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Presidential Historian Compares Tumultuous Week To Past Administrations

After a week of turmoil and shake ups in the Trump administration, presidential historian Michael Beschloss discusses with NPR's Dwane Brown where this president stands compared to past leaders.

What's Next For The White House After Bannon's Departure?

The White House has had a tumultuous week. President Trump's comments about Charlottesville, Va., have been widely condemned, and the week ended with the ouster of White House strategist Steve Bannon.

After Charlottesville, Trump Supporters Stand By The President

NPR's Dwane Brown checks in with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito to hear how rural Trump supporters are reacting to the week's events.

Is The Trump Presidency Having a Crisis Moment?

NPR's Dwane Brown talks with Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review, about Republicans' discomfort with President Trump espousing views commonly found in Breitbart News, a right-wing media outlet.

President Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors, Highlighting Rift With Artists

Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.

The Differences Between The Founding Fathers And Confederate Leaders

President Trump has asked if the U.S. should take down statues of slave-owning Founding Fathers. Scott Simon speaks with historian Annette Gordon-Reed about their differences from Confederate leaders.

Week In Politics: Charlottesville, Bannon

President Trump's chief strategist is out, and Republicans criticized the president's handling of the violence in Charlottesville — all as legislation remains stalled.

Rep. Charlie Dent On Steve Bannon's Ouster

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has left the White House. Republican congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania gives Scott Simon his thoughts on this most recent departure.

What's Next For Bannon

White House strategist Steve Bannon is out. Scott Simon talks with Joshua Green, author of the book Devil's Bargain.

What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

The president has completed a full purge of top White House aides instrumental in his election. Their ouster could be a big gamble, as Trump finds himself with fewer and fewer allies.

In Delicate Dance, Pence Translates For Trump Abroad

After more than a year by Trump's side, Vice President Pence has made an art of sanding off the rough edges of the president's remarks.

Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

Business leaders have resigned from Trump's council over his response to Charlottesville. But evangelical leaders may see their role differently.

Charities Pull Fundraisers Planned for Trump's Mar-A-Lago

For years, major charities have been holding fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by President Trump. Now, in the wake of his comments on Charlottesville, many are turning away.

Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

Business leaders have resigned from Trump's council over his response to Charlottesville. But evangelical leaders say they see their role differently.

Why One Kentucky Town Wants To Keep Its Confederate Monument

When the University of Louisville took down a monument to Confederate soldiers from the Civil War, a nearby Kentucky town welcomed the statue — and residents still like that it's there.

Trump's National Security Team Meets To Discuss Way Forward In Afghanistan

President Trump's national security team has been trying — and failing — for months to come up with a new plan for Afghanistan. On Friday, they will meet again at Camp David to plot a way forward in the longest war in U.S. history. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says all options are on the table. ...

Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon Removed From White House Job

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Joshua Green, author of The Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency and senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek about reports that Steve Bannon is leaving the White House.

How What Happened 25 Years Ago At Ruby Ridge Still Matters Today

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Jess Walter about the significance today of the 1992 deadly standoff between right-wing fundamentalists and the federal government at Ruby Ridge in Idaho.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Reacts To President Trump's Response To Charlottesville

NPR has been checking in with the Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas since primary season. Following backlash over President Trump's comments following white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va., NPR's Robert Siegel checks in with Hutchinson to ask how he thinks the president is ...

Fathers Of Our Country: How U.S. Presidents Exercised Moral Leadership In Crisis

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Barbara Perry, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia, about how presidents have exercised moral leadership in critical moments.

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford Reacts To Steve Bannon's White House Departure

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma about Steve Bannon's departure from the White House.

ICE Has Arrested More Than 400 In Operation Targeting Parents Who Pay Smugglers

The domestic phase of ICE's controversial Human Smuggling Disruption Initiative concluded on Friday, the agency told NPR.

Week In Politics: Steve Bannon's Removal From The White House And Trump's Reponse To Charlottesville

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and The Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review, and columnist for Bloomberg View about President Trump's decision to remove Steve Bannon as a chief strategist and the ...

Steve Bannon, Out As Chief White House Strategist, Heads Back To Breitbart

Earlier this week, President Trump offered only halfhearted support for the man considered instrumental in getting him to the Oval Office.

Charlottesville Victim's Mother Says She Will Not Take Trump's Calls

"You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry," Susan Bro told Good Morning America. Her daughter Heather Heyer was killed as she was protesting against white supremacists.

Friday News Roundup - International

The violence in Charlottesville may have grown from American history, but it's become international news.

Maryland State House Removes Statue Of Judge Who Wrote Dred Scott Decision

The infamous 1857 decision upheld slavery and declared that blacks were not citizens. Maryland's State House Trust voted Wednesday to remove the statue from its grounds, where it stood for 145 years.

Trump's Week Of Controversy

President Trump's comments about a white supremacist march meant he continued to bleed support from CEOs and conservatives all week. David Greene talks with Robert Costa of The Washington Post.

Athlete Activism, After Charlottesville

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic talks with Ailsa Chang about how activist athletes are responding in the wake of the Charlottesville violence, and the limits of athlete activism.

In Contrast To Business Councils, Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stay Put

President Trump has lost business advisers as a result of his Charlottesville comments, but his evangelical advisers appear to be sticking by him.

Morning News Brief: Spain Attack, Trump's Week, 'Boston Free Speech' Rally

A van drove into a crowd in Barcelona, Spain, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. Also, the latest on fallout over President Trump's comments, and a controversial rally in Boston is planned.

CHART: The Relationship Between Seeing Discrimination And Voting For Trump

There is an apparent correlation between a state's likelihood of having voted for Trump and whether residents think black, immigrant, and gay and lesbian communities face "a lot of discrimination."

3 Questions About A Pro-Russia Congressman's Meeting With Julian Assange

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., met in London with Julian Assange — and has a secret message from Assange for President Trump.

'We're Not Them' — Condemning Charlottesville And Condoning White Resentment

A scholar and a journalist offer context and analysis on the events in Charlottesville and the politics of white anger.

In Birmingham, The Debate Over Confederate Monuments Is Renewed After Charlottesville

Birmingham, Ala., has a complicated relationship with racism. Some of the most notable events from the Civil Rights era took place in the city. Now, there's renewed debate about the fate of the city's Confederate monuments.

Mathematicians Could Help In Gerrymandering Legal Cases

Legal fights over racial and partisan gerrymandering are intensifying and mathematicians think they can help. Specialists in geometry are training to become expert witnesses in redistricting cases around the country.

Varied Republican Response To Charlottesville Raises Questions On Legislative Ability

After their failed health care efforts, Republican lawmakers are regrouping for the coming fight this fall to overhaul the entire federal tax code. But President Trump's handling of the racist-fueled violence in Charlottesville shows in stark terms how hard it is to keep the party on the same page.

Trump Voters Discuss The President's Comments On Confederate Monuments

As President Trump re-emphasizes his support for statues of Confederate leaders, Republican and Trump voters in Wisconsin weigh in on whether they agree with the president.

Trump Lashes Out At Critics Of His Response To Violence In Charlottesville

On Thursday, President Trump offered support to Spain as it deals with a deadly attack. Though he remained out of public view, he lashed out at critics of his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Settlement Reached In Case Against Pyschologists Who Designed CIA Torture Program

The ACLU represented the three men who were seeking damages after being subjected to torture. This is first time damages will presumably be paid to people interrogated in the CIA program.

GOP Senator: Trump Lacking 'Stability,' 'Competence' To Succeed

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also said the president "has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation" responding to white supremacists.

Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

A University of Arkansas professor falsely identified as a participant in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville says the online reaction was frightening and felt like being chased by a mob.

Bannon, Unplugged: White House Strategist Pushes Trade Agenda, Undercuts Colleagues

Steve Bannon called a liberal journalist to talk China, white nationalism and his "fight" with others in the administration. "They're wetting themselves," he says of his State Department rivals.

The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought

Dressed up as academic reasoning, racist tropes pushed by white identity advocates become more palatable, allowing those ideas to move from the fringes of debate to the political mainstream.

Trump Defends 'Beauty' Of Confederate Memorials

The tweets come after days of the president whipsawing back and forth on his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

The Search For America's Moral Core

America is doing some soul-searching … what will it find?

Some Left-Wing Protesters Were Ready To Trade Blows In Charlottesville

When neo-Nazis and white power activists streamed into Charlottesville, Va., they were met by crowds of angry counterprotesters. Some were from the group that calls itself Antifa.

Steve Bannon Called 'American Prospect' To Talk About Politics

The White House chief strategist rarely talks to the media, but he called a co-founder of the progressive website The American Prospect. Rachel Martin talks to Robert Kuttner about the discussion.

Joint Chiefs Denounce Racism After Trump's Comments

Top-ranking uniformed leaders of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard all posted on social media condemning racism, hatred and extremism.

GOP Response To Trump's Charlottesville Comments

When President Trump equated the actions of white supremacists and protesters there was an outcry. Does the president's response to events in Charlottesville weaken Republicans' ability to govern?