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Kelly Says Trump Now Believes Border Wall Is Unnecessary

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:52

The chief of staff says that candidate Trump was not "fully informed" on border issues and that he's persuaded the president that the wall is not needed.

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Photographer Says He Lost His Job After Leaking Pictures Of Rick Perry And Coal CEO

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 02:44

The former Department of Energy photographer Simon Edelman is filing a federal whistleblower suit after he leaked the photos of a private meeting between the energy secretary and Robert Murray.

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In The Category of 'Fake News,' The Award Winner Is...

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 21:47

After postponing the announcement of the 'Fake News Awards' winners for a week, the president's event crashed the website of the GOP. The New York Times took first place on the list.

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Bannon And Trump White House Raising Questions About Executive Privilege, Lawyers Say

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:13

Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions angered lawmakers this week. But there's a long history of White House officials frustrating congressional overseers by citing executive privilege.

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Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:26

Mathilde Krim, who died this week, was a vocal pioneer in HIV treatment and research at a time when discrimination against people with AIDS in the U.S. was rampant, even in medical care.

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Even Dale Earnhardt Jr. Skids And Rams Tree In Snowstorm

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:21

Despite being one of the world's best drivers, the former NASCAR fan favorite lost control of his car on one of North Carolina's icy roads. He had just been helping someone else out of a ditch.

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DACA Troubles Could Put Spending Bill In Peril

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:51

Republican leaders hope to pass a stop-gap spending bill to keep the government open past Friday but a fight over immigration could threaten that plan.

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Walmart Offers Product To Destroy Leftover Opioids, But Critics Say It's Unnecessary

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:57

The company billed it as a "first-of-its-kind" item that lets customers turn extra opioid painkillers into trash, but the CDC says just flush the medicine down the toilet.

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U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:16

The British Parliament is considering a 34-cent tax on to-go cups to encourage diners to bring their own reusable containers. The goal is to replicate the success of Britain's tax on plastic bags.

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Aetna Agrees To Pay $17 Million In HIV Privacy Breach

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:15

Health insurer Aetna has reached a settlement with people whose privacy was compromised when their HIV status was visible through the clear address windows on envelopes sent to them.

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U.K. Now Has A Minister For Loneliness

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:56

According to government figures, more than 9 million people "always or often feel lonely," and many "older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month."

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A 'Fraught Time' For Press Freedom In The Philippines

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:33

President Duterte "does not like the press," writes Sheila S. Coronel, dean of academic affairs at Columbia University's journalism school. The Rappler news site is the government's latest target.

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Review Of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Paints A Picture Of A More Dangerous Nuclear World

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

The Trump administration appears close to finalizing a review of the nation's nuclear posture. It calls for the U.S. to develop new nuclear systems and capabilities at a time of heightened tensions between America and other world powers.

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Night Became Day In Detroit As Meteor Lit Up Sky

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

A meteor streaked over southeast Michigan Tuesday night, creating a sonic boom so loud it shook houses. After seeing the spectacle in the night sky, thousands of people took to social media to share what they witnessed.

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Apple Says It Will Create 20,000 Jobs With New Campus

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

Apple says it will build a new campus and create 20,000 new jobs as part of a sweeping investment plan for the U.S.

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Nearly All Of The National Park System Advisory Board Has Resigned

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, who has resigned from the National Park System Advisory Board. He, along with eight others, have said that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to meet with the board once since being confirmed last March.

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When Can The White House Use Executive Privilege?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

The White House may have tried to invoke its "executive privilege" to keep former chief strategist Steve Bannon from answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee. But can it make a soft invocation without actually sending a letter that fully cites that doctrine?

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Why 'Legal Immigration' Doesn't Apply To Early Immigrants To The U.S.

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Kevin Jennings, president of the Tenement Museum in New York City, about why the phrase "legal immigration" does not apply to early immigrants to the U.S., who came to this country before immigration laws were enacted.

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House Republicans Introduce Bill To Keep Government Open For Another Month

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

House Republicans have introduced a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for another month while lawmakers keep working on a longer term spending and immigration deal.

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As Trump Enters Year Two In Office, Mueller Looking At Money Laundering

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:16

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian influence in U.S. elections. While his probe's details are unknown, one focus may be links between President Trump and Russian money launderers.

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