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News Brief: Chemical Attack Blamed On Syrian Government

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 4:06am

The U.N. Security Council is expected to meet Monday to discuss reports of a chemical attack on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital Damascus. President Trump took to Twitter with his response.

Trump Touts Pruitt's 'Great Job,' But EPA Rollbacks Have A Long Road Ahead

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 4:00am

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt has moved to reverse or weaken dozens of environmental measures. But many face a slow regulatory process, and may yet be undone.

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As Rick Scott Eyes Senate, Evolving Florida Governor Faces Toughest Test Yet

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 4:00am

The GOP governor is expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Scott is a multimillionaire who will spend heavily to win, putting Democrats on defense amid a tough 2018 Senate map.

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Lobbyists, Campaign Cash And Think Tanks: How Silicon Valley Tackled Politics

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 4:00am

Facebook didn't open an office in Washington, DC until it was five years old and already worth billions. Last year, the company spent $12 million lobbying lawmakers and the federal government.

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Federal Prosecutor Takes On New Case As DOJ Point Person For Opioid Crisis

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 3:52am

The scale of the opioid addiction problem is immense. It has become so widespread, touching so many in states across the country that the administration has begun calling it "the crisis next door."

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Hungary's Viktor Orbán Sweeps To Re-Election, Securing Populist Party Majority

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 7:25pm

Orbán, 54, handily secured his third consecutive term on an anti-migration platform in an election with a record-high turnout. His right-wing Fidesz party is poised to regain majority in parliament.

How Trump Administration Will Respond To Syria Chemical Attack

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 7:11pm

What are the political implications of the alleged chemical attack in Syria? NPR's Mara Liasson lays out the possibilies.

The Youth Effort To Lower The Voting Age To 16

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 4:12pm

Youth organizers want the voting age lowered to 16. NPR's Michel Martin finds out about their effort from Lorelei Vaisse of Vote16USA.

Syrian Civil War: Parsing Mixed Signals From Trump Administration

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 4:12pm

President Trump has been giving mixed signals on the U.S. role in Syria. NPR's Michel Martin talks to NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith about how Trump may respond to the chemical attack.

Revisiting U.S. Policy On Syria

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 4:12pm

NPR's Michel Martin asks Republican Mike Rounds of South Dakota, who's on the Senate Armed Services Committee, how he and his colleagues want the president to respond to the Syrian chemical attack.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Readies To Testify On Capitol Hill

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 6:15am

Zuckerberg will testify in Congress about the shockingly vast access that political operatives had to data of its users. The news broke during another crisis, Facebook's role in the 2016 election.

As Revelations Mount, EPA Scott Pruitt Clings To His Job

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 6:15am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Politico reporter Emily Holden about the scandals surrounding Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Maryland Lawmakers Move To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 4:27pm

A bill banning conversion therapy for LGBT minors played out in a very personal way in the Maryland legislature. Erin Cox of the Baltimore Sun tells NPR's Michel Martin about the family drama.

'Lynchburg Revival' Activists Warn Of Rising 'Christian Nationalism'

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 4:27pm

Progressive evangelical activists, dismayed over their fellow Christians' continued support for President Trump, are gathering in Lynchburg, Va., home to Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.

A 'Blue Wave' Is Swelling

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 4:27pm

Charlie Sykes, longtime former host of conservative talk radio, tells NPR's Michel Martin Republicans are "freaking out" about a looming "blue wave" in November.

Lula Da Silva, Brazil's Beloved Ex-President, Says He Will Surrender After Standoff

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:52am

Early Saturday, supporters chanted "Resist!" as Lula greeted them from a union headquarters. He's been sentenced to 12 years in prison over corruption charges.

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Rep. Ro Khanna On Silicon Valley And Facebook

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 7:11am

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg heads to Congress next week. NPR's Scott Detrow talks to Rep. Ro Khanna, Democrat of California, who represents Silicon Valley.

Week In Politics: Tariffs And Pruitt

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 7:11am

The week in Washington was filled with talk of tariffs and the many controversies that have dogged EPA head Scott Pruitt.

What We Mean When We Talk About 'Suburban Women Voters'

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 6:01am

"Suburban women" have been a political fixation for decades. "We're really talking about...relatively educated and affluent whites," said one Republican strategist.

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Analysis: In Trump's Twitter Feed, A Tale Of Sound And Fury

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 6:01am

Trump's tweets delight supporters who say they find him honest, funny and refreshing. But his tweets distract and dismay his detractors, alienate many of his allies and misdirect much of the media.

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