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Gold Star Widow Says President Trump Didn't Remember Her Husband's Name

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:26pm

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of one of the U.S. soldiers killed in Niger, has spoken about President Trump's phone call to her and how she felt. That call has been the subject of several days of controversy for the White House.

Indiana Congressman On The Attack In Niger That Killed 4 U.S. Soldiers

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:26pm

Congressman Jim Banks, R-Ind., serves on the Armed Services Committee. He speaks with NPR's Robert Siegel about the latest information about the attack in Niger that killed four U.S. service members.

Secretary Of State Tillerson Says There Are Moderate Voices Among The Taliban

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:26pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went to Kabul and Baghdad today as he tries to help wind down two ongoing conflicts. On his trip, he told reporters that the fight against the Taliban must continue, but that there is an opening for certain parts of the group.

Trump Call Controversy Renews Spotlight On Gold Star Families

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 2:02pm

President Trump's condolence calls to the families of the fallen has put new attention on Gold Star Families. But this isn't the first time Trump has offended families who lost loved ones in combat.

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Tillerson Affirms Afghanistan Commitments In Unannounced Visit

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 1:56pm

In remarks delivered landing, the secretary invited "moderate voices" within the Taliban to renounce violence. He also called on Pakistan to stop providing safe haven to terrorists.

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Comey Fesses Up, Claims Ownership Of Suspected Twitter Account

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:19pm

Former FBI Director James Comey publicly claimed ownership of a Twitter account Monday and signaled that he is about to rejoin a national conversation.

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Tillerson Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 9:32am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with Tillerson and speaks with Rachel Martin about his visit and message.

Gold Star Widow: Trump Call 'Made Me Cry Even Worse'

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 7:51am

Myeshia Johnson spoke out for the first time Monday about the death of her husband, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, in Niger and the White House response.

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A Tale Of Two Efforts To Improve Confidence In U.S. Elections

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:01am

One effort, centered on President Trump's voter fraud commission, is mired in controversy . But efforts to improve communication between the feds and election officials are showing progress.

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After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:00am

The president once again got sidetracked and mired in a controversy of his own creation for a week. He has a chance to move on this week to more pressing things of substance, but can he?

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Trump's Move To Cut ACA Subsidies Will Improve Marketplace, Roy Says

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, about the president cutting cost-sharing reduction payments, a subsidy under the Affordable Care Act.

Trump Mulls Reappointing Janet Yellen To Another Term As Fed Chair

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, who breaks down President Trump's possible picks for the next chair of the Federal Reserve.

News Brief: The White House Refocuses, Bergdahl's Sentencing Hearing

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:59am

President Trump plans to tackle taxes and the opioid crisis this week. And, former Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will be sentenced after pleading guilty to desertion charges.

Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:53am

The Gold Star father who made headlines last year after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention has a new memoir, An American Family, about growing up in Pakistan and coming to America.

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Japan's Prime Minister Isn't Popular, But His Coalition Won A Supermajority

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:51am

Despite lukewarm support as a leader, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party handily defeated upstart opponents in a snap general election on Sunday.

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McCain Takes Swipe At President For Vietnam 'Bone Spur' Deferment

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 2:53am

In an interview on C-SPAN, the Arizona senator criticized "high income" Americans who avoided the draft by finding a doctor who "would say that they had a bone spur."

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Kenya's Presidential Election Rerun Further Fuels Political Crisis

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 5:29pm

The rerun elections are scheduled for Thursday. But there's one big problem: Kenya's opposition leader is calling for a boycott, and the elections chief says he can't guarantee a fair election.

NAACP Makes Politically Charged Moves

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 5:29pm

The civil rights group has chosen a new president and CEO, and announced plans to change its tax status to allow for more partisan political activity.

Confusion Lingers Over Deaths Of 4 U.S. Soldiers In Niger

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 6:37am

Congress is demanding answers about the mission. NPR's Melissa Block talks to retired Army officer John Nagl about the mission and President Trump's condolence calls to the families.

Fact Check: President Trump's Comments On ACA's Subsidies

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 6:37am

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Sarah Kliff, Vox senior policy correspondent, to fact check Trump's claim that subsidies for insurance companies are "bailouts" and "a windfall" for those companies.

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