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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Happy Thanksgiving. Congressional Republicans are urging the Obama administration not to loosen sanctions on Iran during Obama's last two months in office. That's because President-elect Donald Trump wants to renegotiate the nuclear deal with Iran. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on how Obama might still try to strengthen a deal that is central to his foreign policy legacy. MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: When the Treasury...

Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to see the hit Broadway musical Hamilton last week, setting off a chain of events that lead to a big headache for a small community theater in Montana. At the end of Friday night's performance in New York, actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, called on Pence to work for all Americans. "We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Trump has made a provocative choice for secretary of education. Betsy DeVos comes from a wealthy Michigan family. She's a Republican activist and philanthropist. She's been deeply engaged in education for many years with a complex record that has already triggered lively debates on the left and the right. She is an advocate for school choice. That phrase means, in essence, directing public...

There is popular wisdom out there that conversations about race are most productive when the people engaged in them are deeply, emotionally vested in the well-being of one another. Family might be a rejoinder to that wisdom. Perhaps there's such a thing as being too vested. On this week's episode of the Code Switch podcast, we heard from people who were expecting to go home to testy Thanksgiving dinners, with families divided over the results of the presidential election. We heard from Kate,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: A looming conflict over illegal immigration may be different than it seems. President-elect Trump's vow to deport millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has evolved. Here's how he talked of the estimated 11 million during the campaign. (SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "60 MINUTES") DONALD TRUMP: If they've done well, they're going out, and they're coming back in legally because you said... SCOTT PELLEY: You're...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And let's consider one issue that will likely fall to Betsy DeVos. She is the Republican activist and philanthropist chosen by Donald Trump to be education secretary. The question is how she would address a long-running debate over campus sexual assault. Here's NPR's Tovia Smith. TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: For the past five years, the Obama administration has championed the issue of sexual assault, driving up public...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The Constitution prohibits a president from receiving favors or financial gain from foreign powers, which has never been much of an issue until now. Donald Trump, the president-elect, has business interests around the globe. He faces calls in this country to separate his personal and public affairs, but as president-elect has acknowledged already talking business and politics in the same conversation. Let's talk...

Editor's note: This story contains language that some may find objectionable. As an immigrant, Tenzin Dorjee did everything he was supposed to do and more. Born in Bhutan, Dorjee is a naturalized U.S. citizen who has lived in upstate New York for nine years. He runs a successful restaurant, as well as an arts festival, in the tiny town of Plattsburgh, near the U.S.-Canadian border. Over the years, he has been singled out a few times — but nothing like what he...

On a night that the national election results had her discouraged, Seattle resident Anne Johnson had at least one ballot measure to celebrate: ST3, which will raise the local sales tax in the Seattle-Tacoma area to help pump $54 billion into expanding the region's rail and bus systems. It passed by a wide margin. "That is awesome, and we've put a lot of work into that, and I'm excited for the direction that that will take Seattle," says Johnson, who adds that the transit improvements will...

Over the weekend, a sizable gaggle of the white nationalist "alt-right" convened at a federal building in Washington, D.C., to puff their chests. It was a motley crew, emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, with whom they shared a broad aversion to immigration and contempt for "political correctness." Their views were finally flitting around the mainstream of American politics. I guess that's why they were so touchy about their branding when my Code Switch teammate, Adrian Florido, asked...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUnv6Kb7syQ President-elect Donald Trump issued a Thanksgiving address on Wednesday evening, calling for the nation to come together after a bruising, bitter campaign. "It is my prayer, that on this Thanksgiving, we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country, strengthened by a shared purpose and very, very common resolve," Trump said in the nearly two-minute video posted the night before the holiday. The incoming president acknowledged that the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Since the election, people who run colleges have a challenge. How do you deal with students who are worried about Donald Trump's election victory but not take sides? At the University of Michigan, the school's president joined a post-election vigil and was critical of Trump's campaign. Then conservative students at the University sent under a petition saying the school was making students, quote, "feel ashamed...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: One reason Republicans control so many state legislatures is gerrymandering. After winning big in 2010, Republicans across the country redrew legislative districts to favor their party. Partisan gerrymandering like this has survived three decades' worth of legal challenges even at the Supreme Court. But now a panel of federal judges has struck down the legislative map for the Wisconsin State Assembly, saying it...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Republicans will soon control the White House, Congress and the governments of half of the states in the country. That level of control has changed the landscape for voting laws. It's made it more difficult for Democrats and civil rights groups to fight new voting restrictions, like ID requirements. NPR's Pam Fessler reports. PAM FESSLER, BYLINE: Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has released a to-do list for...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: Whether you're counting votes, counting your blessings or counting olives for your martini, tomorrow is a big day. (SOUNDBITE OF ALBUM, "BEYOND THE PALE") JIM GAFFIGAN: Thanksgiving, you know - Thanksgiving - it's like we didn't even try to come up with a tradition. The tradition is we overeat. (LAUGHTER) GAFFIGAN: Hey, how about at Thanksgiving we just eat a lot. (LAUGHTER) GAFFIGAN: We do that every day. ...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: The election isn't over in North Carolina where the governor's race is still too close to call. Incumbent Republican governor Pat McCrory trails his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper by a few thousand votes. On Tuesday, McCrory officially requested a recount. This comes after weeks of allegations from his campaign of widespread voter fraud. There's little evidence to support that. From member station WUNC, Jeff...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump has tapped South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley is one of the first women he's picked for a top-level position in his cabinet. She's the daughter of Indian immigrants. And she's popular in South Carolina, but she has little foreign policy experience. NPR's Michele Kelemen takes a closer look at the governor and what's ahead for her if...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Rumors are swirling over who President-elect Donald Trump will tap for his cabinet. Earlier we said he had chosen his former rival Ben Carson for secretary of housing and urban development. That's not been yet confirmed, though Carson says he's been offered the position and it considering it. Meanwhile two new nominations have been confirmed. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is Trump's pick for ambassador to...

The annual turkey pardon is a silly tradition, and President Obama knows it. On Wednesday, before pardoning turkeys named Tater and Tot, Obama summed up his feelings about this particular duty. "It is my great privilege — well, it's my privilege — actually, let's just say it's my job to grant them clemency this afternoon," Obama said. Not in attendance for the president's final turkey pardoning ceremony were first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, who gamely laughed alongside their father last...

President-elect Donald Trump has picked billionaire Betsy DeVos, a Michigan Republican activist and philanthropist who is a strong supporter of school choice but has limited experience with public education, as his secretary of education. DeVos, 58, is a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and helped push a failed 2000 ballot proposal to amend the Michigan state Constitution to create a voucher system for students to attend nonpublic schools. DeVos is chairman of The Windquest...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We've learned a bit more about President-elect Donald Trump's expected foreign policy team. Trump will nominate South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. She's a Republican, considered a rising star in the party and had been very, very critical of Donald Trump. Let's talk about this with NPR's Domenico Montanaro, who's our political editor. Domenico, good morning....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Well, Donald Trump is sending more hints that retired General James Mattis might be his defense secretary. He told The New York Times yesterday that he's been listening to advice from Mattis already suggesting that torturing terrorism suspects is not such a good idea after all. Trump has already made other appointments official. General Michael Flynn will be national security adviser. Congressman Mike Pompeo will...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump is offering a way to cut down on federal regulations. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) DONALD TRUMP: On regulation, I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated - so important. INSKEEP: And so appealing - I mean, who likes regulations? - in the abstract. As NPR's Brian Naylor reports, though, Trump has his work cut out...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump has suggested he might be dropping some of the most attention-grabbing aspects of his presidential campaign. He told The New York Times yesterday that he's not sure torture works after all. He says he has an open mind on climate science, which he once called a hoax. He no longer feels strongly about prosecuting Hillary Clinton. And while his campaign often seemed to wink at white...

There's one way Republicans on Capitol Hill say they know becoming the vice president-elect hasn't changed Mike Pence: He hasn't changed his phone number. Pence recently met with House Republicans in a closed-door session. "He said, 'Most of you have my cellphone,' which he found out after the election," laughed Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., one of Trump's earliest allies in Congress. "He wants to encourage us to continue to reach out to him," Barletta added. Pence's accessibility is a comfort to...

Donald Trump's extensive business dealings around the globe have focused attention on an obscure provision of the Constitution most law professors barely look at — the Emoluments Clause. Now, one of the hottest legal debates around is whether the president-elect is going to violate the Constitution if he continues doing business with companies controlled by foreign governments. Who even used the word "emolument" in an actual sentence before November 2016? Emolument is defined by Merriam...

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday hears a case that questions intellectual disabilities and the death penalty — specifically, what standards states may use in determining whether a defendant convicted of murder is mentally deficient. In 2002, the justices barred the execution of the intellectually disabled. But it left the states considerable room to decide who is "mentally retarded." Two years ago, the court put its thumb more firmly on the scale, telling states they were not free to use a...

The city of Utica in upstate New York has been a model of refugee resettlement for 40 years. Local leaders say immigrants from war-torn countries, including thousands of Muslim immigrants, have helped stabilize the population and economy. But now Utica is bracing for president-elect Donald Trump, who has promised big changes to America's refugee program. Shelly Callahan, who runs the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, looked in on a class of refugees studying one of the most...

Protests raged after Americans elected Donald Trump president. Another massive protest is planned for inauguration weekend. Online, his opponents express their dread that he could be "normalized." Before the election, more Americans believed Trump's opponent had the better temperament and ability to serve as president. And, yet, half of Americans now believe Trump will do a good job as president. That's one finding from a new CNN poll that captures Americans' feelings toward the president...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: There are new revelations about the charitable organization of President-elect Donald Trump. The Washington Post reports today that the Donald J. Trump Foundation admitted to self-dealing. That's when nonprofit's funds are used to enrich its leaders or their businesses or families. And self-dealing is illegal. Reporter David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post joins us now. And David, I gather this all comes from...

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