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6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, Too

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:09am

A half-dozen senators involved in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services have health care investments made by themselves or family members.

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Sen. Gardner Assess Ross's Qualifications To Be Commerce Secretary

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:20am

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has made his fortune buying up troubled companies with the hopes of turning them around. Steve Inskeep talks to GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who met with Ross.

Dear Mr. President: Obama Staff Mobilizes To Answer Kids' Letters

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:08am

In cramped offices near the White House, a brigade of staff, volunteers and former interns is scrambling to read every letter sent to President Obama — especially the letters from children.

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Can Trump's Pick For Attorney General Serve Independently From The White House?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

There's supposed to be a firewall between the Justice Department and the Oval Office, but Sessions' vigorous support of Donald Trump's campaign raises doubts about how independent he could be.

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Does Pick Of Shulkin As VA Head Indicate Trump's Views Are Evolving?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Advocates were surprised that Trump chose top VA official David Shulkin as his pick to run the full department. What concerns them is Trump's support for increasing the privatization of VA services.

Greenwald Comments On Obama Granting Clemency To Chelsea Manning

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to reporter Glenn Greenwald, who has been a vocal advocate of Chelsea Manning. He also helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden publicize classified material.

Divided States: Clinton Voter Worries About Plans To Repeal Obamacare

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Morning Edition is checking in with some of the voters who participated in our Divided States series. We hear now from Ennis Tait, a pastor from Ohio, who supported Hillary Clinton.

Cokie Roberts Answers Listeners' Inauguration Questions

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

On Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president. Columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts, as part of our regular segment #AskCokie, answers questions about inauguration history.

A Closer Look At Trump's Pick To Head The Commerce Department

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Billionaire Wilbur Ross will testify in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday. Democrats have criticized him as one of the Wall Street elites that Trump is packing into his administration.

Sen. Murphy Weighs In On Confirmation Hearings For DeVos And Price

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut about hearings for Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary, and Tom Price, Trump's pick to lead Health and Human Services.

EPA Critic To Get Sharp Questions On Industry Ties As He Vies To Run Agency

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:59am

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

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5 Things To Listen For At The Hearing With Trump's HHS Nominee

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:56am

Rep. Tom Price goes before a Senate panel for the first time since being picked to head Health and Human Services. Expect sharp questions about Medicare reform, drug prices and his stock portfolio.

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An 'Old Friend Of China' Prepares To Bridge Differences At A Fraught Time

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:51am

Donald Trump chose Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as ambassador to Beijing because of old ties with President Xi Jinping and Iowa's history of trade with China. Branstad will have a tough job.

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In Battle Over Band Name, Supreme Court Considers Free Speech And Trademarks

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:50am

The Patent and Trademark Office denied registration to an Asian-American rock band named The Slants; the musicians say they want to re-appropriate the term. The case hits the high court on Wednesday.

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Trump Pick To Head Interior Department Says Climate Change Is Not A Hoax

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 6:54pm

Rep. Ryan Zinke testified that humans influence climate, although there is a debate over how much. He promised to emulate Teddy Roosevelt in managing public lands.

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In Rural N.C., Trump Supporters Eagerly Await A Different Kind Of Change

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:28pm

Yadkin County, N.C., is overwhelmingly white, and went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in November. Voters there hope Trump will lessen what they've felt was a weight on them for the past eight years.

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18 Million People Could Lose Insurance In First Year After Partial Obamacare Repeal

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:26pm

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that, without the federal mandate and subsidies, the number of people who will lose their health insurance could grow to 32 million over 10 years.

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Kenyan Politician Proposes Women Withhold Sex Until Men Register To Vote

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13pm

"Deny them sex until they show you their voter's card," Mishi Mboko urges. The tactic is not new. Women have gone on sex strikes in the past to try to end wars and curb violence. But is it effective?

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Watch Live: Betsy DeVos' Secretary Of Education Confirmation Hearing

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:53pm

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, faces her Senate confirmation hearing.

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Harvard Economist: History Will Judge Obama As A 'Great President'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff about President Obama's economic legacy.




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