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Sen. Gardner Assess Ross's Qualifications To Be Commerce Secretary

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:20am

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has made his fortune buying up troubled companies with the hopes of turning them around. Steve Inskeep talks to GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who met with Ross.

Patriots' Coach Focuses On Upcoming Playoff Game, Not 'SnapFace'

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:51am

The Steelers' coach was caught on Facebook Live insulting New England. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he missed the insult because, "I'm not on Snapface" — conflating Facebook and Snapchat.

Artist Does 'Bear' Of A Job As A Painter

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:40am

The artist's name is Juuso and he's a 900 pound brown bear. His paintings are on display in Helsinki. Some of the bear's prints have sold for more than $4,000.

The White House And Kremlin Take Parting Shots At Each Other

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

As the inauguration nears, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Donald Trump's foes of undermining the president-elect's legitimacy. The U.S. says Russia is trying to undermine global order.

Sen. Murphy Weighs In On Confirmation Hearings For DeVos And Price

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut about hearings for Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary, and Tom Price, Trump's pick to lead Health and Human Services.

Does Pick Of Shulkin As VA Head Indicate Trump's Views Are Evolving?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Advocates were surprised that Trump chose top VA official David Shulkin as his pick to run the full department. What concerns them is Trump's support for increasing the privatization of VA services.

Greenwald Comments On Obama Granting Clemency To Chelsea Manning

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to reporter Glenn Greenwald, who has been a vocal advocate of Chelsea Manning. He also helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden publicize classified material.

Divided States: Clinton Voter Worries About Plans To Repeal Obamacare

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Morning Edition is checking in with some of the voters who participated in our Divided States series. We hear now from Ennis Tait, a pastor from Ohio, who supported Hillary Clinton.

Reaction Varies To Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence Being Shortened

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

President Obama commuted the prison sentence of ex-Army Private Chelsea Manning, who gave a trove of secret military and diplomatic files to WikiLeaks. Obama's action has angered many in the military.

Does The NFL Need A Minor League System? Our Commentator Thinks So

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

As plans are announced for a new professional football league in Los Angeles, commentator Kevin Blackistone says it is only filling a void that college football should be taking care of.

There's A Lot Of Great Stuff Coming To All TV Platforms, Our Critic Says

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

TV critics from across the country are in Pasadena, Calif., for the Television Critics Association press tour. It's that time when networks, cable companies and streamers present their upcoming shows.

Cokie Roberts Answers Listeners' Inauguration Questions

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

On Friday, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president. Columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts, as part of our regular segment #AskCokie, answers questions about inauguration history.

A Closer Look At Trump's Pick To Head The Commerce Department

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Billionaire Wilbur Ross will testify in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday. Democrats have criticized him as one of the Wall Street elites that Trump is packing into his administration.

EPA Critic To Get Sharp Questions On Industry Ties As He Vies To Run Agency

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:59am

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sparked controversy for his denial of climate science and his ties to fossil-fuel interests. Here's what to expect in Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

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5 Things To Listen For At The Hearing With Trump's HHS Nominee

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:56am

Rep. Tom Price goes before a Senate panel for the first time since being picked to head Health and Human Services. Expect sharp questions about Medicare reform, drug prices and his stock portfolio.

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Sen. Maggie Hassan: I Will Listen Carefully To What DeVos Has To Say

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 7:28am

Senate confirmation hearings begin on Tuesday for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, who has serious concerns about DeVos.

When A Maternity Ward Isn't Close, You Have To Plan Ahead

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 6:01am

People in a Swedish town learned that their only maternity ward was closing. The nearest one is more than 60 miles away. Two midwives are offering a training course on delivering a baby in a vehicle.

Shark That Reproduced Sexually Switches To Asexually, Report Says

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 5:18am

A shark gave birth last year to 3 baby sharks. She hadn't had contact with a male shark. A British magazine reports some animals that reproduce sexually can occasionally reproduce asexually.

Suspect In Turkey's Deadly Nightclub Attack Confesses, Officials Say

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

A Turkish official says the suspect confessed after he was arrested on Monday in Istanbul along with four other people. There are indications he was acting on behalf of the Islamic State.

Expletive-Laden Speech By Steelers' Coach Streamed On Facebook Live

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin warned his players to keep a low profile on social media in the run-up to Sunday's playoff game. Antonio Brown surreptitiously streamed the speech on Facebook Live.

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