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At Confirmation Hearing, Sen. Sessions Links Police Morale To Crime Spike

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Police say protests have made them feel more threatened and less inclined to do their jobs. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, echoed that sentiment in his testimony.

#AskCokie: A Look Back At Presidential Press Conferences

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts drops by Morning Edition for her latest segment of #AskCokie. She and Rachel Martin examine the history of presidential press conferences.

1 Iraqi Man Takes Rebuilding The City Of Jalawla Into His Own Hands

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Jalawla is rebuilding after ISIS was forced out. The man overseeing the work is having to rely on the money and help from locals since neither the central government or Kurdish leaders have helped.

Senate Panel To Evaluate Whether An Oilman Can Be A Good Statesman

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

Trump's pick as America's top diplomat is to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senators are expected to question former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his views on Russia.

Obama, In Farewell Address, Urges Americans To Engage In Government

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:59am

President Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday night in Chicago. He talked about the meaning of democracy in America. Rachel Martin talks to former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett about the speech.

Trump D.C. Hotel Contractors Say They're Owed Millions

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:54am

Liens filed by construction firms against the Trump Organization's new luxury Washington hotel claim they're owed more than $5 million for unpaid work. The federal government holds the building lease.

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Protesters Interrupt Confirmation Hearing For Sen. Sessions As Attorney General

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 10:52am

Protesters interrupted the hearing where Jeff Sessions was being considered as Donald Trump's pick for attorney general. Groups oppose the nomination over Sessions' record on civil and voting rights.

Texas Governor Gives Culturally Offensive Gift To Taiwan's President

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:52am

Clocks are a taboo gift in many parts of Asia because in Chinese, the phrase for "giving a clock" sounds the same as the phrase used to say goodbye to the deceased.

Snowplow Driver Gets Pregnant Mom To The Hospital In Time

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:29am

Stephanie and Hugh Dawson were racing to the hospital in Chesapeake, Va., over the weekend. She was in labor when their truck broke down. They got to the hospital by snowplow in the nick of time.

Clemson Beats Alabama For College Football Title

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

In a near replay of the 2015 national title game, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers traded blows — with some of the same big names delivering. But this time, Clemson was victorious.

Humans Worry About Self-Driving Cars. Maybe It Should Be The Reverse

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Self-driving cars will perform rationally. For example: stop when someone is in their way. Research suggests humans will take advantage, and step into an intersection when they know they shouldn't.

Trump Names Son-In-Law As A Senior Adviser Raising More Ethics Issues

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

President-elect Donald Trump has named Jared Kushner, daughter Ivanka Trump's husband, as a senior adviser to the president — raising questions about both nepotism and conflicts of interest.

Ghana's President Fires Communications Director Over Plagiarized Speech

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Ghana's new president made quite a stir with his inaugural address. Not only were his comments moving, but parts were lifted from speeches by U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Heads Of 4 U.S. Spy Agencies To Appear Before Senate Panel On Russia

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

There are a total of 17 U.S. spy agencies. The four that consistently make headlines will be back in the news on Tuesday. They are testifying about Russia before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Leahy Has Concerns About Trump's Pick For Attorney General, Jeff Sessions

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Sen. Sessions' confirmation hearing begins on Tuesday. Steve Inskeep talks to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who served on the panel with Sessions.

Veterans Fight Misconception: Wartime Service Is Linked To Violent Crime

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Veterans say the public jumps to inaccurate conclusions about combat veterans when vets are involved in mass shootings. Statistics show veterans are less likely to be involved in crime than civilians.

Former Presidential Adviser Previews Obama's Farewell Address

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

President Obama delivers his valedictory speech from Chicago Tuesday night. Steve Inskeep talks to former Obama senior adviser Austan Goolsbee for an idea of what he expects from the speech.

Castaneda Reminds The U.S. Of The Benefits Of A Friendly Southern Neighbor

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda says Mexico has the leverage to push back against President-elect Donald Trump's plans regarding Mexican trade, immigration and a border wall.

Sen. Sessions Has The Experience To Be Attorney General, Gonzales Says

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:16am

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Steve Inskeep talks to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who supports Sessions.

Obama's Farewell Address: How Presidents Use This Moment Of Reflection

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:15am

On Tuesday, President Obama will follow a tradition dating back to George Washington. Over the years, presidents have offered warnings about partisanship, praised balance of power and shared regrets.

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