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Politics Jan 09Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ record in Alabama could complicate his confirmation
At his confirmation hearing this week, Jeff Sessions will face tough questions about his 20-year tenure in the Senate. But he’ll also be pressed on his record before he entered Congress, when he served as U.S. attorney and Alabama’s attorney…
World Jan 06Russian interference in election a ‘hostile act,’ John Kerry says in PBS NewsHour interview
Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called Russian attempts to interfere in the U.S. election a “hostile act,” though he would not speculate on other reports that senior Russian officials celebrated President-elect Donald Trump’s win.
Nation Jan 06A snapshot of the new laws that take effect in 2017
Eighteen states raised the minimum wage. California broadened restrictions on cellphone use for drivers.
Politics Dec 16Trump’s cabinet is mostly white and male. What will that mean for policy?
President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet is almost entirely white and male. The lack of diversity could have an impact on policy making, according to advocates and experts who study diversity.
Politics Dec 14Who is Trump’s pick for Interior Secretary, Rep. Ryan Zinke?
If confirmed by the Senate, Rep. Ryan Zinke would be tasked with managing the federal government’s 500 million acres of public land. The Interior Department oversees the national park system and energy development on federal lands and offshore. The agency…
Politics Dec 07Trump picks loyal supporter with deep China ties as U.S. ambassador
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the U.S. Ambassador to China, choosing a veteran Republican official with deep ties to China, and a loyal supporter during the general election.
Politics Dec 02In ‘Jackie,’ complex portrait emerges of iconic first lady
Fifty-three years after JFK’s assassination, the events of that week have been seared into Americans’ minds through videos and photographs. So has the woman at the center of those events, Jacqueline Kennedy. A new film “Jackie,” which opens in theaters…
Politics Nov 30Who is Wilbur Ross, Trump’s selection for commerce secretary?
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor known as the “king of bankruptcy,” to head the Department of Commerce. If Ross is confirmed by the Senate, he would become a key player in implementing Trump’s economic…
Politics Nov 29Who is Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for HHS Secretary?
Rep. Tom Price, a fierce opponent of the Affordable Care Act, will become the next Health and Human Services secretary, if confirmed by the Senate.
Politics Nov 18Critics worry Steve Bannon’s White House perch will empower fringe voices
Critics of Steve Bannon, the incoming chief White House strategist, are growing increasingly concerned that his influence under President-elect Donald Trump could legitimize and empower the alt-right and turn controversial conservative news sites into a messaging arm of the new…