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Protesting Is Uncomfortable. Should It Be Easier?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0500

This week on Ask Code Switch, a question from a Florida high school student who wants to know how to fight against injustice without antagonizing his teachers.

Ethics Report On Trump Administration: The Most Unethical Presidency

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to Richard Painter, top ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, top ethics lawyer for President Obama. They argue Trump's administration has been unethical.

Trump Looks To Terminate The Diversity Lottery Program

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:57:00 -0500

Co-host Rachel Martin talks to immigration expert Anna Law about the diversity visa lottery program, which could be on the chopping block as lawmakers negotiate immigration policy.

President Trump's Idea Of Good And Bad Immigrant Countries Has A Historical Precedent

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:58:58 -0500

In part, Trump's recent vulgar slur appeared to be favoring the revival of a discriminatory immigration policy abolished by the U.S. Congress more than 50 years ago.

The Russia Investigations: Bannon Comes In From The Cold, Trump Wavers On Mueller

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:00:20 -0500

Exiled from Trump world, Steve Bannon is headed to the House Intelligence Committee. The president might talk to Mueller — or not. And Sen. Feinstein released a big transcript over GOP objections.

'Rapists,' 'Huts': Trump's Racist Dog Whistles Aren't New

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:29:50 -0500

On Thursday, President Trump described Haiti and most of Africa with a vulgar term. Here's why that shouldn't surprise you.

Your Turn: How Are Poor Countries Portrayed By Aid Groups And The Media?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:49:00 -0500

The controversy over President Trump's description of El Salvador, Haiti and African countries has global thinkers asking whether the aid community is partly to blame.

Conservatives Watch As Dozens Of Republicans Won't Seek Re-Election

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:26:00 -0500

With California Rep. Darrell Issa deciding to step down, a total of 31 Republicans in Congress have said they won't run. Steve Inskeep talks to Matt Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union.

Deadline Closes In On Administration Regarding Iran Sanctions

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:01:00 -0500

President Trump is being urged by some top advisers to waive sanctions on Iran by a Friday deadline. Rachel Martin talks to Dennis Ross, who has advised four former presidents on the Middle East.

How The Fusion GPS Founder's Testimony Fits In The Russia Saga

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., made a big splash by releasing the roughly 300-page paper bomb — a tactical win for Democrats in Washington, D.C.

Politics In The News: 'Fire And Fury' Leads Headlines

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:57:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of National Review about the apparent fall of former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who provoked Trump's ire by criticizing him in a new book.

President Trump Called For Roy Cohn, But Roy Cohn Was Gone

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:00:15 -0500

Some say Cohn was Trump's mentor, or even his surrogate father. This much is clear: Cohn was Trump's model in the handling of public relationships and media warfare.

The Rise And Fall Of Steve Bannon

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:00:15 -0500

Last week, Bannon found himself cut off from his two biggest patrons: President Donald Trump and conservative activist and donor Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of billionaire investor Robert Mercer.

The Russia Investigations: Sessions On Edge, Bannon Exiled And Internecine Combat

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:00:15 -0500

A cyclone of news reshapes D.C. and spins the Russia imbroglio into a significant new direction. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wound up in quicksand; Steve Bannon wound up cast into darkness.

The New Year Rings In With 'Fire And Fury.' It Might Mean A Consequential 2018

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

The first week of the new year kicked off with the same ferocity of news that last year ended with.