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Texas Republican Bucks His Party To Block 'Bathroom Bill'

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:00am

In Texas, every statewide elected official is Republican and the GOP controls the legislature. But efforts to restrict bathroom access for transgender people show a party that's far from united.

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It's August, Do You Know Where Your Lawmakers Are?

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:00am

One big reason the Congress has not kept up with the regular schedule for budget and appropriations is the enormous investment of session time to health care — the issue that ate the calendar.

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Calls To Investigate Clinton Pose A Challenge To U.S. Political Norms

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:57am

President Trump and some GOP lawmakers want an investigation into Hillary Clinton and other figures from the Obama era. But a probe of a defeated candidate is not the norm in American democracy.

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To Grow Market Share, A Drugmaker Pitches Its Product To Judges

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:52am

The pharmaceutical company Alkermes is trying to increase the number of people taking Vivitrol for their opioid addiction by marketing the drug to judges, who have the power to influence treatment.

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Trump Pushes To Reduce Legal Immigration

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:14pm

President Trump threw his support Wednesday behind a Senate proposal to reduce legal immigration.

Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:14pm

President Trump objects to a bill that imposes new sanctions on Russia even as he signs it.

In Texas, One Republican Lawmaker Is Trying To Halt The Bathroom Bill

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:14pm

The Texas governor and lieutenant governor are leading efforts to pass several Republican red meat bills – like a ban on transgender bathroom access. But one Republican lawmaker is pushing back.

Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 2:01pm

"I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," Gore says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus around the issue of climate change.

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Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Into Law, Amid Putin Retaliation

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:44am

Congress overwhelmingly approved the legislation which the White House initially did not commit to signing. Moscow has already responded to the sanctions, which also affect Iran and North Korea.

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Taking It To The States

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:06am

The White House wants more decision making to happen at the local level.

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Trump To Unveil Legislation Limiting Legal Immigration

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:03am

There's been a huge debate about immigrants in the U.S. illegally, but the administration is looking to cut the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country by half.

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Justice Department To Probe Universities Over Affirmative Action Policies

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 6:41am

Steve Inskeep and Ailsa Chang talk to NPR's Carrie Johnson and Vanita Gupta, ex-head of DOJ's Civil Rights Division in the Obama-era, about plans to probe schools over affirmative action policies.

Senators Plan Bipartisan Hearings On Health Care

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Dave Anderson, CEO of HealthNow New York, talks with Steve Inskeep about lawmakers' plans to hold bipartisan hearings on health insurance exchanges. NPR's Scott Horsley has details and analysis.

Looking At The White House John Kelly Inherits

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

To talk about the leaks in the White House and the other challenges John Kelly will face as his chief of staff, Ailsa Chang speaks with The Washington Post's Robert Costa.

Morning News Brief: Signs Of Bipartisanship On Health Care, Corruption Vote In Brazil

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Lawmakers have showed interest of working across party linesies on improving health insurance markets. Also, Brazil's Congress votes on corruption charges against the president.

Trump Remarks Eclipse Sessions' Talk Before Black Law Enforcement Group

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:01am

Attorney General Sessions was in Atlanta to promote a new crime-fighting agenda, but much of the attention was on President Trump's comment that police shouldn't be "too nice" to suspects in custody.

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The Elusive Presidential Pivot Now Has A Name

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:00am

All Trump has to do is let John Kelly take over, end the White House wars, focus on a unified agenda, repair relations with Congress and send a global signal to friends and adversaries alike.

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Trump Threatens Congress' Health Care; Senate Republicans Don't Seem Too Worried

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump tweeted he would undo federal subsidies for congressional health care if the Senate didn't keep its focus on repealing Obamacare. But GOP leaders are still moving on to other issues.

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Pence Talks Up NATO On Visit To Russia's Front Yard

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 4:00am

Vice President Pence wraps up a trip Wednesday to Estonia, Georgia and Montenegro. Pence has spent the four-day trip speaking out against Russia and affirming U.S. support for the tiny nations.

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Christopher Wray Confirmed As Next FBI Director

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:24pm

The Senate has easily confirmed Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director, placing him atop the law enforcement agency after the ouster of former Director James Comey in May.

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