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Democrat Pushes For New Party Leaders

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:07am

As the Democratic Party celebrates its win in red Alabama, some Democrats are calling for a shift in the party leadership. Steve Inskeep talks with Rep. Linda Sanchez of California.

What's Next For Republicans After Alabama Loss

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:07am

What does a Republican loss in the Alabama Senate race mean for Republicans going forward? NPR's David Greene speaks with Republican strategist Alex Conant.

Jones Victory Credited To African-American Voters

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:07am

David Greene talks with Birmingham City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson about a well-organized get-out-the-vote effort that's credited with motivating black voters in Alabama.

Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:07am

Shop around. That's the advice of health insurance navigators for people seeking health policies on the Affordable Care Act's state and federal exchanges. Premiums have climbed but so have subsidies.

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New Year To Bring New Test For Trump Administration On Key Russia Sanctions

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:07am

On the fifth anniversary of an important Russian sanctions law, Bill Browder, who pushed for the law, says the Trump administration faces an opportunity to show strength — or leniency — to Putin.

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As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:00am

The federal agency is about to decide if all Internet traffic should be treated equally. And yet among 22 million comments the FCC received, many were fake. Some are calling for a delay on the vote.

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Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:40am

Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead in his car of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound days after an investigative report raised past accusations of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

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'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:37pm

More than 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Doug Jones in Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday and Jones had the support of 98 percent of black women, according to exit polling.

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Nancy French On Implications Of Alabama Election For Christian Conservatives

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

Nancy French is a Southern, conservative Christian writer who has written about her experience as the victim of childhood sexual abuse, her break with the Republican Party over Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and about empathizing with Roy Moore's Moore's accusers. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with French about Alabama's special election and its implications for Christian conservatives.

Deputy AG Rosenstein Defends Special Counsel Investigation Before Congress

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before Congress on Wednesday. Rosenstein defended the special counsel in the face of Republicans' allegations of anti-Trump political bias among the investigators.

African-American Voters Turned Out In Alabama's U.S. Senate Election

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

African-American voters turned out in big numbers to help propel Democrat Doug Jones' upset victory in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. It was a surprising show of political muscle by a community that's been locked out of power in a Republican-dominated state.

Trump Says Republicans Are Close To Passing Tax Bill

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

In a speech Wednesday, President Trump made the case for why the Republican tax measure would be good for Americans. The remarks come after a big political loss for the president in Alabama.

Republicans Reconcile House And Senate Versions Of Tax Deal

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax deal. GOP leaders hope to pass the bill next week and achieve their first major legislative achievement this year.

President Of Alabama NAACP On Democrat Doug Jones' Win

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

In Alabama's special U.S. Senate election, African-Americans made up as much as 30 percent of the electorate — with 96 percent of them voting for Democrat Doug Jones. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Benard Simelton, President of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, about the NAACP's get-out-the-vote campaign in the race.

What Trump's Most Retweeted Tweet In 2017 Says About The Past Year

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

All Things Considered is continuing to look at the past year in a series called "Highly Specific Superlatives." On Wednesday, we look at the most retweeted Trump tweet and what this single missive says about the 2017.

What Democrat Doug Jones' Win In Alabama Means For Congress

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special U.S. Senate election. This means the state will send a Democrat to the Senate for the first time in two decades, shrinking the GOP majority and emboldening Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

After Special Election, Alabama Will Send Democrat To Senate For First Time In 25 Years

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:26pm

Doug Jones is the first Democrat to win a Senate election in Alabama in a quarter century. Although he wasn't a household name in the state before the campaign began, Jones has a long history in state politics.

HealthCare.gov Enrollment Ends Friday. Sign-ups Likely to Trail Last Year's

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 3:03pm

A shorter enrollment period and big cuts in the federal budget for outreach are taking a toll, say those helping with health insurance sign-ups. Deadlines for most state exchanges are a little later.

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5 Takeaways From The Stunning Alabama Senate Election

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:03pm

A Democrat hasn't been elected to the Senate from Alabama in a quarter century. It happened Tuesday night. Here's what it all means.

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GOP Lawmakers Agree On Final Tax Package, Hatch Says

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:28am

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax bill, as GOP leaders aim to pass it next week.

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