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Retired Coal Miners At Risk Of Losing Promised Health Coverage And Pensions

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:43pm

A fund guaranteeing health coverage and pensions to retired mine workers is about to run dry. Congress has been reluctant to pick up the tab. Democrats from coal country say it's time to act.

New York City Councilman Fears For Future Of Public Housing Under Trump

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro asks Ritchie Torres, a New York City council member representing an area with a lot of public housing, about how he plans to secure support for his community from the Trump administration.

Trump Blasts Union Leader Who Criticized Carrier Deal

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

Donald Trump used his Twitter account to lash out at Chuck Jones, the union official in Indiana who said Trump lied about the Carrier deal. Jones thinks Trump took credit for saving some jobs that were never at risk.

Former U.S. Senator And Space Pioneer John Glenn Dies At 95

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

John Glenn, former astronaut and U.S. senator, has died. He was 95 years old.

Minority Leader Harry Reid Delivers Farewell Address To Senate

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid gives a farewell address to the Senate on Thursday. NPR looks back on the pugilist from Searchlight, Nev., and the legacy he leaves behind. In particular, his decision to change the rules of the Senate, which will now make it easier to confirm President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees.

Trump Expected To Select Fast Food Magnate Andy Puzder As Labor Secretary

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

Multiple news outlets are reporting that President-elect Trump has selected fast food magnate Andy Puzder as secretary of Labor.

Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council Bridges Religious Lines To Fight Discrimination

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro asks Farooq Kathwari and Robert Silverman why they have come together to create a new group, the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council.

Former Mich. Governor Outlines How To Convince Companies To Stay

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, about how she convinced companies to stay in the state during the economic recession by offering a package of tax incentives and other perks.

Trump's Campaign Rhetoric Signals Possible Shift On Civil Rights

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:40pm

From LGBT issues to police shootings, civil rights has been the story of the Obama Justice Department. NPR takes a look at what Donald Trump's civil rights team might make a priority.

Reports: Trump Picks Fast Food Executive Andrew Puzder As Labor Secretary

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:24pm

Puzder is CEO of CKE HOldings, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.'s, and is an outspoken critic of raising the minimum wage and increasing overtime and workplace safety regulations.

Bots-B-Gone? Congress Bans Ticket-Scalpers' Tool Blamed For Quick Sell-Outs

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:27pm

The ban applies to ticket sales for any public event that can be attended by 200 or more people.

Don't Stop Arguing, Complaining And Fighting For 'Identity Politics'

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:00pm

No one seems to have a satisfying definition of "identity politics," but clearly we've been paying too much attention to race, gender and sexual orientation, right? Not so fast.

Trump Takes Aim At Union Official Over Carrier Job Count

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:20am

An Indiana union official says Donald Trump overstated the number of jobs he saved at a Carrier plant. He soon found himself on the receiving end of Trump's Twitter feed and harassing phone calls.

'New York Times' Executive Editor On The New Terrain Of Covering Trump

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:33am

Dean Baquet talks about covering tweets as news, his decision to use the word "lie" in a headline about Trump and why he's not worried about libel suits from the new president.

History-Making Somali-American Legislator Reports 'Hateful' Taunts In D.C.

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:23am

Ilhan Omar says she was "subjected to the most hateful, derogatory, Islamophobic, sexist taunts and threats I have ever experienced" in a cab during her visit to the nation's capital.

RNC Official On Trump's Cabinet Picks, Tweets: 'Business As Usual Has Ended'

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 8:52am

Rachel Martin talks to Sean Spicer, the communications director for the Republican National Committee, about the overall shape of the Trump transition.

As He Leaves The Senate, Harry Reid Says He's Hopeful On Trump

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:39am

Reid, the Nevada Democrat, is wrapping up a 30-year run in Congress. "I agree with the American people - I don't have a real high regard for Congress either, because we're not getting things done."

Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 5:42pm

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed "Muslim Registry," Sammy Lee tried to "prove that in America, I could do anything." America hasn't always been convinced.

Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 4:52pm

Former GOP senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole helped Taiwan connect with the Trump transition team. Federal disclosure reports show Dole has lobbied for Taiwan for nearly two decades.

Trump Taps Former Wrestling Magnate To Head Small Business Administration

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:49pm

Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment. She ran to become the first female Senator of Connecticut, but lost both bids.




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