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Accused Killer Of Kate Steinle Not Guilty Of Murder

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

A Mexican man who entered the U.S. illegally was found not guilty of murder. President Trump and others had cited the case as they called for a crackdown on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

More Calls For Conyers To Resign

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

Embattled Michigan congressman John Conyers is so far resisting a call from House leaders that he resign after accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior.

Opioids In The Family

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

Rachel Martin talks with retired U.S. Navy Adm. James Winnefeld about his son's addiction to opioids, an experience he wrote about for The Atlantic.

News Brief: GOP Tax Plan, Tillerson's Future At State, Kate Steinle Case

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

Republican senators are huddling to work through a number of complicated issues in the tax bill. Plus we look at Rex Tillerson's future at the State Department.

Christian Nationalists Taking Political Center Stage

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

Christian nationalists like Senate candidate Roy Moore argue that the United States was established as a Christian nation, to be governed by Christian principles.

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Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Is An Antidote For Today's Cynicism

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

In the Mexican director's latest film, a mute cleaning lady befriends a sea creature who is able to communicate without words. "The movie is about connecting with 'the other,' " del Toro says.

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A Promise Of $1,200 Not Enough To Buy Wide Support For Republican Tax Plan

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 8:56pm

Republican lawmakers say their plans will save the typical middle class family between $1,200 and $1,400. But polls show only 25 percent to 33 percent of Americans approve of the proposals.

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Def Jam's Russell Simmons Steps Down Amid Sexual Attack Allegations

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:53am

Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam records, steps aside from leadership positions in his companies because of allegations of a sexual attack. Host David Greene speaks with NPR's Elizabeth Blair.

Pelosi Calls For Conyers To Step Down

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:53am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls for Rep. John Conyers to resign. Also, news organizations are reporting that the White House is readying a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In Bangladesh Visit, Pope Francis Again Does Not Mention Rohingya

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 8:51am

In a speech in Bangladesh Thursday, Pope Francis spoke of the "refugees from Rakhine state" but, like he did in Myanmar recently, did not name the Rohingya.

It's Rep. Conyers' Right To Fight Allegations, Rep. Moore Says

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:33am

David Greene talks to Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, about Rep. John Conyers, who says he will fight allegations of sexual harassment. Moore is the Congressional Black Caucus whip.

Need A Change From A Traditional Christmas Tree?

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 6:03am

Target is selling upside-down trees. Or, you could try to copy what nature did in Huntersville, N.C. A weed grew in an orange traffic cone. Dubbed "Cone Weed," firefighters decorated it.

Self-Driving Car Stops Automatically For Taco Truck

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 5:34am

GM invited reporters to ride in their self-driving cars. A Reuters journalist was driven through San Francisco when suddenly the car stopped for a taco truck — must have thought it was time to eat.

Independent Alabama Senate Candidate Launches Write-In Bid

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

David Greene talks to Lee Busby, who has thrown his hat in the ring for the open Senate seat in Alabama as a write-in candidate. The election is less than two weeks away.

Ivanka Trump Promotes Female Entrepreneurs While In India

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

Ivanka Trump was in India this week promoting women entrepreneurs. She led the U.S. delegation for a global business summit in the city of Hyderabad. What did summit-goers have to say about their high-powered co-host?

British Prime Minister Criticizes Trump For Muslim Tweet

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

President Trump got on the wrong side of Britain's prime minister by re-tweeting videos from an ultra-nationalist group that targets Muslims.

Graduate Students Across The Country Protest GOP Tax Plan

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

To help pay for more than $1 trillion dollars in tax cuts for U.S. corporations, the House version of the plan would end the tax break graduate students get on the value of their tuition waivers.

The Latest Caught Up In Sexual Misconduct Scandals: Lauer, Keillor

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

NBC News anchor Matt Lauer and public radio personality Garrison Keillor are the latest in a string of men exposed for sexual harassment. They are accused of improper conduct with female colleagues.

Rep. Hensarling: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Hurts Consumers

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

David Greene talks about the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas who chairs the House Financial Services Committee. He is a critic of the bureau.

American Airlines' Snafu Gives Too Many Pilots Off In December

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

The pilots union says more than 15,000 American Airlines' flights are without pilots because of a glitch in the system that granted more pilots time off over the holidays than it should have.

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