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Preparing To Leave, National Counterterrorism Center Director Reviews Threats

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

After working under three presidents, Nick Rasmussen is stepping down as director of the National Counterterrorism Center. In an exit interview, he tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly how terrorism threats have changed since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

FBI Director Chris Wray Briefs Congress And Defends His Institution

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

FBI director Chris Wray is briefed Congress on Thursday. He faced questions about the Russia probe which has intensified in recent weeks.

Minnesotans React To Sen. Al Franken's Decision To Resign

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

After a series of allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced he will leave the Senate. Minnesota voters offer thoughts about Franken's political career.

California Wildfires Fanned By Santa Ana Winds

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

The largest wildfire in Southern California is in Ventura County north of Los Angeles. Fast-moving winds have caused the fire to scorch more than 95,000 acres since Monday night.

Violence In Jerusalem Follows Trump's Decision To Recognize City As Israel's Capital

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Palestinians demonstrated and clashed with Israeli troops in protest of President Trump's declaring the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But mostly they're considering their next steps.

Will The Tax Overhaul Help The Working Class

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

President Trump has promised to stand up for the forgotten working class. The administration claims the tax overhaul backs up the promise. Do details of the tax package back up that claim?

Congressional Leaders Visit The White House Seeking To Avert A Government Shutdown

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress went to the White House to negotiate with President Trump on government funding. Congress is trying to pass a short-term extension before a Friday deadline.

MPR Cutting Ties With Longtime Business Partner Garrison Keillor

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Last week, Minnesota Public Radio announced it was severing ties with Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. Separating long-term business arrangements also carries emotional baggage.

Congress Examines Sexual Harassment Settlements Paid With Taxpayer Dollars

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

A House panel today examined taxpayer-funded settlements given to victims of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. The process through which they are paid out is opaque to the public.

U.S Wants Peacekeeping Force In Ukraine-Russia Dispute

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Ukraine needs an international peacekeeping force to patrol its border with Russia. The Kremlin has a different idea of where it would be placed and operate.

Middle East Scholar Shares Regional Response To Trump's Jerusalem Decsion

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Middle East scholar Dr. Shelby Telhami about his regional view of President Trump's Jerusalem announcement yesterday. The decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has sparked violence in parts of the Mideast.

GOP Women Confront Sexual Misbehavior By Politicians

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Senator Al Franken resigned Thursday after multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Katie Packer Beeson, Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Al Franken Announces To Resign Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:38pm

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. announced his resignation in Thursday. He yielded to mounting calls from fellow Democrats to resign after allegations of unwanted sexual contact over a number of years.

Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether to Freeze or Flee, Scientists Find

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:22pm

After being caught in a net, narwhals appear to get confused about what to do. Researchers say the whales' befuddlement could provide clues about how they will adapt to a changing Arctic.

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Why Fires Are Becoming California's New Reality

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 2:15pm

The wildfires consuming parts of southern California becoming a new normal for the state, climatologists say. They're driven by a warming ocean, high winds and drought.

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Xylouris White On World Cafe

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:46pm

What do you get when you cross an Australian post-punk drummer with a lute player who is the descendant of Greek musical royalty?

(Image credit: M. Mathioudakis/Courtesy of the artist)

Latin Roots: Combo Chimbita

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:43pm

Cumbia — but psychedelic, trippy and downright freaky, with an inventive combination of rhythms and sounds from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

(Image credit: Itzel Alejandra/Courtesy of the artist)

Congressional Leaders To Huddle At White House For Shutdown Talks

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:34pm

President Trump invited the top Democrats and Republicans in Congress to the White House a day before government funding runs out. Democratic leaders skipped the meeting last week over a Trump tweet.

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Will The Mueller Investigation Unearth A Crime? Legal Reporter Says It's Complicated

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:16pm

"There is not going to be a neat ending," New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin says of the investigation into Russian meddling. A central issue is whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.

Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 1:16pm

Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

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