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New York Governor Proposes Free College For Lower-Income Students

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:02pm

Democrat Andrew Cuomo says his plan would allow students from families earning less than $125,000 a year to attend state-run schools without paying tuition.

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Ford Scraps Plans For Mexico Plant In Surprise Move

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

In a surprise move, Ford said Tuesday it is scrapping plans to build a $1.6 billion small car assembly plant in Mexico after criticism from Donald Trump about its decision to build the plant.

First Leader Outlines History Of Congressional Ethics Office

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Leo Wise, who served as the first head of the Office of Congressional Ethics, about the history of the office.

Republicans Plan To Repeal Affordable Care Act In New Session

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

Congress is expected to take up repeal of the Affordable Care Act this week. The plan is still sketchy, but some details are starting to emerge.

GOP Leaders Ready To Push Ambitious Agenda As Congress Returns

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

Congress is back, and Republican leaders are ready to push an ambitious agenda with unified GOP control of Capitol Hill and the White House for the first time in a decade.

Trump Nominates Robert Lighthizer As U.S. Trade Representative

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

Donald Trump nominated Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. trade representative. Lighthizer will be tasked with helping to implement an overhaul of U.S. trade policy that will feature tariff threats against a number of U.S. trading partners.

Hillary And Bill Clinton To Attend Trump Inauguration

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:02pm

George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, also announced Tuesday they would attend. And Jimmy Carter has previously announced his intention to be on hand.

Anticipating Trump: Deportation Fears Give Immigrant Advocates A Boost

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 2:28pm

Nationwide, local officials have vowed to defy President-elect Trump should he try to deport immigrants in their cities. Some advocates wish they'd stood up sooner.

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Prominent Trump Backers Sign Letter Pushing To End Conflicts Of Interest

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 2:28pm

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't done enough to separate his role as president from his role as businessman, several high-profile conservatives and others wrote in an open, bipartisan letter.

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Nonreligious Americans Remain Far Underrepresented In Congress

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 1:55pm

Only one member of Congress is religiously unaffiliated, but more than 1 in 5 Americans is.

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Trump's Pick For U.S. Trade Representative Hints At Big Policy Overhaul

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:33pm

Robert Lighthizer, 69, has long advocated a tougher stand on trade with China, which is in line with President-elect Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric.

Megyn Kelly Is Leaving Fox News To Join NBC News

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:30pm

Kelly's decision to move to NBC, a network that President-elect Donald Trump and some conservative pundits have branded as "liberal," isn't a complete surprise.

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What Is House GOP Trying To Do With Vote On Congressional Ethics Office?

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:44am

NPR's political director gives us the latest on moves by House Republicans to curb an independent ethics watchdog. President-elect Donald Trump has already weighed in.

After Backlash, Including From Trump, House GOP Drops Weakening Of Ethics Office

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:43am

After a late-night vote and an ensuing public relations debacle, House Republicans reversed themselves on a decision that would have taken the teeth out of the Office of Congressional Ethics.

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Trump Picks Robert Lighthizer To Be U.S. Trade Representative

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:48am

Donald Trump's transition team made the announcement Tuesday. Lighthizer was deputy trade representative under Ronald Reagan, and is seen by many as a longtime advocate of more protectionist rules.

House Republicans Act In Secret To Weaken Ethics Panel

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:45am

GOP members voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence. Rachel Martin talks to Richard Painter, the chief ethics counselor for President George W. Bush. about the vote.

What Congress's First Bill Tells Us About The Nation's Political Priorities

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:00am

When the new Congress convenes, Republican leaders will focus on dismantling Obamacare. The first bill introduced in past Congressional sessions gives a timeline of political history.

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Rep. Adam Schiff Weighs In On Russian Hacking Evidence

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Community, about Russia's alleged role in hacking the DNC, and Trump's doubts about U.S. intelligence findings.

Rush Is On To Get Cleared Guantanamo Detainees Out Before Trump Takes Over

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

The White House is pushing to get the 23 cleared detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp before Donald Trump is sworn in. Rachel Martin talks to reporter Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald.

Obamacare Architect: Compromise Is Possible With GOP Foes

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:09am

On Wednesday, President Obama will meet with Democrats to discuss how to prevent Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act. David Greene talks to Zeke Emanuel, an architects of the law.

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