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Inside a cavernous glass-and-steel chamber that overlooks Portland's busy waterfront, dozens of immigrants are about to become U.S. citizens.

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Muslims in America are the subject of heated political debate. But they account for a very small number of elected politicians in New England.

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Rhode Island lawmakers reacted Tuesday to the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security advisor. 

John Bender

Rhode Island Public Radio produced dozens of stories during the 2016 presidential race, following voters' views of the candidates, the issues, local races and the outcomes of both the primary and the general election. Our coverage included a combination of feature reporting, newscast stories, commentary and interviews. 

Chelsea Beck / NPR

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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The Rhode Island ACLU is demanding details from U.S. Customs and Border officials on how they are handling President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The move is a coordinated freedom of information request with multiple states.

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Since President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, many refugees are in limbo. They’re waiting abroad, and some of their family members are waiting for them here.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton won the state of Rhode Island in November, but then-candidate Donald Trump beat her by 14 points in Johnston.

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After false statements from President Donald Trump’s press secretary about the size of the inauguration crowds, Democrats are scratching their heads over how to deal with the new administration. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said journalists have their work cut out for them.

Barbara Quill

Thousands of women, men and families rallied on the south lawn of the Rhode Island State House Saturday in a show of support for the Women's March on Washington. 

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A small group gathered in Warwick at the state Republican Party's headquarters to watch Friday's inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump.

The New Year has begun, and that means it’s time for a new legislative session on Smith Hill. Lawmakers are expected to take up a range of issues, from car taxes to a budget deficit, and perhaps recreational marijuana. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison sat down for a preview of the legislative session with our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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Twelve new state reps and four new senators will be sworn in when the General Assembly begins its new session Tuesday. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed are expected to be formally re-elected to their leadership positions.

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After losing a 2014 run for governor, Republican Allan Fung returned to Rhode Island's third-largest city to face a brewing scandal within his police department. His office was roundly criticized in a state police report, which provided fodder for his opponents during his most recent reelection bid. Despite that, Fung easily won with 68 percent of the vote.

Fung said infrastructure repair will be one of his major priorities during his final term.

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The state Supreme Court is allowing a recall effort to continue against Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson. Jackson faces charges of embezzlement and misusing campaign contributions.

Councilor Jackson wanted the the state Supreme Court to block the effort to knock him out of office. But the court has declined to review lower court rulings in the case.

The recall effort against Jackson began after he was charged with misappropriating more than $127,000 from a youth track and field group. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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