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On The Docket, In Limbo: Scalia's Death Casts Uncertainty On Key Cases

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 10:00pm

The president says he intends to fill Antonin Scalia's vacancy, but it's unlikely the Senate will make it easy. Cases on immigration, religious liberty and abortion access may hang in the balance.

Presidential Candidates Pledge To Undo Citizens United. But Can They?

Sun, 02/14/2016 - 5:00am

It was a point of agreement between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at their last debate. It's also supported by some Republican contenders. But that doesn't mean it'll happen easily.

What Would A Cease-Fire In Syria Mean For Russian Airstrikes?

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:52am

A plan has been announced for a cessation of fighting in Syria in one week's time. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria, about what the pause would mean.

Swedish Police Officer Docked For Slacking Off On Friday

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:11am

A Swedish cop chose not to arrest a driver suspected of smuggling alcohol across the border. "It's Friday afternoon," he told his superiors "and we have not intended to work late."

Kanye West Gives Models Detailed Instructions

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:00am

Kanye West was busy premiering his album, video game and fashion line. Models were busy too. Before the show he gave them instructions — 38 to be exact. For example, don't ever look at the Jumbotron.

Industrial Park Becomes A Pawn In Korea Relations

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

Tensions between North and South Korea over the North's nuclear and missile tests shut down a joint industrial park. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Anna Fifield of "The Washington Post."

Marvel's New Superhero Movie 'Deadpool' Receives R Rating

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

Mary Louise Kelly talks to MTV pop culture writer Crystal Bell about the new movie Deadpool, and how it reaches an audience unusual for comic book films.

Why The Contradiction? Stocks Fall While Unemployment Claims Are Down

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to economist Mohamed El-Erian, chairman of President Obama's Global Development Council, about recent turmoil in the stock market despite good employment numbers.

As Black Holes Collide, Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

Scientists have announced that they had seen gravitational ripples from two black holes colliding. The discovery is the culmination of decades of work. Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist a century ago.

Major Powers Agree To Implement A Cease-Fire In Syria

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

Foreign ministers — including the U.S. and Russia — meeting in Munich agreed to "accelerate" the delivery of humanitarian aid this week to Syria. They also agreed a cease-fire would begin in one week.

During Wildlife Refuge Occupation, FBI Exercised 'Strategic Patience'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

We're learning more details about how the FBI handled the occupation of the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. Court documents and an NPR interview with one of the arrested occupiers tell a story of federal agents biding their time, collecting evidence against the group. In retrospect, some of the occupiers and their sympathizers believe they were too complacent about the possibility of federal surveillance, and the possible presence of an FBI spy.

Don't Be A Stupid Cupid! Hear How Not To Buy A Selfish Valentine's Day Gift

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

Social scientists have been studying Valentine's Day gifts, and research shows: The more you love someone, the more likely you might be to give selfish gifts.

Sanders, Clinton Take The Stage In Milwaukee For Their 6th Debate

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

After Bernie Sanders' N.H.primary win, he was reaching out to minority voters who make up a larger segment of the electorate in upcoming contests. Hillary Clinton was trying to regain her footing.

The World Has Become A Bit Dull To News From Syria, Miliband Says

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:04am

A preliminary deal is reached for a cease-fire in Syria that's cost thousands of lives and sparked a refugee crisis. David Greene talks to David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee.

As Questions Swirl, Italy Mourns Death Of Italian Student In Cairo

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:02am

A funeral is being held Friday in Italy for Giulio Regeni, a doctoral student allegedly tortured and killed in Egypt. Thousands have demanded an independent probe into Regeni's death.

Even Seizures Can't Slow This Sixth Grader: 'Nothing Can Stop Me!'

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:01am

Last year, seizures forced Benny out of school. This year, he's back in class, with bigger things on his mind: "I finally realized, there's a galaxy of experiences."

In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:01am

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.

Sanders Favors A 'Speculation Tax' On Big Wall Street Firms. What Is That?

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:00am

The tax would apply to all kinds of trading, but estimates of how much revenue it might raise vary greatly.

Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 4:00am

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was finishing his residency in neurosurgery when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His memoir deals with the struggle and the joy of life as death drew near.

Will Cuba Meeting Of Pope And Patriarch Help Heal A 1,000-Year Rift?

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:50am

The split dates from when Christianity first spread through the Roman Empire. Friday's meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill is the culmination of longstanding efforts to promote dialogue.

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