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Looking At George Papadopoulos' Connections In The Russia Investigation

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

The name "George Papadopoulos" became associated with Donald Trump in March of 2016, when the then-presidential candidate listed him among his foreign policy team. Now, nearly two years later, Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and is believed to be the reason for the start of the Russia investigation.

White House Lays Out Top Infrastructure Priorities In Long-Awaited Plan

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

President Trump released his long-awaited plan to direct $1.5 trillion toward upgrading U.S. roads, bridges, airports and other public works projects. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with DJ Gribbin, special assistant to the President for infrastructure policy, about Trump's priorities.

The Winners And Losers Of Trump's $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

President Trump released his $1.5 trillion infrastructure financing plan at the White House Monday. The plan calls for spending $200 billion over 10 years to repair and rebuild highways, bridges, airports, seaports, and water systems. Half of that funding will be used as incentives to get cities, counties and states to finance at least 80 percent of the infrastructure costs themselves.

What Kinds Of Proposals Are Being Considered As Senate Immigration Debate Begins?

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

The Senate began an unusual debate on immigration Monday. There's no specific bill to debate, and no certainty on how long this debate will go, or what it will ultimately produce.

How Mick Mulvaney Is Changing The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

President Trump's appointee running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making radical changes to make the agency less aggressive in its mission. An internal memo obtained by NPR says the CFPB will unveil a new strategic plan on Monday. The moves are frustrating staffers at the bureau.

Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 2:21pm

The Trump administration is proposing drastic changes in the "food stamp" program, now called SNAP. People getting that aid would lose much of their ability to choose what food they buy.

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Trump Offers Spending Blueprint, But Congress Already Wrote The Check

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:55am

President Trump has unveiled his spending priorities Monday, calling for more spending on the military, border security and the opioid crisis.

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The Courts Draw The Line For Gerrymandering

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 9:06am

Who should determine legislative districts — lawmakers, judges or algorithms?

Immigration Debate To Start As A Jump Ball In The Senate

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 8:43am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is launching an unpredictable process Monday, affording lawmakers the chance to bring any ideas to the floor. "Whoever gets to 60 [votes] wins," he said.

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Are Democrats Willing To Support Trump's Infrastructure Plan?

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:30am

Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, about President Trump's infrastructure plan.

With Budget Deal Behind Them, Senators Open Immigration Debate

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:30am

The Senate takes up debate on an immigration Monday. Rachel Martin talks to Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma who is among a group of senators introducing an immigration overhaul bill.

U.S. Needs A Long-Term Infrastructure Plan, Ray LaHood says

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood about the country's infrastructure and what he'll be looking for in the package President Trump is expected to unveil Monday.

Morning News Brief: Immigration Debate, CFPB Changes

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

The Senate takes the unusual step of starting an open-ended debate on immigration. The agency that makes sure consumers get a fair deal with financial institutions will make some radical changes.

Trump Administration To Defang Consumer Protection Watchdog

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:11am

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making the agency less aggressive in its mission. An internal memo obtained by NPR says the CFPB will unveil a strategic plan to that end.

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Stock Market Swings May Rock More Minds Than Wallets

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:00am

Many consumers will watch to see where the market swings this week. Few take a direct financial hit when the markets fall, but that can still affect attitudes about the economy — and the president.

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Former Trump Campaign Adviser Was More Than A Coffee Boy, Fiancee Says

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:00am

Simona Mangiante is defending her future husband, George Papadopoulos, and is telling a much different story than the one coming from the White House and from allies of Presidnt Trump.

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Trump To Unveil Long-Awaited $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 9:44pm

The proposal is expected to shift much of the funding burden onto states and local governments. Critics say that will lead to higher state and local taxes and an increased reliance on user fees.

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Pro Trump And Pro DACA: An Evangelical Minister Shares His Views

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:55pm

The deadline for Congress to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is March 5. NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Rev. Johnnie Moore, a Trump advisor who is pro DACA.

As Congress Debates Immigration, DREAMers Are In Limbo Along With Their Families

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:55pm

As the Senate turns to immigration, there's also a lot at stake for the young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers — and for millions of their family members, too.

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Teens Run For Kansas Governor

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:02am

Seventeen-year-old Jack Bergeson is one of several teenage candidates for governor in Kansas. He talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his platform and why he decided to run.

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