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The DeVos Hearing, In Their Own Words

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:12:06 -0500

Donald Trump's pick to lead the Education Department got a grilling Tuesday. How did she fare? Read for yourself from some of the highlights.



Senate Panel Grills S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley In Her Bid To Become U.N. Ambassador

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:43 -0500

South 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.



Obama Grants Clemency To Puerto Rican Fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:43 -0500

Among 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.



Russians Await Donald Trump's Inauguration With Anticipation

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:43 -0500

Russians 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.



Senate Health Committee Questions Rep. Tom Price In HHS Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The 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.



Obama Holds Final News Conference Before Leaving Office

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

President Obama held his final news conference Wednesday before leaving office. He fielded several questions about his successor, Donald Trump.



Supreme Court Considers Trademark Battle Over Band Name

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The Supreme Court tests whether the Patent and Trademark Office violated the First Amendment when it refused to register the "disparaging" band name, "The Slants."



Wilbur Ross' Confirmation Hearing Highlights Divide Among GOP On Trade

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The 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.



Trump's Picks For Special Advisers Present Potential Ethical Issues

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

President-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.



Obama Defends Decision To Commute Sentence Of Chelsea Manning

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

President 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.



States Could Take Lead On Environmental Regulation Under Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR'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.



EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Acknowledges Existence Of Climate Change

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Trump'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.



Friends And Fraternity Brothers, Two Va. Cadets Transcend Trump-Clinton Divide

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Ryan 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.



Report Finds More People Over 60 Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The 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.



Tom Price, HHS Nominee, Faces Tough Questions On Stock Deals And Obamacare

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:23:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Health And Human Services had the first of two separate Senate hearings on Wednesday.