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Why The Rate Of Congressional Confirmations Are Down Under The Trump Administration

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:06pm

The Trump Administration is frustrated with what it says is the obstruction of nominees in Congress. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Marc Short, White House Legislative Affairs Director, about why the rate of confirmations is down.

Sen. Tom Udall Weighs In On Mike Pompeo's Secretary Of State Nomination

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:06pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about why he opposes the confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State — and whether there are enough votes to block the nomination.

Trump, Abe Hold Joint Press Conference, Wrapping Up 2 Days Of Meetings

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:59pm

President Trump and Prime Minister Abe are set to address reporters Wednesday evening as they wind up two days of meetings at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

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What's At Risk When A Non-Diplomat Engages In Diplomacy

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:22pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, about the risks and opportunities that follow when a CIA director meets with a foreign head of state.

Automatic Voter Registration Could Have A Big Impact By 2020 Election

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:22pm

By Election Day 2018, almost of quarter of Americans will live in states where filling out voter registration postcards will be a thing of the past as more and more states are moving to automatic voter registration.

Senate Majority Leader Says Law To Protect Special Counsel Mueller Isn't Necessary

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:22pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has squashed the idea of a vote on a bill that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump.

Senators Have More Questions For CIA Director Mike Pompeo After North Korea Trip

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:22pm

CIA director Mike Pompeo made a secret trip to North Korea and met with the country's leader Kim Jong Un. He's also trying to get confirmed as Secretary of State, the nation's top diplomat.

Barbara Bush On Meeting George, Motherhood And Her Signature Fake Pearls

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:48am

The former first lady, who died Tuesday, told Terry Gross in 1994 that she grew up thinking she'd be a nurse. "But then I met that marvelous George [H. W.] Bush and the nursing went out the window."

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Remembering Barbara Bush

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:50am

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday. She was 92. After several hospitalizations, Bush opted to begin receiving “comfort care” earlier this week, according to a statement from the family.

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The Brave Act Of Casting A Ballot

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:06am

A new podcast called "Buried Truths" tells the story of a man who lost his life for voting.

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Tennessee Strips $250,000 From Memphis As Payback For Removing Confederate Statues

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:02am

A Democratic state lawmaker called the amendment "hateful" and "unkind." Republicans defended the move, calling Memphis's removal of the statues "sneaky."

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The Wednesday News Roundup

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:06am

You read that right.

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Why Putin's Pal, Germany's Ex-Chancellor Schroeder, Isn't On A Sanctions List

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:04am

Gerhard Schroeder went from chancellor of Germany to chairman of key Russian energy corporations. But many Germans are in no mood for more sanctions against Kremlin interests.

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Russia: White House Says No New Sanctions For Now

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:44am

Russian official media quotes the foreign ministry as confirming that the White House informed the Russian embassy. It follows days of confusion over the matter.

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Pompeo's Trip To North Korea May Pave The Way For Direct Talks

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:13am

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. David Greene talks to Shane Harris of The Washington Post, which first reported the story.

After Lawmaker Gives Birth, Senate Poised To Allow Infants In For Votes

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:00am

The U.S. Senate is likely to change its rules to allow children under one year on the floor during votes. Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth became the first senator to give birth in office last week.

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NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Pushing Impeachment Would Backfire On Democrats In 2018

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:00am

With the president's low approval ratings, Democrats have an advantage heading into the midterms. But Republicans could use the threat of impeachment to motivate their voters to get to the polls.

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NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: Pushing Impeachment Would Backfire On Democrats In 2018

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:00am

With the president's low approval ratings, Democrats have an advantage heading into the midterms. But Republicans could use the threat of impeachment to motivate their voters to get to the polls.

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Examining The Case Against Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:57am

The federal court case in New York involving President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has received no shortage of attention. Presiding over it all is Judge Kimba Wood, a veteran of the bench.

North Korea And Trade Dominate Trump-Abe Meeting

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:57am

President Trump hosts Japanese Prime Minister Abe at his Florida resort for a second day on Wednesday. The leaders are expected to focus on trade and the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

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