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Gauging The Potential Effects Of U.S. Sanctions Against Venezuela's Leader

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The White House will be imposing targeted sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in response to his efforts to rewrite his country's constitution. This is only the fourth time the U.S. has sanctioned a head of state.

The View From Moscow On U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Tensions

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Russian International Affairs Council director Andrey Kortunov discusses the consequences of Vladimir Putin expelling U.S. diplomats. The move was in response to new U.S. sanctions approved by Congress.

Remembering The I-35W Bridge Collapse 10 Years Later

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The I-35W bridge was one of Minnesota's busiest, carrying 140,000 cars a day over the Mississippi River. It collapsed during rush hour on Aug. 1, 2007. Ten years later, the disaster still looms large.

A Conservative's Take On Scaramucci's Quick Ouster

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Christopher Ruddy, CEO of conservative media company Newsmax, talks about President Trump's decision to remove Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director less than 2 weeks after being named to the job.

Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Kevin Hart is launching a streaming comedy service. The actor's Laugh Out Loud Network, which rolls out this week, enters an already crowded market. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: There are two bleeps in actualities in this piece at :14 and :44 in.

Sen. Sanders Urges A Medicare-For-All Health Plan

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Sen. Bernie Sanders on his plans to push forward with a bill for a single-payer health insurance system, in the wake of Republican failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Trump's Threat To Cut U.S. Payments Raises Uncertainty In Health Insurance Market

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The U.S. government is scheduled to make large payments to health insurance companies to help offset discounts required by the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has threatened to stop the payments.

Morning News Brief: Kelly's Power At The White House, U.S. Sanctions Venezuela's Maduro

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Will Chief of Staff John Kelly take control of the White House? Are U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tough enough? And Los Angeles gets to host the summer Olympics in 2028, but what will that mean for the city?

The Olympics Return To LA

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

The Olympics are coming back to Los Angeles, but not in 2024 as organizers had first hoped. In a deal with the International Olympic Committee, the summer games return in 2028 instead.

Police Agreements To Work With Federal Agents Highlight Immigration Debate

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:16am

Nineteen Texas law enforcement agencies signed agreements to work with U.S. immigration agents. Immigrant advocates say the effort will ramp up racial profiling by officers and fear among immigrants.

Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 3:55am

An exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum features art and artifacts from World War I. It includes paintings by combat artists and images of carvings found on the walls of underground quarries.

(Image credit: Hugh Talman/National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

Israeli Authorities Arrest Antiquities Dealers In Connection With Hobby Lobby Scandal

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:04pm

Israel's Antiquities Authority says the dealers, arrested early Sunday morning, were involved in sales of antiquities to Hobby Lobby — including items that U.S. authorities determined were smuggled.

(Image credit: Holly Hildreth /Moment Editorial/Getty Images)

A Medal Of Honor For Former Army Medic Jim McCloughan

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 5:44am

Jim McCloughan will be awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. He is credited with saving 10 soldiers over three days during a 1969 firefight.

The Challenges John Kelly Faces As Trump's New Chief Of Staff

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 5:42am

Michael Allen, a special assistant to President George W. Bush, talks about President Trump's new chief of staff, what his style is and how the retired general might deliver.

A Toddler Really Leaves Her Mark

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:37am

A 2-year-old looking for her mom walked into the basement and strolled right across a wet concrete floor. Her parents briefly considered leaving all the footprints but decided two would be enough.

In Search Of Love, Too Many Messages In The Bottles

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:30am

A widower put messages inside hundreds of glass bottles. But when they started washing up on Britain's shores, a littering backlash forced him to stop. Still, he says several women have been in touch.

Legislation Would Require Future Presidents-Elect To Release Their Tax Returns

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, says he fears that Donald Trump declining to release his tax returns will set a bad precedent for future candidates.

A U.S.-Russia Low Point After U.S. Diplomats Expelled

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

The former diplomat who coordinated U.S. sanctions against Russia weighs in on the current low point in U.S.-Russia relations after the Kremlin orders more than 700 U.S. diplomats to leave the country and seizes diplomatic properties.

Familiar-Looking Numbers Are The Latest Twist In Robocalls

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Ailsa Chang looks at a now rampant kind of robocalling — neighbor spoofing. These are automated calls coming from phone numbers that look strangely similar to the recipient's own phone numbers.

A Hospital CEO Watches Washington Struggle Over Health Care

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

As a provider of both a health care and insurance, Northwell Health has a huge stake in what health care legislation Congress proposes. CEO Michael Dowling says it's time for Democrats and health care professionals to come to the table.

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