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Tug Of War Over Tips Looms As Trump Administration Proposes Rule Change

NPR Enlarge this image The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would give owners of restaurants and other service businesses more control over workers’ tips. Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty Images Americans are big tippers. Every year, we leave more than $30 billion in tips, mostly in restaurants but also casinos, nail salons and other service businesses. Traditionally, the owners of those businesses have not had much control over how tips are distributed. But a proposed rule from the Trump administration could change that. “This rule has really been...

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Trump Reportedly Considers Replacing Secretary Of State Tillerson

NPR Enlarge this image Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo in as soon as a few weeks, according to multiple media reports. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images President Trump brushed aside reports that he is considering replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, though multiple news outlets say Tillerson could be shown the door within weeks. Pressed about those reports Thursday morning during an Oval Office meeting, Trump said only, “He’s here. Rex is here.” The cryptic answer did little to dispel speculation that Tillerson’s days as the...

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Trump To Put Iran Nuclear Deal In Limbo By Refusing To Certify

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 7. Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pool/Getty Images President Trump is expected to strike a formal blow against the Iran nuclear deal Friday afternoon. But he will stop short of asking Congress to re-impose sanctions on Tehran. Instead, the president will urge lawmakers to pass a new law, spelling out conditions under which sanctions could be re-imposed. While Trump has long criticized the nuclear deal as “an embarrassment,” he has twice before reluctantly certified...

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Trump Uses Executive Pen To Chip Away At Obamacare

NPR President Donald Trump hands a pen that he used to sign an executive order on health care to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Thursday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that’s intended to provide more options for people shopping for health insurance. The president invoked his power of the pen after repeated Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have failed. “The competition will be staggering,” Trump said. “Insurance companies will be fighting to get every single person signed up....

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Trump Addresses U.N. General Assembly For The First Time

NPR U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York Tuesday. JeJewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Updated at 10:56 a.m. ET President Trump delivered a stern warning to North Korea and its outlaw nuclear program as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning. “The United States has great strength and patience,” Trump said. “But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” Even as he threatened a military response to Pyongyang, Trump said he hoped it would not be necessary. “That’s...

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Reports: Steve Bannon Out As Chief White House Strategist

NPR Steve Bannon arrives to a swearing-in ceremony of White House senior staff in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 22. Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images Multiple news outlets are reporting that Steve Bannon has lost his job as chief White House strategist. Bannon has been a larger-than-life character in Trumpworld: a right-wing provocateur whose rumpled wardrobe and radical politics belied his background at Goldman Sachs and Harvard Business School. (Bannon made a small fortune running his own investment banking firm. His compensation for one deal included a stake in residuals from the TV series Seinfeld.) Bannon took...

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Amid Gathering Of World Leaders, Trumps Meeting With Putin Stands Out

NPR President Trump boards Air Force One before departing from Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., on July 1. Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, among other heads of state, at the G-20 summit. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images President Trump arrives in Poland on Wednesday afternoon. Over the next few days, he’ll be attending a G-20 summit and meeting with a wide array of world leaders. It’s likely none of those meetings will be more closely scrutinized than Trump’s first face-to-face sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has often said he’d like to see closer ties between...

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How The Senate Health Care Bill Could Disrupt The Insurance Market

NPR Some lawmakers are raising concern that the Senate health care bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for everyone else. Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images/Getty Images Senate Republicans have little margin for error as they prepare for a vote this coming week on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some lawmakers are already raising concern that the bill could aggravate the problem of healthy people going without insurance, driving up costs for everyone else. “If you can get insurance after you get sick, you will,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,...

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