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Trump Administration Rescinds Obama Rule On Transgender Students' Bathroom Use

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:36:40 -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.

Syrian Country Band Criticizes Trump's Travel Ban In New Song

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

There's a country music band based in Istanbul with Syrians and Americans. Their latest tune is about President Trump's immigration order.

Late Night TV Shows Take Aim At Trump, Score Well In Ratings

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Late night TV shows heavy on sharp satire of President Donald Trump are scoring well in the ratings. NPR takes a look at the phenomenon.

Breaking Down The Nearly 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants In The U.S.

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

The number of immigrants staying in the U.S. illegally is estimated to be around 11 million. But demographers say that figure may become harder to track as President Trump ramps up deportations.

Homeland Security Wants To Hire Thousands More Border Agents

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

The Department of Homeland Security wants to hire thousands more immigration and border security agents to help implement the administration's goals. But that's easier said than done.

Career CIA Analyst Ned Price Quits Rather Than Serve Trump Administration

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Ned Price worked at the CIA from 2006 until last week. He says he quit because, "I reluctantly concluded that I cannot in good faith serve this administration as an intelligence professional." NPR talks to Price about his decision and asks whether others may follow.

Members Of Congress Face Angry Constituents At Town Halls

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Members of Congress are back home this week, and many are getting an earful from angry constituents and demonstrators worried about efforts to repeal Obamacare, among other issues.

Will Trump Democrats In Wisconsin Swing Back To Their Party?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:17:00 -0500

President Trump won over Democrats in rural Wisconsin in 2016. Looking at Trump's term so far, one Democrat worries she will regret switching parties. Another says she will be voting GOP from now on.

Journalist: Trump Is 'Openly Dismissive' Of The Intelligence World

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 -0500

Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times says that when it comes to national security, President Trump "doesn't trust the civilian national security establishment and they don't trust him."

Judge Rules Texas Can't Cut Off Medicaid Funds To Planned Parenthood — For Now

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:11:00 -0500

After Texas officials moved to block the health provider from receiving Medicaid dollars, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the state, allowing the group to stay in the program.

McMaster, An Iconoclast, Confronts A Job Bound By Political Realities

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:10:00 -0500

How much can President Trump and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster really deviate from Barack Obama's strategies?

Are Race-Based Advisory Groups Just Political Symbols?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0500

After a scathing letter of resignation, only four people remain on the president's commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. It brings up broader questions of these task forces' efficacy.