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Edwin Lee, San Francisco's First Asian-American Mayor, Dies At 65

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:37:00 -0500

Mayor Edwin Lee was not known to be ill; he reportedly died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Lee had been in office since 2012.

Voters Will Decide Closely Watched Alabama Senate Race

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:27:00 -0500

GOP nominee Roy Moore, who defeated incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange in the primary, faces off against Democrat Doug Jones. The seat was vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions who became attorney general.

What To Watch For And What's At Stake In The Alabama Senate Race

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:01:01 -0500

No matter what happens in Alabama on Tuesday, it will have consequences that stretch from Birmingham to the Beltway.

A Timeline Of Plot Twists And Bombshells: How We Got To Election Day In Alabama

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:31 -0500

Yes, the race is between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. But this contest touches on scandals involving sexual misconduct, President Trump's influence and Democratic hopes for 2018.

Alabama's Special Election Is Now Up To The Voters

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Rachel Martin has been talking to voters about the state's Senate race. A church pastor explains why he's backing GOP candidate Roy Moore despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.

Birmingham Barber's Thoughts On Alabama's Special Election

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Rachel Martin, who's in Birmingham to cover Alabama's special election, talks to Eugene Jones, who has owned a barber shop for 45 years. Jones, a Democrat, says his party is missing an opportunity.

News Brief: Roy Moore Vs. Doug Jones In Alabama Special Election

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Voters in Alabama are choosing who will fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. GOP candidate Roy Moore is trying to rebound after allegations he sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago.

Pentagon Officials Say Transgender People Can Enlist In Military Next Year

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Pentagon officials say starting on Jan. 1, 2018, transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military. President Trump has opposed allowing transgender people to serve, but the Pentagon decision comes as courts are ruling against efforts to bar transgender enlistment.

Congressional Republicans Hope To Pass Tax Overhaul Bill By Dec. 25

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.

Before Voting Begins, A Look At Alabama's Special Senate Election

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

One of the most contested and high-profile special Senate elections of recent times is drawing to a close in Alabama. A day before voting begins, a look at where Republican Roy Moore stands against Democrat Doug Jones.

Wisconsin Voters Aren't Enthusiastic About Republican Tax Bill

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

What do voters think of the tax bills currently under debate in Congress? In the swing state of Wisconsin, many voters don't know much about the legislation — but don't like what they see so far.

Women Who Accused President Trump Of Sexual Misconduct Want Congress To Investigate

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

With allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the forefront of politics, women who have accused President Trump of misconduct are renewing calls for him to be held accountable.

DOJ Stepping Up Prosecutions Of Medical Providers Who Abuse Prescribing Authority

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

It's believed that 80 percent of people addicted to heroin today started with prescription painkillers. The over-prescription of opioids in the U.S. has been well documented. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about how the Department of Justice is ramping up prosecutions of medical providers who abuse their prescribing authority when it comes to opioids.

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates Back In Court For Bail Negotiations

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:38:00 -0500

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a former top aide Rick Gates were in court again on Monday to negotiate a bail agreement. The two have been confined to their homes since pleading not guilty to charges stemming from the Russia investigation.

Middle School Student Keaton Jones Exposes Bullies, And Wins Fans For His Courage

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:13:00 -0500

Keaton Jones' story spread online and across the nation, with his sister, Lakyn Jones, acting as his representative and fielding thousands of offers of support.