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Friday, Nov 30


Ethics Agency Warns Federal Workers Not To Discuss Impeachment Or 'Resistance'


The Hatch Act keeps partisan politics out of the federal workplace. Should it keep civil servants from talking about impeachment or using the #resist hashtag?

McCaskill Blames Senate Defeat On Democratic 'Failure' With Rural America


The Missouri Democrat reflected on her loss in an interview with NPR. McCaskill criticizes how Democrats handled the Kavanaugh nomination and warns her party against going too far investigating Trump.


Why Aren't Millennials Spending? They're Poorer Than Previous Generations, Fed Says


Millennials are less well off than members of earlier generations when they were young. They have lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth, a new Federal Reserve study says.


Amid Trade War With U.S., There Are Signs Of Dissent Among China's Economists


Sheng Hong of the Beijing-based Unirule Institute of Economics is one who has dared to speak up. Now authorities have shut down his think tank and he's been prevented from traveling abroad.


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


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.


GOP Sen. Tim Scott To Oppose Trump Judicial Nominee


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.

Starbucks Moves To Block Porn From Free Wi-Fi Networks


Patrons have always been banned in theory from viewing pornographic content over the company's Wi-Fi, but there was no technological filter in place. Starbucks will have one in 2019.

Thursday, Nov 29


G-20 Summit Set To Begin As Argentina Struggles To Deal With Its Economic Woes


Argentina hoped the G-20 summit would be a chance to showcase its stability and prosperity. But high expectations for its technocrat president have succumbed to runaway inflation and economic crisis.

Trump Dismisses New Guilty Plea By Former Lawyer Michael Cohen


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


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


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.


What's Ahead For The Towns Where GM Is Shutting Operations


What happens when General Motors leaves a town? NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein, who covered the exit of GM from Janesville, Wis., for six years.

A Timeline Of The Potential Trump Tower Project In Moscow


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


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.


Why Is The Chinese Government Trying To Buy A School In New Jersey?


An elite music college in Princeton, N.J. is up for sale. Its prospective buyer is a for-profit Chinese company — which is partially owned by the Beijing municipal government.


New York Public Housing Is Home To City's Newest Food Entrepreneurs


Food Business Pathways is a free course that gives low-income participants a leg up in turning their ideas into successful businesses through training, mentoring, access to services and space to sell.


Pabst Blue Ribbon Gets A Reprieve, Will Continue To Be Brewed By MillerCoors


For nearly 20 years, MillerCoors has brewed nearly all of Pabst's beers. The arrangement will now continue past 2020.


Cohen Pleads Guilty To Lying About When Real Estate Negotiations With Russians Ended


Donald Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, and others continued negotiations with Russian interlocutors about a potential Trump Tower in Moscow as late as June of 2016, Cohen has acknowledged.

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


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.


Deutsche Bank Offices In Frankfurt Raided By German Police


German authorities raided the offices of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt on Thursday morning. Police and federal prosecutors were apparently looking for evidence of money laundering.

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


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.


'Talent Wants Transit': Companies Near Transportation Gaining The Upper Hand


Businesses like Amazon and McDonald's are building offices near bus and train lines to attract and keep top talent in a tight labor market.


Deutsche Bank Offices Are Raided In Money Laundering Probe


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

2 Years After Standing Rock Protests, Tensions Remain But Oil Business Booms


Legal battles and local tensions persist two years after the North Dakota prairie was filled with thousands of indigenous and environmental protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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


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.


Volkswagen Planning A New North American Factory For Electric Cars


The German carmaker is planning to introduce a $30,000 to $40,000 electric car in 2020 to compete with similarly priced American vehicles.

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


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.

NRA 2017 Tax Records Reveal Decline In Income


Following a spike in donations and dues income in the 2016 election year, the NRA saw its total income fall in 2017, from $367 million to $312 million.

Unlike Most Countries, Australia Has Progressed For 27 Years Without A Recession


Do recessions have to happen? Is it possible for a country to just not have economic downturns? Australia has gone nearly 30 years without a recession. So what can we learn from it?

Argentina G20 Summit Angst


Argentina hosts the G20 summit this weekend but it's been a rocky time in the run-up, from economic problems to the chaotic cancelation of a soccer championship.