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Some Obama Appointees Staying On For Now, Trump Team Says

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:35pm

Those named are in important national security and economic positions, transition spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Thursday.

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WATCH: Rick Perry Jokes He Hopes Senator Is As Much Fun 'As You Were On Your Couch'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:59pm

Trump's nominee for energy secretary and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a former comedian, shared a moment of levity during Perry's confirmation hearing when Perry made an unintended double-entendre.

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Ethics Lawyers Call Trump's Business Conflicts 'Nakedly Unconstitutional'

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:49pm

Norm Eisen and Richard Painter discuss Trump's business conflicts. The new president will be "violating the constitutional conflicts clause ... as soon as he takes the oath of office," Eisen says.

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The America Donald Trump Is Inheriting, By The Numbers

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 1:27pm

Trump will be at the head of a nation with a relatively healthy economy, a healthcare system he has promised to overhaul, and facing a slew of international tensions.

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Education Department Drops Fight Over School Money

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:10am

A controversial idea falls by the wayside, for now, involving how schools can use federal money for low-income students.

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Trump Treasury Nominee Defends Profiting Off Foreclosure Crisis

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:29am

Steven Mnuchin, who ran a company that failed because of bad home loans, argued before the Senate Finance Committee that his actions saved thousands of jobs.

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Number Of Democrats Boycotting Trump Inauguration Grows

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

More than 50 House Democrats say they won't go to the inauguration. Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Yvette Clarke, who represents New York's 9th District, about her decision not to attend.

Cardin Sits On Senate Panels Considering Haley, Pruitt Nominations

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is being considered to be the Ambassador to the U.N; Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is up to head the EPA. David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland.

Sen. Moran Weighs In On Confirmation Hearing For Commerce Secretary

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Nominee Wilbur Ross reiterated in the hearing that renegotiating NAFTA is a top priority of the Trump administration. David Greene talks to GOP Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas about Ross's nomination.

Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee Faces Critics On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Andrew Puzder, CEO of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's franchises, has been outspoken about labor policies. He now faces critics from the left and right in his bid to become the next labor secretary.

Ohio Voter Is Politically Active; Native Americans To Meet With Trump Officials

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

During our Divided States follow-up, we hear from Trump supporter Linda Caudill, a retired Ohio businesswoman, and Bernie Sanders supporter Majerle Lister, a member of the Navajo Nation from Arizona.

Obama Opened The Way For Cynical Demagogue, Conservative Analyst Says

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Steve Inskeep talks to Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Wehner says the president failed on his promise to end the politics of division, which paved the way for Trump's election.

Mnuchin Likely To Face Questions Over Role In Foreclosures

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Treasury secretary pick Steve Mnuchin is expected to face hard questions at his confirmation hearing. During the financial crisis, Mnuchin led a bank that foreclosed on thousands of homeowners.

In Rick Perry Energy Hearing, Questions Likely On Nuclear Security, Environment

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:00am

Perry, nominee for energy secretary, has significant experience with energy as the former governor of Texas, but has little in regards to the nuclear weapons he'd be responsible for protecting.

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Scientists Concerned For Future Of National Labs As Rick Perry Seeks Top Energy Post

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:53am

The former Texas governor once wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy. Perry and Donald Trump have doubted climate science, an key area of research at some of the department's 17 national labs.

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Trump's Washington Hotel Draws Protesters — And Ethics Concerns

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:53am

When Trump becomes president, he may violate the lease on his Washington, D.C., hotel. A government agency owns the building, and the contract specifies no elected U.S. official may hold the lease.

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Trump Inherits Guantanamo's Remaining Detainees

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:52am

Despite President Obama's executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, dozens of detainees from the war on terror are still there.

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Trump To Nominate Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue To Head Agriculture Department

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:51pm

Perdue is popular with farmer groups and establishment Republicans. If he is confirmed, he will be in charge of food aid to the poor and other programs that some members of Congress want to cut.

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Nominee To Lead EPA Testifies He'll Enforce Environmental Laws

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:07pm

Scott Pruitt also told a Senate committee on Wednesday it's not clear how to measure humanity's effect on the climate. As attorney general of Oklahoma, he has filed many lawsuits against the agency.

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Obama's Final Press Conference As President, Annotated

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:20pm

NPR's politics team, with help from editors and reporters across the newsroom, annotated Obama's remarks on press freedom, Russia, the Middle East and more.

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