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How Trump, With No Mandate, Could Change Washington More Than Reagan Did

He lost the popular vote and his unfavorables are still high, but conditions are right for a lasting legacy<p>It was one of the most definitive “realigning” elections ever. The challenger defeated an incumbent president by 10 percentage points, winning 44 states and 489 electoral votes. His coattails …

Trump taps K.T. McFarland to be deputy national security adviser

Donald Trump has selected K.T. McFarland to be his deputy national security adviser, the president-elect's transition team announced.<p>McFarland, a former Fox News analyst, served as an official in the Reagan White House. She also unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in New York in 2006.<p>"In asking KT …

Trump’s education secretary pick supported anti-gay causes

Civil rights groups ‘deeply concerned’ about Betsy DeVos nomination.<p>Civil rights groups say they're “deeply concerned" that the extension of civil rights protections to gay and transgender students by President Barack Obama’s Education Department will be dismantled by Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s …

Trump names McGahn as White House counsel

Donald Trump tapped election lawyer Donald McGahn as White House counsel on Friday.<p>McGahn will be tasked with managing Trump’s many conflicts of interest and he will also likely help establish a trust to manage the president-elect’s business holdings.<p>It’s a daunting and high-profile job that comes …

Week In Politics: Trump Makes First Cabinet Appointments

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of <i>The Washington Post</i> and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of <i>The New York Times</i>. They discuss what a Trump presidency could look like based on his cabinet appointments thus far, and whether Democrats have a …

Why Trying To Be A Hero Is The Worst Thing I Ever Did To Myself

I first became aware of our culture's obsession with the image of male heroism at about age seven. Sitting on the sofa between my parents, our …

Mental Health

Renewable energy is violating human rights as much as fossil fuels have for decades

Before she was killed, prominent indigenous activist Berta Caceres wrote a letter to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.<p>“The threat to Rio Blanco has returned due to this new onslaught by DESA Corporation,” Caceres wrote in Spanish in …

Human Rights

The Latest: Tribal chair: Army Corps to close camp access

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local):<p>6:55 p.m.<p>The chairman of the Standing Rock …

Will the Middle East Ever Be Secular?

In this era of ISIS, many debates in the West center on how followers of Islam will eventually, through a series of steps and growing pains, arrive at liberal democracy. Shadi Hamid, the author of the new book <i>Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World</i>, believes that …

Religion