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Tense North Carolina Gubernatorial Race Rages On

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed a law stripping Democratic Governor-elect Roy Cooper of power. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Michael Bitzer, political science professor at Catawba College.

Study: Communities Most Affected By Opioid Epidemic Also Voted For Trump

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

Voting patterns show that areas where Donald Trump did well were also places where opiate overdoses and deaths occurred. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Shannon Monnat who led the study.

Critics Join Supporters On Trump's Florida Stop Of 'Thank-You' Tour

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

President-elect Donald Trump continued his "Thank you" tour in Florida Friday, where both Trump supporters and critics gathered.

Trump Ordered For Deposition In D.C. Hotel Restaurant Case

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

President-elect Trump is scheduled to testify under oath in January at Trump Tower — just weeks before he raises his hand to swear in at his inauguration.

Tectonic Shifts In Climate Politics: Researchers Confused On Trump Era Consequences

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

Trump has sent mixed signals about how he regards climate science. Researchers are divided over whether to appeal him, or prepare for a fight.

Obama Suggests Putin Had Role As U.S. Recasts Antagonistic Relationship With Russia

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about the growing antagonism between the US and Russia.

States And Cities Take Steps To Reform 'Dishonest' Bail System

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 7:00am

As many as a third of defendants in urban areas remain in jail because they could not post bail. An increasing number of states are changing that with risk-based systems of pre-trial detention.

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California Gets Ready To Defy Trump's Washington

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 5:00am

In the Obama administration, Republican-dominated states such as Texas often sought to block the president's agenda. In the Trump era, California may play that same role.

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5 Fact Checks From President Obama's News Conference

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 5:44pm

President Obama gave one of his final news conferences as president on Friday. Here, NPR reporters provide context on five different Obama quotes.

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North Carolina Governor Signs Law Limiting Power Of His Successor

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:47pm

Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, lost in November to Democrat Roy Cooper. The law leaves the new administration weaker, in particular, on a key board that oversees elections.

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FBI Agrees With CIA On Russian Interference In Presidential Election

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

Intelligence sources tell NPR that the FBI agrees with the CIA's assessment that Russia interfered in the U.S. election, in part, to help Donald Trump.

Trump Selects Adviser David Friedman As Ambassador To Israel

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen David Friedman as America's next ambassador to Israel. The lawyer is strongly critical of the two-state solution and supports settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

Obama Defends Response To Russian Hacking Of Democratic Party

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

President Obama fielded questions from reporters at the White House Friday before heading to Hawaii for vacation. He responded to the investigations into Russian hacking of the Democratic Party.

Week In Politics: Russian Hacking Of Democrats, Pro-Life Movement

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard. They discuss President Obama's response to Russian hacking of Democrats, the electoral college and the pro-life movement.

FBI, CIA Agree That Russia Was Trying To Help Trump Win The Election

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 2:57pm

Intelligence sources tell NPR that the FBI agrees with the leaked CIA assessment that Russia interfered with the U.S. election, in part, to help Donald Trump become president.

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This Week In Race: A Verdict, The Donald, And The Other Donald

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 2:55pm

From two trials that reveal much about Charleston, S.C. beyond its churches, to a hard look at President Obama's record on race relations, some stories you shouldn't miss from the front lines of race.

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WATCH: President Obama Holds Final News Conference Of 2016

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 1:32pm

President Obama holds a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday before departing for his annual holiday vacation in Hawaii.

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In Leaked Remarks, Hillary Clinton Explains Putin's 'Beef' With Her

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 1:04pm

Speaking at a private event, the failed Democratic presidential candidate talked about what she believes contributed to her defeat to Donald Trump and Russian President Putin's "beef" with her.

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Trump To Nominate Bankruptcy Attorney As U.S. Ambassador To Israel

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 10:38am

Donald Trump will take the oath of office five weeks from Friday. He has almost completely filled out his Cabinet and White House staff. His latest pick, David Friedman, is grabbing headlines.

Trump Family Tried To Auction Coffee With Ivanka, Raising Ethical Concerns

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 9:52am

One bidder told The New York Times he was hoping to gain insight into the president-elect's plans. On Friday, the website Charitybuzz removed the page for the auction without explanation.

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