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The Strange Truth Behind Presidential Turkey Pardons

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 5:03am

Presidents have been pardoning turkeys for decades. But why? They used to eat them, actually. The history of the tradition is an odd and sad tale with lots of myths.

Government Can Keep Memos Justifying Drone Strikes Secret, Court Rules

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:43pm

Unlike in an earlier case involving Anwar al-Awlaki, the federal appeals court panel says, the government has not already revealed the contents of these memos through other public channels.

Russian Military Jet Crash Heightens Debate Over Syria No-Fly Zone

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:27pm

Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and others are supporting the idea of a no-fly zone over Syria to try to help civilians there. But skeptics say it no longer has any relevance to today's Syrian crisis.

Canada Releases Details Of Plan To Resettle 25,000 Syrian Refugees

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

The Canadian government released details Tuesday of its ambitious plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. The first refugees are to arrive next week.

Former Rep. Lee Hamilton Urges Importance Of Engagement In ISIS Fight

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Lee Hamilton, the former congressman from Indiana, who has won the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. He says diplomacy should come before force in the fight against ISIS.

Obama, Hollande Vow To Expand Attacks Against ISIS

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

French President Francois Hollande met with President Obama at the White House Tuesday to discuss the fight against ISIS in the wake of the Paris attacks.

It's Not Hosting SNL, But NBC Will Give 'Equal Time' To 4 GOP Candidates

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 2:42pm

The candidates made requests for equal time after Donald Trump guest hosted Saturday Night Live earlier this month. NBC will let them broadcast campaign messages on affiliate stations this weekend.

Obama To Host French President At The White House

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:10am

The meeting with Francois Hollande is described as a show of solidarity in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, and a chance to forge closer cooperation in the fight against ISIS.

Trump Tells Ohio Crowd He Will Be Tough On ISIS

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:10am

The Ohio rally Monday night followed the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and a string of controversial remarks that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump had made regarding Muslims in America.

California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:03am

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

Here Are The 2015 Medal Of Freedom Winners, In Their Own Voices

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:12pm

Athletes, artists and activists crowd the list of winners of the nation's highest civilian honor. Before they get their medals Tuesday, get to know them — in sight and sound.

Utah's First Openly Gay Mayor-Elect Hopes To Build Bridges With LDS Church

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:59pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Jackie Biskupski, mayor-elect of Salt Lake City. She is the first openly gay mayor of the city, and one of the first openly gay politicians in the state of Utah.

British Prime Minister Urges Parliament To Approve Airstrikes In Syria

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron is making a second attempt to persuade parliament to allow the Royal Air Force to take part in attacks on ISIS in Syria.

U.N. Chief: Paris Convention Represents 'Turning Point' In Climate Policy

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, about why she's optimistic about the climate convention in Paris.

Poll: 1 In 5 Americans Trusts The Government

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:07am

A clear majority favors the government taking "a major role" in fighting terrorism, and Republicans are much more likely to say they're angry with the government, according to Pew Research Center.

Pew Research Poll: Americans Still Lack Trust In U.S. Government

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:07am

The Pew Research Center has data showing that trust in government remains at historically low levels. Yet, majorities also say they want the U.S. government to play a major role in fighting terrorism.

Prospect Park Mayor Disagrees With N.J. Gov. Christie Over Syrian Refugees

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 4:07am

The mayor Of Prospect Park is speaking out against Gov. Chris Christie's plans to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state. Steve Inskeep talks to Mohamed Khairullah, a Syrian American.

After Paris Attacks, Security Dominates Conversation — And Campaigns

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 4:07pm

Security continues to be a hot topic in politics as Donald Trump again makes controversial statements this weekend. NPR's Domenico Montanaro gives us the latest on what GOP voters think as well as an update on the upset in the Louisiana governor's race.

Louisiana Democrat Governor Victory Disrupts Partisan Politics Tradition

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 7:11am

After scandal plagued Republican rival Sen. David Vitter and supporters crossed party lines, Democrat John Bel Edwards has emerged as the winner of Louisiana's bitter governor's race.

What Does the Bible Say About Refugees? Depends Who You Ask

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 4:10pm

Evangelical voters in Iowa are divided over whether to side with religious leaders urging compassion for downtrodden Syrian refugees or politicians who say it's too dangerous to admit such refugees.




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