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House OKs Bill Allowing 'Mentally Incapacitated' Veterans To Buy Guns

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:00am

Critics of the bill say it could lead to more suicides — in one recent year, an average of 20 veterans per day died from suicide, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Trump Embraces One Of Russia's Favorite Propaganda Tactics — Whataboutism

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:02am

What's the easiest way to swing back at critics? For Trump (as well as Putin), it's to cry "hypocrite."

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Kushner Family Could Get Millions From Chinese Company In Real Estate Deal

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

The family of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a Chinese company appear to be close to a deal on a real estate property in New York City.

Zbigniew Brzezinski On Trump's Foreign Policy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Rachel Martin talks with former national security adviser for President Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski, who says President Trump does not have a clear foreign policy.

Two Economists With Opposing Political Views On The Trump Budget

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to University of Maryland economist Peter Morici and the former economist for Vice President Biden, Jared Bernstein, about President Trump's budget proposal.

Trump Friend Argues Against Republican Health Care Plan

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Steve Inskeep talks with Christopher Ruddy, CEO of the conservative Newsmax network and a friend of Trump. He wrote an article arguing for President Trump to ditch the Republican health care plan.

Germany's Angela Merkel To Meet With Trump

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Rachel Martin talks with Tanit Koch, the editor of Bild, Europe's best-selling newspaper, about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the U.S. and her meeting with Trump.

Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Skeptical Of Federal Agency Power

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Judge Neil Gorsuch has said deferring to agencies is an abdication of judicial responsibility. He is expected to be grilled on this at Monday's confirmation hearings.

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Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:27am

The outline released Thursday by the White House reduces funding for public housing, Meals on Wheels, community grants and more. Trump's lead budget official says such programs aren't proven to work.

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Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:23am

Advocates on both sides of the aisle say the GOP health care bill will be bad for Texas because it will lead to more people without coverage and punish the state because it did not expand Medicaid.

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Judge Gorsuch's Writings Signal He Would Be A Conservative On Social Issues

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:00pm

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ruled on the Hobby Lobby case before it reached the high court. His concurrence argued religious freedom could extend even further than the Supreme Court ruled.

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Former Trump National Security Adviser Was Paid To Advise Russian Firms

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:54pm

Michael Flynn collected more than $50,000 by companies, including a Kremlin-backed television network, to talk about U.S. intelligence, according to documents released in a congressional inquiry.

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Trump's Campaign Rhetoric Hinders Legal Argument For Travel Ban

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, about how President Trump's speech against Muslims during the campaign has hurt him in his legal arguments for the travel ban.

Trump Faces Uphill Climb In Pledge To Eliminate Agencies

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

The White House wants to increase efficiency in the federal government and that could mean eliminating agencies. That, however, is easier said than done.

House Freedom Caucus Member Responds To White House Budget Proposal

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Rep. Warren Davidson, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, about the White House budget proposal. He says the proposal is a step in the right direction, but he would like to see further cuts going forward.

Former USAID Head Criticizes Trump's Proposed Cuts To State Department

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Andrew Natsios, the former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, about the Trump administration's proposal to cut the State Department's budget by 29 percent.

Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:02pm

The proposed spending cuts released on Thursday would affect local arts groups as well as public radio and TV stations nationwide.

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Trump Violating Lawyers' First Rule For Clients: Keep Your Mouth Shut

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:30pm

The president and his advisers are playing into lawyers' worst nightmare: digging their legal case into a deep hole by making remarks outside the courtroom.

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:31am

The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.

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Trump's Budget Blueprint Pinches Pennies For Education

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 10:03am

The proposal from the White House calls for a $1.4 billion increase in funding for school choice; a total of $9 billion in cuts.

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