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Pennsylvania Proposes New Districts

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

Pennsylvania Republicans have unveiled a new map for congressional districts after a court order.

Week In Politics: John Kelly And Rob Porter

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, the man who was meant to bring calm to the stormy seas of the Trump White House — has found himself at the center of the Rob Porter scandal.

Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier On The Democrats' Memo

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Rep. Jackie Speier of California, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, about a classified Democratic memo on FBI surveillance.

What The Budget Deal Means For Medicare Drug Prices

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

The new budget will likely lower the cost of expensive prescription drugs for Medicare patients. Elisabeth Rosenthal of Kaiser Health News talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

Democratic Funder Tom Steyer On Budget Deal

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Democratic billionaire donor Tom Steyer on his reaction to this week's budget deal which had no provision around DACA. That's angered many Democrats, including Steyer.

'This Bill Was Atrocious': Rep. Mark Sanford On Spending Bill

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

Fiscal conservatives are not happy about the new budget deal. NPR's Scott Simon talks with South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford.

Why Trump Blocked The Democrats' Memo

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

The White House has blocked, for now, the release of a Democratic memo that accuses Republicans of cherry picking intelligence to criticize the FBI and protect the President.

The Russia Investigations: Democrats Try To Counterattack But Lose A Key Weapon

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 6:00am

Democrats go out on a limb getting behind the author of an unverified dossier but the president isn't ready — yet — to release their countermemo, a week after a GOP memo was released.

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Rep. Schiff Reacts To Trump's Decision To Not Immediately Release Democratic Memo

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:28pm

President Trump blocked the release of a Democratic memo rebutting an earlier Republican memo. The White House said the Democrats' response had too much secret information.

Trump Will Not Immediately Release Democratic Memo, Suggests Revisions

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:53pm

The White House's top lawyer said that Trump "is inclined to declassify" the countermemo but it "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" so he cannot right now.

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Albuquerque Newspaper Apologizes For Racist Cartoon About DREAMers

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:18pm

The editor of paper said she assumed the drawing would spark debate. Instead, the depiction of young immigrants as thugs, terrorists and gang members drew protests.

Rachel Brand, Third In Command At The Justice Department, Is Leaving Her Post

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 6:01pm

Her departure is notable as she would be in line to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is supervising the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

No. 3 Justice Department Official Rachel Brand Will Step Down

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 5:16pm

The associate attorney general's departure will leave a key vacancy in the succession of people who are tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Concerns Rise As Missouri's Legislature Is Struggling To Fund Basic Services

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:57pm

In Missouri, the state's embattled governor and GOP legislature are struggling to fund basic services, such as roads, higher education institutions, and health care for disabled. Even some Republicans are worried that the state is following a path that Kansas took earlier in the decade, when the GOP starkly cut taxes — and later had to raise them.

Agency Conducting Government Background Checks Has Backlog Of 700,000

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:57pm

Thousands of jobs with the government dealing with national security and other sensitive issues require applicants to get a background check or security clearance. But the agency conducting the checks has a backlog of some 700,000 applications. Members of Congress say this poses a serious national security risk.

California Lawmaker, Outspoken Leader Of #MeToo Movement, Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:57pm

When the #MeToo movement sparked nearly 150 women around the California state capitol to sign a letter declaring, "We Said Enough," Cristina Garcia added her's. Now, she's been accused of harassment.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Profile Is Rising Even With Added Pressure

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:57pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a marathon speech on the floor this week to protest a lack of action on immigration. It highlighted the limits of her power, though she remains a potent force for Republicans to rally against.

The Implications Of The House Intelligence Committee Sticking To Party Lines

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:57pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Jeremy Bash, former chief Democratic counsel for the House Intelligence Committee. He talks about the implications for how the committee is separating themselves along party lines.

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Spends Too Much Money For Most Conservative Republicans

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:25pm

The federal government reopened after a brief government shutdown and fallout continues over the dismissal of former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. NPR's Ari Shapiro is joined by Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post, and Erick Erickson, of The Resurgent blog, to discuss the shutdown, Porter and more of this week's top political stories.

After Passing Budget Deal, Congress Turns To Immigration Without A Clear Plan

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:25pm

Now that Congress has passed a two-year budget deal they will move ahead on immigration legislation, but it's not clear what kind of plan could pass. Many Republicans also remain sore over an increase in deficit spending.

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