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Today โ€” January 17th 2019NPR Politics

Workers Caught Up In The Shutdown Say They Face Real Damage

By Leila Fadel

Nearly 14 percent of federal workers make less than $50,000 per year. Those who are furloughed during the partial government shutdown are making hard choices after missing their first payday.

  • January 17th 2019 at 13:18

We Need To Work Together To Reopen Government, Rep. Suozzi Says

Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York, who was one of the few lawmakers who went to the White House Wednesday to discuss the shutdown. NPR's Domenico Montanaro weighs in on the issue.

  • January 17th 2019 at 13:14

Verdict Expected For Chicago Cops Charged In Cover-Up Of Laquan McDonald Shooting

By Patrick Smith
(L-R): David March, Thomas Gaffney and Joseph Walsh appear at a pre-trial hearing in Chicago in October 2018.

The three officers were charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct for allegedly exaggerating the threat the 17-year-old posed to officers.

(Image credit: Zbigniew Bzdak/AP)

  • January 17th 2019 at 12:00

How Independent Is An Attorney General From The President?

David Greene talks to commentator and columnist Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the relationship between presidents and their attorneys general.

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:02

News Brief: Trump's Base, Chicago Police Trial, Syria Bombing

By David Greene

Poll shows cracks in key parts of Trump's base. A judge in Chicago will decide whether 3 police officers covered for a colleague in the shooting death of a black teenager. Syria bombing raises alarm.

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:02

Women's March Divisions Offer Lessons For Democrats On Managing A Big Tent

By Asma Khalid
Ginny Suss, Carmen Perez, Gloria Steinem, Linda Sarsour and Mia Ives-Rublee appear at the first Women

The third annual Women's March is Saturday. The first march, held the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, was a moment of unity. But now there are questions about keeping the united front together.

(Image credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:00

House Intel Chairman Schiff Vows To Get Trump Jr. Phone Records โ€” And More

By Peter Granitz
Rep. Adam Schiff told NPR he intends to use his power to convene hearings, call witnesses and get information.

The California Democrat says to expect new activity from the House intelligence committee this year. Read the transcript of his interview with NPR.

(Image credit: Amr Alfiky/NPR)

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:00

Poll: Trump Approval Down, Slips With Base

By Domenico Montanaro
President Trump

During the longest shutdown in history, key parts of Trump's base — from suburban men to white evangelicals to white men without a college degree — have slipped in their support for the president.

(Image credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

  • January 17th 2019 at 11:00

Barr's Record On Mass Incarceration Comes Under Scrutiny In Confirmation Hearing

By Miles Parks
William Barr, President Trump

The heads of two influential national civil rights organizations challenged William Barr's suitability to be attorney general, citing his record in the early 1990s when he previously led the DOJ.

(Image credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

  • January 17th 2019 at 00:19

9 Republican Senators Think They Have A Solution To Avoid Future Government Shutdowns

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with William Gale of the Brookings Institution about a Republican bill to avert future shutdowns — what it is, and if it has any hope of passing.

  • January 16th 2019 at 23:18

Republican Rep. Don Bacon Discusses Shutdown And Border Wall Funding

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Republican Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska about his thoughts on the stalemate over a border wall causing the partial government shutdown.

  • January 16th 2019 at 23:18

Senators Hear Sharply Different Views On A.G. Nominee From Outside Witnesses

By Carrie Johnson

Law enforcement and legal establishment witnesses told senators on Wednesday they want Bill Barr as attorney general. Civil rights and urban advocates, however, want the Senate to reject him.

  • January 16th 2019 at 23:18
Yesterday โ€” January 16th 2019NPR Politics

Why Journalists Are Debating Using 'Racist' To Describe Rep. Steve King's Quotes

By Gene Demby

In the fallout of Rep. Steve King's remarks to The New York Times, journalists have been struggling over whether or not to use the word "racist" to characterize his quote.

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:17

Meet 'Black Girl Magic,' The 19 African-American Women Elected As Judges In Texas

By Andrew Schneider
Voters in Harris County, Texas, one of the most diverse urban areas of the country, elected 19 African-American women to the bench. The group calls itself "Black Girl Magic."

Harris County, Texas, took a giant step toward representation this month when it sat 19 black women judges to the bench.

(Image credit: Harris County Democratic Party)

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:17

Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer Discusses Meeting With Trump Over Shutdown

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, about the meeting of his Problem Solvers Caucus with President Trump over the government shutdown.

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:17

Government Shutdown Causing Far Greater Damage To Economy Than Previously Estimated

By Jim Zarroli

The government shutdown is inflicting more damage on the U.S. economy than formerly estimated. The president's economists doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week.

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:17

Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump Hotel

By Jessica Taylor
The Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower, seen above the Trump International Hotel in Washington, remains open despite the partial government shutdown.

The Inspector General for the General Services Administration said agency lawyers decided to ignore the constitutional issues when they reviewed the lease after Donald Trump won the 2016 election.

(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP)

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:15

Amid Brexit Chaos, Theresa May's Government Survives Confidence Vote

By Laurel Wamsley
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks Wednesday at the House of Commons in London during a debate before a no-confidence vote raised by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. May withstood the challenge to her leadership.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, had called for the vote in Parliament after the resounding defeat of the Brexit deal that the prime minister had negotiated with the EU.

(Image credit: Mark Duffy/AP)

  • January 16th 2019 at 20:16

Shutdown Will Be Worse For Economy Than First Thought, White House Says

By Emily Sullivan
Federal workers stand in line for a free hot meal in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

White House officials reportedly say that each week of the shutdown will subtract 0.1 percentage point from growth — double the administration's original estimate.

(Image credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

  • January 16th 2019 at 19:47

Pelosi Calls For Postponement Of State Of The Union Address Because Of Shutdown

By Brian Naylor
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest his annual State of the Union message to Congress be delayed until the partial government shutdown ends.

In a letter to President Trump, Pelosi cites security concerns and suggests working together to find another suitable date. Pelosi also gave the president the option to deliver the address in writing.

(Image credit: Wayne Partlow/AP)

  • January 16th 2019 at 16:20
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