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Germany's Angela Merkel To Meet With Trump

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Rachel Martin talks with Tanit Koch, the editor of Bild, Europe's best-selling newspaper, about German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the U.S. and her meeting with Trump.

'Out Of Wonder' Aims To Inspire A New Generation Of Poets

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Kwame Alexander's new book is a collection of original poems written in the style of 20 famous poets. The aim is to introduce kids to great poetry — and encourage them to write poems of their own.

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First Openly Transgender Professional Athlete Retires

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Harrison Browne announced his retirement from the National Women's Hockey League. He says the support since coming out last October, has been overwhelming.

(Image credit: Michael Hertzel/National Women's Hockey League)

Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Skeptical Of Federal Agency Power

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

Judge Neil Gorsuch has said deferring to agencies is an abdication of judicial responsibility. He is expected to be grilled on this at Monday's confirmation hearings.

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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:46am

A rainy winter, has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?

(Image credit: Flickr user Kyle Magnuson/Flickr Creative Commons)

Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:27am

The outline released Thursday by the White House reduces funding for public housing, Meals on Wheels, community grants and more. Trump's lead budget official says such programs aren't proven to work.

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Texas Braces For Medicaid Cuts Under GOP Health Plan

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:23am

Advocates on both sides of the aisle say the GOP health care bill will be bad for Texas because it will lead to more people without coverage and punish the state because it did not expand Medicaid.

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The Happiness One Lucky Leprechaun Created In Yonkers

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:20am

Jess Buzzutto was known as "The Leprechaun of Yonkers." Every day he wore green from head to toe and with a bit of luck, brought happiness to those around him.

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:32am

The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.

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Someone Made A Coconut Cannon (Really)

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 4:44am

After someone heard a bang in Berlin, police found a home-made cannon that shoots coconuts with compressed air. A man said he built it for an art project to be used in Antarctica and was testing it.

Study Finds High Temperatures Killing Large Parts Of Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

A new study looks at coral bleaching in 2015-2016. Mia Hoogenboom was a co-author, who says warming ocean temperatures are killing sections of the Great Barrier Reef faster than researchers expected.

The Oxford Comma Goes To Court

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

A court sided with delivery drivers in a labor dispute, after the drivers argued that the lack of an Oxford comma in Maine's overtime rules entitled them to overtime pay.

Hawaii Attorney General On Trump Travel Ban

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

A judge in Hawaii has blocked President Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to begin. Rachel Martin talks with Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who filed a challenge to the ban.

In Dutch Vote, First Of 3 Key European Elections, Populism Takes Second Place

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

"I was afraid [Geert] Wilders would win and after Trump and after Brexit, we were going to be the next polarized country," says a voter in The Hague. Talks have begun to form a coalition government.

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Congress Launching Probes Into Russia, Wiretapping

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

Investigations into Russian election meddling and Trump's claims of being wiretapped are getting underway in Congress. But Democrats and Republicans aren't on the same page.

Former Trump Economic Adviser On Trump's Budget

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

President Trump is releasing a budget that spends more on the military and less on the EPA and State Department. Rachel Martin talks to Stephen Moore, who advised Trump's campaign on economic policy.

GOP Factions In Fight Over Republican Health Care Plan

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

The Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act is facing opposition from a lot of factions inside the GOP, from conservatives who want a clean repeal to Trump's own populist supporters.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Travel Ban

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

A Hawaii judge has halted President Trump's second travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect.

How To Spend A Trillion Dollars

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

President Trump says he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure. It's such a big number that it's hard to wrap your head around it. We try to figure out what that actually buys.

Brazilian Workers Protest Against Pension Changes

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

Workers across Brazil staged demonstrations over the government's plan to cap pension benefits and raise the retirement age. The protests disrupted traffic and public transportation nationwide.

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