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Ben Carson And HUD Face Allegations Of Lavish Spending, Including $31,000 Furniture

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:38pm

A whistle-blower also filed a complaint alleging she was demoted for refusing to exceed the legal $5,000 limit on new decor. The allegations come as HUD's budget could be slashed by billions.

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What Does It Mean To Be A 'Nation Of Immigrants'?

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:16am

Families have played a huge role in helping new immigrants succeed, argues UCLA Professor Hiroshi Motomura. Changing the rules would dramatically change the face of immigration.

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FACT CHECK: Sessions Vows To Probe FISA Abuse, But Trump's Patience Appears Thin

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 11:07am

The attorney general has attempted to move the ball forward on the political defense Republicans have adopted for the president. That's apparently not good enough for President Trump.

Texans: What Issues Are Driving You To The Polls?

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:55am

NPR wants to hear what issues are motivating voters in Texas, which holds the first primary of the 2018 election season. Share your thoughts with us.

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Giant Strides Are Needed In Gun Control Measures, Blumenthal Says

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 6:31am

Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut about the White House invitation to members of Congress to come talk about measures that could prevent gun violence.

Ask Cokie: The History Of Grassroots Activism

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:03am

As Florida high school students protest against guns, columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts answers listener questions about the effectiveness of grassroots activism.

Kushner Loses Top-Secret Security Clearance, According To Reports

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:03am

The president's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has lost his interim, top-secret security clearance. The reports say Kushner will have access to a lower level of classified information.

Evangelist Billy Graham To Lie In Honor In U.S. Rotunda

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to Ed Stetzer, who directs the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, one of the country's leading Christian colleges, about the ongoing struggles within evangelicals.

News Brief: Jared Kushner, Students Return To Classes Post Shooting

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:03am

Reports say Jared Kushner has lost his interim top-level security clearance. And, students return to classes at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School — 2 weeks after a mass shooting left 17 people dead.

Polling Place Battleground: Freedom Of Speech Versus Freedom From Intimidation

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:00am

Polling places are a politics-free zone. Could that change with a Supreme Court case out of Minnesota? The court is hearing arguments in a key case on this Wednesday.

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'Washington Post' Says Foreign Officials Have Discussed How To Manipulate Kushner

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 6:36pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post about how officials in at least four countries had been discussing how to manipulate Jared Kushner. She says intelligence regarding these conversations have held up his security clearance.

Jared Kushner's Security Clearance Gets Downgraded, According To Reports

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:35pm

Jared Kushner's security clearance has been downgraded to secret, according to multiple reports. Other Trump administration officials with temporary clearances have also had their clearance reduced.

Bernie Sanders Political Dynasty? Senator's Son, Stepdaughter Run For Office

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:03pm

The son of the Vermont senator and 2016 presidential candidate is seeking a congressional seat in New Hampshire. Sanders' stepdaughter is running for mayor of Burlington, Vt., an office he once held.

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Reports: Kushner Security Clearance Downgraded Following White House Scandal

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:46pm

Jared Kushner has lost his Top Secret clearance. "No concerns were raised about Mr. Kushner's application," his lawyer said in a statement. Instead, the lawyer pointed to a backlog in the process.

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House To Vote On Online Sex Trafficking Bill

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

The House votes Tuesday on a bill giving prosecutors and victims more power to hold websites accountable for sex trafficking on their platforms. Some companies and digital rights groups oppose it, saying it will chip away at the legal immunity that's a pillar of the Internet. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who wrote the Senate version, tells NPR the tech industry is overreacting.

Georgia's Lieutenant Governor Threatens Delta Airlines After Company Cuts Ties With NRA

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

After Atlanta-based Delta Airlines eliminated a special discount program for NRA members, Georgia's lieutenant governor has threatened to fight against a tax break for the company. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks about what's at stake with Georgia Public Broadcasting's Stephen Fowler.

State Department Loses Expert Diplomat On North Korea

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

The State Department's point person on North Korea is the latest official to leave after a long career in diplomacy. Experts see Joseph Yun's departure as a major setback in efforts to find a diplomatic way out of the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy Discusses The Path Forward For Gun Policy

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 3:03pm

Since the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has been on a mission to rein in gun violence. That has been an uphill battle in a deeply divided Congress. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Murphy about his fight and what he sees as the path forward.

New Air Force One Deal Cleared For Takeoff

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:37pm

President Trump has reached an "informal agreement" with Boeing to buy two new 747s to serve as Air Force One. The company says he got a bargain, but one independent analyst is skeptical.

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Trump Names 2020 Campaign Manager

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:08pm

Brad Parscale was the digital strategist for the president's 2016 campaign. Because his work focused on social media engagement, it has been of interest in investigations of Russian interference.

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