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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:12:06 -0500Donald Trump's pick to lead the Education Department got a grilling Tuesday. How did she fare? Read for yourself from some of the highlights.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:43 -0500South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley faced tough questions from a Senate panel on Wednesday about how she would represent the Trump administration at the United Nations.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:43 -0500Among the dozens of people granted clemency by President Obama on Tuesday was Oscar Lopez Rivera. Depending on who you ask, he is either a freedom fighter or a terrorist.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:43 -0500Russians have been counting the days until Donald Trump is sworn in as the next U.S. president. Officials, and official television, have been blasting the Obama years and looking forward to improved ties.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500The Senate health committee heard from Rep. Tom Price Wednesday on his nomination to become the secretary of Health and Human Services. Obamacare was a top issue, and the congressman's stock dealings in medical companies were also discussed.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500President Obama held his final news conference Wednesday before leaving office. He fielded several questions about his successor, Donald Trump.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500The Supreme Court tests whether the Patent and Trademark Office violated the First Amendment when it refused to register the "disparaging" band name, "The Slants."
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500The confirmation hearing of Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross highlighted divisions within the Republican Party over trade. Ross signaled that the incoming Trump administration will be much more aggressive in responding to trade violations by other countries. Several Republican Senators told Ross they were concerned that punitive tariffs and confrontations with trading partners could damage the economy.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500President-elect Trump has named two businessmen as special advisers: Wall Street legend Carl Icahn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Icahn will advise the White House on regulatory reform and Giuliani on cybersecurity. But Icahn makes billions through Wall Street trading, and Giuliani makes millions from his security consulting firm, which presents some potential ethical issues.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500President Obama convened his final press conference in office on Wednesday less than a day after commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning. Obama was expected to face questions about his decision to grant clemency to Manning, who gave hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic files to WikiLeaks.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Dallas Burtraw, senior fellow with the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, about what role states have traditionally played in environmental regulation, and what a decentralized approach under the Trump administration would look like.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that human activity plays "some" role in the changing climate. In his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Scott Pruitt said he wants to work with states to protect the environment while also encouraging economic growth.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500Ryan Leavis and Alex Miller are college seniors who plan to enter the military. One voted for Donald Trump, the other for Hillary Clinton. They say politics shouldn't get in the way of friendship.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that a growing number of older Americans have taken on student loan debt. For those who can't pay, Social Security benefits are being garnished.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:23:00 -0500President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Health And Human Services had the first of two separate Senate hearings on Wednesday.