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Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 10:20pm

Vice President Mike Pence ignored the North Korean delegation at the Winter Olympics, skipping a dinner reception and refusing to stand when the united Korean team marched during the opening ceremony.

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A Republican Case For Supporting A Budget-Busting Spending Bill

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 5:01pm

Congress passed a budget deal this week to avert a government shutdown. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Republican Congressman Bill Flores of Texas about why he voted for the budget.

From A Blocked Memo To Two Staff Resignations, Here's The Week's White House Recap

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 5:01pm

The White House faces turbulence with the departure of senior aide Rob Porter, whose two former wives accused him of abuse. And President Trump blocks the release of the classified Democratic memo.

The Political Gamesmanship Behind The 2018 Winter Olympics

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 5:01pm

Michel Martin asks North Korea expert Jean Lee, former Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, and former COO for the U.S. Olympic Committee Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson about behind-the-scenes diplomacy.

Top Railroad Safety Official Resigns, Amid Questions About Holding A Second Job

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 4:57pm

It's not an ideal time for another leadership shake-up at the Federal Railroad Administration, as last year was the deadliest year for the U.S. rail system in at least a decade.

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White House Security Clearance Trouble Shines Light On 'High Risk' Backlog Problem

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 11:47am

Rob Porter was working at the White House with a temporary security clearance. Throughout the government, though, there is a big backlog of background checks that is hampering its function.

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Pennsylvania Proposes New Districts

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

Pennsylvania Republicans have unveiled a new map for congressional districts after a court order.

Week In Politics: John Kelly And Rob Porter

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, the man who was meant to bring calm to the stormy seas of the Trump White House — has found himself at the center of the Rob Porter scandal.

Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier On The Democrats' Memo

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Rep. Jackie Speier of California, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, about a classified Democratic memo on FBI surveillance.

What The Budget Deal Means For Medicare Drug Prices

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

The new budget will likely lower the cost of expensive prescription drugs for Medicare patients. Elisabeth Rosenthal of Kaiser Health News talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

Democratic Funder Tom Steyer On Budget Deal

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Democratic billionaire donor Tom Steyer on his reaction to this week's budget deal which had no provision around DACA. That's angered many Democrats, including Steyer.

'This Bill Was Atrocious': Rep. Mark Sanford On Spending Bill

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

Fiscal conservatives are not happy about the new budget deal. NPR's Scott Simon talks with South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford.

Why Trump Blocked The Democrats' Memo

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

The White House has blocked, for now, the release of a Democratic memo that accuses Republicans of cherry picking intelligence to criticize the FBI and protect the President.

The Russia Investigations: Democrats Try To Counterattack But Lose A Key Weapon

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 6:00am

Democrats go out on a limb getting behind the author of an unverified dossier but the president isn't ready — yet — to release their countermemo, a week after a GOP memo was released.

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Rep. Schiff Reacts To Trump's Decision To Not Immediately Release Democratic Memo

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 8:28pm

President Trump blocked the release of a Democratic memo rebutting an earlier Republican memo. The White House said the Democrats' response had too much secret information.

Trump Will Not Immediately Release Democratic Memo, Suggests Revisions

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:53pm

The White House's top lawyer said that Trump "is inclined to declassify" the countermemo but it "contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages" so he cannot right now.

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Albuquerque Newspaper Apologizes For Racist Cartoon About DREAMers

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 7:18pm

The editor of paper said she assumed the drawing would spark debate. Instead, the depiction of young immigrants as thugs, terrorists and gang members drew protests.

Rachel Brand, Third In Command At The Justice Department, Is Leaving Her Post

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 6:01pm

Her departure is notable as she would be in line to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is supervising the special counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

No. 3 Justice Department Official Rachel Brand Will Step Down

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 5:16pm

The associate attorney general's departure will leave a key vacancy in the succession of people who are tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Concerns Rise As Missouri's Legislature Is Struggling To Fund Basic Services

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:57pm

In Missouri, the state's embattled governor and GOP legislature are struggling to fund basic services, such as roads, higher education institutions, and health care for disabled. Even some Republicans are worried that the state is following a path that Kansas took earlier in the decade, when the GOP starkly cut taxes — and later had to raise them.

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