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'Me Too' Legislation Aims To Combat Sexual Harassment In Congress

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:25pm

The bipartisan, bicameral proposal would expedite the complaint process and provide for more transparency on taxpayer-funded settlements.

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What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:58pm

The law restricts a major government public health agency's research into gun violence, which kills or injures more people than many other infectious diseases.

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Head Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau To Step Down

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Richard Cordray, the head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is stepping down at the end of the month. The bureau was created in the wake of the financial crisis and has recovered $12 billion from financial firms on behalf of consumers, but Republicans have fought Cordray and the bureau, claiming its very existence is illegal and that it has harmed consumers by stifling lending.

Health Policy Consultant On How The Senate GOP Tax Bill Could Affect Insurance Costs

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Senate Republicans have proposed attaching a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate as a way to pay for tax cuts. Health policy consultant Robert Laszewski tells NPR's Kelly McEvers that doing so would increase the cost of insurance for many Americans.

Senate Republicans Make Big Changes To Their Original Tax Bill

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Senate Republicans changed their tax bill to scrap the individual mandate on health insurance. The bill would also make many tax cuts for individuals temporary, while business tax cuts would be permanent.

President Trump Delivers Speech After Returning From Asia

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:42pm

Even before he returned from his nearly two-week in Asia, President Trump began teasing he'd make a "major" statement about the trip when he got back. Wednesday afternoon, he shared what he views as his overseas accomplishments.

First Trials Begin For Those Charged Over Inauguration Day Rioting

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 2:11pm

The Justice Department is prosecuting nearly 200 cases of felony rioting, and the defendants could face decades of jail time if convicted. Jury selection for six defendants started today.

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Shaken By Trump, Senators Ask: What Stops Him From Launching Nukes?

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 1:20pm

For the first time in decades, Congress reexamines a president's unilateral authority to launch a nuclear attack — but the Pentagon says no changes are needed.

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Richard Cordray Stepping Down As Head Of U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:35am

The embattled director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says he will resign by the end of November. Cordray was a frequent target of Republican lawmakers for his tough stance on banks

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Senate Plan Now Makes Individual Tax Cuts Temporary, Keeps Corporate Cuts Permanent

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:35am

Amendments proposed overnight by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch would effectively eliminate the Obamacare individual mandate.

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With Trump Back In D.C., Mueller's Investigation Enters The West Wing

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:05am

Special counsel Robert Mueller is interviewing current aides about the Russia matter. The White House says it is cooperating — but that doesn't mean the process isn't stressful.

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Russian Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions On Foreign Media

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:56am

The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, approved the bill after the company behind TV channel RT America filed paperwork under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Moore Holds Alabama Senate Campaign Event Despite Calls To Drop Out

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:44am

Republican Roy Moore denies statements by five women who all say he pursued, or touched or sexually assaulted them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

Economists Offer Opposing Views On GOP Tax Plans

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

Conservative economist Peter Morici of the University of Maryland and Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities debate the merits of the Republican tax plans in Congress.

Cokie Roberts On Politicians And Sexual Harassment

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the history of Washington politicians and sexual harassment.

White House Aides To Meet With Mueller Team

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

White House aides including communications director Hope Hicks will reportedly be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller soon.

Republicans Add ACA Mandate Repeal To Tax Bill

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

The Senate version of the GOP tax plan involves repealing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans think they have the votes to pass the measure.

News Brief: Army Takes Control In Zimbabwe, Republicans Respond To Roy Moore

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

The army in Zimbabwe has seized control of the country, though they say it's not a coup. Also, Republican lawmakers are looking at options to keep Roy Moore out of the Senate.

'Drain The Swamp'? Hardly. Washington Appears More Stuck In The Muck Than Ever

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:00am

"We have dysfunction in Congress; we have dysfunction, I think, in the presidency; and we have dysfunction in the lobbying community" — reform lobbyist Meredith McGehee

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Biden Tells NPR He Has 'No Plans' To Run In 2020

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:00am

The former vice president and Senate veteran also responds to a new book by former DNC head Donna Brazile in which she writes that she considered Biden replacing Hillary Clinton as the nominee.

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