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Chinese, Taiwanese Leaders To Meet In Singapore

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:19pm

Taiwan's official government news agency said Tuesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping would meet Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore this weekend. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Shelley Rigger, a professor at Davidson College and author of Why Taiwan Matters, about the meeting's significance. She says the timing of the meeting could have grave consequences for Taiwan's president.

Quentin Tarantino, At The Eye Of A Firestorm — And A Brewing Culture War

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:19pm

The director's recent comments, in which he described police shootings as "murder," have drawn calls for boycotting his films. They also reveal a bitter fault line in 2016: Who supports the police?

U.S. Diplomats Defend U.S. Policy In Syria Before Congressional Panel

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:19pm

Two top State Department officials visit Capitol Hill Wednesday to explain how the US is countering Russia's military campaign in Syria. Some analysts say the U.S. is waiting for Russia to fail.

Police May Be 'Reluctant To Engage' In Viral Video Age, DEA Chief Says

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:49pm

Acting Drug Enforcement Administration Chief Chuck Rosenberg added a new voice to the debate over public scrutiny of law enforcement Wednesday.

Here's An Easier Way To Start Moving From Broke To Comfortable As You Age

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:17pm

The Treasury Department has launched a new type of retirement account that allows people to save without taking risks or paying fees. The myRA program is designed to encourage workers to start saving.

Voters Rebuke Democrats At Polls In Another Blow To Obama

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:40am

A Republican will be governor of Kentucky for only the second time in 40 years. Democrats blamed "Trump-mania." Conservatives helped block pot legalization in Ohio and repealed an LGBT law in Houston.

Amid Flat Campaign, 'Good Energy' Jeb Surfaces In New Hampshire

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:58am

With the New Hampshire primary barely three months away, he arrives in the state knowing that it's his best chance to re-establish his credibility and get his campaign back on track.

Conservatives Send A Message At Polls Around The U.S.

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 10:12am

In voting Tuesday, social conservatives showed they're unhappy with the country's political direction.

In Houston, Voters Reject A Closely Watched Equal Rights Ordinance

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 6:16am

The ordinance became the flashpoint in a confrontation between the city's lesbian mayor and conservatives, who said the ordinance would allow men in women's bathrooms.

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There's A 'Jeb Can Fix It' Website. Jeb Bush Doesn't Own It.

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 5:59am

Jimmy Flannigan ran for city council in Austin in 2014, with the slogan "Flannigan Can Fix It." When he heard about Jeb Bush's new campaign slogan, he got mad.

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Obamacare Foe Matt Bevin Wins Governor's Race In Kentucky

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:09am

Led by businessman Matt Bevin, Republicans won 3 out of 5 statewide offices in Kentucky. When Bevin takes over the governor's mansion, he'll likely try to undo the state's health insurance program.

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Liberal Party's Justin Trudeau To Be Sworn In As Canada's Prime Minister

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:09am

Justin Trudeau will be sworn in Wednesday as Canada's prime minister after last month's elections. Conservatives were in power for nearly a decade. Steve Inskeep talks to James Baxter of iPolitics.

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Ohio Voters Reject Legalized Marijuana

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 4:09am

Ohio voters trounced a state constitutional amendment that would have legalized recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. But the night was not a total loss for marijuana advocates.

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Freshman Senator To His Colleagues: 'The People Despise Us All'

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 5:14pm

Ben Sasse, the last Republican freshman to address the Senate this year, said this: "No one in this body thinks the Senate is laser-focused on the most pressing issues facing the nation. No one."

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Nebraskan Farmer Voices Opposition To Keystone XL Pipeline

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:52pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jenni Harrington, a fifth generation Nebraskan farmer, about the suspension of the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through her town.

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New Books Allege Years Of Financial Mismanagement At The Vatican

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Intrigue over Vatican finances is gaining steam with this week's publication of two books alleging multi-million dollar waste and theft. It follows the weekend arrest of a priest and a Vatican layperson accused of leaking confidential documents.

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In Texas, Homeless Residents Face Obstacles To Voting

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Tuesday is election day in many cities across the country. But without a fixed address or voter ID, it's a challenge for many homeless people to vote.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Company Asks U.S. To Pause Review Of Application

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

TransCanada has asked the State Department to suspend its review of its permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline Monday until Nebraska decides on its route.

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Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi Politician Who Advocated For U.S. Invasion, Dies

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Zaid Al-Ali, a visiting research scholar at Princeton University and author of The Struggle for Iraq's Future, about Chalabi, who helped convince the U.S. to invade Iraq.

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Election Day: What We're Watching

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Tuesday is the "off year" Election Day in some parts of the country. Here's a look at some of the interesting races going on.

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