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Morning News Brief: Tillerson In Russia, Spicer's Hitler Remarks, French Election

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

Matt Bodner of The Moscow Times discusses Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's meeting with officials in Russia. Also, Sean Spicer has apologized for remarks about Hitler and chemical weapons.

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About The President's Power To Wage War

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

This week on the #AskCokie segment, commentator Cokie Roberts answers listener questions about the checks and balances on military power and the president's role as commander in chief.

Trump Hosts NATO Leader Amid Tension With Russia

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump, who has questioned the relevance of NATO and challenged allies to spend more on their own defense, meets Thursday with the head of the military alliance.

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Trump Lifting Federal Hiring Freeze

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:00pm

The White House Office of Management and Budget also calls on federal agencies and the public to come up with ideas to overhaul government services.

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GOP Holds Kansas House Seat As Democrat's Surprise Upset Bid Falls Short

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 9:48pm

It was the first race for a congressional seat since President Trump took office, and in the closing days, Republicans feared Democrat Jason Thompson might surge ahead in the conservative district.

Sean Spicer Apologizes For Controversial Assad-Hitler Comparison

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:55pm

Spicer apologized for his comments Tuesday when he wrongly suggested that Hitler never used chemical weapons in an attempt to underscore the horror of Syria's alleged use of those weapons.

Maryland Lawmakers Vote To Allow Beekeepers To Shoot Black Bears That Threaten Hives

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:10pm

Bears have a taste for honey but are really after the bee "brood": eggs, larvae, and pupae — a source of protein and fat. Bee experts note that after a bear attack, a colony is unlikely to survive.

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Trump Organization Says It's Closing Its Modeling Agency

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:46pm

While Trump Model Management "enjoyed many years of success," the Trump Organization said in a statement that it was choosing to focus on its core businesses of real estate, golf and hospitality.

White House Press Secretary Suggests Even Hitler Didn't Use Chemical Weapons

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

In a White House press briefing, Sean Spicer responded to a question about the gas attack in Syria last week by comparing Hitler, favorably, to the Syrian regime. His attempts at clarifying the statement only made matters worse.

Kansas Holds Special Election To Replace CIA Director Mike Pompeo

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Daniel Salazar, reporter for the Wichita Eagle, about the special congressional election in Kansas.

Republican Kay Ivey Takes Oath As Alabama's New Governor

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

Alabama has a new governor following the resignation of two-term Republican Robert Bentley. Kay Ivey is just the second woman to lead the state and the first Republican woman.

Border Security Takes Spotlight At Annual Industry Meeting

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

With border security getting unprecedented attention and resources, the mood at an annual border security expo was surprisingly upbeat. For the first time, some are even talking about the possibility of completely stopping illegal crossings from Mexico.

U.S. Strike Against Syria Overshadows Rex Tillerson's Visit To Russia

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Kim Marten, professor of political science at Barnard College and director of U.S. Russian Relations Program at Columbia, ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow.

From Red Lines To Blurred Lines: The Trump Administration's Syria Shift

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:05pm

Before and after last week's chemical weapons attack, the Trump administration sent conflicting signals about foreign intervention, Russian cooperation, and the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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White House Spokesman Stumbles Over Assad-Hitler Comparison

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 2:40pm

In the middle of an international debate about Syria, Bashar Assad, Russia and Iran, White House press secretary Sean Spicer made an ill-conceived, ahistorical reference to Hitler.

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Trump's Gunboat Diplomacy In Asia May Prove Quite Different From Syria

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:01pm

President Trump has ordered the U.S. Navy to respond to foreign policy crises twice in less than a week, but his options in North Korea are much narrower than in Syria.

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Russia, The Place Where U.S. Presidents Get Their Hopes Dashed

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:38am

U.S. presidents have a tradition of entering office and expressing hope for improved relations with Russia. This is matched by a tradition of presidents leaving office amid friction with Moscow.

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A Special Election In Kansas Could Signal 'Big League' Problems For GOP, Trump

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 7:13am

The election is drawing national attention, including a last-minute ad from President Trump. A closer-than-expected result could be a warning sign for the GOP of a lack of enthusiasm in the Trump era.

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Here's the Fine Print On The Country's Biggest-Ever Free College Plan

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 5:00am

Freedom's just another word for ... a full-ride scholarship, with strings attached. New York's vast new scholarship program has brought praise, and some nitpicking.

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News Brief: All Eyes On Tillerson's Moscow Visit, Kansas Special Election

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:06am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Moscow Tuesday. Will he take a tough line with Russia during his visit? And Democrats are feeling optimistic about a special election in Kansas on Tuesday.

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