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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:06am

This week: North Korea, Kenyan elections and suspicions of an "acoustic attack" in Cuba.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:06am

We're in New Orleans for the Friday News Round Up: a city that's dealing with serious flooding, and a widening scandal at city hall.

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6 Things That Could Happen If Trump Formally Declares Opioids A National Emergency

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 6:31am

The president has already called the opioid crisis an emergency. If he makes it official through a formal declaration, more money and personnel could be available to deal with the epidemic.

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President Trump To Declare National Opioid Emergency

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 6:31am

The president said paperwork needs to be done to make it officially a national emergency. It's a change from earlier this week when Health Secretary Tom Price held off on making that declaration.

Congress Considers U.S. Options When Dealing With North Korea

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 6:31am

Rachel Martin talks to Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York, a member of the House Foreign Intelligence Committee, about the threats involving North Korea's missile tests.

What The Ba-kaaaawk? Activist Behind #TrumpChicken Isn't Done Yet

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

A giant Trump-look-alike chicken appeared behind the White House on Wednesday, created a television and Internet sensation for a handful of hours, then disappeared. Now we know why.

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Bernie Sanders Knows His Medicare-For-All Bill Won't Pass. That's Not The Point

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

The Vermont senator will soon introduce a new bill for single-payer health care. The goal is mostly about pushing the Democratic Party to the left, and party leaders have tried avoiding the proposal.

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Mueller Turns Up The Heat With Unusual Search Warrant In Russia Probe

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

Legal experts said Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is moving with unusual speed and assertiveness. Mueller may be increasing pressure to try to secure cooperation from insiders.

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Mass. Governor Walks A Tightrope On Trump's Immigration Issue

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

The arrest and detention of a MIT janitor who is in the country illegally is pulling Gov. Baker into the debate. The GOP governor is trying to stake middle ground in his Democratic-leaning state.

Texas Measure Would Restrict Insurance Coverage For Abortions

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

The legislature passed the measure in a special session. Women would be required to pay a separate insurance premium to get coverage for an abortion that isn't an emergency.

In Iowa, Trump Voters Evaluate The President's Performance

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

Polls show a steady decline in President Trump's approval ratings. Much of that has been dissatisfaction from independent voters who once supported him, but there's some softening of GOP support.

News Brief: Trump Speaks Out About North Korea, Opioid Crisis

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:00am

President Trump says his promise to meet Pyongyang's threats with "fire and fury" might have been too soft. And, he says he's ready to declare the nation's opioid crisis "a national emergency."

President Trump Thanks Putin For Ordering Expulsion Of U.S. Diplomats From Russia

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:33pm

After the Russian president expelled 755 staffers from U.S. embassies and consulates in response to sanctions, Trump said his administration needs to cut the State Department payroll anyway.

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Trump Says He Intends To Declare Opioid Crisis National Emergency

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:41pm

The comments follow a recommendation of a national commission, citing deaths of 142 people in the U.S. a day. The administration initially said it would not follow through on the recommendation.

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GOP Rep. Trent Franks Responds To Recent Threats By North Korea

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., about his thoughts on the latest developments regarding North Korea. He is vice chair of the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and chair of the missile defense caucus. He's been supportive of the president's tough line with North Korea.

Trump Receives Briefing On North Korea As Tensions Escalate

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

As tensions with North Korea escalate, President Trump received a briefing from his security advisers. North Korea threatened this week to fire weapons into the water just off the U.S. territory of Guam.

Democrats Fear Medicare-For-All Plan Could Sharpen Party Divisions

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders is promoting a Medicare-for-all health care plan, and some Democrats are worried it could sharpen divisions in the party.

In Iowa, Many Republicans Stand By Trump Despite Recent Missteps

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

Republican voters in Iowa weigh in on the failure of the health care repeal effort, the Russia investigations and the Trump administration's recent effort to limit immigration.

Trump Declares Public Health Emergency To Address Opioid Crisis

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump said his administration is declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency. It was a surprise move.

North Korea Expert Weighs In On Trading Of Threats With U.S.

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Ambassador Joseph DeTrani about the trading of threats between North Korea and the U.S. He is a former Director of National Intelligence mission manager for North Korea and special envoy for six-party talks with North Korea. He has been holding regular informal talks with North Korean officials since he left government.

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