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Kuwait Celebration At Trump Hotel Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 5:33am

Kuwait is celebrating its national day at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The ambassador rejects suggestions that Kuwait is trying to curry favor with President Trump.

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Transgender Students, For-Profit Colleges And Changes To The SAT

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 5:22am

Our weekly recap of the latest national education news. Highlights: Betsy DeVos spoke to a major conservative gathering, and the College Board took steps to fight cheating.

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Black Muslims Face Double Jeopardy, Anxiety In The Heartland

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 5:01am

The intersection of these two identities has become more acute thanks to Black Lives Matter and protests against the Trump administration's executive order on immigration.

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Lashing Out Against Critical Reports, White House Bars Outlets From Briefing

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:11pm

The move blocked reporters from CNN, The New York Times and others from participating and was seen at least in part as retaliation for a Thursday CNN piece on White House-FBI communications.

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As He Retires, U.S. Diplomat Delivers Message That 'Values Have Power'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 5:59pm

Daniel Fried, who retired Friday from the State Department, helped shape U.S. policy in Europe over a 40-year career. "I learned never to underestimate the possibility of change," he told colleagues.

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Criticized By Peers, White House Counterterrorism Adviser Returns Fire

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 5:17pm

Sebastian Gorka responded to critical posts on Twitter by threatening to involve White House lawyers. He is fighting questions about his credentials and his views on Islam.

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FCC Chairman Goes After His Predecessor's Internet Privacy Rules

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:28pm

The new telecom chief is moving to halt one part of the sweeping rules for Internet service providers, which were passed last year in part based on "net neutrality" regulations.

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Los Angeles Officials To ICE: Stop Identifying Yourselves As Police

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:13pm

The mayor of Los Angeles co-signed a letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency requesting that its agents not identify themselves as "police" during operations in the city.

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Trump Administration Weighs Increased Scrutiny Of Refugees' Social Media

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:00pm

The Obama administration began checking social media accounts of prospective Syrian refugees more than a year ago. Such steps could expand as President Trump prepares a new executive order on vetting.

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Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Threatens Legal Action Over Tweets

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:46pm

He's a cheerleader for President Trump's travel restrictions. He's a self-described expert on Islamist movements who does not speak Arabic. He's declared that alpha males are back. And his calling card now reads, Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president. The British-born, Hungarian-educated White House newcomer seems to have his new boss' ear and the ire of some security experts.

Week In Politics: Trump's Speech At CPAC, Race For DNC Chair

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Conservative Political Action Conference, former House Speaker John Boehner's statements about Obamacare and the upcoming vote for Democratic National Committee chair.

White House Asked FBI To Refute Reports Of Russia Contacts

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

The White House is pushing back on a story that alleged it tried to pressure the FBI to discredit reports of alleged communication between the Trump campaign and Russia. The story, which was reported by CNN, says the FBI resisted those efforts.

In Delaware, State Senate Election Turns Into Referendum On Trump

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

A special state Senate election in Delaware has become an early referendum on President Trump, drawing hundreds of thousands of dollars and volunteer enthusiasm on both sides.

Trump Touts 'America First' Philosophy In CPAC Address

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

Donald Trump has spoken to the group of conservative activists he spoke to on Friday before, but as president he got a very different reception than he has in past years.

GOP Health Bill Draft Would Cut Medicaid, Emphasize Tax Credits

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:28pm

The plan would replace insurance subsidies for low-income families with tax credits for everyone, eliminate the requirement to buy health care, and end taxes on medical devices.

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Democrats Pick Ex-Kentucky Governor To Respond To Trump Speech To Congress

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:36pm

Steve Beshear is credited with lowering Kentucky's uninsured rate. Immigration activist Astrid Silva is also scheduled to respond to the president's remarks Tuesday night.

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Trump Orders Agencies To Reduce Regulations

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:11pm

Surrounded by corporate leaders, President Trump signed an executive action telling government agencies to slash "job killing" rules. Environmentalists argue the move could undo important protections.

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White House Asked FBI To Publicly Refute Reports Trump Associates Had Russia Contacts

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:42am

Director James Comey refused to publicly respond to the media reports even as he dismissed them privately, a senior administration official says. The official says the FBI initiated the discussion.

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Trump Addresses An Ebuillent CPAC Crowd

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:39am

Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday morning. We discuss how Trump's idea of "America first" squares with traditional Republican ideas.

Trump Administration Denies That It Leaned On FBI To Knock Down Russia Story

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 9:28am

The Trump administration is denying a CNN report that it tried to enlist the FBI to rebut stories of contacts between Russian intelligence officials and people associated with the Trump campaign.

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