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Senators Begin Open Debate On Immigration

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:32am

Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama about what has been happening behind the scenes. There hasn't been a whole lot of visible progress on the immigration front.

New Legislation To Outlaw Failing To Report Sexual Abuse In Olympic Sports

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:03am

President Trump is expected to sign legislation that makes failure to report sexual assault in Olympic sports a crime. It's a response to the biggest sex abuse scandal in U.S. sports history.

The History Of Military Parades In The U.S.

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the history of military parades in the U.S.

Who Knew What When At The White House

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:03am

The scandal over a former White House staffer accused of domestic abuse has raised questions about who is handling sensitive information inside the West Wing.

Tennessee Gov. Haslam On Infrastructure Plan

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:03am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee about President Trump's plan for rebuilding infrastructure in the country.

News Brief: Rob Porter Scandal, Future Russian Interference, Netanyahu Investigated

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:03am

The FBI director said the agency completed its investigation of Rob Porter in July, contradicting the White House. Also, intelligence officials warn of more Russian election interference.

4 Big Questions Raised By The Latest White House Scandal

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:01am

The ouster of Rob Porter amid domestic violence allegations did nothing to quell the mysteries around his case, including the president's attitude toward victims of abuse.

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Can The U.S. Combat Election Interference If Some Don't Believe It's Happening?

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:00am

Senate intelligence committee members want to sound the alarm about the persistent threat to U.S. elections from foreign interference. But critics say the White House isn't doing enough.

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Before Joining Trump Administration, Mick Mulvaney Acted As Anti-Deficit Crusader

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:05pm

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was first elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and acted as an anti-deficit crusader. That is, until he became President Trump's budget director.

FBI Timeline For Rob Porter's Background Check Conflicts With What White House Said

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:05pm

The FBI director laid out a timeline for the background check investigation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter that conflicts with what President Trump's staff has said. Porter resigned amid allegations of domestic violence.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez Discusses Obstacles In Immigration Debate

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:05pm

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is part of the so-called "Gang of Six" — a group of six Republicans and Democrats from the Senate who have been working on a DACA deal for months. He speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about what he hopes will come out of this week's immigration debate, what the most challenging obstacles to a deal still are and what he thinks consensus can be reached on.

Mayor Of Findlay, Ohio Says Trump's Infrastructure Plan Could Help City Address Flooding

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:24pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Republican Mayor Lydia Mihalik of Findlay, Ohio, about President Trump's infrastructure budget. Mihalik talked with Trump in person about her town's need for funding to mitigate flooding on the Blanchard River. She says she has private investors interested in the project.

White House Wants To Cut U.S. Spending That's Helping Save Lives In South Sudan

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:24pm

The world's newest nation, South Sudan, is teetering on the brink of famine in the midst of a civil conflict. The man who runs the United Nations mission there came to Washington, D.C., hoping for continued U.S. help to put the country back on track.

Trump's Proposed Budget Gives Up Fight Against Deficit Spending

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:24pm

President Trump is proposing a budget plan that gives up the fight against deficit spending, which has long been a Republican goal. But Trump's budget concedes that goal; tax revenues will not catch up to spending as far as the eye can see.

Director Of National Intelligence Says 2018 Midterms Are Potential Target For Russian Influence

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:24pm

The Senate intelligence committee held its annual Worldwide Threats Hearing on Tuesday. Many of the bosses of the intelligence committee were there as the Russia imbroglio and North Korea were discussed.

Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As An 'Existential Threat' To Trump, Journalist Says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:36pm

Journalist Joshua Green describes the right-wing provocateur as a "very shrewd analyst of American politics." Right now, Green says, Bannon is particularly attuned to the #MeToo movement.

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FBI Director's Account Conflicts With White House Timeline Of Porter Investigation

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:10pm

FBI director Christopher Wray said the background check on former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter was complete months before Porter was forced to resign over allegations of domestic violence.

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Corker Oddly Quiet On Whether He Might Change His Mind On Retirement

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:55am

The Tennessee Republican senator is not denying reports that he is mulling over whether or not to run for reelection this year after all. Corker announced his retirement plans in September.

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Corker 'Listening Closely' As Some Have Encouraged Him To Reconsider Retiring

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:55am

The Tennessee Republican senator is not denying reports that he is mulling over whether to run for re-election this year after all. Corker announced his retirement plans in September.

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Twitter Bans GOP Contender For Racist Tweet Targeting Meghan Markle

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:01am

Paul Nehlen, who is running against House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin's GOP primary, posted an image of Prince Harry's fiancée mocked up as a black Mesolithic Brit.

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