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Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes After Lewd Photo Becomes Public

The Texas Republican said that he sent the photo to a woman he was in a consensual relationship with while separated from his second wife, and regrets not having used "better judgment."

Democrats Strategize For 2018

When members of Congress come back from Thanksgiving break, they'll start thinking about the 2018 midterms. Democrats are hoping to continue their recent wins.

Poll: Economists Unanimous That Debt Would Balloon Under GOP Tax Plan

A poll found that 38 economists agree the GOP tax plan will not pay for itself through growth. In fact, they're doubtful that growth will happen anyway.

This Thanksgiving A Majority Would Prefer To Hold The Side Of Political Talk

In the latest NPR Politics Podcast, we explain why Democrats and Republicans are feeling so differently about the inevitable talk of politics during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Trump's Company Cuts Ties To NYC Hotel

President Trump's company says it's severing its contract with the Trump SoHo, a New York City condo hotel that has struggled to find buyers.

Alabama Senate Race Roundup

Democrat Doug Jones released a new ad calling his opponent Roy Moore a child abuser, while Moore's communications director resigned.

News Brief: Roy Moore's Communication Director Resigns, Politics In Lebanon

We look at Roy Moore's chances in the Alabama Senate race after his communications director resigned. Also, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has returned to Lebanon and says he will stay on, for now.

Trump Organization Cuts Ties To Controversial SoHo Hotel

The part hotel, part condo building, from which the president had continued to profit as president, potentially linked him to murky financing arrangements and allegations of fraud.

What The End To Net Neutrality Means For Internet Streaming

NPR's Elise Hu talks to former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler about what the FCC decision to end so-called net neutrality means and what it will mean to consumers of internet streaming.

Trump Administration Has More Than 250 Unfilled Jobs

Hundreds of jobs remain unfilled in the Trump administration, and many are being held by temporary appointees. But a federal law limits how long those temps can serve, and many are bumping up against the end of their terms.

'Detroit Free Press' Editorial Board Says Rep. John Conyers 'Must Go'

Stephen Henderson is Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press. The paper published an editorial on Wednesday calling for Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct and using public money to settle harassment claims. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to ...

Colorado Launches First In The Nation Post-Election Audits

It's the first state to try the method on a statewide basis. The audits involve a ten-sided die, a software algorithm and the assumption that "the reported winner didn't really win."

FCC's Pai: 'Heavy-Handed' Net Neutrality Rules Are Stifling The Internet

The FCC chairman says repealing net neutrality is a needed return to a "free market-based" Internet. One opponent says Ajit Pai's plan "would end the Internet as we know it."

After Maria: Puerto Rico & Thanksgiving

How many people really died after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico? The official death toll is 55. New evidence suggests that's wrong and by a lot.

How Temporary Is Temporary Protected Status For Immigrants?

The Trump Administration is ending a humanitarian program that has let almost 60,000 Haitians live and work in the U.S.

Working In A World After Weinstein

What will it take to convince people with power and influence to make a permanent change?

U.S. Denounces Violence Against Rohingya As 'Ethnic Cleansing'

"Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Wednesday. Targeted sanctions against Myanmar are a possibility.

Rep. Debbie Dingell On Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Conyers

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell about sexual misconduct allegations against fellow Democratic lawmakers John Conyers and Al Franken.

Opposition To Refugee Arrivals Keeps Getting Louder

Critics of the U.S. refugee program say they want more control over who's coming to live in their towns. In Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the debate got ugly.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein Supervises Mueller Probe But He's Also A Witness

As the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference intensifies, legal experts and Justice Department veterans puzzle over why the deputy attorney general is overseeing the probe.

Looking At Bill Clinton's Legacy

Steve Inskeep talks to former Clinton aide Philippe Reines about the Clintons and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's statement that Bill Clinton should have resigned over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Democrat Doug Jones Mounts A Challenge In Deep-Red Alabama

Can a Democrat win a Senate seat in Alabama? As the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, is enmeshed in allegations of sexual assault, Democrat Doug Jones is trying to do just that.

Cokie Roberts On Expelling Members Of Congress

Steve Inskeep talks to commentator Cokie Roberts, who answers listener questions about the history of expelling members of Congress.

News Brief: Conyers Investigation, Uber Data Breach, Ratko Mladic

The House Ethics Committee announced an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against Rep. John Conyers. Also, Uber has acknowledged a massive data breach.

Asking About Opioids: A Treatment Plan Can Make All The Difference

Is it worthwhile for doctors to screen all the patients who come through the door about their use of opioids? Usually not, but direct connections to treatment can change the equation.

Virginia Delays Vote Certification After Error In Ballot Distribution

The state's Board of Elections voted to delay certification of election results for the 28th and 88th House of Delegates districts after claims of incorrect ballot distribution.

Trump's Charity Had 3 Big Donors Last Year. None Of Them Was Donald Trump

The Donald J. Trump Foundation remains under investigation in New York. Trump says he wants to close it down, but he can't until the probe is finished.

Study Finds Republican Tax Bills Directly Benefit Businesses, Not The Middle Class

In an effort to sell their tax plan, Republicans in both House and Senate have touted the benefits for the middle class. But a close review of the plans reveals that such claims are misleading.

Haitians Have 18 Months Before Protected Status Is Canceled

Nearly 60,000 Haitians who have lived in the U.S. since a devastating 2010 earthquake will have their protected status canceled. The Trump administration says the status will be terminated in 18 months.

Trump Uses Pardoning Power Without Ruffling Feathers

Since 1989 the U.S. president has pardoned a turkey before Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, President Trump pardoned Wishbone and Drumstick, sparing them from being part of the family dinner. He also used it as a chance to address his reversal of some of former-President Obama's executive orders.

New Hampshire Rep. On 'Me Too' Bill Addressing Sexual Harassment

NPR's Elise Hu speaks with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire about the "Me Too" bill she is co-sponsoring. It is one of many bills responding to sexual harassment in Congress.

President Trump Weighs In On Alabama Senate Race And Roy Moore

President Trump weighed in on the controversy around Alabama Senate canddiate Roy Moore, saying that his Democratic opponent should not be elected. Trump stopped short of endorsing Moore outright.

Potatoes And Pies Are OK, But Poll Shows Americans Don't Want Politics For Dinner

Americans may love Thanksgiving — but not the side dish of political fighting that often comes with it. According to a new poll, 58 percent of those surveyed said they dread talking about politics during the holidays.

Trump Defends Roy Moore Amid Sexual Assault Allegations: 'He Totally Denies It'

"I can tell you one thing for sure, we don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," the president told reporters shortly before departing for Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Watchdog Report Finds Trump Travel Ban Caused Confusion, Violated Court Orders

Full details of the Department of Homeland Security inspector general's report are being withheld by DHS leaders.

Democratic Congressman Acknowledges Settlement, But Denies Sexual Harassment Claim

BuzzFeed obtained documents detailing a sealed 2015 settlement with a former employee, with a $27,000 payout. The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation.

FCC Unveils Plan To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

The FCC will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo rules that prevent Internet providers from blocking or slowing websites and apps. The plan would require broadband providers to disclose their practices.

Americans Prefer A Politics-Free Discussion At Thanksgiving Dinner

According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, 58 percent of Americans celebrating the holiday dread having to talk politics around the dinner table this holiday, an uptick from one year ago.

Wave Of Sexual Harassment Allegations Hit Capitol Hill

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken faces a second allegation that he groped a woman. And, Rep. Diana DeGette told of an experience where a former member of Congress tried to kiss her in an elevator.

Department Of Justice To Sue To Block AT&T, Time Warner Merger

It was slated to be a massive merger of a telecom and a media company — a deal worth $85 billion. As the case heads to court, this could set up one of the biggest antitrust showdowns in many years.

Yellen Resigns From Fed Board After Being Passed Over To Keep Top Post

Janet Yellen says she'll step down from the Federal Reserve Board when her successor as chair is sworn in. Earlier this month, President Trump named Jerome Powell to be the next Fed chairman.

The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Is One Step Closer To Construction

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to approve a route for the pipeline, giving TransCanada the permission it needs to build. But there are still big obstacles ahead, both economic and challenges from environmentalists and landowners.

Alabama Media Group Condemns Senate Candidate Roy Moore

The Alabama Media Group came out with strong condemnation of Roy Moore, prompting a legal threat from the U.S. Senate candidate. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Alabama Media Group's Vice President of Content Michelle Holmes about that decision.

Democrats Lack Votes To Block Trump's Federal Judge Nominees

Two more of President Trump's nominees for important federal judge spots will have hearings this week. This comes as Republicans are putting the American Bar Association rating process under scrutiny.

New Online Store Is One More Way For Trump To Profit From Presidency, Critics Say

The Trump Organization has a new website that sells merchandise with the Trump name on it. Ethics watchdogs say it's the latest example of Donald Trump's businesses cashing in on his office.

Massachusetts Set To Approve Law Protecting Access To Birth Control

The Massachusetts law would make it the first state to circumvent a federal policy allowing any company to opt out of providing free birth control coverage due to a religious or moral exemption.

New Trump Hotel Set To Open In Heart Of The Mississippi Delta

Ethics experts question new Trump hotels being built during his presidency. The new Trump-associated line looks to capitalize on a nearby Grammy museum — and is also running into local politics

Sen. Al Franken Hit With Second Groping Allegation

A woman told CNN that Democratic Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010 while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair.

Sen. Brown Wants A Bipartisan Tax Plan To Help People

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio about debate over the Senate's tax overhaul plan. They also discuss sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken.

How Republicans Can 'Shoehorn' Temporary Tax Cuts In For Good

The White House budget director said the Senate GOP bill cuts individual rates for just eight years to "game the system" and hopes those cuts become permanent. It happened before, sparking a crisis.