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.

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Justice Department Reverses Position On Texas Voter ID Law Case

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 2:57pm

The Trump Justice Department will ask a federal court to dismiss the Obama DOJ's earlier claim that the ID law was enacted with the intention of discriminating against minority voters.

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Bush Weighs In On Trump Presidency, Calling Press 'Indispensable To Democracy'

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 2:16pm

Former President George W. Bush repeatedly declined to criticize Obama or offer him unsolicited advice. But on NBC's Today, Bush weighed in on President Trump's travel ban, Russia and the media.

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Trump To Propose $54 Billion Defense Increase, Cuts To Domestic Programs

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 11:15am

In the first look at his spending plan, the president is proposing boosts for the military and law enforcement — at the expense of other domestic spending. Congress will need to write the final plan.

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In Response To Rising Biased Rhetoric, Muslims Run For Office

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:01am

First-time candidates are seeking offices across the country. And several nonprofits are helping American Muslims get involved in the political process.

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Here's What To Watch For When Trump Addresses Congress

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 4:00am

It's not a "State of the Union" address, but Trump's mood about the country will matter, along with whether he gives Congress direction on policy priorities like health care and taxes.

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Politics In The News: Previewing President Trump's Week Ahead

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:59am

On Tuesday, President Trump will address Congress. Over the weekend, he doubled down on his attacks on the press and tweeted that he will not attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April.

Ex-N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory Offers His Take On Transgender Rights

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:59am

With Obama-era rules on bathroom use by transgender students rescinded, NPR's Steve Inskeeps asks former Gov. McCrory about the future of the issue. North Carolina was central to the controversy.

Caucus Leader Is Skeptical Perez Will Energize The Democratic Party

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:59am

David Greene talks to Leslie Wimes of the Democratic African-American Women Caucus in Florida about the election of former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to head the Democratic National Committee.

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