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GAO Report: Student Loan Forgiveness Will Cost Nearly $200 Billion

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

The federal government is set to forgive more than $180 billion in student loan debt over the next few decades. That's according to a report out this week from the Government Accountability Office.

Rep. Bustos Recruited To Help Improve Democrats' Message

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Cheri Bustos, who Pelosi invited to join the Democratic leadership.

Despite Criticism Of Candidate Trump, Romney Leads For Secretary Of State

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Trump's team says the secretary of State search has been narrowed to four candidates. Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:05am

Mining once boomed in Mongolia but as commodity prices fell, the economy tanked and companies went bankrupt. Unemployed men are taking over abandoned coal mines to extract what's left. Some have died.

North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

Army Says It Fairly Dismissed Soldiers With Mental Health Problems, Brain Injuries

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:04am

An NPR investigation found thousands of soldiers with mental health problems or brain injuries were dismissed for misconduct. An Army review found commanders did nothing wrong, but experts disagree.

Boston's Christmas Tree Tradition Rooted In A Canadian Thank You

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:03am

Boston's Christmas tree is a thank you gift from Canada for help the city provided a century ago, a reminder not just that it's time to get into the holiday spirit but also what that's really about.

'A Poem For Peter' Recalls One Unforgettable 'Snowy Day'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:03am

In 1962, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children's publishing. A new book pays tribute to author Ezra Jack Keats.

Nancy Pelosi Re-Elected As House's Top Democrat

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:14am

House Democrats held leadership elections Wednesday. Nancy Pelosi was re-elected despite facing an unexpected challenge from Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan. David Greene speaks with NPR's Susan Davis.

Newlyweds Turn Ohio's I-35 Into A Dance Floor

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 5:37am

A just-married couple in Dayton was on their way to the reception when an accident snarled the route. Instead of getting frustrated, the two got out of the vehicle, turned up the music and danced.

Free Elton John Concert Tickets Get Border Guard Suspended

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 5:18am

A Canadian border guard helped Elton John through customs in Alberta. He was offered the tickets, and two supervisors told him that he couldn't accept them. He took the tickets.

Young Widow With 5 Kids Turns To Activism To Oust A President

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

She's a former train driver and labor leader — and now an activist in the campaign to drive Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, from office.

Former Commerce Secretary Gutierrez Weighs In On Free Trade, Cuba

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Steve Inskeep talks to Carlos Gutierrez, who served as Secretary of Commerce under George W. Bush, who discusses the future of free trade and U.S.-Cuba relations under President-elect Donald Trump.

World Chess Championship Enters Its Final Sudden Death Round

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

After two weeks of play, the champion will be decided on Wednesday. Opponents Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, both 26, so far have played 12 matches to a tie.

Rep. Keith Ellison On Why He Deserves To Be DNC Chairman

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a favorite among some Democrats to become the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, talks to David Greene about how he hopes to turn around his party's losses.

Havana Hosts Massive Commemoration Event For Fidel Castro

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Mostly leftist world leaders joined Raul Castro in a ceremony commemorating the late Fidel Castro. Now, an urn containing his ashes reverses the journey Castro took in 1959 in his march on Havana.

Romney, Trump Dine Together; Work On Transition Continues

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Mitt Romney was one of Donald Trump's most outspoken Republican critics. The two had dinner Tuesday night at a fancy French restaurant in New York. Romney is being considered for secretary of State.

What Food Stamps And Drunk Driving Stats Have To Do With Each Other

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Researchers have discovered that there are fewer drunk driving fatalities on days of the month when millions of Americans receive food stamps. Figures show the deaths go down significantly.

Tenn. Wildfire Forces Aquarium Staff To Evacuate; Animals Stay Behind

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tenn., is in the path of a wildfire that has consumed parts of the state. Workers were forced to evacuate the area, leaving behind thousands of sea creatures.

Sen. Flake Aims To Work With Trump On A Fix To Obamacare

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:07am

One of Donald Trump's greatest critics has been Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. Flake's job now is to help President-elect Trump fulfill his agenda in a GOP-led House and Senate.




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