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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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Sen. Tim Kaine Responds To Baseball Shooting

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia speaks with Steve Inskeep and Domenico Montanaro about Senate reactions to the baseball shooting, and gives a Democratic perspective on the health care bill in the Senate.

Rep. David Schweikert On Political Speech And Violence

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

After Wednesday's shooting, Steve Inskeep speaks with Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona about claims that political rhetoric can cause or exacerbate violence.

'Post' Reports Trump Under Investigation Over Possible Obstruction Of Justice

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Rachel Martin speaks with Washington Post reporter Adam Entous regarding his report that President Trump is now the focus of a federal investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

Morning News Brief: Russia Investigation Widens, Neighbors Discuss Baseball Shooter

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Devlin Barrett of The Washington Post talks about the widening Russia investigation, reported to include Trump. And we hear from neighbors of the gunman who shot at Republican members of Congress.

Senate Votes To Limit Trump's Power To Lift Russia Sanctions

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Secretary of State Tillerson wants flexibility as he tries to improve ties with Russia. The Senate wants to make sure the Trump administration doesn't change course without congressional buy in.

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Senators Grill Trump Judicial Nominees On Provocative Blog Posts

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:13am

Two judicial nominees' blogging dominated their confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The posts featured conspiracy theories and an ad hominem attack on a Supreme Court justice.

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Report: Trump Under Investigation For Possible Obstruction Of Justice

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 6:57pm

As part of the DOJ Russia investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller's team is looking into whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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What Witnesses Saw When Gunfire Struck A Congressional Baseball Practice

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:15pm

Before a gunman opened fire at a park in Virginia Wednesday, residents were focused on morning workouts and getting coffee; members of Congress were playing baseball. Then they all dove for cover.

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How Virginia Congressional Shooting Echoes 2011 Attack

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with former Congressman Ron Barber about how Wednesday's congressional shooting resembles the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011.

Freshman Lawmakers React To Virginia Shooting

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to freshman lawmakers, Republican Paul Mitchell and Democrat Val Demings, as they process the morning events, when a gunman injured six at a congressional baseball practice.

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