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Today โ€” September 18th 2018NPR Politics

Georgia Will Use Electronic Voting Machines This Fall As Paper Ballot Case Falters

By Johnny Kauffman
A touchscreen voting machine in Sandy Springs, Ga. during the primary election in May 2018. As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid warnings of Russian hacking, about 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes.

A judge said such a paper ballot rollout would "seriously test" the capacity of election workers, and "swamp the polls with work and voters," leading to "disaffection and frustration."

(Image credit: John Bazemore/AP)

  • September 18th 2018 at 16:18

China Sets Tariffs On $60 Billion In U.S. Goods, Retaliating Against U.S. Duties

By Anthony Kuhn
Cargo containers are loaded on ships at a port in Qingdao in China

Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, Beijing responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products.

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  • September 18th 2018 at 16:12

Democrats Want FBI To Investigate Kavanaugh Allegations. It Likely Won't

By Tamara Keith
Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy (seated) with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

The Justice Department says, "The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime." That's ahead of high-stakes testimony scheduled Monday from Kavanaugh and his accuser.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • September 18th 2018 at 16:01

'These Truths' Looks At America Through The Promises Of Its Beginning

By Michael Schaub
These Truths, by Jill Lepore

By engaging with our country's past — and present — in an intellectually honest way, Jill Lepore has created a book that truly does encapsulate the American story in all its pain and triumph.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • September 18th 2018 at 15:51

White House Adviser Navarro On Why U.S. Hit China With More Tariffs

The Trump administration is imposing $200 billion in new tariffs on China, which plans to retaliate. Steve Inskeep talks to White House adviser Peter Navarro about the escalating trade war.

  • September 18th 2018 at 13:46

Kavanaugh And His Accuser To Appear Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont about the additional hearing after Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her while they were both in high school.

  • September 18th 2018 at 13:14

U.S. Imposes New Tariffs On $200 Billion In Chinese Imports

By Jim Zarroli

President Trump announced Monday that he is ordering 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China. It's the latest round of an escalating trade dispute between the two countries.

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

White House To Cap The Number Of Refugees Allowed Into The U.S.

By Michele Kelemen

The Trump administration slashed the number of refugees it will permit into the United States next year by 30 percent. The new ceiling is 30,000 — that's 15,000 fewer than this year.

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

News Brief: Brett Kavanaugh, Import Tariffs And Syria's Civil War

A Senate panel will hear from the woman who's accused the Supreme Court nominee of assaulting her. Trump orders new tariffs on China. A deal is reached to forestall an assault on a Syrian province.

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

The Broader Implications Of The Latest Kavanaugh Developments

By Tamara Keith

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing next Monday in which Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of assault, will testify. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

Advocates Brace As DeVos Preps Policies On Campus Sexual Misconduct

By Tovia Smith

The Trump administration is revamping rules on how colleges handle sexual misconduct cases. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she's correcting a system that's stacked against the accused.

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:03

Battle For The Senate: Candidates In Key Races Respond To Kavanaugh Allegations

By Jessica Taylor
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., listens to Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 6. Running a tight re-election race in a conservative state, Manchin has faced pressure to support Kavanaugh.

NPR reached out to candidates in the major 2018 Senate races, including Democrats facing pressure to support Brett Kavanaugh and GOP candidates raising doubts over timing of the sexual assault claim.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • September 18th 2018 at 11:00

DOJ Didn't Want To Request Census Question During FBI's 'Comey Matter'

By Hansi Lo Wang
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (left) speaks with former FBI Director James Comey (center) and other officials at the Department of Justice in April 2017, in Washington.

The Trump administration has said the Justice Department needs a citizenship question on the 2020 census. But a newly unredacted memo shows DOJ staff initially "did not want to raise the question."

(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP)

  • September 18th 2018 at 05:24

Senate Announces Public Hearings Regarding Kavanaugh Sexual Misconduct Allegations

By Scott Detrow

There will be a public hearing with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.

  • September 18th 2018 at 02:05

Trump Announces New Round Of $200 Billion Tariffs On Chinese Imports

By Jim Zarroli

The president announced a new round of tariffs against Chinese imports — 10 percent duties on $200 billion worth of goods, including hundreds of consumer items. The tariffs go into effect on Sept. 24.

  • September 18th 2018 at 01:19

Trump Orders Declassification Of FBI Documents Sought By House Republicans

By Martina Stewart
Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House intelligence committee on Nov. 2, 2017.

In addition to documents related to former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the president has also ordered the DOJ and the FBI to release text messages from key figures in the Russia investigation.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • September 18th 2018 at 00:48

Trump Sets Tariffs On $200 Billion In Imports From China

By Avie Schneider
A truck passes a stack of Chinese shipping containers at the Port of Savannah in Georgia in July.

President Trump announced the U.S. will impose 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China. It's the latest round of an escalating trade dispute between the two countries.

(Image credit: Stephen B. Morton/AP)

  • September 18th 2018 at 00:36

Campaigns Creating Ads That Bring Money In, Not Just Send Messages Out

By Peter Overby

Well-made videos can go viral and boost a candidate's popularity, and now they can bring in the cash for a viable campaign.

  • September 18th 2018 at 00:01

Sen. Mazie Hirono Weighs In On Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Against Brett Kavanaugh

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, about the most recent developments in the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

  • September 17th 2018 at 23:40

What Illinois Has Learned About Election Security Since 2016

By Brian Mackey

After Russian hackers successfully gained access to voting systems in Illinois in 2016, the state has spent the last two years hardening its cyber-defenses.

  • September 17th 2018 at 23:40
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