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NPR's expanded coverage of U.S. and world politics, the latest news from Congress and the White House, and elections.

Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:06:00 -0500

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Trump Transition Asks Energy Dept. Which Employees Work On Climate Change

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:06:00 -0500

The president-elect's team has sent 74 questions to the federal agency, including many about climate-change-focused personnel and programs. The department's lawyers are examining the request.

This Week In Race: Racism, Racism And, To Salve Your Soul, John Legend

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:52:00 -0500

Everywhere we looked in the news this week — in prisons, politics, online — we found strains of racism. It even shows up from beyond the grave.

No Government Shutdown: Senate Passes Funding Bill After Democrats Back Down

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:37:00 -0500

The bill, passed less than an hour before the deadline, will keep the federal government running until late April. Coal-state Democrats had been protesting provisions that affected miners.

Americans Divided Over Donald Trump's Early Moves As President-Elect

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump is putting his own stamp on the role of chief executive, which has some people rejoicing and others worried about where he's going to take the country.

Trump To Retain Credit As Executive Producer Of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump will retain a credit as executive producer of the reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice. The new season, with new "boss" Arnold Schwarzenegger, premieres January 2. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says no one but Trump knows how involved he will be, but the news seems to contradict NBC's past assertion that it has severed business ties with Trump.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Fight Through Fierce Winter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

The teeth of winter are closing on the makeshift camp in North Dakota where demonstrators are trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Some are heeding tribal calls to leave, while others are digging in. But the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline was in federal court Friday, trying to overturn a decision by the Army Corps of Engineers blocking the project.

President-Elect Trump Continues 'Thank You' Tour With Rally In Iowa

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

Donald Trump is on a "thank you" tour, holding rallies in battleground states that voted for him. On Thursday night, the president-elect held a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.

Week In Politics: Trump's Cabinet Picks, Election Hacking Review

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to regular political commentators David Brooks of The New York Times, and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution about Donald Trump's picks for his incoming cabinet, as well as the news that President Obama has ordered a full review of hacking efforts during the election.

South Korea Impeaches President, But Political Drama Isn't Finished

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:09:00 -0500

The president has been suspended from power — but her fate will be decided later by a constitutional court. "Please, let's come together to overcome this crisis," the prime minister pleaded Friday.

Trump's Continued Ties To 'Celebrity Apprentice' Raise More Conflict Questions

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:13:00 -0500

The disclosure of the president-elect's involvement on the NBC show instantly raised questions on twin grounds — that it could serve as a distraction and represent one more conflict of interest.

Trump Faces A More Skeptical Public Than Any Incoming President Since 1989

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:06:00 -0500

Just 41 percent of Americans say they approve of how well the president-elect has explained his future plans and policies. But Democratic fears appear to have cooled substantially since October.

Obama Orders Sweeping Review Of International Hacking Tied To U.S. Elections

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:01:00 -0500

The review will go all the way back to the 2008 campaign and will look at "all foreign actors and any attempt to interfere with our elections," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

First Ladies Often Forge Food Trends, But Melania's Menu Is A Mystery

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0500

Eleanor brought scrambled eggs and culinary austerity. Mamie favored boxes, cans and leftovers. Jackie embraced French food and Michelle redefined the national plate. And Melania? Who knows?

A Look At Donald Trump's Key Cabinet Picks

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:35:00 -0500

The president-elect added a number of key figures to his administration this week. We take a look at his choices.

Trump Chooses Retired General John Kelly As Homeland Security Secretary

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:35:00 -0500

Michael Chertoff, the former head of Homeland Security, discusses the man Donald Trump has tapped to lead the department, retired general John Kelly.