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Friday, Nov 30

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Trump's Move To Give States More Flexibility Undercuts Obamacare, Critics Say

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The Trump administration offered states specific examples Thursday of how they could change the way they implement the Affordable Care Act. Critics say Trump's plan could drive up premiums for many.

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GOP Sen. Tim Scott To Oppose Trump Judicial Nominee

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South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott said he would oppose Thomas Farr, President Trump's nominee to the federal bench, due to reports he helped suppress the vote in political campaigns.

Thursday, Nov 29

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Trump Dismisses New Guilty Plea By Former Lawyer Michael Cohen

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President Trump dismissed the new guilty plea by his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen. It comes as he heads to the G-20 meeting in Argentina where he formerly scheduled to meet with Russian President Putin.

Trump Judicial Nominee Set To Fail Amid Voter Suppression Charges

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Sen. Tim Scott, the lone black Republican in the Senate, said he would not support Thomas Farr. The nominee came under scrutiny over possible voter suppression efforts in North Carolina.

What You Need To Know About The Latest Big News In The Mueller Russia Investigation

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A busy week has brought a flurry of twists and turns in the often difficult-to-understand story lines of the special counsel's investigation. Here's a breakdown of what happened and what it means.

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Trump Administration Appears To Be Lessening Push For Ceasefire In Yemen

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A month ago U.S. officials called for a ceasefire in Yemen — a country on the brink of famine under a Saudi-led offensive. But that call doesn't appear as strong, as Saudis try to take more ground.

A Timeline Of The Potential Trump Tower Project In Moscow

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The new guilty plea of President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen is putting new focus on efforts by the Trump organization to develop a project in Russia in 2016 during the presidential campaign.

Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Enters New Guilty Plea In Federal Court

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President Trump's longtime fixer and attorney, Michael Cohen, entered a new guilty plea Thursday. He admitted to lying to Congress about the Trump company's negotiations about a Trump Tower in Moscow.

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Michael Cohen Admits Trump Tower-Moscow Talks Continued Well Into 2016 Campaign

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President Trump's longtime fixer pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress about the real estate negotiations that Trump's business conducted with Russians in 2016.

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Michael Cohen, Trump's Former Lawyer, Reaches New Guilty Plea Deal

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Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney for Donald Trump, has entered a new guilty plea in federal court in New York City. This was a surprise. Cohen had already offered a guilty plea in a separate case.

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Deutsche Bank Offices Are Raided In Money Laundering Probe

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Prosecutors are investigating two Deutsche Bank employees who allegedly helped customers set up offshore firms to avoid anti-money laundering safeguards.

U.S. Downplays Its Military Support For The War In Yemen, Kaine Says

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David Greene talks to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as the Senate prepares to vote on a proposal that could greatly reduce U.S. support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen's civil war.

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Partisan Election Officials Are 'Inherently Unfair' But Probably Here To Stay

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It would take a massive overhaul of state laws to make election administration truly nonpartisan. Voters say they want it, and experts are calling for it, but it probably isn't coming any time soon.

President Trump Cancels Putin Meeting On Eve Of G-20

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The president cited Russian aggression against Ukraine in his tweet about the change. He still has a series of meetings planned on the sidelines of the summit, including with China's Xi Jinping.

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Former U.S. Ambassador To Saudi Arabia Discusses Current Situation And Yemen

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, about the briefing to senators and how they are being urged to continue support for the war in Yemen.

Wednesday, Nov 28

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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez Weighs In On U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relationship And Yemen

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., about the recent floor vote regarding Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell Is Not Happy With GM's Elimination Of So Many Jobs

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., about the General Motors job cuts and what they mean for the industry and American auto workers.

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Democrats Nominate Nancy Pelosi As Next House Speaker

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi won an internal caucus vote to serve as speaker of the House, but she isn't totally in the clear for the floor vote in January.

Stacey Abrams' Allies Suing Georgia Over How Governor's Race Was Run

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Professor Richard Hasen of the University of California, Irvine, about the lawsuit that allies of Stacey Abrams filed accusing Georgia of disenfranchising voters.

Lawmakers Reassess U.S.-Saudi Alliance In Yemen After Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi

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Anger over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is leading some U.S. senators to question U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen.

Senators Briefed On Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi And Yemen Conflict

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed senators on the investigation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing by Saudis and the conflict in Yemen.

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Angry Senators Say Trump Administration Is Stonewalling Amid Saudi Crisis

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The administration wants to stick by Riyadh, but the Senate looked for ways to punish Saudi Arabia for the role its crown prince is suspected of playing in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

FACT CHECK: Trump's Claims About 'Record Clean' U.S. Air

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The president says the U.S. environment is better than it has been in years. But data from various sources paint a more complicated picture.

Democrats Pick Nancy Pelosi As House Speaker, Despite Earlier Internal Opposition

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The caucus vote is just the first of two key elections Pelosi needs to win. The full House formally votes on its next speaker on Jan. 3, the first day of Congress' next session.

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Fast-Tracking Logging On Federal Lands May Not Lessen Wildfire Risk

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The current version of the Farm Bill includes House-backed provisions that would streamline logging projects on federal land. The administration argues logging could mitigate wildfire risk.

Supreme Court Appears Ready To Make It Harder For States To Confiscate Property

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about one of the few remaining provisions in the Bill of Rights not yet applied to the states: the ban on excessive fines.

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Trump: Manafort Pardon Not 'Off The Table' After Briefings From Manafort's Lawyer

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The president told the New York Post that although a pardon for his former campaign chairman hasn't been "discussed," he won't close the door to short-circuiting punishment for Manafort.

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Trump Is Expected To Extend U.S. Troops' Deployment To Mexico Border Into January

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The move would extend the rare deployment of active-duty troops at the U.S.-Mexico border, rather than only National Guard soldiers and personnel.

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Nancy Pelosi Likely To Have The Votes To Be Elected House Speaker

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Steve Inskeep talks to Nadeam Elshami, former chief of staff for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, about her chances of becoming speaker again after Tuesday's House democratic leadership elections.

Solidly Red State Mississippi Sends Hyde-Smith Back To Senate

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Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is the projected winner of the Senate runoff, according to The Associated Press, overcoming missteps that brought the state's dark history of racism to the forefront.