Author: Tamara Keith

A Look At The Latest Turn In The Russia Investigation

NPR A look at the timeline of events surrounding President Trump’s firing of then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s ambassador. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: There is a dissection going on of the last year, trying to figure out the significance of the latest turn in the Russia investigation, the latest turn meaning the guilty plea on Friday by Michael Flynn about lying to the FBI regarding conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Flynn had served as President Trump’s first national security adviser. He was fired...

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Trump Teases, Threatens And Dodges With ‘We’ll See What Happens’

NPR Enlarge this image President Donald J. Trump speaks during the Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club meeting on October 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pool/Getty Images Less than a week before chief strategist Steve Bannon was axed from the White House President Trump said “We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.” The day before announcing he wouldn’t re-certify the Iran nuclear deal Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News “We will see what happens, pretty soon.” Trump’s frequent use of phrases like “big league” and “believe me” have gotten plenty of attention. But functionally...

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Trump’s Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

NPR Enlarge this image President Donald Trump makes a statement on the administration’s strategy for dealing with Iran, in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, on October 13, 2017. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Trump has recently taken a series of what appear to be bold executive actions to reverse Obama-era policies: declining to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal, halting subsidy payments to insurance companies and setting an expiration date for the DACA immigration program. But, in so doing, he’s dumping thorny problems on a GOP-controlled Congress already struggling to wrack...

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Trump Leaves Top Administration Positions Unfilled, Says Hollow Government By Design

NPR Enlarge this image More than half of State Department positions requiring Senate confirmation still don’t have a nominee, including the ambassador to South Korea and the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. Joshua Roberts/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Joshua Roberts/Reuters With President Trump’s announcement that he plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as homeland security secretary, he still has one more Cabinet post to fill — health and human services secretary. A president having to find replacements for two Cabinet secretaries this early in an administration is unprecedented. But observers are more alarmed by the less visible...

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Trump Ties Immigration Demands To DACA Deal, Including Border Wall

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to reporters Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The Trump administration sent a list of immigration policy priorities to Congress that includes overhauling the country’s green-card system, hiring 10,000 more immigration officers and building a wall along the southern border. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption toggle caption Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP President Trump on Sunday sent Congress a list of sweeping immigration changes he says “must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.” Trump wants the border wall he campaigned...

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White House Aides Used Private Email For Official Business: ‘Just Very, Very Stupid’

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump walks to Marine One for his first trip as president in January. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking the White House for a list of aides who have used private email accounts for official business. “Have you or any non-career official at the White House ever used a personal email account to conduct official business?” the committee’s Republican chairman and Democratic ranking member wrote in a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn this week. “If so, please identify the...

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Hillary Clinton Is ‘Done,’ But Not Going Away

NPR Hillary Clinton at the Glazier Arboretum Park, where she often likes to hike, in Chappaqua, N.Y.Adrienne Grunwald for NPR Hillary Clinton’s final campaign for office ended in a shocking defeat. But she isn’t going quietly into the night. “I think the country’s at risk, and I’m trying to sound the alarm so more people will at least pay attention,” Clinton told NPR. That said, her career as a candidate is over. “I’m done. I’m not running for office,” Clinton said. But for those, including Democrats, who would like her to just go away? “Well, they’re going to be...

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Meet President Trump’s Outside Legal Team

NPR Marc Kasowitz, attorney for President Trump, departs after speaking at the National Press Club on June 8, responding to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Win McNamee/Getty Images President Trump has brought on an eclectic team of outside lawyers to help him navigate the various investigations into Russian meddling in the election. At least six congressional committees are investigating. And, in addition to activities around the election, special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly now also looking into possible obstruction of justice by the president. If you asked a Washington insider to come up...

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