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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.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Political Change, A World Music Festival Reaffirms Its Mission

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:14am

A one-night festival in New York called globalFEST is a passport to explore compelling artists from five continents. But this year's event came at a moment particularly fraught by politics.

(Image credit: Kevin Yatarola/globalFEST)

5 Things To Watch For In Jeff Sessions' Attorney General Hearings

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 4:00am

The Alabama Republican senator counted himself as one of Donald Trump's earliest supporters on Capitol Hill. Now, he's in line to become the next U.S. Attorney General.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At First Glance, It Appears Chuck Finley Is A Voracious Reader

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 6:25am

The East Lake County Library in Florida reports Chuck Finley checked out 2,361 books. But the library made Finley up, and recorded him checking out books so they wouldn't be purged from the shelves.

Thousands Of Toys Wash Ashore On German Island

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 5:25am

The toy eggs washed up on the German island of Langeoog. Much to the delight of children, the eggs contained toys. They also contained notes written in Russian but the children couldn't read them.

'Be Persistent And Keep Trying' To Talk To North Korea, Expert Says

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Joel Wit, senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, about how to stop North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

U.S. Tanks Return To Germany To Help NATO Monitor Russian Aggression

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

The tanks are part of NATO's efforts to support Poland and the Baltic States as they face a resurgent Russia — following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

Trump Has Yet To Acknowledge Intelligence Reports On Russian Hacking

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Donald Trump called the accusations that Russia hacked the DNC a "political witch hunt." Steve Inskeep talks to Jonah Goldberg of the National Review about the implications for the Republican Party.

Former Iranian President Rafsanjani Dies At 82

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about what ex-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's death means to the reformist movement he helped shape.

Trial Begins In Meningitis Case That Reshaped Compounding Pharmacies

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Opening statements begin on Monday in the murder trial of a former Massachusetts pharmacist accused of causing a nationwide meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed 64 people.

Sen. Kaine Weighs In On Obamacare And Russian Hacking Hearing

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who has been pushing to get moderate Democrats to work with Republicans to overhaul Obamacare.

'La La Land' Breaks Golden Globe Record; Trump Mentioned Often

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

La La Land was a big winner at Sunday night's Golden Globe awards. So was Moonlight, and the TV series The People v. O.J. Simpson. Plus, the stars had plenty to say about President-elect Trump.

College Football Champion Will Be Crowned Monday Night

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

The Alabama Crimson Tide plays the Clemson Tigers almost a year to the day since the two teams vied for last year's title. Alabama won that game 45-40. Alabama has won 4 of the last 7 championships.

Decision Expected Soon In Florida Golf Course Suit Involving Trump

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

A federal judge will rule on a 2013 lawsuit involving the Trump National golf course in Jupiter, Fla. Trump bought the club in 2012 and has refused to return $6 million to members wanting refunds.

Annual Auto Show Kicks Off In Detroit

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

The 2017 North American International Auto Show opened over the weekend in Detroit. A diverse lineup of new vehicles are vying for attention.

Why Generals Need Congressional Waivers To Become Defense Secretary

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

George Marshall was the last general nominated for defense secretary and he needed a waiver from Congress. We take a look at Marshall's Senate hearing in 1950. Donald Trump's pick also needs a waiver.

What Trump Should Know About North Korea Before He Takes Office

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Joel Wit, senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, about how to stop North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Bears That Inspired 'Adorable' Korean Paralympic Mascot Live In Caged Captivity

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 4:00am

The 2018 Paralympic mascot is the Asiatic black bear, a symbol of Korean folklore. But behind the caricature, South Korea has a troubled relationship with the bears, farming them for their bile.

(Image credit: Elise Hu/NPR)

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