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Trump's Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:21:00 -0500

One group that helps train female candidates says applications for its programs are up 87 percent since Election Day.

Trump's Plan To Hire 15,000 Border Patrol And ICE Agents Won't Be Easy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:12:00 -0500

Applicants have to go through "extreme vetting" including a grueling polygraph exam. In the past, Customs and Border Protection has had trouble retaining agents.

Sen. McCain Makes Unannounced Trip To Syria To Meet With U.S. Forces

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:52:00 -0500

John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to Syria last week to discuss the campaign for defeating militants from the Islamic State.

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Of Ohio On Obamacare Repeal Plans

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

Some constituents have protested Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. David Greene talks with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio about the GOP's next steps.

Former DOJ Official On The Future Of Transgender Student Policies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

The Trump administration has rescinded Obama administration guidance on transgender students and bathrooms. Rachel Martin talks with Vanita Gupta, who was one of the architects of the Obama policy.

CPAC In The Trump Era

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

The Conservative Political Action Conference starts Thursday. Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event, talks with Rachel Martin about Trump's brand of conservatism.

Utah Constituents Say They Weren't Paid To Protest Chaffetz

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

Three Utah voters who attended Rep. Jason Chaffetz's raucous town hall, including one who voted for him in November, talk about their reasons for protesting.

Religious Conservatives And Pro-Business Republicans Split Over Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

As Texas considers a bill to restrict transgender people's access to some restrooms, many in the state's business community question whether the measure is worth the business it might cost the state.

A Look At U.S.-Mexico Relations As Tillerson And Kelly Meet With Mexican Officials

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

Trump Cabinet members Rex Tillerson and John Kelly are meeting with officials in Mexico. Antonio Ortiz-Mena of Albright Stonebridge Group discusses U.S.-Mexico relations under President Trump.

What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

A lot of people are confused about when and if Republicans can "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Julie Rovner clears things up in the first of a series.

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance On Transgender Bathroom Use

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:02:00 -0500

The Trump administration withdrew guidance offering legal protections to transgender students who want to use the bathroom that conforms with their gender identity.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students' Bathroom Use

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:37:00 -0500

The administration will not direct public schools to allow students to use facilities that match their gender identities. It notes the primary role of state and local districts in education policy.

With Protests, Both Obama And Trump White Houses Saw 'Manufactured' Anger

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:48:00 -0500

Congressional town halls were overtaken with protests in the first year of Barack Obama's term, too. They weren't taken all that seriously, at first, but developed into a wave at the ballot box.

In Israel, Some Wonder Where The Outrage Is Over U.S. Anti-Semitic Acts

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:02:00 -0500

Some Israelis criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for offering a less forceful response to anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. than elsewhere. Some say he wants to keep pressure off President Trump.

Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:28:00 -0500

An overview of multiple legal challenges and protests since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered approving a section of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.