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Americans Prefer Democratic House Candidates In 2018...For Now

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:00:05 -0400

Democrats have led in the generic ballot since Trump took office. That may be encouraging, but the 2018 midterm outlook isn't entirely rosy for them. Here's why.



Fred Barnes: Republicans Aren't Team Players

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Dreams of a smooth-sailing GOP agenda seem to be shattered. Politics is a team sport, and Republicans are playing it poorly, Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, tells Steve Inskeep.



With Parole, A New Round Of O.J. Obsession Begins

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The athlete, celebrity and murder suspect was the focus of an intensely covered trial, and two recent TV series that set him at the center of America's diciest topics: race, wealth, justice and fame.



U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Never Go Away — They Just Evolve

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

When it comes to sanctions, the Cold War never really ended. As President Barack Obama lifted Soviet-era restrictions, he put in new ones. President Trump could soon find a sanctions bill on his desk.



The Capital City Contemplates The Possibility Of A Washington Without John McCain

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:17:00 -0400

Outspoken defense hawk. Informal diplomat. Vietnam War hero. The seemingly indestructible McCain has been a pillar of Washington for decades. What could it mean if he does not return?



U.S. Needs A Political Strategy In Afghanistan, Flournoy Says

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:41:00 -0400

David Greene talks to former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and President Trump's relationship with Russian President Putin.



Here's What's In The House Republican Budget (And Why It Matters)

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The House budget slashes safety net spending and boosts military spending, but arguably the most important thing it does is serve as a vehicle for tax overhaul.



Trump's Big Repealing Deal: 8 Takeaways On The Senate's Health Care Meltdown Moment

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Trump seems to have wanted to show up for the trophy ceremony, not for the game. But even if Trump had plunged into the trenches, his presence there might not have made the difference.



After Failing To Replace Obamacare, What Do Republicans Do Next?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

For analysis about the future of the Senate GOP health care bill, David Greene talks to Matthew Continetti, editor-in-chief of the conservative publication the Washington Free Beacon.



Where The Senate Health Care Defeat Leaves Trump, GOP

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Republicans are continuing to vow not to work with Democrats. Instead, the president is encouraging a full repeal and passing a new bill. Senate leadership is pushing along similar lines.



#EbonyOwes: 99 Problems And Money Is One

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:17:00 -0400

A number of writers, editors, photographers and illustrators are still waiting to be paid by the magazine for work that was published in February. The owners say they will "honor [their] commitment."



Senate Health Bill Would Make High Premiums Worse, Dr. Emanuel Says

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:39:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Zeke Emanuel — one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare — about the Senate's health care bill. A vote on the legislation has been postponed.



Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The June 2016 email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. puts what happened in the spring and summer of that year in a new light.



Timeline of Events: The 2013 Miss Universe Pageant

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The back story of the Moscow pageant, the Russian father-son duo — one a billionaire developer and the other an aspiring pop star, the British-born promoter and the future American president.



Trump-Russia Nexus Recalls Long History Of Shadow Campaigns

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:23:00 -0400

Whatever actual impact previous foreign entanglements may have had, the stories persist — if only because they feed such powerful thoughts of "what might have been."