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Tennessee bill would undermine same-sex marriage, advocates say

On its face, the bill passed by the Tennessee legislature Thursday seems innocuous, if a little odd. The one-page measure requires that “undefined words” in state law “be given their natural and ordinary meaning.”<p>But LGBT rights groups say the measure is as insidious as it is simple, calling it a …

LGBTQI

Trump On Education Department: 'Reverse This Federal Power Grab'

As we head into the 100th day of the Trump presidency, NPR Ed has our regular weekly education roundup to keep you in the loop.<p><b>Attorneys General speak out on behalf of student borrowers</b><p>Twenty state attorneys general and the District of Columbia this week sent a letter criticizing Education …

Education

Trump Tells N.R.A. Convention, ‘I Am Going to Come Through for You’

ATLANTA — President Trump received a thunderous welcome from thousands of gun lovers as he appeared here on Friday at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention to thank the group for its unwavering support of his presidential campaign.<p>A supporter of restrictions on guns before he entered …

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Loesch: We Have a White House That's 'Prioritizing Our 2nd Amendment Rights'

During his speech at the 2017 NRA convention on Friday, President Donald Trump promised that the Obama's administration's "assault" on the Second Amendment "has come to a crashing end."<p>"You have a true friend and champion in the White House," Trump said. "To the NRA, I can proudly say: I will …

Guns

The Trump Doctrine is made of mixed messages

The new administration is still struggling to articulate its foreign policy vision in a clear and consistent way.<p>Here’s a quick primer for Washington-based foreign diplomats trying to explain the Trump administration’s global views to folks back home:<p>The United States isn’t seeking to overthrow the …

Foreign Policy

Climate protest takes on Trump's policies -- and the heat -- in DC march

<b>(CNN) —</b> Protesters backing action on climate change are braving the sweltering heat Saturday in the nation's capital as part of the People's Climate March.<p>The march began at 12:30 p.m. near the Capitol, and demonstrators planned to move to the White House and end up at the Washington Monument, …

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Journalists Reflect On What They've Learned During Trump's First 100 Days

NPR's Mara Liasson and <i>The Washington Post's</i> Robert Costa speak about covering the Trump administration during President Trump's first 100 days.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Finally today, all this hour we've been reflecting on President Trump's first 100 days in office. We'll have some final …

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Trump says he's brought 'profound change' to Washington

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, renewing promises …

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Trump Lawyers Get Creative With First Amendment

Did the candidate incite violence at his rallies? Not if you take his words literally, the defense says.<p>President Donald Trump’s lawyers are trying to rewrite the First Amendment. In defending a civil suit against Trump by protesters who say they were roughed up in one of his campaign rallies, …

Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

As a hurry-up execution schedule plays out in Arkansas this week, the U.S. Supreme Court and Arkansas Supreme Court have stepped in to block two of the eight executions initially scheduled for an 11-day period.<p>Those two cases are on hold pending the outcome of a case from Alabama argued in the …

Mental Health

Lobbying’s top 50: Who’s spending big

Fifty companies and industry groups shelled out more than $716 million to lobby the federal government and Congress last year, according to data …

Chamber of Commerce

Facebook, Google and others are focusing some D.C. lobbying dollars on fighting Trump

Plus, Apple starts lobbying on autonomous vehicles.<p>Tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft focused some of their lobbying dollars in Washington over the past three months on combating President Donald Trump, as he eyed major changes to the U.S. tax code and imposed new restrictions on …

Trump blasts recent approval rating polls as 'fake news'

Even though they contained “some very positive info,” President Donald Trump on Monday decried a set of polls released over the weekend as “fake news” conducted by media outlets whose polling about last year’s presidential election had proven incorrect.<p>“The two fake news polls released yesterday, …

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‘Pivotal Moment’ for Democrats? Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme Court

The hand-to-hand political combat in House elections on Tuesday in Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.<p>But for all the zeal on …

Government

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Bipartisan group wants clean spending bill to avoid shutdown

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A group of 40 congressional Democrats and Republicans said Monday they will support a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown if that budget comes without any partisan strings attached.<p>The Problem Solvers Caucus announced their official position to support a "clean" spending …

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The latest poll numbers should make Trump smile

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ordinarily a president whose polls show approval ratings at historic lows at this point in a young administration would be in trouble. But President Trump has reason to feel confident about his latest numbers. He is still doing extraordinarily well with his supporters: 96% of those who …

Government

Happy New Year, rich people! Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Congress will make sure 2017 will be terrific for the super-wealthy

Big tax cuts are in store for the first few months of 2017, the vast majority of which will benefit the rich<p>Donald Trump will be inaugurated president of the United States on Jan. 20, cementing Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of government. And while Treasury secretary …

Merrick Garland Will Be On The Bench — But Not The Supreme Court — In January

President Obama's Supreme Court nominee won't be on the high court. Garland will, though, go back to hearing cases in his old court on Jan. 18.<p>Judge Merrick Garland will not be joining the US Supreme Court after months of Senate inaction on the nomination. Instead, in January, he has decided to …

U.S. Supreme Court

Why Conservatives Were Wrong About Why Republicans Like Trump

Donald Trump’s intellectual critics on the left and on the right have long viewed him in roughly similar terms — as an ignorant, authoritarian …

Republicans

The public’s approval ratings of Congress in 2016 remains historically low

Seventeen percent.<p>That’s Congress’ average 2016 approval rating, according to new Gallup Poll findings released Thursday, continuing a trend that’s …

Why our presidents are elected by a clique of elites

American presidential elections are generally orderly affairs. People vote, somebody wins and life goes on. It's our proud tradition of democratic self-governance.<p>And yet: <i></i>The whole thing is controlled by a cabal of elites who <i>actually</i> pick the nation’s commander-in-chief, and who, theoretically, …

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Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day

When Donald Trump swears at the inauguration that he will “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, he will be committing a violation of constitutional magnitude.<p>The …

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"A Frenzy Of Lobbying On 21st Century Cures"

Kaiser Health News and NPR report on the immense lobbying effort aimed at passing the “21st Century Cures” Act which would fast-track FDA approval of …

Health Care

Obama Pardons 78, Shortens the Sentences for 153

President Barack Obama has pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 others convicted of federal crimes, the greatest number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president, the White House said Monday.<p>Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months …

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Trump wasn’t elected as a culture warrior. He may govern as one.

Among other moves, Republicans may use religious-freedom laws to curtail LGBTQ rights<p>Before the election, it was common to hear experts say the “culture wars” were over, and that the left had won. True, there were debates about how progressives could most effectively consolidate their gains, and …

All of Florida's electoral votes go to Trump

Dec. 19, 2016, 3:07 p.m.<p>Electoral college vote<p>Donald Trump officially won all 29 of Florida’s electoral college votes on Monday during a ceremony held at the Capitol in Tallahassee, despite pleas from protesters to electors to change their vote at the last minute.<p>About 100 protesters gathered …

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Trump Supporters Tweet to #RepealThe19th After Realizing Only Men Can Win Him the Election

Less than 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote, Donald Trump supporters are calling to repeal it to help the GOP candidate secure a victory against Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.<p>The Twitter hashtag began brewing after FiveThirtyEight's …

President's Trump's jailing of Hillary Clinton could destroy American democracy

<b>To the editor:</b> Donald Trump's threat to jail Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton if he is elected is not only unprecedented, but it also subverts a foundational principle in America's political system: that of the loyal opposition. ("Donald Trump promises, if elected, to appoint …

Government

Top Republican Ryan distances himself from Trump White House bid | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the U.S. Congress, took the extraordinary step on Monday of distancing himself from Donald Trump, stirring a backlash from some lawmakers and deepening a crisis over his party’s struggling presidential nominee.<p>In a conference call with …

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