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Nation's Longest-Serving Governor Set To Become Top Diplomat In Beijing

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:02am

Terry Branstad served more than 22 non-consecutive years as governor of Iowa, helping shift the state's politics to the right. Now he heads to China to steward a delicate diplomatic relationship.

(Image credit: Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio)

2 Turks Have Different Views Of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Rule

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 6:45am

On Tuesday, President Trump hosts Erdogan, who once inspired hope in the West that Turkey could be a democratic model for the Muslim world. But many believe he's building an authoritarian system.

White House Says Reports That Trump Revealed Classified Data Are Wrong

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 6:44am

Multiple media outlets are reporting that President Trump revealed foreign intelligence to Russia's foreign minister and ambassador when they visited the Oval Office last week.

Passengers On Stranded Amtrak Train Order Pizza

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 6:08am

A Delaware pizza shop got a call asking if they would deliver to a stuck Amtrak train. Longtime delivery man Jim Leary accomplished the task. Amtrak requested passengers not do that again.

Japan Holds Annual Crying Sumo Baby Ceremony

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 5:39am

In Japan over the weekend, little ones dressed in sumo outfits were held up on a stage by sumo wrestlers. The infrants' cries are supposed to drive out demons and protect them from troubles.

Is A President Sharing Classified Information Against The Law?

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

Rachel Martin talks to Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, about whether President Trump's alleged revealing of classified data is against the law.

Morning News Brief

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

Reports suggest President Trump revealed classified information about ISIS to Russian officials at a White House meeting. A view from Iran ahead of the country's presidential election later this week.

From Kill Switch To Bitcoin, 'WannaCry' Showing Signs Of Amateur Flaws

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

There's very little law enforcement can do to catch purveyors of ransomware — unless they slip up. The criminals behind the WannaCry attack may have done just that.

(Image credit: Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

N.J. Activist Says Congressman's Complaint Forced Her Job Resignation

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

A New Jersey woman is out of a job. She puts much of the blame on her congressman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. She says he found out she was active in a group opposing him and alerted her employer.

Former FBI Official Questions Rosenstein's Role In Comey's Firing

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

David Green talks to former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko about the search for a new bureau director, and the future of the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Cyber Analysts Say WannaCry Ransomware Wasn't Very Sophisticated

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

There's very little law enforcement can do to catch purveyors of ransomware — unless they screw up, or anger all the wrong people. The criminals behind the WannaCry attack may have done both.

History Of Our Time: Society's Moral Fracturing Leads To Dangerous Places

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Wehner served 3 GOP administrations, and now writes about concerns over the moral fracturing of society and its dangers.

Sen. Coons On Reports Trump Shared Classified Information With Russia

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

President Trump reportedly revealed classified information to the Russian foreign minister during their meeting at the White House. Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware.

Cyberattack Culprits Demand Ransom Be Paid In Bitcoins

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

Hackers have been targeting users and demanding Bitcoins as ransom. And since not all their victims have used Bitcoin before, they've been giving their victims customer service. David Greene and Rachel Martin report.

N.J. Activist Says Congressman's Complaint Got Her Fired

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

A New Jersey woman is out of a job. She puts much of the blame on her congressman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. She says he found out she was active in a group opposing him and alerted her employer.

Syria Has Covered Up Prison Executions By Burning The Bodies, U.S. Says

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:02am

The Trump administration says a building at a Syrian prison is where thousands of bodies have been burned. The assertion is an attempt to persuade Russia to rein in Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

No More Neverland: A Senator's Guide To Raising American Adults

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:00am

His new book about raising kids in America and the virtues of work and perseverance is "not an old man screaming, 'Get off my lawn!'" insists Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. It's, "Work in my lawn."

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In 'Lola's Story,' A Journalist Reveals A Family Secret

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:59am

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon died suddenly at 57 soon after he finished his story about Lola, writing "I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized she was my family's slave."

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Atlantic )

Microsoft's President Reflects On Cyberattack, Helping Pirates And The NSA

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:57am

Microsoft's president discusses the company efforts to contain the global WannaCry virus, which includes helping people who pirated his software, and he calls for a "Digital Geneva Convention."

(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)

Imagine What It Was Like To Sit Down At Simone De Beauvoir's Desk

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:55am

"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman," wrote the pioneering French feminist. The National Museum of Women in the Arts invites visitors to explore a replica of her cozy, cluttered workspace.

(Image credit: Emily Haight/National Museum of Women in the Arts)

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