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By now you might have heard that Oprah Winfrey delivered a big speech last night at the Golden Globe Awards.

(SOUNDBITE OF 75TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS)

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The expansion of Medicaid helps rural hospitals stay afloat in states like Colorado, which added 400,000 people to the health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act.

Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid were about 6 times less likely to close than hospitals in non-expansion states, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The study was published Monday in the January edition of the journal Health Affairs.

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President Trump thanked America's farmers for their political support on Monday and unveiled a plan designed to help revive fortunes in struggling rural areas. At the same time, the president is pursuing trade and immigration policies that could be harmful to farmers' bottom lines.

An Update On North Korea

Jan 8, 2018

On Tuesday, North and South Korea will hold high-level talks. While the upcoming Olympic Games in South Korea will likely come up, so will the north’s surprising new power, as the nation’s ability to build and launch nuclear warheads has advanced beyond predictions quite quickly.

What might come of talks between the two nations?

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A small fire broke out on the roof of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Monday, prompting a response from the New York City Fire Department.

President Trump was in Washington, D.C., at the time of the fire, The Associated Press reports.

A spokesperson for the fire department said there were no evacuations from the building, NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

However, there were two injuries — a firefighter received a minor injury and a civilian is "suffering from a serious, life-threatening injury," Hansi says.

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Steve, I want to talk to you about Camp David, which is designed to be a presidential retreat, and retreat means, you know, a chance to get away, maybe slow things down a little bit.

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It may be a new year, but Congress plans to spend most of January wrapping up old business left over from 2017.

Congressional leaders are promising to head off any chance of a government shutdown well before the Jan. 19 deadline, but a nearly yearlong fight over President Trump's demands to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could threaten those plans.

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The current White House adviser took a chance over the weekend to attack a former adviser. On CNN, Stephen Miller critiqued Steve Bannon, the adviser who spoke in a book of a presidential campaign meeting with Russians as treason.

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Two facts make this presidential moment distinct. One is the unprecedented questioning of President Trump's mental fitness for office.

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The CIA Director, a top policy aide and a former campaign manager made appearances on Sunday talk shows to defend Donald Trump's fitness as president and to bash a new tabloidlike book that has caused delirium in the nation's capital for the better part of a week.

While the president's surrogates were busy on the airwaves providing him cover, the man at the center of the frenzy Washington finds itself in, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, issued an apology for his part in the controversy.

Rep. Tom Cole On The GOP's Agenda

Jan 7, 2018

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Jan 7, 2018

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Trump Threatens To Cut Off Palestinian Aid

Jan 7, 2018

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This past week brought a series of stunning reports about President Trump and his White House, reports some Americans found hard to believe. But one quote attributed to the president should have surprised no one: the one in The New York Times where the president asked, "Where's my Roy Cohn?"

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When Steve Bannon left the White House in August 2017, he framed his exile from the West Wing as a promotion, not a demotion.

On a Saturday morning in December, Kate Coyne-McCoy stood before 26 women in a small conference room in Manchester, N.H., explaining what fires her up in the morning.

"I wake up every day, the first thing I do is look at this list of members of Congress that I have, and I figure out who's sick and who's going to die," Coyne-McCoy told the women. "Because I want to replace them with you."

Flanked by congressional Republican leadership and some members of his Cabinet at Camp David Saturday, President Trump vowed to be "very involved" in midterm elections later this year and said he had some "incredible meetings" with Republicans as the party charts its legislative course for 2018.

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President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to highlight the historic drop in the unemployment rate among African-Americans, a day after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the rate fell below 7 percent for the month of December — the lowest mark for black Americans since the bureau began tracking the data in the early 1970s.

"The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, 'Trumps first year jobs numbers were very, very good.' "

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President Trump insisted Saturday that he is "a very stable genius," following the recent publication of a book that raises questions about his mental state and fitness for office.

Speaking to reporters at Camp David on Saturday, Trump called Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, "a fraud" and reiterated his earlier claim on Twitter that Wolff is not trustworthy.

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