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THIS WEEK IN RACE: Walls, ID Laws, and Getting Typecast

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 5:01am

How the border wall might keep undocumented migrants in the country, a study measures the effects of voter ID laws on minority turnout, and Bey's Grammy snubs illustrates about race and merit.

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As Our Leaders Live Longer, Calls For Presidential Dementia Testing Grow Louder

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 4:05am

The true health of politicians has likely been cloaked in secrecy since the days of Mesopotamian kings, but definitely since the Wilson administration. Has the time come to test presidents' cognition?

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Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford On Scott Pruitt And EPA

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford about Friday's vote to confirm Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. The vote is before a deadline for Pruitt to release emails with fossil fuel interests.

Trump Boasts Of 'Incredible Progress' In 4 Weeks Of Presidency

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

It's now four weeks since President Trump was sworn in. Despite setbacks, like the sacking of his national security adviser, Trump is talking about "incredible progress" he's made since taking office.

Russians React To Trump Aides' Reported Links To Russia

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

President Trump's been dogged by reports saying his aides had contact with Russian intelligence. We look at how people in Russia are reacting to the news.

Counterterrorism Expert Richard Clarke On Trump's Relations With Intelligence Agencies

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Rachel Martin speaks to former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke about Michael Flynn's resignation and the many developments related to the intelligence community this week.

Trump Attacks The Media As 'Dishonest'

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Donald Trump decided to hold a news conference Thursday, and spent much of it insulting the news media.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman On Fighting Trump Travel Ban

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about his legal challenges to the White House's travel ban and other ways he is opposing President Trump's agenda.

Trump's Thursday News Conference, Explained

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:59am

At a news conference Thursday, Donald Trump said the media is being "dishonest" and talked about his new nominee to lead the Department of Labor.

Robert Harward Turns Down Job as National Security Adviser

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:18pm

Harward was offered the job to replace Michael Flynn, who was fired Monday by Trump. But Harward said no, reportedly because the job was too demanding to bring him out of retirement.

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A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm

In southwestern Pennsylvania, collapsed mining and steel industries led to economic and environmental downturn. A divided father and daughter work to find common ground to save their hometown.

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Republican Health Care Proposal Would Cover Fewer Low-Income Families

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:36pm

The plan that House Republicans discussed Thursday would replace Affordable Care Act subsidies with tax credits and cut Medicaid funds to the states.

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Trump's Pick For Ambassador To Israel Faces Confirmation Hearing

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

A day after President Trump raised questions about the decades-old approach to Middle East peace, his pick to become ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has his confirmation hearing.

Trump Administration Signals Shift In Policy On DACA

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Tom Wong, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, about how the Trump administration may carry out immigration policy differently, especially for people previously considered low priority.

Refugee Agency World Relief Lays Off Workers In Response To Trump

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

World Relief, one of the main refugee resettlement agencies, will lay off a fifth of its staff members and close five offices due to President Trump capping refugee admissions this year at 50,000.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal Calls For Probe Into Michael Flynn

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Blumenthal of Connecticut about his call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to name a special counsel to investigate ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump Decries 'Fake News' Stories About Aides' Ties To Russia

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

President Trump held a free-flowing wide-ranging news conference on Thursday to defend his administration and decry what he called "fake news" stories about his associates' ties to Russia.

Boeing CEO Reportedly Listened In On Trump's F-35 Calls With Lockheed

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Bloomberg reporter Anthony Capaccio about Trump's calls to the general responsible for the Lockheed fighter jet program, with the Boeing CEO reportedly listening in.

DNC Chair Race Serves As Test To Determine Party's Future

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

As Democrats look to rebuild in the wake of the 2016 election, the race to chair the Democratic National Committee has become a test of which direction the party will go in.

GOP Lawmakers Prepare For Town Hall Events On Health Care Plans

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:31pm

House lawmakers are headed home for a week where many are facing potentially contentious town hall events with constituents over the Republican Party's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.




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