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VA Hospitals Still Struggling With Adding Staff Despite Billions From Choice Act

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 3:58am

Money from the Veterans Choice Act, which was meant to improve medical staffing levels at VA health centers, has had little impact on hiring numbers and how quickly vets get access to medical care.

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Fortress America: What We Can — And Can't — Learn From History

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:00pm

President Trump's executive order on refugees left travelers stranded at airports worldwide. To some, the scenes evoked images of Jewish refugees during World War II. We investigate the parallels.

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Acting Attorney General Out After Refusing To Defend Trump Refugee Ban

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 9:51pm

The president replaced Sally Yates late Monday after she told Justice Department lawyers not to defend his executive order. The top federal prosecutor in suburban Virginia was elevated in her place.

Democrats Protest Trump's Immigration Order Outside Supreme Court

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 6:18pm

Democrats held a rally outside the Supreme Court Monday night to protest President Trump's executive order on immigration. This was after many lawmakers joined protests at major airports this weekend.

Justice Department Won't Defend Trump's Immigration Order

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 6:09pm

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has told lawyers she is not convinced President Trump's executive order restricting travel and immigration from many Muslim-majority countries is lawful.

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Labor Unions Appear Set For More State-Level Defeats In 2017

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 4:12pm

Kentucky has already enacted a bill that would prohibit labor unions from forcing non-union members to pay fees to the union. Lawmakers in Missouri and New Hampshire are debating similar bills.

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FACT CHECK: Spin Aside, Trump's National Security Council Has A Very Big Change

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:57pm

The White House argues little has changed when it comes to its National Security Council. But the elevation of chief strategist Steve Bannon to the Principals Committee represents a major departure.

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At State Department, 'Dissent Channel' In High Gear With Refugee Ban Protests

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:46pm

State Department employees are using the channel to register objection to the executive action temporarily blocking refugees and visas for citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries.

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In Nashville, Kurds Express Fears About Trump's Immigration Ban

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

Some people in Nashville's Kurdish community — the largest in the U.S. — are worried about Trump's executive order on immigration. Reports of green card holders being turned away overseas are causing panic among legal permanent residents.

Trump's Immigration Order Creates Political Tension With Iraq

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

President Trump's immigration order has caused political problems for one of the country's key allies in the battle against ISIS: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Trump Expected To Announce Supreme Court Nominee This Week

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

President Donald Trump says this week he will announce his choice for the Supreme Court seat vacated by by the death of Antonin Scalia nearly one year ago.

Republicans Divided Over Trump's Action Barring Immigrants From 7 Countries

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

Congressional Democrats planned a protest Monday evening in front of the Supreme Court against President Trump's order on immigration and refugees. Republicans have been mixed in their reaction to the executive action.

Trump's Immigration Freeze Faces Legal Challenges And Public Criticism

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed suit against the Trump administration on Monday on behalf of 20 people affected by the new restrictions on travel to the U.S. Separately, protests continued around the country as opponents faulted what they called Trump's de facto Muslim ban. The White House rejected any religious dimension to the ban and cited the small number of people it has affected.

Refugee Resettlement Coordinator Reacts To Trump's Immigration Ban

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro reconnects with Corine Dehabey, coordinator of Us Together, an organization that works to settle new refugees in Toledo, Ohio. They helped 131 Syrian refugees settle from October 2015 to November 2016. Following President Trump's executive order, we check back in with her about her concerns and worries for Syrians in Toledo, awaiting family members banned from the United States.

White House Defends Controversial Order On Immigration

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

The Trump administration is defending its executive order that bars refugees and residents of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Even some Republican lawmakers are calling the order too broad and poorly executed.

Attorneys General Condemn Trump's Executive Action On Immigration

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

In a joint statement citing the bedrock principle of religious liberty, the attorneys general of 15 states and the District of Columbia condemned President Trump's ban on certain travelers as unconstitutional. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller about the legal landscape of the executive action going forward.

Universities Grapple With Trump's Executive Order On Immigration

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

Colleges and universities are concerned about the implications of President Trump's executive order barring people from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Immigration Expert Outlines Origins Of 7 Countries In Trump Order

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

Ruth Ellen Wasem, a specialist in immigration policy at the University of Texas at Austin, speaks about the origins of the seven countries in Donald Trump's immigration ban.

Former State Dept. Adviser Paints Gloomy Picture Of Trump's First Week

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Eliot A. Cohen, a former State Department counselor under the Bush administration, about the reorganization of the National Security Council.

Obama Criticizes Trump's Immigration Ban, Is 'Heartened' By Protests

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 2:55pm

The former president is "heartened by the level of engagement" and "fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion," a statement said.

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