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After working under three presidents, Nick Rasmussen is stepping down as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. In an exit interview, he tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly how terrorism threats have changed since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

FBI director Chris Wray is briefed Congress on Thursday. He faced questions about the Russia probe which has intensified in recent weeks.

After a series of allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced he will leave the Senate. Minnesota voters offer thoughts about Franken's political career.

"There is not going to be a neat ending," New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin says of the investigation into Russian meddling. A central issue is whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.

As Republicans prepare to pass their massive tax overhaul, they are planning to lessen, or even eliminate, the estate tax. Critics say the tax plays an important role in making the economy fair.

Several Jewish-American groups and evangelical Christians applauded President Trump's announcement. Other Christian and Jewish leaders as well as some Muslim-majority nations criticized the move.

The House and Senate are working to reconcile their versions of a tax plan, but one thing is certain: Big changes are ahead for the nation's schools and colleges.

Leaders from both parties in Congress are headed to the White House on Thursday to discuss a deal to keep the government funded, and Democrats are seeking legal protection for so-called DREAMers.

The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.

Atlanta's mayoral race is likely on its way to a recount. The tally separating the two candidates was fewer than 800 votes. The election has featured a lot of discussion about race. The candidate currently trailing, if elected, would be the first white mayor of Atlanta in decades.

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