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Trump Administration Gives Industry More Time to Adopt New Nutrition Fact Label

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:22pm

The Nutrition Facts label on food and drink packaging has gotten a makeover, but you may not see the updates for a while. The FDA has delayed the compliance date after companies asked for more time.

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In Refusal To Answer Questions, Sessions Denies Claiming Executive Privilege

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:03pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, about Jeff Sessions' justification for refusing to answer certain questions in his Senate testimony on Tuesday.

Congress Passes Bill To Increase Accountability Among VA Employees

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:37pm

The bipartisan legislation aims to transform the culture at the Department of Veterans Affairs. It shortens the process for removing negligent staffers and adds new protections for whistleblowers.

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Senate Questions Jeff Sessions About Contacts With Russian Officials

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

The Senate Intelligence Committee questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday about his contacts with Russian officials in Washington, D.C., before he recused himself from investigations related to Russian influence on the 2016 election.

House Intel Republican Chris Stewart Responds To Sessions Testimony

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Rep. Chris Stewart, Republican of Utah and member of the House Intelligence Committee, about Attorney General Jeff Session's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intel Committee

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee less than a week after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey raised several questions about Sessions' contacts with Russians in Washington, D.C., before his recusal from the investigation now underway.

Jeff Sessions Faces Questions About Trump's Firing Of James Comey

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

White House Continues To Deal With Fallout From Russia Investigation

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:31pm

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying on Capitol Hill, the White House is still grappling with fallout from the Russia investigation and the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Attorney General Sessions' Opening Statement To Senate Panel, Annotated

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:18pm

Sessions denied reports of a possible undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign. Here are his full prepared remarks, with analysis from NPR journalists.

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Nevada May Become First State To Offer Medicaid To All, Regardless Of Income

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:14pm

The Nevada legislature has passed a bill that would allow anyone without health insurance in the state to buy into the Medicaid program, regardless of income. It's awaiting the governor's signature.

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Long Waits And Long Odds For Those Who Need Social Security Disability

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 2:27pm

The U.S. government has been struggling to balance a surge in applicants for disability benefits with shrinking funds. An updated application process could make getting benefits even harder.

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Watch Live: Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:18pm

The attorney general is expected to face pointed questions from some of his former Senate colleagues about last week's testimony by James Comey, the FBI director who was fired by the president.

Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:18pm

In testy exchanges with Democratic senators, the attorney general defended himself against suggestions of wrongdoing during the 2016 campaign but refused to discuss conversations with the president.

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Watch Live: Jeff Sessions Testifies He Never Discussed Election With Russians

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:18pm

The attorney general faces questioning from some of his former Senate colleagues about last week's testimony by James Comey, the FBI director who was fired by the president.

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Senators Aim To Make It Harder For Trump Administration To Ease Russia Sanctions

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:36am

A new amendment strengthens existing sanctions and imposes new sanctions for human rights abuses, supplying arms to Syria's regime and "malicious cyber activity" on behalf of the Russian government.

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Trump Considering Firing Special Counsel? Just Another Example Of Stirring The Pot

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:15am

Chris Ruddy, CEO of a right-wing news site, suggested Trump is considering firing Robert Mueller as special counsel. It might just be another chapter in Trump friends causing chaos, because why not?

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Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:35am

The deputy attorney general told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that he would only consider firing special counsel Robert Mueller "if there were good cause" — even if an order comes from the president.

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What's Next For Health Care In The Senate?

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:06am

The GOP is working on a plan … but when will anyone see it?

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The 51st State?

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 9:06am

Puerto Ricans are American citizens, without all the benefits of folks from the mainland. Should the U.S. treat Puerto Rico like a state, or a colony?

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Republican Sen. Rounds Weighs In On News Involving The White House

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 6:38am

Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, who's on the Armed Services Committee, about what he wants to hear when Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate panel Tuesday.

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