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With Trump Back From Asia, GOP Tax Plan Is Central Focus

Donald and Melania Trump take a tour of the Forbidden City while visiting Beijing, China as part of their five-country trip through Asia.
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Donald and Melania Trump take a tour of the Forbidden City while visiting Beijing, China as part of their five-country trip through Asia.

President Donald Trump has returned from his five-country tour of Asia. He characterized the trip as a “tremendous success,” but political analysts say his exuberance does not align with the political accomplishments. 

A conversation with Political Junkie Ken Rudin.

After efforts to strike favorable relationships and trade deals abroad, the next political hurdle is the Republican’s tax plan. The U.S. House passed their version of that bill, but the Senate is still struggling to reshape and pass their own version. Meanwhile North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis say they will not support President Trump’s pick for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety office.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with the Political Junkie Ken Rudinfor his take on the week in politics. 

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Laura Pellicer is a producer with The State of Things (hyperlink), a show that explores North Carolina through conversation. Laura was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, a city she considers arrestingly beautiful, if not a little dysfunctional. She worked as a researcher for CBC Montreal and also contributed to their programming as an investigative journalist, social media reporter, and special projects planner. Her work has been nominated for two Canadian RTDNA Awards. Laura loves looking into how cities work, pursuing stories about indigenous rights, and finding fresh voices to share with listeners. Laura is enamored with her new home in North Carolina—notably the lush forests, and the waves where she plans on moonlighting as a mediocre surfer.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.