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Mark Kelly, Husband Of Gabrielle Giffords, On Baseball Shooting

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

After the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, Steve Inskeep talks to Mark Kelly. Kelly's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was a congresswoman when she was shot in an assassination attempt in 2011.

Morning News Brief: Trump Implementing Cuba Restrictions, Congress Plays Ball

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:05am

President Trump is imposing new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. Also, Democrats and Republicans faced each other in congressional baseball, and an update on the London fire investigation.

Scalise Is The 17th Member of Congress Shot While In Office

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:21am

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., remains in critical condition after being shot Wednesday during a morning baseball practice.

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Trump Adopts Harder Line On Cuba

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:00pm

President Trump is imposing new restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. Individual travelers may have to join tour groups. And business ties with the Cuban military will be sharply curtailed.

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A Day After Alexandria Shooting, More Questions, Few Answers

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 7:53pm

Two victims remain in critical condition after the attack on a GOP baseball practice. Gunman James Hodgkinson had sold his possessions in Illinois before heading to Washington in March.

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Wife Of GOP Baseball Practice Shooter Speaks Out

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:23pm

For the first time since the shooting, the wife of James T. Hodgkinson spoke to reporters on Thursday. Hodgkinson opened fire on members of Congress at baseball practice in suburban Washington, D.C.

Vice President Pence Hires Outside Lawyer To Deal With Russia Inquiries

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 5:19pm

The vice president has hired Richard Cullen, a former U.S. attorney and member of George W. Bush's legal team during the 2000 recount, to respond to inquiries from special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Russia Probe Raises Legal Questions About Obstruction Of Justice

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ryan Goodman, a law professor at New York University, about obstruction of justice and the legal processes behind it when dealing with a case against a sitting president.

Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting Puts Spotlight On Political Divide

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Before coming to Virginia, the Alexandria gunman lived in Belleville, Ill. Residents there were shocked by Wednesday's shootings, and say they're concerned about the nation's increasing political divides.

Special Counsel Expands Russia Probe To Include Trump, Reports Say

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:29pm

President Trump is calling the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" after reports that Mueller is looking into whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Defense Secretary James Mattis Keeps Low Profile Amid White House Controversy

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:29pm

Defense Secretary James Mattis is one of most influential figures in the Trump administration, and yet recently he has been trying to keep the lowest profile possible. NPR accompanied him on a trip to Asia and has been watching his recent appearances on Capitol Hill.

Members Of Congress Prepare For Charity Baseball Game After Shooting

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:29pm

A day after Rep. Steve Scalise and four others were shot during morning baseball practice, members of Congress are going ahead with their annual charity game on Thursday night.

Kushner Firm Gives Up On Getting Tax Break For Jersey City Development

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:20pm

Kushner Companies tried to win a 30-year tax break for the project in New Jersey. But that effort generated opposition, and now the firm run by the family of Jared Kushner is abandoning its request.

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'We Will Not Give In To Fear': Congress Is Still Ready To Play Ball

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:20pm

The traditional Congressional Baseball Game is being played Thursday night at Washington's Nationals Park, in spite of the shooting at the GOP practice on Wednesday morning.

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Biden Talks Trump, Faith And Fate In Front Of A Live 'Fresh Air' Audience

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 2:19pm

Joe Biden became a senator at 30 and this is the first time in 44 years that he hasn't been in office. He talks with Terry Gross about patterns in U.S. politics and his hopes for the Trump presidency.

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Before And After Shooting, Congress Faces Violent Threats

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:18pm

Even before a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, injuring Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a number of threats in recent months have worried Congress.

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Putin Offers Political Asylum To James Comey, Citing Potential Prosecution In U.S.

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:11am

"What's the difference between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden?" Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Thursday, responding to a question in his annual Direct Line call-in show.

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'Supersizing Urban America': How U.S. Policies Encouraged Fast Food To Spread

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 7:00am

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores. Today the landscape of urban America reflects this history.

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Sen. Murray On Trump Obstruction Reports And Health Care Overhaul

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:32am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray about reports the president is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and the health care bill being worked on in the Senate.

A Pattern In Trump's Policy Pitches: Paltry Particulars

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 5:44am

President Trump has been touting major policy proposals lately. The problem: he often doesn't say exactly how the policies will work.

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