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Richard Cordray Stepping Down As Head Of U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:35am

The embattled director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says he will resign by the end of November. Cordray was a frequent target of Republican lawmakers for his tough stance on banks

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Senate Plan Now Makes Individual Tax Cuts Temporary, Keeps Corporate Cuts Permanent

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:35am

Amendments proposed overnight by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch would effectively eliminate the Obamacare individual mandate.

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With Trump Back In D.C., Mueller's Investigation Enters The West Wing

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:05am

Special counsel Robert Mueller is interviewing current aides about the Russia matter. The White House says it is cooperating — but that doesn't mean the process isn't stressful.

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Russian Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions On Foreign Media

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:56am

The State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, approved the bill after the company behind TV channel RT America filed paperwork under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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Moore Holds Alabama Senate Campaign Event Despite Calls To Drop Out

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 6:44am

Republican Roy Moore denies statements by five women who all say he pursued, or touched or sexually assaulted them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

Economists Offer Opposing Views On GOP Tax Plans

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

Conservative economist Peter Morici of the University of Maryland and Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities debate the merits of the Republican tax plans in Congress.

Cokie Roberts On Politicians And Sexual Harassment

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the history of Washington politicians and sexual harassment.

White House Aides To Meet With Mueller Team

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

White House aides including communications director Hope Hicks will reportedly be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller soon.

Republicans Add ACA Mandate Repeal To Tax Bill

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

The Senate version of the GOP tax plan involves repealing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans think they have the votes to pass the measure.

News Brief: Army Takes Control In Zimbabwe, Republicans Respond To Roy Moore

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:11am

The army in Zimbabwe has seized control of the country, though they say it's not a coup. Also, Republican lawmakers are looking at options to keep Roy Moore out of the Senate.

'Drain The Swamp'? Hardly. Washington Appears More Stuck In The Muck Than Ever

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:00am

"We have dysfunction in Congress; we have dysfunction, I think, in the presidency; and we have dysfunction in the lobbying community" — reform lobbyist Meredith McGehee

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Biden Tells NPR He Has 'No Plans' To Run In 2020

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:00am

The former vice president and Senate veteran also responds to a new book by former DNC head Donna Brazile in which she writes that she considered Biden replacing Hillary Clinton as the nominee.

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Biden Tells NPR He Has 'No Plans' To Run In 2020

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 4:00am

The former vice president and Senate veteran also responds to a new book by former DNC head Donna Brazile in which she writes that she considered Biden replacing Hillary Clinton as the nominee.

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After Sexual Harassment Accusations, Congress Moves Toward Mandatory Training

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 4:21pm

Congress is grappling with how to change the culture on Capitol Hill, as a wave of sexual-harassment allegations have swept the country in every industry.

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Republican Senators Add Repeal Of Individual Health Care Mandate To Tax Bill

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:37pm

Republican leaders expressed confidence that the measure could pass the Senate. It is likely to face even fewer hurdles in the House, as the GOP aims to pass a tax bill by Christmas.

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As Roy Moore Loses Support In Washington, D.C., Some In Alabama Are Still With Him

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Elise Hu speaks with Rev. Mike Allison of the Madison Baptist Church about why he still supports Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, following allegations of sexual contact with a 14-year-old and the assault of a 16-year-old.

Roy Moore Continues To Lose GOP Support Amid Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Senate Republicans are continuing to call for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, but there are not many clear or good options for the GOP establishment.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Examines President's Ability To Order A Nuclear Strike

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

For the first time in more than four decades, a Congressional committee, on Tuesday, examined an exclusive power held by the U.S. president that has no institutional checks: the sole authority to order a nuclear strike. North Korea's drive for a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. and President Trump's bellicose rhetoric toward Pyongyang have prompted some lawmakers to call for reconsidering a system that allows one person to start a nuclear war.

Congress Continues To Address Its Sexual Harassment Issues

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

The House and Senate are moving swiftly towards mandating previously optional sexual harassment training. The Senate approved the change last week, without a single objection. In the House on Tuesday, lawmakers held a hearing to consider even more far-reaching changes to shake up what many female lawmakers say is a culture that encourages silence.

A.G. Sessions Considering Another Special Counsel To Look Into Clinton Foundation

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 3:35pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he's considering appointing a second special counsel. This one would look into the 2010 sale of a Canadian mining company to a Russian mining company and the potential connections between that deal and former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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