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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:00:00 -0400

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:31 -0400

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:19:00 -0400

The largest known theft of Social Security numbers in history has lawmakers, law enforcement and identity theft victims angry. They're calling for better security and other changes in the system.

A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity. Here's What The Numbers Say

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:41:30 -0400

Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, fell far short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving, according to an NPR analysis. The documents are no longer posted on the club's site.

Understanding Mike Pence And His Relationship To Trump: 'His Public Role Is Fawning'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:00 -0400

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.

Draft Of Health Care Bill Addresses Trump Concerns About 'Bailouts' For Insurers

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:47:00 -0400

A draft of the bipartisan legislation obtained by NPR would restore subsidies to insurance companies to assist low-income consumers and require them to go to consumers as rebates.

'Enough': California's Women In Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:12:25 -0400

"It's a power dynamic that's difficult even for female lawmakers," said Samantha Corbin, a lobbyist in Sacramento., "Men often control fundraising, your ability to get bills passed."

Do Men Have It Easier? Your Politics Might Determine How You Answer

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:07 -0400

Democrats were more than twice as likely as Republicans to say that the country hasn't gone far enough in achieving gender equality, according to a new survey from Pew.

The Deal With Drug Czars

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:06:30 -0400

Aside from having the coolest executive office title, what does a Drug Czar do anyway?

Senators Grill Attorney General Sessions On Russia, Comey, 'Sanctuary Cities'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

The attorney general testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and defended his past comments to the panel about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban Attempt

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:22:00 -0400

The plaintiffs "have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits," District Judge Theodore D. Chuang wrote, dealing another setback to the Trump administration.