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Morning News Brief: Jared Kushner Rising, Bill O'Reilly's Future, YouTube Ads

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:02am

Jared Kushner's star appears to be rising inside the Trump administration. Also, Fox News star Bill O'Reilly is under fire and going on vacation, and YouTube is dealing with concerns from advertisers.

George W. Bush On Immigration Overhaul Efforts, Anti-AIDS Efforts

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:02am

President George W. Bush talked with David Greene about his work to combat AIDS and cervical cancer. He also spoke about immigration and his new compilation of veterans' portraits.

Donald Trump's Appeal Among White, Working-Class Minnesotans

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:02am

President Trump courted voters in Minnesota with a populist message. Despite losing the state, Trump's message resonated with a lot of white working-class voters.

EPA Employees Organize Against Proposed Budget Cuts

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:02am

The Environmental Protection Agency is a big target as President Trump aims to cut back the federal budget and workforce. Now some agency employees are organizing to defend the agency's work.

George W. Bush Calls Foreign Aid A Moral And Security Imperative

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00am

Bush has dedicated billions to combat AIDS in Africa and recently traveled to the continent. If nothing had been done about the pandemic during his time in office, he said, "I would've been ashamed."

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Trump Changes Tone In Meeting With Secretary General Of NATO

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 5:11pm

President Trump spoke about a strong commitment to NATO during his meeting with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, a major switch from his rhetoric on the campaign trail.

ACLU Files 13 Lawsuits For Records Related To Trump's Travel Ban

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:29pm

The group says U.S. Customs and Border Protection "failed to substantively respond" to its Freedom of Information Act requests for records related to implementation of President Trump's travel bans.

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Trump's Win Changed The Game For Publishers On The Left And The Right

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:57pm

For years, conservative publishers thrived as their readers flocked to books aimed directly at taking down the party in power. Now, with Republicans in control, they have to rethink their strategy.

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'The Boston Globe' Obtains Mitt Romney's 'Binders Full Of Women'

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

A former staffer shared with The Boston Globe the three ring-binders full of female candidates for consideration to serve in Gov. Mitt Romney's cabinet — the "binders full of women" that surfaced in a 2012 presidential debate.

Paul Manafort's Firm Received Payments Listed In Secret Ukrainian Ledger

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Donald Trump's one-time campaign manager, Paul Manafort, continues to make waves in Ukraine, where he was once a close adviser to the the country's pro-Moscow former president.

FBI Obtained Court Order To Monitor Former Trump Adviser's Communications

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Carter Page, one time foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump's campaign, has been under investigation for his ties to Russian government agents. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Tom Hamburger of The Washington Post about Page and his relationship to Russia.

Donations From Drivers Might Help End Rape Kit Backlog In Texas

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Like many states, Texas faces an enormous backlog of untested rape kits. Now, state lawmakers are set to pass a bill that would effectively allow citizens to give money for the testing of those kits.

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One Taxi Driver's Mission To Help Refugees Reach The Canadian Border

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32pm

Victor Pizarro did a regular business transporting fleeing refugees to the border, until one day, a family was split apart. Now, he sees it as his duty to get people safely to the border.

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Melania Trump And The 'Daily Mail' Settle Libel Lawsuits

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:40pm

The Mail will pay a reported $2.9 million, far less than the $150 million the first lady had sought. The lawsuits concerned an article that made false claims about her time as a model.

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How One Man Brought Justices Roberts, Alito And Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:33pm

New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses Leonard Leo, the conservative lawyer who is responsible, to a considerable extent, for one third of the justices on the Supreme Court.

FBI Reportedly Got Court Order To Monitor Trump Adviser's Communications

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:16pm

In order to acquire the FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page, the FBI had to "show probable cause that he was effectively acting as an agent of Russia," says Washington Post reporter Adam Entous.

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Trump Signals Steve Bannon Could Be On His Way Out

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:25am

The president gave the clearest indication yet that his chief strategist could be on his way out, saying, "I like Steve, but you have to remember, he was not involved in my campaign until very late."

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A Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On The Great Plains

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:00am

Nearly a century ago, Dearfield, Colo., was a thriving African-American farm community, admired by many of its white neighbors. There were even early signs of integration. Then came the Dust Bowl.

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Tech Creates Our Political Echo Chambers. It Might Also Be A Solution

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:49am

Social media took a lot of blame for intensifying polarization and partisan acrimony during the presidential campaign. Now some startups and researchers are trying to burst ideological filter bubbles.

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U.S., Russia Talks Try To Find A Path Forward After Syria Attack

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:48am

President Trump talked a lot about having a better relationship with Russia, but that changed last week when Trump ordered missile strikes after Syria's apparent use of chemical weapons on civilians.

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