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WATCH: Hillary Clinton Delivers Commencement Speech At Wellesley College

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:58:00 -0400

It's a familiar stage for Clinton — Clinton delivered the commencement address as a College Government president in 1969.

Time Is Running Out For White House To Turn Over Ethics Documents

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:40:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Don Fox, who was general counsel, deputy director and acting director of the Office of Government Ethics from 2008 to 2013, about the June 1 deadline the administration faces.

Top White House Lawyer Donald McGahn Sits At The Center Of Controversy

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 -0400

Lawyers are dissecting the performance of White House counsel Donald McGahn — and the top lawyer at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is getting mixed reviews amid several Trump administration controversies.

Trump's Budget Proposes 6 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the conservative Independent Women's Forum about the provision in President Trump's budget for paid family leave.

When Foreign Trip Is Over, Trump Will Again Face Domestic Controversies

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Scandals — such as the Russian investigation — have taken a toll on the president's approval ratings. One part of the electorate, however, is sticking with Trump, and that is his core supporters.

Amid Assault Charges, Republican Gianforte Wins Montana's House Seat

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Republican Greg Gianforte claimed victory in a special election for Congress Thursday despite an election eve assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.

Chicago Could Lose Federal Funds Under Scope Of 'Sanctuary Cities' Order

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Several regions threatened with cuts to federal funding over immigration policies say they will not be bullied by the Trump administration. They maintain enforcing federal immigration laws is illegal.

News Brief: Results Of Montana Special Election, Trump Trip Winds Down

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Greg Gianforte wins Montana's special election for its congressional seat. The GOP win may have implications for the 2018 midterms. Trump attends the summit of the world's big industrial powers.

Republican Gianforte Wins Montana House Race Amid Assault Charge

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:45:00 -0400

Republican Greg Gianforte claimed victory in a special election for Congress on Thursday despite an election eve assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.

White House Plans To Take Block On Revised Travel Ban To Supreme Court

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:18:00 -0400

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Trump's revised travel ban should be kept on hold. Already the Trump administration has said it plans to ask the Supreme Court to hear the case.

Montana Voters On Gianforte Charge: 'Not Even True,' 'Who Would Wanna Vote For That?'

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:00 -0400

Greg Gianforte got into an altercation with a reporter Wednesday, drawing even more attention to a congressional race in the national spotlight. But it's unclear whether that will affect the outcome.

White House Ends Congressional Bill Allowing Deportation Delays For Immigrants

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

The Trump administration is ending a longstanding system in which members of Congress can intervene in the deportation of an immigrant in the country illegally. Immigrant advocates and Senate Democrats are crying foul.

Lawmakers Propose Subjecting Secret Service Director To Senate Confirmation

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

A strongly bipartisan group of House members is sponsoring a bill to make the director of the Secret Service subject to Senate confirmation, following widespread concern over the agency's performance in recent months. The bill also increases funding for protection of second residences, which for the Trump administration has become a major expense.

Former U.S. Ambassador Responds To Trump's Rhetoric On NATO

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Gen. Douglas Lute, who was the U.S. ambassador to NATO until January, about Trump's visit to NATO, and how his comments square with his past statements about the alliance.

President Trump Meets NATO Leaders In Belgium

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

President Trump has had a fraught relationship with NATO dating back to his days as a candidate. Thursday he appeared with NATO leaders in Belgium and lectured them on not paying their fair share.