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Mattis Travels To Saudi Arabia

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Defense Secretary James Mattis is traveling to Saudi Arabia at the start of a trip to several countries in the Middle East. We look at what the trip means for U.S. foreign relations.

Why Theresa May Called For An Early U.K. Election

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an early general election. We look at the reasons behind her decision.

Historian Says The U.S. Is 'Losing Hearts And Minds In Afghanistan'

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Aaron O'Connell about his book Our Latest Longest War. O'Connell, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, argues the U.S. is making the same mistakes it made in Vietnam.

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Tax Questions

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

Just in time to wrap up tax season, commentator Cokie Roberts talks with David Greene about the history of federal income taxes.

Playground Case Could Breach Barrier Between Tax Coffers, Religious Schools

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:07am

The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether Missouri should provide a grant to a church preschool, or if that violates the state's constitution. The state's new governor has abandoned the rule.

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Restaurant Group Joins Lawsuit Against Trump, Citing Unfair Competition

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:00am

The addition of two new plaintiffs may help bolster a suit alleging that President Trump is breaching the Constitution because his hotels and restaurants do business with foreign governments.

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Trump Will Toast NFL's Patriots At The White House — At Least Most Of Them

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump will host the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at the on Wednesday. The president has strong ties to the team. But some players are boycotting, saying they don't feel welcome.

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George H.W. Bush Treated At Houston Hospital For Pneumonia

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 1:36am

After treatment for a mild case of pneumonia at Methodist Hospital in Houston, former President Bush is being held there for observation while he regains his strength, spokesman Jim McGrath says.

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Georgia Special Election Headed To Runoff As Republicans Avoid Nightmare Scenario

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:46pm

Republicans escaped a potentially brutal loss — for now — by forcing a runoff in a closely watched special congressional election that Democrats have tried to cast as a referendum on President Trump.

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On Police Treatment, Asian-Americans Show Ethnic, Generational Splits

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:56pm

Younger Asian-Americans are more likely to cite unequal treatment by police than older generations, according to a survey of Asian-American voters who are also split on the issue along ethnic lines.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Call To Action: 'This Fight' Will Take Everybody

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:51pm

"Everybody's got to get out there and find the piece that they can do," the Democratic Massachusetts senator says. She talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about her new book, the middle class and activism.

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Protesters Step Up Calls For Trump To Release His Tax Returns

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

In recent days, demonstrators have been calling on President Trump to release his tax returns. But experts say even if the returns were released, they might not reveal much about specific sources of Trump's revenue and debts.

Trump's Latest Executive Order Targets High Skilled Worker Visa Program

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump announced an executive order on Tuesday that will sharpen the focus on the H1-B visa program. The tech industry is a key beneficiary and hopes this will prod Congress to overhaul the program.

Trump Travels To Wisconsin To Tout 'Buy American, Hire American' Policy

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump traveled to a tool making company in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday and announced an executive order that calls for stricter enforcement of laws requiring the federal government to buy American-made products when possible. The second part of the order will sharpen the focus on the H1-B visa program. The executive order calls on the departments of commerce, labor, homeland security and state to more strictly police the visa program, which is used to recruit foreign tech workers.

Iowa Republican Rod Blum Faces Tough Balancing Act In Swing District

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

While members of Congress are home in their districts for spring break, one Republican is getting some extra scrutiny at home. Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa is the only member of the Freedom Caucus who also represents a swing district that's a top target for Democrats in 2018.

Trump Congratulates Turkish President Erdogan On Winning Referendum

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council and former U.S. representative to NATO, about U.S. interests in Turkey after the referendum vote to give Turkish President Erdogan sweeping powers.

Democrats Face Divided Republican Field In Georgia Special Election

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

In the Atlanta suburbs, Democrats nationally have rallied around a candidate trying to pick off the House seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, against a divided GOP field.

What Trump's Taxes Would Not Show About His Finances

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

Demonstrators are calling on the president to release his tax returns. But even if the returns were released, a tax expert says, they might not reveal much about specific sources of revenue and debts.

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That 'Armada' Heading To North Korea? Actually, It Sailed South

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:01pm

The U.S. Navy cancelled a carrier strike group's planned visit to Australia amid a potential standoff with North Korea. It's still thousands of miles away.

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Simple Beats Nuance, Which Is Part Of Why Trump's Not Releasing Those Tax Returns

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 2:56pm

This has been said repeatedly, but it's worth repeating: There is nothing preventing the president from releasing his taxes while under audit.

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