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The Democrats' Future In Alabama

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:48am

Selma's congressional district was key to the Democratic win in the special Senate election. Scott Simon talks with Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell talks about what Doug Jones' win means for Alabama.

Republicans Turn To Taxes After Alabama Defeat

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:48am

After a big political loss in the Alabama Senate race, Republicans are focusing on securing their first major legislative victory: passing a tax overhaul bill.

Female Congressional Candidate Ends Run After She Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 7:31pm

Retired business executive Andrea Ramsey had hoped to oust an incumbent Republican congressman in a Kansas district targeted by the Democrats.

CHART: How The New Version Of The Republican Tax Bill Would Affect You

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 7:12pm

The bill would lower the rate for top earners and also let graduate students keep their tuition waivers.

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Final Version Of GOP Tax Bill Cuts Corporate Tax Rate To 21 Percent

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:16pm

Republican lawmakers have released the final version of their tax bill that cuts the corporate tax rate to 21 percent and reduces tax rates for individuals for eight years.

Chief Justice Roberts Sends Kozinski Inquiry To Another Judicial Council

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 5:53pm

The 2nd Circuit will take over the inquiry of 9th Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski. Multiple former clerks and externs have accused Kozinski of sexual harassment.

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Trump Administration Moves To Kill Rules For Organic Eggs

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:20pm

It's the latest Obama-era agriculture regulation to go on the chopping block. This one governs the treatment of animals on organic farms. But most organic farmers actually support the rule.

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DHS Wants To Build A Computer System To Help Determine Who Gets To Visit The U.S.

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

Can a computer tell if you're going to be a productive member of society? Can it tell if you're a terrorist? The Department of Homeland Security is trying to answer these questions. The agency hopes to build a computer system to help determine who gets to visit or immigrate to the U.S., but that idea has some techies worried.

Nearly A Year In Office, Trump's Presidency Remains Defined By Russia

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

Almost a year in and Donald Trump's presidency is still — in large part — being defined by Russia. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to The Washington Post's Greg Jaffe about his joint byline in Friday's paper for "Doubting the Intelligence, Trump purses Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked."

GOP Releases Final Version Of Tax Overhaul Bill

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

Republican lawmakers are releasing the final version of their legislation to overhaul the nation's tax code, with plans to pass it next week.

Alabama Democrats Describe Doug Jones' Win As 'Euphoria'

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

It's been a big week for the Democratic Party — but it's been an even bigger week for lifelong Alabama Democrats. NPR talked to a handful of them to ask the significance of Doug Jones winning a U.S. Senate seat — the first Democrat to do so in Alabama in more than two decades.

Trump Could Have Tax Bill On His Desk Before Holiday Break

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

At the moment, it appears that President Trump will get his Christmas wish: To have tax overhaul legislation on his desk, ready for his signature, before the holiday break. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to economist and Harvard professor Gregory Mankiw about the GOP Tax Plan.

Republicans Are Hoping To Pass Tax Bill By Christmas

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers is joined by David Brooks of The New York Times, and Ana Kasparian, of The Young Turks Network, to discuss the political news of the week.

President Trump Had Harsh Words For The FBI

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:23pm

President Trump spoke to graduates of a prestigious FBI training program. Before he arrived in Virginia, Trump called the FBI's work "disgraceful" and said what happened at the bureau was "a shame."

Rubio, Corker Give Thumbs Up To Tax Bill, Clearing Roadblock To Passage By Christmas

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 2:42pm

The two Republican senators had been holdouts, but now the bill appears on track for passage next week.

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Wife Of Kentucky Lawmaker Who Killed Himself Plans To Run For His Seat

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 1:06pm

State Rep. Dan Johnson's death came days after a news outlet published allegations he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl. His widow called it a "high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths."

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:06am

Rex Tillerson is ready to talk.

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Video Shows Trump Judicial Nominee Unable To Answer Basic Questions Of Law

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 9:52am

Federal court nominee Matthew Petersen was stumped on basic legal questions during confirmation hearing.

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Theo E.J. Wilson: What Happens When A Black Man Goes Undercover In The Alt-Right?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 9:37am

Youtube activist Theo E.J. Wilson wondered about the people posting racist comments on his videos, and where they were getting their facts. So he adopted a pseudonym and joined their conversation.

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Rubio Will Vote No On Senate Tax Plan Unless Change Is Made

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 6:35am

Florida Senator Marco Rubio says he can't support a tax bill that doesn't contain the child tax credit. That could complicate Republican efforts to pass a tax overhaul plan before Christmas.

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