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What's Behind The NRA's Political Clout

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 7:01am

Scott Simon talks with Robert Draper, a writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine, about the NRA's ability to defeat any gun control legislation.

Van Jones On 'The Messy Truth'

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 7:01am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to CNN contributor Van Jones about his new book Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.

Trump's Week: Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, 'Rexit,' Iran Deal

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 7:01am

President Trump said a Thursday meeting with military leaders was "the calm before the storm." But there has already been political turmoil this week on everything from contraception to gun control.

Rep. Charlie Dent On Bump Stocks Bill

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 7:01am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Rep. Charlie Dent, a Republican from eastern Pennsylvannia, about a bill he co-sponsors that would ban bump stocks.

Biden's Busy Schedule Spurs 2020 Speculation

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 6:00am

The former vice president has made several public appearances recently, discussing foreign policy and boosting other Democrats. One political strategist says that's just usual Joe — not a campaign.

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Secret Service Says 'No System For Keeping Track' Of Mar-A-Lago Visitors

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 4:51pm

Watchdog groups sued to find out who has visited President Trump at his resort in Florida. So far, all they have are 22 names from the Japanese prime minister's traveling party.

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The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Could Be In Trouble

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

The U.S. says Russia is violating the treaty and some Republicans want to respond by developing a new missile. But arms control experts say that could spur a nuclear arms race and isn't necessary.

Looking At The Politics Of Guns After The Massacre In Las Vegas

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with David Brooks of The New York Times, and EJ Dionne, of The Washington Post and co-author of One Nation After Trump about guns in the U.S.

Sen. Dan Sullivan Outlines The Current State Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan from Alaska about what Congress will do if President Trump decides to decertify the Iran Deal.

A Look At What Would Happen If Trump Doesn't Certify The Iran Nuclear Deal

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

Next week is critical in the Trump administration's vow to redo the Iran nuclear deal. Options are being prepared for the president to announce by Friday. Here's a look at how they could play out.

Could Biden Make A Presidential Run In 2020?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden has had a busy public schedule lately. It's fueling speculation about ambitions to run for the White House in 2020.

How President Trump's Views On Guns Have Shifted Over The Years

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

The White House says President Trump is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and Americans' right to own guns. But before becoming president, he was once open to some gun restrictions.

6 Lessons About Trump From Season 1 Of 'The Apprentice'

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:15pm

The show's 2004 debut season played a crucial role in shaping President Trump's image as a savvy businessman. But behind the scenes, one former producer says, Trump also used some "despicable words."

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How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:07am

Donning a mustache, top hat and giant bag full of money, a consumer rights activist became a social media sensation for protesting an Equifax hearing on Capitol Hill. Here's how it happened.

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Republican Rep. Tom Cole On Bump Stock Restrictions

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:06am

House Republicans said they will consider restrictions on bump stock gun accessories. Steve Inskeep talks with Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about his position.

Speaking Freely, Retiring Sen. Corker Warns GOP He Could Oppose Tax Plan

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 4:01am

The Tennessee Republican says he will oppose upcoming tax legislation if he believes it will add to the deficit, which BCorker considers the greatest threat facing the nation.

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News Brief: Investigating The Shooter's Motive, NRA Endorses Regulations

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 4:00am

Investigators are looking into the life of the Las Vegas shooter while the NRA made a rare concession. Elahe Izadi of The Washington Post discusses sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein.

NRA Makes Rare Endorsement Of Regulations

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 4:00am

The NRA came out in support of regulating bump stocks, like those possessed by the Las Vegas shooter, as some Republican lawmakers warmed to the idea of a ban on the devices.

As IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups, It Went After Progressives Too

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 7:10pm

After three years of congressional hearings and three inspector-general audits, the scandal still ricochets around Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Bob Corker Gets Candid About Tax Cuts, Calls Budget Proposal 'A Waste Of Time'

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

The Tennessee Republican may be a make-or-break vote on the GOP's top priority: tax cuts. And since Corker announced last week he's not running for reelection, he's speaking more freely on the issue.

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