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Senate Panel Grills S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley In Her Bid To Become U.N. Ambassador

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley faced tough questions from a Senate panel on Wednesday about how she would represent the Trump administration at the United Nations.

Obama Grants Clemency To Puerto Rican Fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

Among the dozens of people granted clemency by President Obama on Tuesday was Oscar Lopez Rivera. Depending on who you ask, he is either a freedom fighter or a terrorist.

Russians Await Donald Trump's Inauguration With Anticipation

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

Russians have been counting the days until Donald Trump is sworn in as the next U.S. president. Officials, and official television, have been blasting the Obama years and looking forward to improved ties.

Senate Health Committee Questions Rep. Tom Price In HHS Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

The Senate health committee heard from Rep. Tom Price Wednesday on his nomination to become the secretary of Health and Human Services. Obamacare was a top issue, and the congressman's stock dealings in medical companies were also discussed.

Obama Holds Final News Conference Before Leaving Office

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President Obama held his final news conference Wednesday before leaving office. He fielded several questions about his successor, Donald Trump.

Wilbur Ross' Confirmation Hearing Highlights Divide Among GOP On Trade

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

The confirmation hearing of Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross highlighted divisions within the Republican Party over trade. Ross signaled that the incoming Trump administration will be much more aggressive in responding to trade violations by other countries. Several Republican Senators told Ross they were concerned that punitive tariffs and confrontations with trading partners could damage the economy.

Trump's Picks For Special Advisers Present Potential Ethical Issues

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President-elect Trump has named two businessmen as special advisers: Wall Street legend Carl Icahn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Icahn will advise the White House on regulatory reform and Giuliani on cybersecurity. But Icahn makes billions through Wall Street trading, and Giuliani makes millions from his security consulting firm, which presents some potential ethical issues.

Obama Defends Decision To Commute Sentence Of Chelsea Manning

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President Obama convened his final press conference in office on Wednesday less than a day after commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning. Obama was expected to face questions about his decision to grant clemency to Manning, who gave hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic files to WikiLeaks.

States Could Take Lead On Environmental Regulation Under Trump

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Dallas Burtraw, senior fellow with the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, about what role states have traditionally played in environmental regulation, and what a decentralized approach under the Trump administration would look like.

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Acknowledges Existence Of Climate Change

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that human activity plays "some" role in the changing climate. In his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Scott Pruitt said he wants to work with states to protect the environment while also encouraging economic growth.

Friends And Fraternity Brothers, Two Va. Cadets Transcend Trump-Clinton Divide

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

Ryan Leavis and Alex Miller are college seniors who plan to enter the military. One voted for Donald Trump, the other for Hillary Clinton. They say politics shouldn't get in the way of friendship.

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Tom Price, HHS Nominee, Faces Tough Questions On Stock Deals And Obamacare

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 2:23pm

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Health And Human Services had the first of two separate Senate hearings on Wednesday.

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WATCH LIVE: President Obama Gives Final White House Press Conference

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 1:20pm

One of the first questions Obama is likely to face is over his controversial decision to commute the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, an Army private who leaked military information to WikiLeaks.

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How To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert's Take

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:59pm

"At this point, we're being manipulated by the Russians at very little cost to them. Things pop up, and we go into a frenzy," Thomas Graham of Kissinger Associates tells NPR in a rare interview.

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Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:14pm

Writer Mat Johnson reflects on what the Obama presidency meant to his biracial family. "I didn't always agree with Obama," he says. "But I always respected — and will always respect — that man."

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6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, Too

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:09am

A half-dozen senators involved in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services have health care investments made by themselves or family members.

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Sen. Gardner Assess Ross's Qualifications To Be Commerce Secretary

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:20am

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has made his fortune buying up troubled companies with the hopes of turning them around. Steve Inskeep talks to GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who met with Ross.

Dear Mr. President: Obama Staff Mobilizes To Answer Kids' Letters

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:08am

In cramped offices near the White House, a brigade of staff, volunteers and former interns is scrambling to read every letter sent to President Obama — especially the letters from children.

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Can Trump's Pick For Attorney General Serve Independently From The White House?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

There's supposed to be a firewall between the Justice Department and the Oval Office, but Sessions' vigorous support of Donald Trump's campaign raises doubts about how independent he could be.

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Does Pick Of Shulkin As VA Head Indicate Trump's Views Are Evolving?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Advocates were surprised that Trump chose top VA official David Shulkin as his pick to run the full department. What concerns them is Trump's support for increasing the privatization of VA services.

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