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Friendly Skies: Pope Marries Couple On A Plane Over Chile

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:40am

The couple had planned to tie the knot next months but their Catholic church was destroyed in a massive earthquake. The pontiff asked if they'd like him to marry them right then? They agreed.

In Tunisia, Self-Immolation Has Become A Common Form Of Suicide

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Seven years ago a Tunisian fruit seller set himself on fire in protest. The uprisings he helped start have long faded but self-immolation has taken hold as an act of desperation among Tunisians.

Why Are We Only Learning About Stormy Daniels Now?, 'Post's' Farhi Writes

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Paul Farhi of The Washington Post about media coverage of Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

Trump Visits Pa. County That Has A Special Election In March

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

President Trump visited southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday, an area dominated by the coal industry which is feeling positive after his first year in office.

House Bill To Keep Government Open Passes After Deal With Freedom Caucus

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

If Congress does not pass a spending bill, the government shuts down Friday night. Rachel Martin talks to Republican Congressman Tom Garrett of Virginia, a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Anti-Abortion Activist Wants Trump To Recommit To Campaign Pledges

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to Kristan Hawkins, president of the anti-abortion group Students for Life America, about what she wants to hear from President Trump when he addresses the March for Life rally Friday.

Turnover In Trump's White House Is 'Record-Setting,' And It Isn't Even Close

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

In Trump's first year in office 34 percent of top aides have either resigned, been fired or moved to different positions. That level of turmoil is off the charts compared with recent presidencies.

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1 Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Is Dismissed, Trump Faces Others In 2018

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Several lawsuits filed last year allege Donald Trump violated the Constitution's Emoluments Clause as he entangles the presidency with his businesses. One suit has been dismissed.

Pence Begins Mideast Tour In Cairo For Talks With Egypt's President

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Cairo Saturday. He and Egypt's president will talk about everything from fighting terrorism to protecting religious minorities.

News Brief: Government Shutdown Threat Looms, Hush Money Payments

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 4:00am

The House approved a short-term spending bill that would keep the government open. Will the Senate follow suit? And, media are reporting allegations that President Trump had an affair in 2006.

Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:55am

The web site The Awl and its sister site The Hairpin are shutting down. The two sites always valued lively, thoughtful writing — even as the media landscape shifted around them.

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In 'Munich,' Neville Chamberlain Gets The Best Of Hitler

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:54am

History hasn't been kind to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who tried to head off war by appeasing Adolf Hitler. But Robert Harris' new novel Munich asks readers to reconsider Chamberlain.

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Women's Marches Across The Country Will Focus On The Vote

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:52am

On the anniversary of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., organizers say marches this year are less about outrage and more about political organizing.

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'It's Not A Fairy Tale, It's Not A Failure': A Mother At 16 Conquers Stigma With Love

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:51am

Until she put her own feelings before the judgments others made about her, April Gibson says she, as a young mother, "felt like I didn't deserve to feel the way women who do the right things do."

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'12 Strong': When The Afghan War Looked Like A Quick, Stirring Victory

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:06am

Many Americans may be weary of the war in Afghanistan. But a new movie is betting big on the true story of Green Berets on horseback who made the early days of the fight look deceptively easy.

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Victims Confront Larry Nassar Over Sexual Abuse

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:25am

Sentencing is underway for Larry Nassar, the former doctor for Olympics gymnasts, over his conviction for sexual assault. Dozens of victims are making impact statements and confronting him.

Sen. Michael Bennet On Immigration And Trump's Wall

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:16am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat of Colorado, about the status of immigration reform negotiations ahead of a looming government shutdown.

The National Parks And Ryan Zinke

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to journalist Elliott Woods, whose profile of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just appeared in Outside magazine.

Rep. Scott Perry On Threat Of Government Shutdown

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

Rep. Scott Perry, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, speaks with NPR's David Greene about the looming government shutdown.

Keeping Animals Away With Deer Snorts And Dog Barks

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:07am

Train researchers in Japan have developed a new system to keep animals off the train tracks. Trains will blare out recordings of deer snorts and dog barks.




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