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Senators: Kushner Didn't Disclose Emails On WikiLeaks, 'Russian Overture'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:57am

Top lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking President Trump's son-in-law and adviser to turn over communications with WikiLeaks and emails pertaining to a "Russian backdoor overture."

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U.S. Lifts Ban On Importing Elephant Trophies From Zimbabwe And Zambia

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:23pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said hunting programs in those countries can aid conservation efforts. But those who oppose the policy change point to a decline in Zimbabwe's elephant population.

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White House Says Moore Allegations 'Very Troubling,' But Alabama Voters Should Decide

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:48pm

Multiple women have come forward accusing Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. National GOP leaders have urged him to step aside, but Moore has refused to leave the race.

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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken Faces Sexual Assault Allegations From L.A. Radio Host

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

Leeann Tweeden, a radio host in Los Angeles, alleges that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sexually assaulted her by forcibly kissing her and later groping her while she slept. The incident took place during a United Service Organization trip in 2006. Franken who was not yet a senator at the time issued an apology statement.

Trump Visits Capitol Hill To Rally Support For House Republicans Tax Bill

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

House Republicans passed their version of a tax overhaul today, as President Trump visited Capitol Hill to rally support for it. But prospects for a tax bill in the Senate are looking less certain.

Congress Considering Concealed Carry Reciprocity Law

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

Congress is considering a bill that would allow a person with a concealed carry permit in one state to legally carry the gun in another state, even if that state has stricter requirements for getting a permit. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Daniel Webster, the director of Johns Hopkins' Center for Gun Policy and Research, about the potential effects of a federal concealed carry reciprocity law.

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Aim To Improve Criminal Background Check System

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:51pm

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill aimed at closing gaps in reporting to the national background check system for firearms purchases. The bill comes as a response to the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which 26 people were killed.

How Disinformation And Distortions On Social Media Affected Elections Worldwide

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 1:28pm

Internet freedom declined again in the past year and "manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role" in 18 countries' elections — including the U.S., according to an annual report.

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House Approves GOP Tax Overhaul, With Senate Outlook Uncertain

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:49pm

The GOP measure would sharply reduce corporate tax rates and double the standard deduction many individuals take. Senate Republicans have their own bill, which could pass a committee vote on Friday.

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Judge Declares A Mistrial In Sen. Robert Menendez Corruption Trial

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:18pm

The Democratic senator from New Jersey had been accused of offering government favors in exchange for extravagant gifts.

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Woman Alleges Sen. Al Franken Groped Her Without Her Consent

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:26am

A woman has come forward with an account of alleged sexual assault by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in 2006. Franken is not denying the incident and apologized to the woman in a statement.

Sen. Al Franken Accused Of Sexual Assault By LA Model And Radio Host

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:44am

The Minnesota Democrat put out a statement apologizing for the 2006 incident, in which he is accused of forcibly kissing a woman while on a USO tour and later groping her while she was sleeping.

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"Obama: An Intimate Portrait" By Photographer Pete Souza

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:20am

From the fun to the solemn to the iconic, Souza's photographs defined an administration.

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A Power Shift In Zimbabwe

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:06am

Don't call it a "coup."

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Two Certainties In The Senate: Health And Taxes

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:06am

The much-vaunted Senate tax bill is now a health bill.

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Trump To Visit Capitol Hill To Rally Support For House Tax Bill

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 6:37am

Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Ron Estes of Kansas about the plan which would lower the cap on mortgage interest deductions and cut the corporate tax rate. There's a competing measure in the Senate.

Business Councils Remain Sidelined, But White House Gets Some CEO Guidance

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:02am

Three months ago, President Trump ended both his business advisory councils. Without reconstructing any of the boards, White House says the administration is talking to business leaders informally.

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No One Has Been Expelled From The Senate Since The Civil War

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 5:00am

There is no precedent for expelling a duly-elected Senate member for actions committed before they took office. In fact, there is little precedent for expelling senators at all.

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Lawyer For Alabama Senate Candidate Works To Discredit Accusers

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:04am

Republican Roy Moore's legal team is trying to discredit the sexual misconduct allegations against him. Rachel Martin talks to Don Dailey, who covers politics for Alabama Public Television.

House Lawmakers Scheduled To Vote Thursday On Tax Overhaul

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:04am

The House tax plan differs significantly from the version being sculpted in the Senate. Both plans seem to agree that a big corporate tax cut is needed. The president wants a tax measure by Christmas.

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