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Tillerson To Visit Beijing To Smooth Over Relations After Trump's Rhetoric

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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with Chinese officials as part of a trip to Asia. Former George W. Bush adviser Michael Green tells Steve Inskeep about what the Chinese think of Tillerson.

Dutch Voters Reject Far-Right Nationalist Candidate

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

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right party defeated the party of the far-right populist Geert Wilders in an election in the Netherlands.

Trump Responds To Court Halting Revised Travel Ban

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

At a rally in Tennessee, President Trump reacted angrily to news that a court temporarily blocked his revised travel ban from taking effect. He also talked about the Republican health care plan.

Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Convicted In Jail Corruption Case

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

Lee Baca, 74, who's in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, headed the nation's largest sheriff's department for 15 years before resigning in 2014 as the jail abuse scandal grew.

(Image credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Composer Alan Menken On His Disney Tunes: 'I Prefer Them To Be Hum-able'

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:37am

Menken scored The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas and many other Disney classics. He recently wrote three new songs for the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Disney)

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam On Health Care And Trump Visit

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 6:49am

Steve Inskeep talks with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam about President Trump's visit to Tennessee and health care reform.

Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine Calls GOP Health Plan 'Horrible'

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 6:19am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia about the House Republican health care bill and the current situation in Syria, six years after the civil war began.

Heinz Borrows Ketchup Commercial From Don Draper

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 6:04am

Remember on Mad Men when Don Draper had an idea for a Heinz ketchup ad? The idea was to show foods that need ketchup, with none in sight. Heinz plans to make that fictional ad campaign real.

Go Ahead, Eat It. Scientist Affirms 5-Second Rule

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:48am

A germ expert tells the British Press Association that if you drop food and pick it up quickly, bacteria on the floor are not likely to have attached. It's probably OK to eat.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:34am

The profanity-prone president and his country's Catholic Church are at loggerheads, mostly over Duterte's war on drugs, which has killed more than 7,500 people in less than a year.

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Polls Open In Dutch Elections

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

Voters in the Netherlands are going to the polls in general elections on Wednesday, after a campaign dominated by issues of identity and immigration.

With Flights Canceled, 2 Texas Congressman Hit The Road For D.C.

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

Republican Representative Will Hurd and Democratic Representative Beto (BETT-o) O'Rourke are on a bipartisan road trip. When their flights from Texas to Washington were canceled by snow, they decided to drive the 20 hours across the country together.

Courts To Hear Disputes About Whether Trump's Travel Ban Is Constitutional

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

President Trump's revised executive order on immigration, which temporarily halts the U.S. refugee program and travel from six mostly Muslim countries, goes into effect on Thursday. But first, courts will be asked to block it — again.

Trump Administration To Review Vehicle Emissions Rules

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

The White House has announced it's moving to undo EPA/DOT fuel economy standards, but it will face challenges. It turns out, people like cars that get good mileage.

Constituents Of Rep. Fortenberry Had Lots To Say About Health Care

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, who met with constituents after analysis of his party's health care plan. Fortenberry met a packed Town Hall audience in Lincoln on Monday.

Mexico City Falls Short Of Its Migrant Friendly Hype

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

Like many U.S. cities, Mexico City hopes to be a sanctuary for immigrants in the country without authorization. Critics say officials are falling short of that promise.

Fed To Announce Its Plans For Interest Rates

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

The Federal Reserve will announce on Wednesday whether it has decided to raise interest rates. If it does, it will be the second hike in three months. That suggests the Fed is responding to President Trump's promises to stimulate the economy.

Leaked Returns Give Insight Into Trump's Taxes

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

The administration made public information from President Trump's 2005 tax returns — after copies anonymously were put in the mailbox of journalist David Cay Johnston. Steve Inskeep talks to Johnston about the taxes.

Trump To Honor Andrew Jackson In Nashville

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

President Trump will lay a wreath at the tomb of President Andrew Jackson on the 250th anniversary of his birth in Nashville. Steve Inskeep reports.

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Immigration Policy Questions

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:05am

On this latest segment of AskCokie, columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts takes listener questions on the history of immigration policy in the U.S.




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