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How Democrats Are Using Confirmation Hearings To Attack Trump

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 4:00am

Democrats are utilizing confirmation hearings to attack the president-elect's words and positions, which could continue today as Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson faces questions on Russia.

2 Ethics Lawyers Plan To Listen Closely To Trump's News Conference

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Donald Trump is holding a long-awaited press conference on Wednesday. Rachel Martin talks 2 people waiting for what Trump has to say: former White House ethics lawyers, Norm Eisen and Richard Painter.

Farewell Speech Highlights White House Wins Over The Last 8 Years

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

President Obama defended his legacy in a farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night. He also underscored some of the challenges facing the country as he prepares to leave office in nine days.

Unconfirmed Reports Allege Collusion Between Russia And Trump Campaign

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Reports are circulating that intelligence officials briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump on a dossier that is circulating which alleges Russia has compromising information about Trump.

At Confirmation Hearing, Sen. Sessions Links Police Morale To Crime Spike

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Police say protests have made them feel more threatened and less inclined to do their jobs. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, echoed that sentiment in his testimony.

#AskCokie: A Look Back At Presidential Press Conferences

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts drops by Morning Edition for her latest segment of #AskCokie. She and Rachel Martin examine the history of presidential press conferences.

Senate Panel To Evaluate Whether An Oilman Can Be A Good Statesman

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Trump's pick as America's top diplomat is to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senators are expected to question former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his views on Russia.

Obama, In Farewell Address, Urges Americans To Engage In Government

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

President Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday night in Chicago. He talked about the meaning of democracy in America. Rachel Martin talks to former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett about the speech.

Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:54am

Liens filed by construction firms against the Trump Organization's new luxury Washington hotel claim they're owed more than $5 million for unpaid work. The federal government holds the building lease.

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Seriously, What A Day: 8 Things That Actually Happened On Tuesday

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 8:00pm

Tuesday was an insane news day, with confirmation hearings, explosive new allegations about Trump's ties to Russia, and a death sentence in a high-profile case, among other things. And more to come.

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Watch Live: Obama Addresses The Nation In Farewell Speech

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 7:46pm

The president will speak on Tuesday night in Chicago. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors across the newsroom, will be live-annotating his remarks.

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Trump Denies Allegations Of Secret Ties, Collusion Between Campaign And Russia

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 7:41pm

Intelligence officials recently briefed both Obama and Trump about the unconfirmed reports. U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russia engaged in an extensive hacking effort during the 2016 election.

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Obama Heads Home To Chicago To Bid Presidency Farewell

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 6:44pm

Obama is expected to defend his administration's legacy even as President-elect Donald Trump threatens to roll back some of his signature proposals, including Obamacare and climate change regulations.

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5 Takeaways From Jeff Sessions' Attorney General Hearing, So Far

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 6:29pm

Many of the questions during Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for attorney general centered on whether he would stand up to the president-elect's more controversial stances.

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Alaskan Village, Citing Climate Change, Seeks Disaster Relief In Order To Relocate

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:08pm

Rising temperatures and thawing permafrost threaten tiny Newtok. Its residents want President Obama to declare an official disaster, to unlock the millions it needs to move the community.

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Student Painting Depicting Cops As Animals Sparks Tensions On Capitol Hill

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:04pm

The painting is one of hundreds on display in a U.S. Capitol hallway as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition. The artist is from the Missouri district that includes Ferguson.

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Before Farewell Speech, Chicagoans Reflect On President Obama's Legacy

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:48pm

Chicago got a chance to celebrate the victory of Barack Obama's election to the presidency twice. Now, as he delivers his farewell speech, residents reflect on what he meant for their city.

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LISTEN: Before Obama Was President, In His Own Words On NPR

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:27pm

NPR listeners first heard Barack Obama in the 1990s before he became a politician. Here are some of his earliest appearances as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review and as an activist.

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Despite The Facts, Trump Once Again Embraces Vaccine Skeptics

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:11pm

Theories that a preservative in childhood vaccines could cause autism have been dismissed and disproven. But that's not stopping the incoming president from launching a commission looking into it.

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Insurance Customers In Pennsylvania Look To Trump To Ease Their Burden

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 3:42pm

Two Pennsylvania voters who buy health insurance on HealthCare.gov are frustrated with how expensive the plans have become. They voted for Trump in hopes he can bring down health insurance costs.

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