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Oprah 2020? People Are Asking After Golden Globes Speech

NPR Enlarge this image Oprah Winfrey, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, gave a rousing Golden Globes speech that spurred talk of a 2020 presidential run. Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images A fiery and impassioned speech by Oprah Winfrey at Sunday night’s Golden Globes Awards has set the Internet abuzz with speculation and perhaps wishful thinking: Oprah for president in 2020? The former talk-show host, actor and businesswoman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and delivered...

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As ‘Fire And Fury’ Goes On Sale, Trump Attacks Keep Coming

NPR Enlarge this image Publication of Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump White House was moved up, despite president’s threat to block it. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images The book that created a rift between President Trump and his former campaign chief and adviser Steve Bannon hit the shelves Friday morning, ahead of the original Tuesday release date, despite the president’s threat to block its publication. Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House by journalist Michael Wolff went on sale at midnight in at least one Washington, D.C., bookshop (and reportedly sold...

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Trump Enters Fraught Territory By Criticizing Al Franken

NPR Enlarge this image Then-candidate Donald Trump walks onstage at a presidential debate in St. Louis two days after a video was released, in which he’s heard talking to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about sexually assaulting women. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP President Trump lashed out on Twitter Thursday night against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who was accused by a Los Angeles radio host of sexually assaulting her. Leeann Tweeden, a former model, was on a USO tour with Franken in 2006 when the incident occurred. She also produced a photo of Franken posed with...

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Ryan, Sessions Add To GOP Voices Saying Moore Accusers Are Credible

NPR Enlarge this image House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, where he said Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore “should step aside” and called accusations against him “credible.” J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP There’s been more fallout on Capitol Hill over the accusations by several women that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore made unwanted sexual contact with them when they were teens. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said at a news conference on Tuesday that Moore “should step aside” before next month’s special election, joining the top Republican in the Senate, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and several other GOP lawmakers in urging Moore quit the race. Ryan told reporters, “Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values and the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside.” Enlarge this image Top Republicans are urging Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside, but have few options if he refuses. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption toggle caption Brynn Anderson/AP Five women have now publicly accused Moore of making unwanted sexual advances. Moore has denied the accusations, and so far refused to remove himself from the campaign for the special election scheduled for December 12th. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who vacated the seat that Moore is a candidate for, was asked about...

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Election Day Results Brought Many Firsts For Diverse Candidates Nationwide

NPR Enlarge this image Danica Roem is among the many candidates who won historic elections Tuesday. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images Tuesday’s election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide. In the northern Virginia suburb of Prince William County, Danica Roem became the first openly transgender candidate to win a seat to a statehouse anywhere in the country. She defeated the long-time Republican incumbent, social conservative...

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GOP’s Dream: Postcard-Size Tax Return

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump holds a sample of the Republicans’ proposed postcard-size tax return. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images House Republicans selling their new tax plan have a great sales pitch: It will simplify taxes so much you’ll be able to file your return on a postcard! GOP leaders brandished just such a prop in their rollout of the overhaul Thursday and gave a couple to President Trump at their meeting with him at the White House. The president was so tickled by the postcards he kissed one, and said, “The only...

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Trump Says Administration’s Response To Hurricane In Puerto Rico ‘A 10’

NPR President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello listen as FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office Thursday at the White House. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP On a scale of one to 10, President Trump said Thursday his administration deserves a “10” for its response to the devastation caused on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Trump spoke after his meeting in the Oval Office with the U.S. territory’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, who, when asked by Trump “did we do a great job?” replied, “you responded immediately, sir.” Nearly...

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Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus’ Oversight In Question

NPR Enlarge this image Equifax spent over $1 million last year on lobbying efforts, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Mike Stewart/AP hide caption toggle caption Mike Stewart/AP The Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans. It has led to a lawsuit against the company by the state of Massachusetts, an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, and the promise of congressional hearings. The episode, though, has revealed that up until now, the big three credit reporting companies have had a lot of clout in Washington, D.C., analysts say....

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