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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.

Sanctions on Ice

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:05pm

A story of sanctions, the Olympics, and a secret wing of the North Korean government.

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Doctors In Maine Say Halt In OxyContin Marketing Comes '20 Years Late'

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 2:27pm

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, won't promote opioids to doctors anymore. In Maine, physicians say the change should have happened long ago.

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Chicago's Iconic John Hancock Center To Lose Its Name

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 1:19pm

One thing is clear: Whatever company buys the building's naming rights, getting Chicagoans to change what they call it is another matter.

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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.

(Image credit: Scott Bauer/AP)

#MeToo's Next Step

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:06am

Does the movement have further to go, or has it sometimes gone too far?

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Cost Of U.S. Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 Is $1 Trillion And Climbing

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:00am

Economists tracking federal mortality data say the growth in costs of the opioid crisis doubled from 2001 to 2016. Opioids are undercutting productivity of people in prime working years — 30s and 40s.

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Fiscal Conservative Offers His Take On Trump's Budget Proposal

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:02am

Rachel Martin talks to Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation, who advises the Trump administration on economic matters. He says we are in "the Wild West of spending again."

Taking A Page From 'Shark Tank' To Put Up Political Candidates

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:00am

In Austin, a political nonprofit is employing a model from the tech industry to find and train candidates. It is pitting them against each other to win campaign funding and support.

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Drugmakers Spent Millions Promoting Opioids To Patient Groups, Senate Report Says

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:21am

The report released by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says the cozy relationship between pain advocacy groups and pharmaceutical companies may have played a key role in the opioid crisis.

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Trump Infrastructure Plan Would Pay For A Fraction Of Investment

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 8:36pm

The proposal says $1.5 trillion in spending is needed but allocates $200 billion over 10 years, with most of the rest of the funding burden shifted onto states and local governments.

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.

Sale Of Weinstein Company Paused After NY Attorney General Files Lawsuit

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

Hours before a sale was to be announced, the New York Attorney General sued the Weinstein Company. The suit aims to compensate company employees who were victims of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse — or part of a hostile workplace. It appears to have killed the sale for now.

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.

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 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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Porn And The Teenage Brain

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:06am

There is a lot of pornography on the internet. There are a lot of teenagers with smartphones.

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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