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Pain Management Clinic Offers An Alternative To Opioids

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 4:01am

Studies show some promising results for new approaches to opioid addiction, but some insurers won't pay for alternative treatments like classes on pain management.

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Portions Of Ailing White House Magnolia Removed Out Of Safety Concerns

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:26pm

The Jackson Magnolia, one of the oldest and storied trees on the White House lawn, just got a major trim. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with historian Jonathan Pliska about the tree's significance.

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Trump's Relationship With NATO, 1 Year Into His Presidency

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 3:39pm

President Trump criticized NATO once again in his National Security Strategy speech, but NATO ambassadors say the U.S. continues to be very supportive where it counts: on the ground.

Federal Appeals Court Gives EPA 90 Days To Propose Long-Awaited Lead Standards

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 3:39pm

A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to propose a new standard for lead inside homes within 90 days. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Eve Gartner, who litigated on behalf of groups suing the EPA to update the standards.

IRS Warns Strategy Of Prepaying Property Taxes May Not Be Allowed

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 3:39pm

Homeowners in high-tax areas have been racing to prepay their 2018 property taxes in an effort to beat the new deduction limits that take effect next year. But the IRS warns in many cases that strategy may not be allowed.

FACT CHECK: Where Roy Moore's Voter Fraud Claims Fall Flat

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 3:11pm

The Alabama GOP Senate nominee's lawsuit was dismissed by a judge on Thursday as the secretary of state certified Democrat Doug Jones the winner of the special election earlier this month.

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Liberia Elects Soccer Star George Weah Its Next President

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 1:37pm

For the first time in 70 years, the country will transfer power from one elected president to another. Many Liberians identify with Weah, who grew up poor before becoming a top striker in Europe.

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NPR Bracket, Round 2 Results: Only 16 Stories Remain

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 7:16am

Fallout from sexual harassment, Comey's firing and the Mueller probe are all in strong positions to be the top political stories of 2017. Will there be an upset Thursday?

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O'Connell: DNC Measures Success By Wins Not Fundraising Totals

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 6:29am

David Greene talks to Jess O'Connell, CEO of the Democratic National Committee, about indications the DNC is low on cash. The RNC has about $40 million, while the DNC has $6 million.

Roy Moore Files Complaint, Seeking To Delay Certification Of Vote

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 6:11am

Alabama Republican Roy Moore says that election fraud occurred that was "sufficient to overturn the outcome," calling for an investigation and delay of certifying the vote.

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This Tax Loophole For Wealthy Donors Just Got Bigger

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 5:37am

In several states, private schools could see a windfall next year thanks to the new tax bill.

The White House Wants To Overhaul Entitlements

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

Overhauling entitlements could mean cuts to Medicaid, which serves more than 70 million Americans. Noel King talks to Caroline Pearson of Avalare Health about the potential impact of cuts.

News Brief: Afghan Blast, Moore Files Suit In Ala. Senate Election

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:02am

A suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul killed dozens. Republican Roy Moore went to court to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the vacant Senate seat.

Luck Of The Draw? Games Of Chance Not Uncommon In Deciding Tied Elections

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:01am

A tied Virginia legislative contest looked like it would be decided by a drawing this week, but the race now is in legal limbo. Coin flips, drawing cards and throwing dice decide ties around the U.S.

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Trump Accomplished A Lot In 2017, But At What Cost?

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 4:00am

Despite being an unconventional GOP candidate, President Trump has largely delivered on a conservative agenda. The Republican tax bill was a particularly noteworthy win.

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What Secretary Of State Tillerson Worked On In 2017

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:33pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he hasn't put any diplomatic wins on the board this year, but he believes his reforms are putting the State Department in a better, more efficient place. His critics don't agree and say it will take the department years to recover.

FBI Agents Association Sees Increased Donations As Special Counsel Criticism Continues

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:33pm

President Trump and Congressional Republicans are continuing a campaign to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller. In response, the FBI Agents Association has seen an uptick in donations.

Accidentally Killing Birds Isn't A Crime, Says Trump Administration

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:30pm

A legal memo from the Department of the Interior declares that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act only applies to purposeful actions that kill migratory birds.

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Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 1:23pm

Despite his own claims to the contrary, President Trump signed fewer laws than any of his recent predecessors. But numbers aren't everything. Significance matters more.

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When Harry Met Barack: Obama Tells Prince About Life After White House

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:41am

Leaving the White House after the inauguration, Obama says his first thought was gratitude for his wife, Michelle. He describes days still driven by purpose, but with more leisurely breakfasts.

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