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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.

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GOP Rep. Farenthold Won't Seek Re-Election After Sexual Abuse Charges

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:49:32 -0500

The Texas Republican was alleged to have harassed female aides and is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

President Trump Draws Closer To His First Legislative Victory

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:40:00 -0500

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate say they have hammered out details of a final tax overhaul bill that they plan to pass next week.

FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:30:00 -0500

After a brief security evacuation, the agency voted to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps or influencing how fast they load.

News Brief: Senate And House Republicans Agree On Tax Bill, FCC To Repeal Net Neutrality

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:57 -0500

House and Senate Republicans have hammered out details of a final tax overhaul bill. Also, the FCC is set to repeal net neutrality rules, and an update on Tanzanian U.N. peacekeepers who were killed.

Democrat Pushes For New Party Leaders

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

As the Democratic Party celebrates its win in red Alabama, some Democrats are calling for a shift in the party leadership. Steve Inskeep talks with Rep. Linda Sanchez of California.

What's Next For Republicans After Alabama Loss

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

What does a Republican loss in the Alabama Senate race mean for Republicans going forward? NPR's David Greene speaks with Republican strategist Alex Conant.

Jones Victory Credited To African-American Voters

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

David Greene talks with Birmingham City Councilwoman Sheila Tyson about a well-organized get-out-the-vote effort that's credited with motivating black voters in Alabama.

Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

Shop around. That's the advice of health insurance navigators for people seeking health policies on the Affordable Care Act's state and federal exchanges. Premiums have climbed but so have subsidies.

New Year To Bring New Test For Trump Administration On Key Russia Sanctions

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

On the fifth anniversary of an important Russian sanctions law, Bill Browder, who pushed for the law, says the Trump administration faces an opportunity to show strength — or leniency — to Putin.

As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:06 -0500

The federal agency is about to decide if all Internet traffic should be treated equally. And yet among 22 million comments the FCC received, many were fake. Some are calling for a delay on the vote.

Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide Amid Accusations Of Sexual Assault

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:40:00 -0500

State Rep. Dan Johnson was found dead near his vehicle of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound days after an investigative report raised past accusations of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.

'Black Votes Matter': African-Americans Propel Jones To Alabama Win

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:37:00 -0500

More than 90 percent of African-Americans voted for Doug Jones in Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday and Jones had the support of 98 percent of black women, according to exit polling.

Nancy French On Implications Of Alabama Election For Christian Conservatives

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Nancy French is a Southern, conservative Christian writer who has written about her experience as the victim of childhood sexual abuse, her break with the Republican Party over Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and about empathizing with Roy Moore's Moore's accusers. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with French about Alabama's special election and its implications for Christian conservatives.

Deputy AG Rosenstein Defends Special Counsel Investigation Before Congress

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before Congress on Wednesday. Rosenstein defended the special counsel in the face of Republicans' allegations of anti-Trump political bias among the investigators.

African-American Voters Turned Out In Alabama's U.S. Senate Election

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

African-American voters turned out in big numbers to help propel Democrat Doug Jones' upset victory in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. It was a surprising show of political muscle by a community that's been locked out of power in a Republican-dominated state.