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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:44:00 -0400

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Kansas Gov. Brownback To Be Nominated Ambassador For Religious Freedom

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:44:00 -0400

He tweeted, "Religious Freedom is the first freedom." If confirmed, he'll leave office with critics unhappy at the effect of tax cuts he championed, but others supportive of his conservative policies.

What's Next In The Health Care Debate?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:34:34 -0400

Senators have narrowed their options and are likely moving forward on a "skinny repeal" that takes away some key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, leaving the rest intact.

As Venezuelans Strike, U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Maduro

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:07 -0400

The sanctions target 13 current or former officials from President Maduro's government, freezing their U.S. assets and preventing Americans from doing business with them.

Trump Places Sanctions On 13 Venezuelan Officials

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

The U.S. places sanctions on 13 Venezuelans involved in an election Sunday, that government opponents there say are rigged. The vote could give Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sweeping new powers.

What's Next After NATO Allies' Largest Military Exercise Since The Cold War?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

"Peace through strength," popularized by President Reagan, is again vogue, again vis-à-vis Russia. NATO allies launched their largest military exercise since the Cold War. NPR's David Welna reports.

Victim Of San Antonio Migrant Smuggling Had Been Deported

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

One of the 10 people who died in a tractor-trailer in Texas was returning to the U.S. from Guatemala. Frank Fuentes graduated from high school in the Washington, D.C. area and had been deported.

State Department Dismisses Rumors Of So-Called 'Rexit'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

The State Department is dismissing rumors of a "Rexit," saying Rex Tillerson has no plans to resign and has a lot of work ahead redesigning America's oldest cabinet agency.

Sessions Has Long Shown Unwavering Support For Trump

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

From his early endorsement of then-candidate Trump February 2016, through his time so far as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has been one of the most loyal supporters of Trump and his populist agenda.

Senate Health Care Debate To Dismantle Obamacare Continues

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

The Senate has another day of debate on healthcare. Tuesday a repeal and replace proposal fell short of the votes needed to pass and on Wednesday, lawmakers will take a vote on a repeal only option.

Rep. Steve Scalise Released From Hospital

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

Six weeks after being shot while practicing baseball with other Republican lawmakers, Rep. Steve Scalise has been discharged from the hospital.

Ex-U.S. Air Force Airman Responds To Trump's Military Ban On Transgender People

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Jordan Blisk, an ex-senior airman for the U.S. Air Force Reserves, about being trans in the military and implications of President Trump barring trans people from serving.

Trump Says Transgender People Will Be Banned From Military

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

President Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that transgender people will be banned from serving in the U.S. military. He took the Pentagon by surprise and raised questions about implementing the policy.

The GOP Tries Again On Health Care

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:06:30 -0400

Senate Republicans have voted to begin proceedings on a new healthcare plan.

Do The President's Attacks Hurt His Party More Than His Foes?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:06:30 -0400

With so much to do, why focus on reliving the election or scolding the attorney general?

Foreign Agents Take Center Stage In Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:01:00 -0400

As congressional scrutiny of Russian interference expands, the panel began looking Wednesday at the advocacy of foreign governments — though key witnesses did not appear as originally planned.