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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. has plenty of differences with Donald Trump, but the former Democratic presidential candidate said Thursday there are areas where he could find agreement with the president-elect in the coming year. "Mr. Trump campaigned as a populist, campaigned as somebody who is anti-establishment, and I have zero doubt that he received the support of many working class people all across the country because of some of the positions that he took," Sanders told reporters at a

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The new chief strategist for President-elect Donald Trump once said a website he used to run, Breitbart News, is a platform for the so-called alt-right. We're about to hear more about that movement from the man who says he came up with the term alt-right. His name is Richard Spencer, and in 2008, he began arguing there should be an alternative to George W. Bush-era Republicans and conservatives. Richard Spencer...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump's team has had a rocky start to its transition into the White House, but they're now making several moves to show that things are on track. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Today Trump met with several possible Cabinet picks, continued outreach to foreign leaders and began staffing up to ensure a smooth handoff with the Obama administration. NPR has also confirmed that he will meet with Mitt...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Donald Trump and congressional Republicans say repealing the Affordable Care Act is a top priority, but lawmakers might not be able to simply reverse the law without support from Democrats. Republicans could quickly push through a partial repeal of the law without that bipartisan support, but as NPR's Alison Kodjak reports, that comes with big political risks. ALISON KODJAK, BYLINE: Senate Democrats are almost...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: One of Donald Trump's flashiest campaign promises was to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Well, Noel King from our Planet Money podcast found that some construction and concrete firms have already been thinking about what that would entail. NOEL KING, BYLINE: Building the wall would be a massive logistical challenge, but Todd Sternfeld thinks he's up to the task. TODD STERNFELD: I'm the owner and CEO of...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: As rumors swirl about who will end up in Donald Trump's inner circle at the White House, Jared Kushner is a name that keeps coming up. Kushner's a real estate mogul and the owner of the New York Observer. He's also Trump's son-in-law and became his close adviser on the campaign trail. Sarah Ellison wrote a profile of Jared Kushner for Vanity Fair this summer, and she's with us now. Hi, welcome to the show. SARAH...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Since the election, there has been a lot of hand-wringing on Capitol Hill, at least on one side. House Democrats postponed their leadership elections until after Thanksgiving. A chunk of the caucus wanted a chance to ask their leaders hard questions about the path forward. Meanwhile, the soul-searching has infected Senate Democrats, too. NPR's Ailsa Chang reports. AILSA CHANG, BYLINE: What's familiar about this...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: President Obama is in Berlin on what will likely be his last official visit to Germany. Many Germans are looking to him for reassurance after Donald Trump's victory. But the president has encouraged them to instead look to their own leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, as a steadying influence. Obama describes her as his closest ally. This is from an interview he gave earlier today with the German public broadcaster...

In the days following the presidential election, people have taken to the streets and to social media to protest the results. Not just on Twitter and Facebook, but also on an unexpected platform. Some people opened their computers and logged on to their social media channel of choice: Club Penguin , a Walt Disney Co. affiliate that's a virtual world designed for young kids . The 11-year-old site, which had 200 million users as of 2013, is place where kids gather there to play games, interact,...

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Perhaps the most controversial move Donald Trump has made since winning the election is the appointment of his campaign chair Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor for the president. Before joining the campaign, Bannon was executive chair of Breitbart News, a far right website that revels in provocative stories and headlines such as "Birth Control Makes Women...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR . STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: This story begins with the resonance of a phrase - America first. Donald Trump picked up that phrase for his presidential campaign. His supporters say it reflects his nationalist views. His critics hear echoes of isolationists and German sympathizers, who used the phrase before World War II. It turns out the very same phrase takes on yet another meaning when it's heard in China. China specialist Mike Pillsbury says the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's follow up on one of this election season's biggest talking points. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) DONALD TRUMP: We will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare. (CHEERING) TRUMP: Have to do it. INSKEEP: President-elect Donald Trump has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act and so have many other Republican lawmakers for years, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has his own plan. Yet...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR . STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We're more than a week past the moment when Trump became the president-elect, and the news is still bringing people out into the streets. NPR's Sam Sanders has been asking protesters what drives them. SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: The protests continue more than a week since Donald Trump's win. At Temple University in Philadelphia last night, dozens of students chanted... (SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER: (Chanting) Not my...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's get some insight into what President-elect Trump might really mean by his pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That pledge won him many, many supporters, including Border Patrol agent Brandon Judd, who sees the wall as part of a wider security strategy. BRANDON JUDD: We're excited that we're going to be able to do our job. Under the Obama administration, law enforcement were being handcuffed...

Every four years, the Electoral College creeps back into the lives of American voters. In some presidential elections, the strange, indirect system used to select the next U.S. president can feel like a formality that doesn't seem to matter much. In other elections, it matters very much indeed. This is one of those years. On Nov. 8, Donald Trump surpassed the necessary electoral votes to become the nation's president-elect. But if you look at the popular vote, which is the direct number of...

Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton spoke publicly for the first time since her concession speech a week ago. At a Children's Defense Fund event in Washington, she spoke about the importance of fighting for America's kids, but she also wove in another message, telling her supporters to persist, even after the devastating loss of the presidential race. "I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election," she said. "I am, too, more than I can ever express." Though her...

Reports of racially-motivated harassment continue to pour in across the country after Donald Trump's election as president. One community in North Carolina just held an emergency meeting to try to find solutions to address the harassment Latinos are experiencing there. Juvencio Rocha-Peralta, who leads the Eastern North Carolina Latin American Coalition, seemed to like what he saw as he greeted people at the doors of Greenville's Unitarian Universalist church Tuesday night. The crowd was...

Twitter has suspended several accounts linked to the alt-right movement, which has been associated with white nationalism. The move comes as Twitter is rolling out a series of actions to curb hate speech and abuse on its platform as criticism has mounted of the company's failure to rein in harassment, racism, sexism and anti-Semitism. Suspended accounts include those of Richard Spencer, who is considered one of the movement's founders; his magazine Radix Journal; an associated...

During the campaign, Donald Trump characterized himself as a champion of working-class voters who felt left behind and disconnected from more prosperous parts of the country. And Trump's historic upset victory last week was fueled by working-class voters in the Rust Belt and elsewhere who believed in this promise. Many of the counties that flipped from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016 were in the Rust Belt swing states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan. In his victory...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Donald Trump has not done any press conferences since Election Day. But he's still talking to people the way he did throughout his campaign, on Twitter, to his more than 15 million followers. It's a way to bypass the media and bash it, too. Just today, Trump sent three tweets criticizing The New York Times. I talked to BuzzFeed reporter Charlie Warzel about how Trump uses Twitter and how that might change once...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Now to Kalamazoo, a mid-size city in southwest Michigan. It's far from rich, but it has rich friends. A decade ago, Kalamazoo was in the headlines because donors promised that they would pay the college tuition of any graduate of the city's public schools. Now it appears Kalamazoo has struck philanthropic gold again. Two donors have pledged tens of millions of dollars to help the city cover budget shortfalls....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: For months now, demonstrators have protested against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, and they've drawn inspiration from a big win last year. President Obama blocked construction of another pipeline, the Keystone XL. President-elect Donald Trump promises an energy policy that embraces fossil fuels, and that, as NPR's Jeff Brady reports, has pipeline opponents rethinking their protest strategy. JEFF...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: As part of his immigration platform, Donald Trump has said he would withdraw federal money for law enforcement in what's known as sanctuary cities. There's no set definition for sanctuary cities, but broadly speaking, these are cities that as a matter of law or policy do not under most circumstances help the federal government enforce immigration laws. This week, Santa Fe's mayor, Javier Gonzales, joined several...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has been characterized by drama, staffing changes and rumors. Members are making very little information public, but their task is well-known. The team is trying to figure out how to run the country beginning in roughly two months. NPR's Scott Detrow reports on the challenges facing the team. SCOTT DETROW, BYLINE: Even under the very best circumstances, planning a...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Rudolph Giuliani, who's being mentioned as a possible secretary of state in a Trump administration, is best known for having been mayor of New York City on 9/11. In fact the terrorist attacks were near the end of his eight-year administration. Since then, Giuliani has been in business as a consultant, as a public speaker. Ever since he sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he's been dogged by...

Steve Bannon, recently named as chief strategist to president-elect Donald Trump, is a fantastic manager, a visionary journalist and "has no prejudices," according to a top editor who has worked with him for years. In an interview with Morning Edition 's Steve Inskeep, Breitbart Senior Editor at Large Joel Pollak defended Bannon and pushed back against the idea that the news website he ran and significantly expanded promoted racist or sexist views. On the contrary, Pollak accused NPR...

President-elect Donald Trump's first week after pulling off an upset victory has had plenty of missteps. The rocky start to his transition planning that one source described to CNN as a "knife fight" has done little to assure his critics and skeptical Republicans that he'll have a smooth ascension to the Oval Office surrounded by qualified advisers. Trump denies that the transition is rocky. From the outset, his transition chief throughout the campaign, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, had to...

For 22 years, Nick Fugate washed dishes at a local hotel near his home in Olathe, Kan. "There was nothing easy," he says, and chuckles. "I just constantly had to scrape the dishes off to get them clean." Fugate recalls minor annoyances like the long days and the hot kitchen. The work did sometimes get tedious, he says, but he didn't really mind. "Just as long as I got the job done, it was fine," he says. Nick's father, Ron Fugate, says the job was the key to the self-reliance he's wanted for...

Poverty was one of the forgotten issues on the campaign trail this election season. Now, many who work with the nation's poor worry that it will be even more forgotten under a Trump administration and the new Republican Congress. Mariana Chilton, who runs the Center for Hunger Free Communities at Drexel University, doesn't remember Donald Trump saying much about poor people during the presidential campaign, but she does remember a comment he made about a protester who was being removed from...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: We have been listening to Democrats think through the road ahead. Neera Tanden leads the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank. She's been a close adviser to Hillary Clinton and also to President Obama. And I asked her if she thinks the party has work to do reconnecting with the working-class voters who went for Donald Trump this time around. NEERA TANDEN: Well, I agree that we need a economic...

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