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Ambassador Nikki Haley Accuses U.N. Human Rights Council Of Bashing Israel

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

United Nations Envoy Nikki Haley says the UN Human Rights Council "whitewashes brutality" and instead singles out Israel for criticism. The U.S. is considering pulling out of the council based in Geneva.

Senators Poised To Expand Mandatory Minimums In Response To Opioid Epidemic

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

A bipartisan movement to lighten punishments for many drug criminals is shallower than it appears. NPR has learned the top Republican and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee are preparing to introduce legislation that would create many tough new mandatory minimum sentences in response to the heroin and fentanyl epidemics, which have killed many including the music icon Prince.

Democrats Spend Big In Georgia's Special Election To Fill House Seat

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

Voters in Georgia's 6th congressional district vote in a special election runoff in two weeks. The race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is the most expensive U.S. House race in history.

Trump Administration May Have Inflated Details Of Saudi Arms Deal

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

When President Trump was in Saudi Arabia, White House officials touted billions of dollars in deals signed with the country, but details were scarce.

Lawmakers Consider Tough New Penalties For Opioid Crimes, Bucking Trend

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

A bipartisan team of lawmakers has been drafting a bill that would create new sentencing guidelines for people who sell and distribute synthetic opioid drugs blamed for a steep rise in U.S. overdoses.

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5 Unanswered Questions Raised By The Leaked NSA Hacking Report

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:36pm

The appearance of a National Security Agency report about Russian cyber-mischief adds new detail about what American spies know — but it also highlights much of what still isn't clear.

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Trump Administration Warns That U.S. May Pull Out Of U.N. Human Rights Council

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 1:50pm

"It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias, if it is to have any credibility," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said and noted human rights abuses in Venezuela.

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Protected But Priced Out: Patients Worry About Health Law's Future In Arizona

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:52pm

Corinne Bobbie has a love-hate relationship with the Affordable Care Act. As the GOP tries to repeal the law, the experiences and fears of voters like Bobbie could determine a politician's fate.

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Can The Democracy Survive The Internet?: Lessons From 2016

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:06am

"Can democracy survive the Internet?" Why one scholar was prompted to explore that question following the 2016 U.S. election.

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'The Quiet Man': The Powerful Conservative White House Lawyer In The Middle Of It All

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am

The White House counsel is the president's official lawyer, and his job description puts him at the center of every legal decision made in the White House.

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Can The Trump Brand Win State Elections, Too?

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am

Virginia's gubernatorial primary is serving as an early test of whether state candidates adopting President Trump's brand can win. One candidate there is campaigning to "Take Back Virginia."

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Stavridis' Book 'Sea Power' Explains Why Oceans Matter In Global Politics

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Admiral James Stavridis, former supreme allied commander for NATO, about his new book: Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans.

Russia Launched Cyberattack On Voting Vendor Ahead Of Election, Report Says

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am

The latest revelations about Russia's meddling with the 2016 U.S. presidential election have been uncovered just days ahead of a scheduled Senate hearing with former FBI Director James Comey.

Morning News Brief: Fallout From Leaked NSA Document

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am

The FBI arrested an NSA contractor for leaking a classified document describing Russian cyberattacks ahead of the 2016 U.S. election. British police have identified 2 of the 3 London attackers.

Report: Russia Launched Cyberattack On Voting Vendor Ahead Of Election

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 6:42pm

Russia's GRU intelligence agency targeted an American provider of election services, The Intercept says; a U.S. intelligence contractor was charged with revealing a secret report about the scheme.

Russian Businessman With Ties To Ex-Trump Campaign Official Comes Under Scrutiny

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 5:13pm

Oleg Deripaska sued over a report that he paid former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to further the Russian government's interests. The story brought new focus to the billionaire and his career.

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Mayors, Companies Vow To Act On Climate, Even As U.S. Leaves Paris Accord

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:41pm

President Trump has announced he will withdraw the U.S. from the global agreement to fight climate change. But more than 1,200 mayors, governors and business leaders say they're still on board.

Trump Supporters Accuse Liberal Communities Of Hostility Towards Free Speech

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:38pm

Across the country, conservatives are saying they're losing their right to free speech. Their opponents accuse them of using hate speech that should be silenced. Sunday in Portland marked the latest flare-up.

Trump Defends Travel Ban In Wake Of London Terror Attack

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:38pm

President Trump criticized London's mayor and defended his travel ban in the wake of a stabbing attack in the British capital over the weekend.

White House Counsel Don McGahn Finds Himself At Center Of Controversy

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:38pm

As President Trump's official lawyer, Don McGahn's job description puts him at the center of every legal decision made in the White House. Even though his name is rarely mentioned, McGahn is involved in nearly all of the White House drama in the news.

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