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Week In Politics: Republican Efforts To Overhaul The Tax Code

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:17pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times, about Republican leadership's bad week and the rollout of a Republican effort to overhaul the tax code.

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns After Private Plane Controversy

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:17pm

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price offered his resignation earlier today and President Trump accepted.

Price Resigns From Trump Cabinet Amid Private Jet Investigations

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 3:50pm

HHS Secretary Tom Price, who earned a reputation in the House as a budget hawk critical of government waste, resigned Friday after President Trump criticized him for chartering private jet flights.

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Renewed Calls For Patriotism Over Politics When Drawing District Lines

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:18pm

It's not against the law for politicians to consider politics when they're redrawing districts, but the situation in Wisconsin is particularly aggressive.

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An Absent EPA Climate Report, And A Tale Of Two Flooded Superfund Sites

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:16pm

A 2014 EPA climate report warned that Superfund site cleanup and monitoring processes needed updates to prepare for more severe floods. That report is no longer located on the current agency website.

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U.S. State Department Pulling Staff From Cuba

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:19am

The State Department will pull out all nonessential staff, citing mysterious attacks on diplomats that have caused symptoms including dizziness and hearing problems. The U.S. Embassy will remain open.

Lawmakers Meet With Twitter Reps After Russia Spreads Misinformation

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 6:34am

Before joining Congress, Rep. Will Hurd was a senior adviser to a cybersecurity firm. He sits on the House Intelligence Committee and talks to Rachel Martin about Twitter, technology and Russia.

Price To Reimburse Partial Cost Of Charter Flights

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is going to reimburse taxpayers nearly $52,000 for his seats on private charter planes that reportedly cost taxpayers more than $400,000.

News Brief: Price's Flights, NFL Protests, Catalan Referendum

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says he will pay back part of the cost of his charter flights. Also, more NFL players may protest Trump's national anthem comments.

Why Changing Business Taxes Is So Difficult

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

Mary Louise Kelly talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the trickiness of tweaking business taxes.

Jonah Goldberg On GOP Divisions

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

Mary Louise Kelly talks with Jonah Goldberg of National Review about the recent victory of Roy Moore and the failure of Republicans in Congress to pass their latest health care proposal.

Football Fans Tackle Recent National Anthem Protests

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

Some protests continued in the National Football League after President Trump attacked players who have knelt during the national anthem. Fans in Wisconsin weighed in.

Democrats Try To Force Dream Act Vote, As GOP Rolls Out Conservative DACA Fix

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:00am

Democrats this week introduced a rare procedural move to force a vote on the Dream Act, while Republicans rolled out a conservative–friendly option aimed at resolving the legal status of DREAMers.

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Trump Is No-Show For FBI Director Chris Wray's Installation

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 3:39am

Wray, who was confirmed by the Senate in August, was officially sworn in on Thursday. Wray was picked to head the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey in May.

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Trump Deleting Strange Tweets After Luther's Loss Raises Legal Questions

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 4:06pm

After Roy Moore defeated the president's chosen candidate, Trump acted to remove evidence of his support. Transparency advocates argue the move is part of a larger pattern of poor record-keeping.

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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's Speech At Trump's D.C. Hotel Draws Criticism

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch didn't cross any legal line by making the speech at the Trump Hotel in D.C., but ethics experts say the optics surrounding the event don't look great.

HHS Tom Price Not The Only Cabinet Official With A Private Plane Problem

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

The job of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price could be at stake after it was revealed he had flown on private jets at taxpayers' expense.

Rep. Scalise Returns To Capitol Following Shooting

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., returned to the Capitol today, three months after being shot during a congressional GOP baseball practice.

Many Muslim Travelers Are Anxious After Latest Travel Restrictions

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

The White House's latest travel ban revision was meant to calm concerns over anti-Muslim bias. But for nearly two decades, traveling while Muslim has ranged from uncomfortable to frightening for many.

New Report Argues That Russian Cyber Meddling Is An Extension Of Cold War Tactics

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Jacobson, a professor at Georgetown University, about a new report from the Pell Center about Russian meddling in U.S. politics.

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