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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.

Trump Wishes Former Aide Well After Accusations Of Domestic Violence

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 1:22pm

President Trump says he was surprised by domestic violence accusations against former staff secretary Rob Porter. "It was very sad when we heard about it," he said. Porter has denied the allegations.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:06am

Winter sports aren't the only games being played on the world stage.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 9:06am

It was a week of ups and downs.

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Small-Government Conservatives Unhappy With Budget Deal

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 6:18am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Akash Chougule of Americans for Prosperity about the budget deal that's drawn the ire of fiscal conservatives.

Trump's Choice For New Ethics Chief Wins Praise: 'Somebody Who Plays It By The Book'

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 4:00am

Emory Rounds III is "somebody who plays it by the book," said former White House ethics counsel Richard Painter.

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Republicans Struggle To Find Senate Recruits In Key Races

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:53am

There are at least a half-dozen states where Republicans failed to woo their first choice into the contest, despite a Senate map heavily stacked against Democrats.

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News Brief: Government Funding Lapses, Market Volatility, Syria

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:52am

The federal government's funding lapsed after Sen. Rand Paul stalled a vote. Also, a look at recent swings in the stock market and how the fight against ISIS in Syria is getting more complicated.

Budget Negotiations Latest

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:52am

We have the latest on federal budget negotiations after Sen. Rand Paul delayed a vote past midnight, triggering another government funding lapse.

In His First Year As Attorney General, Sessions Transforms Justice In Key Ways

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:52am

In one year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has managed to transform the Justice Department in the areas of civil rights, immigration and drug policy.

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Government Funding Lapses While Congress Looks To Vote On Budget Deal

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 11:04pm

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., stalled a Senate vote past midnight due to his concern about spending levels in the bill, triggering at least the second temporary government funding impasse in three weeks.

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Budget Deal In Limbo Amid Scramble To Avoid Partial Shutdown At Midnight

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 6:44pm

Senate leaders had hoped to pass the bill early in the day but were forced to wait after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., objected. Paul plans to force the Senate to wait until early Friday morning.

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