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NPR's expanded coverage of U.S. and world politics, the latest news from Congress and the White House, and elections.

Last Build Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:00 -0400

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Montana GOP Candidate's Assault Charge Hangs Over Tight Special Election

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:00 -0400

Greg Gianforte got in an altercation with a reporter Wednesday, drawing even more attention to a congressional race with a national spotlight. But it's unclear whether that will affect the outcome.

Former U.S. Ambassador Responds To Trump's Rhetoric On NATO

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:38 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Gen. Douglas Lute, who was the U.S. ambassador to NATO until January, about Trump's visit to NATO, and how his comments square with his past statements about the alliance.

President Trump Meets NATO Leaders In Belgium

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:38 -0400

President Trump has had a fraught relationship with NATO dating back to his days as a candidate. Thursday he appeared with NATO leaders in Belgium and lectured them on not paying their fair share.

White House Ends Congressional Bill Allowing Deportation Delays For Immigrants

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

The Trump administration is ending a longstanding system in which members of Congress can intervene in the deportation of an immigrant in the country illegally. Immigrant advocates and Senate Democrats are crying foul.

Lawmakers Propose Subjecting Secret Service Director To Senate Confirmation

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

A strongly bipartisan group of House members is sponsoring a bill to make the director of the Secret Service subject to Senate confirmation, following widespread concern over the agency's performance in recent months. The bill also increases funding for protection of second residences, which for the Trump administration has become a major expense.

Since 9/11, U.S. Presidents Developed Varied Language To Describe Terrorists

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Farah Pandith, adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the evolution of presidential rhetoric on acts of terrorism and the groups that perpetrate them.

On Night Before Election, Montana House Candidate Allegedly Assaults Journalist

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

Last night in Montana, the Republican candidate for the state's open U.S. House seat, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly "body-slamming" a journalist. The vote is on Thursday.

Appeals Court Refuses To Reinstate Trump's Revised Travel Ban

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

In another legal setback for President Trump, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that his controversial travel ban should be kept on hold. The case is now likely to go to the Supreme Court.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:50:00 -0400

People with the "right mind set" can pull themselves up, Carson said. Many conservatives and the Trump administration say cuts to government benefits could incentivize people to find work.

As Trump Slams NATO Allies, Obama Defends 'International Order'

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:55:00 -0400

Former President Obama spoke to a large crowd in Berlin Thursday, calling for a renewal of the international order. His message was in sharp contrast to President Trump's policy of "America First."

Why Did The Top Student Aid Official Under Betsy DeVos Resign?

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:26:00 -0400

Conscience or incompetence? Two competing narratives — along partisan lines — have emerged to explain the sudden departure of the head of the Federal Student Aid Office.

How Gen. Michael Flynn Became A Central Figure In The Russia Hacking Scandal

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:13:00 -0400

Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times began writing about Gen. Flynn in 2009 in Afghanistan; now he's investigating Flynn's role in Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:06:30 -0400

A conversation with National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi about race and racism in America.

Trump Avoids Major Slips On International Religious Tour

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:51:00 -0400

Trump's trip "was a kabuki dance through a minefield," one analyst said. "Any president would have difficulty handling it."

Senate Considers GOP Health Bill With Newly Released CBO Data

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:28:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office has given its assessment of the House Republican health care bill. Rachel Martin talks to GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota about the bill's chances in the Senate.