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Phoenix Mayor Asks Trump To Delay Visit, Hoping For 'More Sound Judgment'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:28:00 -0400

President Trump says he's "seriously considering" a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Doing so would "enflame emotions and further divide our nation," says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.



Some Left-Wing Protesters Were Ready To Trade Blows In Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:55:00 -0400

When neo-Nazis and white power activists streamed into Charlottesville, Va., they were met by crowds of angry counterprotesters. Some were from the group that calls itself Antifa.



Steve Bannon Called 'American Prospect' To Talk About Politics

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:51:00 -0400

The White House chief strategist rarely talks to the media, but he called a co-founder of the progressive website The American Prospect. Rachel Martin talks to Robert Kuttner about the discussion.



Joint Chiefs Denounce Racism After Trump's Comments

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:16:00 -0400

Top ranking uniformed leaders of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard all posted on social media condemning racism, hatred and extremism.



GOP Response To Trump's Charlottesville Comments

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

When President Trump equated the actions of white supremacists and protesters there was an outcry. Does the president's response to events in Charlottesville weaken Republicans' ability to govern?



Republicans Try To Move Forward With Their Tax Overhaul Plans

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

A group of Republicans gathered at former President Ronald Reagan's ranch in Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday to plan for overhauling the tax system.



News Brief: Bannon's Magazine Interview, 'Daily Stormer' Moves To Dark Web

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:18:00 -0400

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon talked to the liberal magazine: The American Prospect. Web hosting companies have blacklisted The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi site, from registration services.



Robert Mueller May Not Be The Savior The Anti-Trump Internet Is Hoping For

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Expectations are high for special counsel Robert Mueller with Trump critics. But people depending on the former FBI director to shake up the White House could be in for a letdown.



Behind The Scenes, A Major Choice Looms On Afghanistan

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Will President Trump double down on America's longest-running — but forgotten — war? Or could he decide to pull the plug?



Texas' Special Session Ended, But State Lawkmakers Still Want To Discuss Bathroom Bill

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Efforts to pass a so-called "bathroom bill" in Texas died when the legislature adjourned a special session on Tuesday. But proponents haven't given up hope, amid talk of another special session to deal with the issue.



How Do Teachers Talk About Hate Speech?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

One Charlottesville, Va., elementary school teacher grapples with how to have this conversation with her students the week after the violence erupted in her city just as a new school year is about to begin.



Jewish Leaders Say Anti-Semitism Around The Nation Is A Disturbing Trend

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The American Jewish community has been unsettled by the re-emergence of vocal anti-Semitism, largely believed to be a feature of the nation's past.



Sessions Continues To Criticize Sanctuary Cities During His Visit To Miami

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in Miami highlighting one of the city's communities cooperating with the Trump administration in helping deport immigrants here illegally, but he's still singling out cities who aren't complying.



President Trump Refers To Counter-Protesters As The 'Alt-Left'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Donald Trump lumped the protestors who objected to the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., in with counter-protesters.



Does Trump's Slippery Slope Argument About Confederate Statues Have Merit?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegal talks with Ilya Somin, a professor of George Mason University, about President Trump's warning that pulling down Confederate statues may lead to a slippery slope in which monuments to the Founding Fathers are torn down.