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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: Tue, 23 May 2017 17:32:00 -0400

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Trump Budget's Paid Parental Leave Plan Could Mean Higher State Taxes

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:32:00 -0400

The administration has said it will work out the details of the paid leave plan in budget negotiations. Here are a few of the questions that will have to be answered.

Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:21:00 -0400

The Trump administration wants to cut both food aid to the poor and subsidies for the nation's farmers. Supporters of both programs are joining forces to fight the cuts in Congress.

State Lawmakers Confront Series Of Sexual Harassment Scandals

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:07:00 -0400

A series of high-profile sexual harassment scandals in state legislatures has state lawmakers wondering how to best police themselves.

U.S. Looks To Get Mortgage Giants Fannie And Freddie Out Of Conservatorship

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Many years have passed since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got into financial trouble and had to be placed in conservatorship. The mortgage giants are stable now, but nine years later there is still the question of how to get these companies out of conservatorship and on their own again.

Trump Budget Reduces Education Spending, Raises Funding For School Choice

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Trump's newly released budget proposal would cut overall education spending by 13.5 percent while increasing funding for school choice. The NPR Ed Team will unpack the administration's new budget and what it means for parents, teachers, students and taxpayers.

Former CIA Director Says He Had Concerns About Russia Ties To Trump Campaign

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Former CIA Director John Brennan told a House panel there was evidence of contact between Trump campaign aides and Russians, but he didn't have enough information to determine whether they colluded.

President Trump Arrives In Rome To Meet With Pope Francis

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews John Allen, editor of Crux, an independent news site, and president of Crux Catholic Media, about the meeting scheduled between the Pope and President Trump. Allen says despite their differences, they are not likely to have a contentious meeting. He says Trump will also meet with the Vatican's secretary of state and foreign minister for more substantive talks.

Trump Responds To Manchester Attack In Meeting With Palestinian Leader

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Trump called the perpetrator of the Manchester attack and other terrorists "evil losers." His remarks came as he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

Los Angeles VA Campus Fails To Support Growing Number Of Homeless Vets

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Los Angeles has one of the nation's worst rate of homeless veterans, but its Veterans Affairs campus doesn't support many homeless vets. Instead it hosts parrots, gardens, a baseball stadium and other features. Soon, however, officials say the facility will begin building a new community of local homeless veterans.

Trump's Budget Relies On Optimistic Economic Forecasts, Critics Say

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Trump's budget proposal calls for eliminating the federal deficit within 10 years. It depends on deep cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid, and relies on rosy forecasts for economic growth that critics call unrealistic.

Trump Budget Plan Relies On Optimistic Growth Assumptions, Analysts Say

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:23:00 -0400

President Trump's proposed budget released Tuesday rests on a key assumption: The economy will grow much faster than it has in recent years — and at a more robust pace than most analysts predict.

Trump Budget Deals 'Devastating Blow' To Low-Income Americans, Advocates Say

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:10:00 -0400

The administration's motive is to get as many people back into the workforce as possible in an effort to spur economic growth, said OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.

White House Budget For 2018: Read The Full Plan

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:47:00 -0400

President Trump released his budget on Tuesday, which proposes deep cuts to federal safety nets, like food stamps. The plan builds off of the blueprint that the White House distributed in March.

Mueller Approved By Justice Dept. Ethics Team, Despite Former Law Firm's Ties

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:28:00 -0400

Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, had been working for a law firm whose clients include Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. Justice has ruled Mueller may serve as special counsel.

Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:00 -0400

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.