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What One Family Sacrificed To Help Black People Vote In 1966

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 4:02am

When Vernon Dahmer said publicly he would pay the poll tax for black people in Mississippi who wanted to vote, it started a chain of events that is still felt by his family today.

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With His Choice Of Inauguration Prayer Leaders, Trump Shows His Values

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:45am

The clergy speaking at Donald Trump's inauguration have mostly non-mainstream theological or political positions. No Muslim or mainline Protestant will speak, but the prosperity gospel will be heard.

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Trump's Promises Of Deportations Create Uncertainty For N.J. Family

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 3:24am

Desiree Armas is a straight-A high school senior who hopes to go to college. But she and her parents are in the U.S. illegally. They're now in limbo, fearful of what's ahead under the new president.

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S.C. Church Welcomes Clemson Fans Who Bargained Through Prayer

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 6:04am

Clemson won the national football title on a last-second play. The sports site SB Nation reports a sign at the church reads: If you made any promises on Clemson's last drive, service starts at 10.

Want To Try Goat Yoga? There's A Waiting List

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 5:24am

Lainey Morse is the owner of No Regrets Farm in Albany, Oregon, where the classes are held. An Oregon paper wrote about goat yoga this summer, and now Lainey says there's a wait list 900 people long.

In Social Media Age, Young Cops Get Trained For Real-Life Conversation

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.

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Former White House Ethics Lawyers Parse Trump News Conference

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some of Trump's most revealing remarks at the news conference were made about potential conflicts of interest. Steve Inskeep talks to ex-White House ethics lawyers, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen.

Sen. Jeff Merkley Voices Concerns Over Rex Tillerson's Nomination

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, faced hours of grilling on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon about the hearing.

Cops Get A New Type Of Training: Conversation

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Some police officials say their millennial-aged recruits are so used to communicating using social media that they need training in talking with people face to face.

Trump Outlines Plans To Step Back From Business Empire

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Donald Trump announced that he is handing over management of his business to his adult sons and a long-time executive. Watchdog groups say Trump hasn't gone far enough to avoid conflicts of interest.

Orlando Is On Edge As Search Continues For Suspect In Police Killing

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Authorities are searching for a man who shot and killed an Orlando police officer Monday. The suspect is still on the loose and the manhunt has rattled people living in the tourist destination.

Examining What We Know And Don't Know About Trump And Russia

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Donald Trump said Wednesday he thinks Russia was behind recent hacks, but later said it could have been others. He also denied allegations that Russia has a file with damaging information about him.

U.S. Forces Deploy To Poland In Effort To Counter Russian Aggression

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

The U.S. is sending tanks and soldiers to Poland and the Baltic states to counter a perceived threat from Russia. It's part of the biggest U.S. military deployment in Europe in decades.

Trump Continues Attacks On The Media During News Conference

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Donald Trump's attacks on the media dominated his first news conference since being elected president. He singled out BuzzFeed and CNN for criticism.

Sen. Inhofe: Trump Pick For Defense Secretary Is 'Right One For This Time'

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:11am

Rachel Martin speaks with Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who says the U.S. is threatened more than ever and Gen. James Mattis is the right pick for secretary of defense.

Senate Takes First Step Toward Repeal Of Obamacare

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 4:04am

The late-night "vote-a-rama" set in motion the process for gutting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in a way that evades Democrats' threat of a filibuster.

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Fulfill Your Reading Resolutions With 6 Books From Librarian Nancy Pearl

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:36am

Every once in a while, NPR's go-to books guru sends host Steve Inskeep a big stack of books. They're generally "under-the-radar" reads — titles she thinks deserve a little more attention.

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California Nail Salons Start To Invest In Worker Safety

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 3:35am

A statewide collaborative of nail salons now has 120 members; all have made ventilation upgrades and switched from toxic products to safer ones. Will clients be willing to pay extra to help workers?

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We Asked People What They Know About Obamacare. See If You Know The Answers.

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 1:55am

A new NPR/Ipsos poll shows many Americans don't know details about the Affordable Care Act. And only 1-in-7 favor repealing the law altogether without a replacement.

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Rex Tillerson Pressed On Views On Russia Relations In Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 1:02pm

The former Exxon Mobil CEO appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he faced tough questions about his business dealings with many countries, including Russia.




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