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News Brief: Border Security, Facebook User Data

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 3:58am

President Trump signs a proclamation to send the National Guard to the border with Mexico to try to cut down on illegal immigration. More information is out about Facebook's handling of its user data.

U.S. Farmers Likely Among Hardest Hit By Chinese Tarriffs

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 8:17pm

China's retaliatory tariffs hit farmers harder than any other group, especially those raising hogs, nuts and fruit, which rely on exports to keep their business models going.

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USDA Defies Advisors, Allows Carrageenan To Keep Organic Label

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 6:00pm

The Department of Agriculture says organic food makers can keep using carrageenan, a thickener made from seaweed. It's the second time this year that it has reversed an organic board's recommendation.

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Facebook Says Cambridge Analytica May Have Obtained Data On As Many As 87M Users

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 5:02pm

The previous estimate was 50 million. Facebook also said "malicious actors" abused a feature that allowed users to find each others' phone numbers and email addresses. The feature is being disabled.

Dogged By Scandal, EPA's Pruitt Turns To Damage Control

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:47pm

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is fending off a series of ethics investigations, amid lukewarm support from the White House.

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Tennessee Lawmakers Decline — Again — To Advance Measure Denouncing Neo-Nazis

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:16pm

The first resolution died in the state Legislature after failing to get GOP support last month. A Republican lawmaker revived a nearly identical version — but withdrew it earlier this week.

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Trump's Infrastructure Strategist Is Leaving The White House

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:51pm

DJ Gribbin, architect of the president's $1.5 trillion plan, "will be moving on to new opportunities," according to an administration official. The proposals received a cool reception in Congress.

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Estonian President Says She Is More Confident About Trump Administration's Foreign Policy

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:34pm

Estonia's president left Washington, D.C., feeling more reassured about U.S. policy toward Russia. Kersti Kaljulaid says President Trump asked tough questions in his meeting with the Baltic leaders, but also talked about how he expelled 60 Russians in the wake of a nerve agent attack in the U.K.

Fact Check: Is The Post Office Losing Money By Delivering Packages For Amazon?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:34pm

President Trump has repeatedly attacked Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service in recent days for acting as Amazon's "delivery boy" and implying the online retailer has been getting a sweetheart deal for delivery of its packages.

Immigration Judge Says Case Quota Will Affect Impartiality In The Courtroom

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:34pm

The Department of Justice issued new directives last week calling for U.S. immigration judges to process cases faster using a yearly quota system. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Judge Dana Leigh Marks about what this might mean for cases going forward.

Prominent Republicans, Democrats Looking Ahead To 2020 With New Hampshire Visits

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:34pm

So far this year colleges and diners in New Hampshire have played host to a special visit from Republicans Jeff Flake and John Kasich, and Democrats Joe Biden and Martin O'Malley. That's early even for a place that is used to seeing a lot of politicians with national aspirations.

Nebraska Farmer Discusses How Trade War Would Impact American Agricultural Industry

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:34pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Nebraska corn and soybean farmer Steve Nelson. He is president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau and says a trade war will hurt the American agricultural industry.

American Business Groups Worried As China And U.S. Continue To Trade Tariff Threats

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:34pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Jeremie Waterman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about what China and the United States can do to negotiate fairer trade practices without hurting businesses as concern about an impending trade war grows.

Barack Obama And John Lewis Remember The Work Of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:22pm

"Being on the right side of history isn't always popular. And it isn't always easy," said the former president.

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Markets Jittery Over U.S.-China Trade Fight

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:56pm

U.S. stock markets fell again after China announced its latest round of retaliation in the escalating tit-for-tat tariff fight. Investors are worried by prospects of a prolonged trade war.

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Professors Are Targets In Online Culture Wars; Some Fight Back

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:52am

Across the country, in the past year and a half, at least 250 university professors have been targeted in cyber harassment campaigns because of their research, teaching or social media posts.

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Moving From Generosity To Justice: A Conversation With The Ford Foundation President

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:20am

Darren Walker on why risk-taking is essential to philanthropy.

Who Is Continuing Martin Luther King's Fight Against Poverty?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 9:06am

"… it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps."

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Impact Of China's New Tariffs Could Be 'Huge' On U.S. Soybean Farmers

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 8:45am

Grant Kimberly of the Iowa Soybean Association tells NPR that if long term, the effect of China's proposed tariffs on U.S. soybeans could be "devastating" to American soybean producers.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify In Congress On April 11

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 8:42am

Welcoming the news, the top Republican and Democrat on a House committee said, "we look forward to him answering our questions" about protecting users' data.

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