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Week In Politics: Resignations, Tax Bill, Roy Moore

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:56am

From congressmen announcing their resignations to the federal government averting shutdown, the week in politics has felt more like months.

Doubts Rise About Sen. Collins' Strategy To Shore Up Insurance Market

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:01am

Even if the Republican from Maine can get her party to go along, her suggestions to bolster the individual insurance market may be too little, too late.

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The Russia Investigations: Knife Fights Over Feds, Trump Jr., Manafort And More

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 6:00am

The imbroglio lurched out of cruise and into hedgerow country. Trump Jr. declined to answer, citing attorney-client privilege. Trump had brickbats for the FBI; Mueller had some jujitsu for Manafort.

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Before Roy Moore, Alabama Grappled With 'Kissing Jim'

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 4:00am

Alabama's political history is littered with episodes mixing sex and power in unseemly ways. A former governor, "Big Jim" Folsom, claimed he had kissed "50,000 of the sweetest mouths in Dixie."

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Roy Moore Accuser Admits Adding Notation To Yearbook Inscription

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 5:17pm

Beverly Young Nelson alleges Moore sexually assaulted her as a teen decades ago, a claim Moore has denied. Now Moore is pointing to Nelson's admission about the yearbook to attack her credibility.

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Not All Politicians Accused Of Sexual Misbehavior Forced From Office

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

Several members of Congress announced their resignations this week over allegations of sexual harassment. President Trump continues to back Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who faces accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with teenagers.

GOP Congresswoman On Sexual Assault

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee about the issue of sexual harassment. She wants the names of members of Congress who has used hush funds to cover-up harassment allegations to be released.

Transgender Woman Runs For Massachusetts Congressional Seat

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Alexandra Chandler. She's a transgender woman and a former intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. Now, she's running for Congress. She hopes to represent the 3rd district of Massachusetts in the House of Representatives.

Sexual Harassment Charges Put Politicians On Defensive

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Guy Benson is the Political Editor of Townhall.com about the response of politicians as they deal with charges of sexual misbehavior.

Charges Of Sexual Impropriety Upends Congress

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:22pm

Three members of Congress resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations in three days capping an extraordinary week on Capitol Hill. The reckoning over sexual harassment has upended Congress.

Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 4:01pm

They say the Republican tax proposals encourage companies to buy robots instead of hiring people and creating jobs. Some employers and economist say the bill should promote training instead.

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Resignation Wave On Capitol Hill Might Not Be Over

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 3:03pm

Two additional congressmen are facing allegations of sexual harassment and calls to step down from the House of Representatives.

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Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell To Leave The White House

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 2:42pm

The White House announced that Powell, who has played a key role in Middle East policy, will be leaving the administration early next year.

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Palestinian President Says U.S. No Longer Qualified To Broker Peace Talks

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 2:19pm

President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday the U.S. is not qualified to sponsor the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians because of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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FACT CHECK: President Trump's Record On Jobs And Stocks

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 1:54pm

President Trump bragged this week about job gains and a rising stock market. So what are the facts?

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Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:20am

The Defense Department has famously never been audited, despite receiving hundreds of billions of dollars annually and having more than $2 trillion in assets.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:06am

The president makes a big change and Brexit breaks down.

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A Saudi Billionaire's Detention Is Making Some Investors Nervous

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:43am

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was swept up in early November with more than 200 other Saudi businessmen and princes in a massive anti-corruption campaign spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 9:06am

Resignations, investigations and … taxes.

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November Jobs Report: Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs; Unemployment Steady

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 7:32am

U.S. jobs growth has averaged 174,000 per month so far in 2017, compared to an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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