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Tariff Waivers Let U.S. Government Pick Winners And Losers

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 17:32

President Trump suggests U.S. firms hurt by tariffs on Chinese goods can apply for a waiver. The Commerce Department is already dealing with thousands of exclusion requests for earlier tariffs.

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Trump To Outline Immigration Plan That Would Overhaul Who's Allowed Into The U.S.

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 16:01

A key plank of the president's election was his hard-line stance on immigration. And now he's ready to rollout his legislative approach.

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Auto Industry Waits (And Waits) To See If Trump Will Slap New Tariffs On Cars

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:30

President Trump's tariff tit-for-tat with China is not the only trade tension in town. The White House is weighing the possibility of tariffs on cars and car parts from Europe and Japan.

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U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:21

"The birthrate is a barometer of despair," demographer Dowell Myers says. Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born.

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New HIV Map Offers Most Detailed Look Yet At The Epidemic

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 13:05

Knowing where rates of prevalence are highest — and lowest — can lead to new strategies for treatment and prevention. The map focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, the epicenter of the epidemic.

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As Leaks Show Lavish NRA Spending, Former Staff Detail Poor Conditions At Nonprofit

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:22

New documents leaked about NRA top executive Wayne LaPierre's lavish clothing and travel expenses contrast with the culture of fear, poor pay and an underfunded pension described by former staffers.

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India's 6-Week-Long Elections Are So Big They've Become A Tourist Draw

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:45

With nearly 900 million eligible voters, the elections are considered the world's largest. Now travelers — both Indian and foreign — want to experience what it's like across the country.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Colors Outside The Lines

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:01

On her latest album Dedicated, Carly Rae Jepsen opens up about family, singlehood and the one that might've got away.

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It's Not Just Measles. What You Should Know About Vaccines For Adults

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:31

Many people don't know which shots they need as they get older. And the vaccines can be tougher to keep track of because many adults go to the doctor less frequently than kids do.

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The Town That Hanged An Elephant Is Now Working To Save Them

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:00

A team of high school students in Tennessee researched the century-old story of "Murderous Mary" and found a town eager for redemption. Their podcast is a winner in NPR's Student Podcast Challenge.

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New Zealand's Ardern Calls On Social Media Companies To Stem Terrorist Content

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:41

Facebook said Tuesday that it would implement a "one-strike" policy that would prevent users who have violated the site's standards from using its live streaming platform.

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American Muslims In Public Life Say They Face Outsized Scrutiny

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:02

Many say the storm of criticism around Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the first black Muslim woman in Congress, is more about who she is than what she says. Her experience is familiar to other Muslim leaders.

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After Walking Thousands Of Miles, Mink The Bear Is Almost Back Home

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:02

New Hampshire wildlife officials relocated a black bear with a penchant for donuts more than a hundred miles north — close to the Canadian border. A year later, she's walked almost all the way home.

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Periods! Why These Eighth Graders Aren't Afraid To Talk About Them

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:02

The middle school winners of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge offer their perspective on why talking about periods is so taboo — and why that's silly.

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Mueller Report Elicited A Lot Of Conversation — But Little Election Legislation

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:00

Congress so far hasn't used the special counsel report to draft new laws aimed at protecting elections from foreign interference. One key senator worries about missing the moment.

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Precedent Favors Democrats In Power Struggle With Trump, But It Could Take A While

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 05:00

Courts have tended to side with Congress when it comes to questions of congressional oversight of the executive branch. House Democrats are hoping they will again in confrontation over Mueller report.

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State Department Orders Non-Essential U.S. Government Employees Out Of Iraq

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 04:40

The travel advisory ordered the departure of employees at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil. It was not immediately clear what led to the order on Wednesday.

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Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 22:04

The vote in the Alabama Senate came after a chaotic attempt to vote last week. If the governor signs the bill into law, it will become among the most restrictive in the country.

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Spider Uses Web As Slingshot To Ensnare Prey, Scientists Find

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 19:32

There's a type of spider that can slowly stretch its web taut and then release it, causing the web to catapult forward and entangle unsuspecting prey in its strands.

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Ex-USC Coach Behind Fake Athletic Profiles In College Admissions Scam, Pleads Guilty

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 19:12

Laura Janke had previously denied taking bribes for writing the phony biographies, but she is now the fourth corrupt coach to plead guilty. She's expected to testify against others in the case.

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