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Nancy Pelosi Re-Elected As House's Top Democrat

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:14am

House Democrats held leadership elections Wednesday. Nancy Pelosi was re-elected despite facing an unexpected challenge from Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan. David Greene speaks with NPR's Susan Davis.

Pelosi Overcomes Challenge To Win Re-Election As House Democratic Leader

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:13am

The California Democrat got 134 votes to Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan's 63, but it was the most serious challenge to her leadership she's faced since taking over the top slot in the House in 2003.

Trump Says He Will Pull Back From Businesses But Offers No Details Yet

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 8:26am

In a series of tweets, President-elect Donald Trump tried to tamp down growing concerns that he will not separate his vast global business interests from his role as head of the U.S. government.

Trump Taps Billionaire Investor Wilbur Ross For Commerce Secretary

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:29am

Wilbur Ross Jr. is a donor and longtime associate of Trump's. Ross has grown rich by buying troubled companies and restructuring them with layoffs and budget cuts.

Trump Picks Steve Mnuchin To Lead Treasury Department

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 6:16am

Mnuchin is a hedge fund CEO and longtime Wall Street banker. His involvement in the spike in foreclosures following the housing market's crash could complicate his confirmation.

Rep. Keith Ellison On Why He Deserves To Be DNC Chairman

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a favorite among some Democrats to become the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, talks to David Greene about how he hopes to turn around his party's losses.

Romney, Trump Dine Together; Work On Transition Continues

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Mitt Romney was one of Donald Trump's most outspoken Republican critics. The two had dinner Tuesday night at a fancy French restaurant in New York. Romney is being considered for secretary of State.

Sen. Flake Aims To Work With Trump On A Fix To Obamacare

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

One of Donald Trump's greatest critics has been Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Flake's job now is to help President-elect Trump fulfill his agenda in a GOP-led House and Senate.

Steve Mnuchin Expected To Lead Treasury In Trump Administration

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, about Steve Mnuchin's qualifications.

Trump's Election Calls Attention To Electoral College And Small Federal Agency

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:16pm

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. In the wake of Trump's victory, the little-known agency that oversees it, the Office of the Federal Register, has been inundated with emails.

Romney Changes His Tune On Trump As President-Elect Weighs State Dept. Pick

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 9:58pm

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee praises the president-elect after the two dined in New York City. Romney blasted Trump as a "phony" and "fraud" during the campaign.

Carrier, Trump Reach Deal To Keep Manufacturing Jobs In U.S.

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 8:18pm

Roughly half of the jobs originally slated to move to Mexico will stay at the air-conditioning company's Indianapolis plan. Trump made the company's decision a major campaign talking point.

Trump Picks Elaine Chao For Transportation Secretary

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:51pm

Elaine Chao, Trump's pick to lead the Department of Transportation, worked in both Bush administrations. She's a Washington insider — counter to the anti-establishment campaign Trump ran.

Trump's Potential Treasury Secretary Headed A 'Foreclosure Machine'

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 4:27pm

During the financial crisis Steve Mnuchin was working to make profits from the ruins of the housing bust. He assembled investors who bought IndyMac, a failed bank that had been taken over by the FDIC.

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo Weighs In On Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo about U.S. policy on Cuba following the death of Fidel Castro, as well as his opinion on the stance of the incoming administration.

The Farmers Courting Trump Don't Speak For Rural America

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

With Donald Trump's victory, rural America is enjoying some political prominence, and farmers are hoping to profit. But most rural Americans aren't farmers. Small towns have their own priorities.

Law Professor Explains Why Trump Can't Hold Lease On New D.C. Hotel

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Steven Schooner, professor of government procurement law at George Washington University, about his op-ed in Government Executive magazine calling on the General Services Administration to end the Trump Organization's lease of the Old Post Office Pavilion, the site of the new Trump hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Trump Transition Continues Amid Fallout From Controversial Tweets

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday additional nominees for positions in his administration. The transition is happening as Trump continues to draw attention for his controversial tweets.

Rep. Elijah Cummings Leads Call To Investigate Trump's Business Entanglements

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, about efforts to launch an investigation into potential conflicts of interest associated with Donald Trump's businesses.

Policing Conflicts Will Be 'Massive Undertaking' For Trump's White House Lawyer

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:22pm

President-elect Trump selected Don McGahn, an elections lawyer, to be his White House counsel. The job involves anticipating and preventing scandals.

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