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CHART: How The U.S. Troop Levels In Afghanistan Have Changed Under Obama

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:15pm

Once upon a time, President Obama said he wanted to pull almost all troops out of Afghanistan. That has proved way harder than he thought.

The Code Switch Podcast, Episode 7: You're A Grand Old Flag

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 1:19pm

Who is the American flag for? And what does it mean when people of color choose to wave it — or not wave it? Gene and Adrian dig in.

NPR Politics Lunchbox: U.S. Troops In Afghanistan, Trump: 'Harvard For Terrorism'

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:54pm

Our favorite 2016 news and stories curated from NPR and around the web. Today, whether election analysis is too focused on the White working class and fighting to give former felons the right to vote.

Hillary Clinton Should Thank Her Lucky Stars She's Running Against Donald Trump

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:02pm

The FBI director's upbraiding of Clinton's email practices would be damning for almost any presidential candidate, except possibly one running in a general election against Donald Trump.

Obama Slows Afghan Withdrawal Again, Keeping 8,400 Troops Through His Term

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 9:44am

At one point, President Obama had plans to essentially end the longest war in U.S. history. Over the past two years, Obama has changed those plans.

FBI Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton In Email Probe

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:02am

The FBI director said Clinton was careless in handling classified information. David Greene Hears from GOP analyst John Feehery and Democratic analyst Mo Elleithee — as well as NPR's Tamara Keith.

In Virginia, A Battle To Give Former Felons The Right To Vote

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 4:00am

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. Now, the state's Republicans are suing the governor, who they say overstepped his authority.

Borrowers Rejoice: A Treasury Benchmark Rate Fell To Record Low

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:22pm

On Tuesday, interest rates fell again as investors around the world moved money into safe havens, such as U.S. Treasurys. The 10-year Treasury note yield closed below 1.4 percent for the first time.

Obama Makes 2016 Campaign Debut: 'I'm Ready To Pass The Baton'

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 6:01pm

Hillary Clinton flew with the president on Air Force One to North Carolina. "Everybody can tweet," Obama said. "But nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you've sat behind the desk."

Trump Tweets: A History Of Gaffes From Comparing Wives To The 6-Point Star

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 4:41pm

Trump's "sheriff star" tweet marks another unforced error for the campaign, in what's become an almost constant stream of gaffes and blunders.

Abner Mikva, Former Illinois Congressman And Obama Mentor, Dies

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

Former Illinois Congressman and federal judge Abner Mikva died on Monday at the age of 90. A mentor to President Obama, Mikva received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

'The New York Times' Investigates An Ailing Clean Coal Project

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

The Kemper Project is an electrical generating station currently under construction in Kemper County, Miss. The plant has been held up as a model of the Obama administration's efforts to promote new, clean energy technologies, but the project is two years behind schedule, still not operational, and more than $4 billion over budget. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ian Urbina of The New York Times about the Kemper Project and the administration's clean energy policy.

Trump Campaign Defends White Supremacist Tweet

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Sophie Bjork-James of Vanderbilt University about how Donald Trump's presidential campaign has inspired white supremacist groups' activity online.

Obama Campaigns With Hillary Clinton In Charlotte, N.C.

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

President Obama campaigned with Hillary Clinton for the first time this year at a rally in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday.

Trump Campaign Responds To Results Of Hillary Clinton Email Probe

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

The result of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has been long anticipated and is playing out on the campaign trail.

FBI Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton In Email Investigation

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:29pm

FBI Director James Comey recommended "no charges" against Hillary Clinton in the email investigation. But he called her out on Tuesday for being "extremely careless" in the handling of classified information.

Politics Podcast: FBI Director Does Not Recommend Criminal Charges For Clinton

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:13pm

The politics team is back with a quick take following the conclusion of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Why President Obama Campaigning For Clinton Is Historic

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 2:14pm

Looking back at the last century of presidents, none has strongly campaigned for his chosen successor.

Illinois Man Is Arrested After Burning U.S. Flag, Won't Face Charges

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 2:00pm

A state law that was enacted in 2013 was the basis for Bryton Mellott's arrest, but the local prosecutor says it contradicts the Supreme Court's ruling on this issue.

From 'Runt Of The Litter' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 1:23pm

Biographer Larry Tye says Kennedy wasn't always the "hot-blooded liberal" we remember today. The transformation wasn't a "flip flop" he says, "he took things to heart in ways that few politicians do."

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