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Reports: Trump Taps Retired Marine General To Head Homeland Security

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:01:00 -0500

Ret. Gen. John Kelly, the former boss of the U.S. Southern Command, would be the third former general picked by President-elect Trump.

Trump's Victory Tour Stump Speech, Annotated

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:37:29 -0500

The president-elect is giving speeches in swing states he won that hark back to his rallies during the campaign. NPR policy and political experts check the claims Trump is making on his victory tour.

Trump Selects Long-Serving Iowa Governor As Ambassador To China

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:19:00 -0500

Gov. Terry Branstad, a Trump backer and the nation's longest-serving governor, has extensive ties to China and a friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping that goes back decades.

Megyn Kelly On Trump And The Media: 'We're In A Dangerous Phase Right Now'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:27:00 -0500

The Fox News host tells Fresh Air that she worries about Trump's "de-legitimization" of the media. "Too many millions of Americans aren't listening at all to what the press tells them," Kelly says.

Democrats Make Long-Shot Effort To Win Louisiana Senate Seat

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:18 -0500

Following Donald Trump's victory, Democrats around the country have suddenly focused on Foster Campbell's campaign in an attempt to limit Republicans' incoming Senate majority to 51 seats.

Reporter's Notebook: What It Was Like As A Muslim To Cover The Election

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0500

NPR's Asma Khalid reflects on a year covering politics at a moment when being Muslim was seen as a political problem for some.

Trump Delivers Populist Message To Supporters, Pence Speaks To Insiders In Washington

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:28:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump held a rally in North Carolina as he works on building his administration. Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to conservatives at Trump's Washington hotel.

Texas Elector Resigns, Saying He Can't Vote For Trump In Electoral College

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:28:00 -0500

Art Sisneros is a Texas elector who decided to resign rather than vote for Donald Trump in the Electoral College later this month. He explains how he came to that decision.

Commentator Cokie Roberts Takes Questions About The Presidential Transition

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:28:00 -0500

Commentator Cokie Roberts talks about the role of federal civil service during a presidential transition in a new, interactive Morning Edition segment called #AskCokie.

As Trump Holds A 'Thank You' Rally, Supporters Say They're Anxious To See Results

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:28:00 -0500

Donald Trump held a North Carolina rally on Tuesday night, basking in his victory in a state that was expected to go to Hillary Clinton. Trump's backers say they hope he'll move quickly as president.

Challenging D.C.'s Tradition Of Unpaid Government Internships

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:42:00 -0500

The White House and other government agencies are not required to follow the Fair Labor Standards Act when it comes to paying interns. Many interns struggle to survive in the nation's capital.

Trump Touts Military Strength In N.C. On Second Stop Of 'Thank You' Tour

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:26:00 -0500

The president-elect also formally introduced retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his pick to lead the Defense Department. Congress is also moving to fast-track a waiver he needs to be confirmed.

Radio Conspiracy Theorist Claims Ear Of Trump, Pushes 'Pizzagate' Fictions

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:49:00 -0500

Alex Jones, whose radio show is carried by more than 160 stations, has also said the Sept. 11 attacks were an inside job and the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school never happened.

When It Comes To Wealthy Leaders, World Abounds With Cautionary Tales

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:24:00 -0500

Other countries have elected wealthy businessmen for the same reason Donald Trump won: People think they're so rich, they must be incorruptible. But in many cases, corruption and cronyism followed.

Republicans Hope To Hold Senate Seat In Louisiana Runoff Election

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:39:00 -0500

Election 2016 isn't quite over yet. Louisiana voters will soon pick a new senator, and Republicans are trying hard to make sure they hold onto the seat.