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'They Need Help': Trump Faces Backlash For Slow Response To Opioid Crisis

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 2:24pm

A paramedic in Pittsburgh says he and his team respond to opioid overdoses "probably at least daily." President Trump declared the crisis a public health emergency on Thursday.

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Congress Paves Way For Tax Legislation By Passing Budget Resolution

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:51am

The Senate-approved resolution passed the House narrowly on Tuesday, 216-212, with 20 Republicans voting no and House Speaker Paul Ryan even having to cast a rare vote to help ensure its passage.

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Final JFK Assassination Files Due To Be Released

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:14am

More than 3,000 files are expected to be posted online Thursday afternoon by the National Archives. There have been concerns the documents would further fuel conspiracy theories.

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Twitter Ends Russian State Media Advertisements, Citing 2016 Interference Efforts

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:50am

The San Francisco microblog service announced the move "effective immediately" ahead of a congressional hearing about Russia's use of social media in its influence campaign.

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Thu, 10/26/2017 - 9:06am

Is it a civil war, or a forgettable skirmish?

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When The State Sinks, Science Is The Anchor

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:07am

As history has shown, political and ideological repression passes — but scientific knowledge remains, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Pa. Gov. Wolf Wants Help From Washington To Handle Opioid Crisis

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:55am

Steve Inskeep talks to Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, who shares his state's struggle with heroin and opioid abuse. More than a dozen people a day in Pennsylvania die from overdoses.

President Trump To Make An Announcement About Opioid Crisis

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:55am

The announcement, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, is about the state of the country's fight against opioid addiction and abuse. David Greene talks to Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times.

Teachers Report Stressed, Anxious Students In The 'Age Of Trump'

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 5:00am

In a national survey by UCLA researchers, teachers say they have students who are concerned for themselves and their families. And some teachers have seen a decline in classroom civility.

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Morning News Brief: Opioid Crisis, Senate Budget Resolution

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:03am

President Trump is expected to make remarks Thursday on the opioid crisis. The House is slated to vote on the Senate's budget resolution, which is key for any movement on a tax bill.

Senate Repeals Rule Allowing Class-Action Suits Against Financial Firms

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, about why this is a setback for consumers.

How Important Is It Politically To Keep 401(k) Breaks Unchanged?

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to Stephen Moore, a Heritage Foundation fellow, about the way forward on the GOP's tax overhaul plan. He's also a former senior economic adviser to the Trump presidential campaign.

Breaching The 'Wall': Is The White House Encroaching On DOJ Independence?

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:00am

DOJ veterans and lawmakers are warning the Trump administration about breaching the agency's autonomy. They cite a pattern of contacts between the White House and the Justice Department this year.

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'Nothing Going On' With Trump Voter Fraud Commission Due To Multiple Lawsuits

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:00am

The commission is facing eight lawsuits and one Republican member says, "We're not emailing each other. We're not conversing with each other."

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George H.W. Bush Acknowledges Groping Multiple Women

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 2:43am

The former president "has patted women's rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner," his spokesman wrote. Actress Heather Lind wrote that Bush "sexually assaulted" her.

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Ex-Air Force Officer To Oversee Puerto Rico's Power Restoration

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:36am

The appointment of retired Col. Noel Zamot comes after a controversial $300 million contract to rebuild the island's power grid was awarded to a tiny company with little experience.

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Fees To Enter Popular National Parks Would Skyrocket Under Interior Department Plan

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 7:23pm

Entrance costs would more than double at the country's 17 busiest parks. The park service says it needs to pay for deferred maintenance. But the increases may will make the parks less accessible.

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Next Fed Chair Will Determine Pace Of Interest Rate Hikes

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:31pm

President Trump could ask Janet Yellen to stay on as Fed chair, but other names are also circulating. Will the next chief lead the central bank to boost rates more quickly than currently planned?

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How Sen. Flake's Decision Not To Seek Re-Election Will Impact Arizona

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 3:37pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with political consultant Doug Cole, of High Ground, about how Sen. Flake's announcement is dramatically changing the political landscape in Arizona. He says it's having a cascading effect as Arizona lawmakers, who would never consider running against Flake, weigh getting into the primary race.

Senate Kills Rule On Class Action Lawsuits Against Financial Firms

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 3:37pm

Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote last night in the Senate to repeal a rule that made it easier for Americans to sue their banks and credit card companies for wrongdoing. Wiping out the rule affects tens of millions of Americans who will be sent to arbitration on disputes over a credit card, checking account or prepaid card. It also dismantles the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been working on this for years.




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