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New York's Primary Could Upend Democratic Race For President

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

If Bernie Sanders is able to pull off an upset in Tuesday's New York Democratic primary, it could be his best shot at transforming the race and damaging Hillary Clinton's chances for the nomination.

Taliban Claims Responsibility For Explosion In Afghan Capital Kabul

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

A week ago, the Taliban announced they were launching their annual spring offensive in Afghanistan. The Taliban is taking credit for a suicide bombing in central Kabul.

Pentagon: Trainers To Be Close To Iraqi Front Lines In Effort To Retake Mosul

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

The Pentagon has authorized more than 200 additional troops for duty in Iraq to fight ISIS, specifically focused on retaking Mosul. They will be trainers, attack helicopter crews and artillery crews. And they'll all be closer to the front lines. There are now more than 5,000 US troops in Iraq.

1 Year After Freddie Gray's Death, Baltimore Is Still In Turmoil

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

Baltimore was rocked by days of demonstrations after the death of Freddie Gray last year. The young African-American man was taken into policy custody and died a week later in a hospital. David Greene talks Reverend Jamal Bryant, a pastor at the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore.

Trump Expected To Win New York GOP Primary By A Comfortable Margin

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

It's Primary Day in New York, and Donald Trump is looking to leave the other GOP presidential challengers in his dust. David Greene talks to Ed Cox, chairman of the Republican Party in New York.

Cameroon Trip To Discuss Boko Haram Threat Begins On A Tragic Note

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Monday visited a community terrorized by Boko Haram in the northern tip of Cameroon. She's urging greater regional cooperation against the group.

Cruz, Kasich Try To Prevent Trump From Sweeping New York

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

Donald Trump has been leading by large margins in his home state of New York. If he wins big in the state's GOP primary on Tuesday, it could go a long way toward helping Trump clinch the nomination. However his rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, are not going to make it easy for him.

Beach Towns Hardest Hit In Ecuador's Weekend Earthquake

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Julia Symmes Cobb of "The Washington Post," about conditions in Ecuador's earthquake zone and relief efforts there. The government says more than 400 people were killed, and that number is expected to grow.

Why New York Mayor De Blasio Backs Clinton Over Sanders

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:04am

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton counts among her supporters, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Renee Montagne talks to de Blasio about why he supports Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

To The List Of High-Stakes Tests In Korea, Add The Samsung SAT

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:03am

Samsung's rigorous aptitude test underscores the company's near-mythical status in Korean society. "I think this is only the way to be successful," says a test-taker before braving the entrance exam.

The Next Apple-FBI Question: Who Can Know How The iPhone Was Hacked?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:38am

A third party helped the FBI unlock a phone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Should Apple know how they managed to hack the phone or can the third party sell that information?

Plenty Of Friction Expected During Obama's Visit To Saudi Arabia

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:35am

President Obama departs Tuesday for Saudi Arabia, where he'll meet with King Salman and leaders of neighboring states. There's plenty to talk about: Relations have been strained on a number of fronts.

The Lonely Side Of James Brown

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:00am

When James McBride, a National Book Award winner for his fiction, decided to write an entire book about James Brown, he wanted to push beyond the hype and racism he says haunts Brown's legacy.

Suggested Ship Name Inspires Another Silly Name

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:53am

It all started with a public poll to name a British research vessel. The leading name is Boaty McBoatface. Following that theme, a horse has been named Horsey McHorseface.

After Nearly 3 Decades, Man Turns Himself In On TV Theft Charges

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 5:16am

For years, Randy Iannacone was on the run. Sort of. Unbeknownst to him, there's been a warrant out for his arrest. He's charged with stealing a TV in 1989. No word on why it took 27 years to find him.

Politics In The News: Female Voters And The 2016 Election

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to columnist and NPR commentator Cokie Roberts and demographer Bill Frey of the Brookings Institution, about how female voters may shift the presidential election.

China Breaks Ground On Naval Base In Africa

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

China plans to open its first overseas military base in the African country of Djibouti. It's the same place where the U.S. has had its major African intelligence gathering base for the last 15 years.

What Does Wall Street Want In A Presidential Candidate?

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

How important is Wall Street's support to a presidential candidate? David Greene talks to Barry Ritholtz, chairman of Ritholtz Wealth Management and a frequent commentator on the world of finance.

Ecuador's President Cuts Short Trip To Rome; Quake's Death Toll Rises

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:03am

The president of Ecuador cut short a visit to Italy, returning home to a country heavily damaged by Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake. David Greene talks to Carolina Loza Leon, a reporter based in Quito.

Supreme Court Weighs Obama's Executive Action On Immigration

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 4:02am

Twenty-six states are challenging the action, which would grant temporary, quasi-legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million parents who entered the U.S. illegally prior to 2010.




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