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The president tweeted Saturday evening questioning his predecessor’s response after a bombshell Washington Post report about the previous administration’s decision-making about how to counter Russia.(Image credit: Alexei Druzhinin/AP) […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent at Kaiser Health News, about the Senate GOP health bill and what it could mean for programs funded by Medicaid. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Lynn Cooper, director of the Drug and Alcohol Division at Pennsylvania’s Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, about the Senate GOP healthcare bill. […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday.

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Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

The confluence of the St. Croix, top, and Mississippi Rivers, bottom, is seen from the air on May 31, 2012.

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.(Image credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

The question of whether armed citizens deter violent crime or exacerbate it has been controversial in academia since at least the mid-1990s—not to mention the debate it continues to fuel in American politics. Conflicting studies have informed polarized lawmakers in the parallel battles over gun regulation.The case for less restrictive gun laws generally boils down to this: Law-abiding citizens have a right to protect themselves and their communities, full stop. The academic backing for this argument can be traced to a 1997 study by University of Chicago economists John Lott and David Mustard. After analyzing the impact of “right-to-carry” laws, […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Fifty-four years ago this month, former President John F. Kennedy delivered the “Strategy of Peace,” a powerful address that captured America’s indispensable leadership at the height of the Cold War. Kennedy knew that our country could not guard against the Soviet Union alone, for he believed that “genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts.”Incredibly, the man who now leads the United States seems to find himself locked in an alarming and perilous embrace with the Russian government. These ties threaten to weaken a system of alliances that have held Russia—and countless other threats […]

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

The recently unveiled Senate healthcare bill is running into the kind of opposition that could imperil its passage—and that opposition is coming from Republican senators.Dean Heller of Nevada, one of the most politically vulnerable Republican senators facing re-election in 2018, announced on Friday that he will not support the Senate GOP healthcare bill in its current form.“This bill would mean a loss of coverage for millions of Americans, and many Nevadans. I’m telling you right now, I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans,” Heller […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

Today in 5 LinesDean Heller became the fifth Republican senator to oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill. President Trump signed a bill that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, as part of an effort to overhaul the agency. A Cincinnati judge declared a mistrial in the retrial of former Officer Raymond M. Tensing, who fatally shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black motorist, in 2015. The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to review allegations of abuse at prisons in Yemen, “including U.S. support to the […]

Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.

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Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics