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Trump Commerce Pick Wilbur Ross And The Steel Industry

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:11am

The billionaire investor has a connection to the steel industry and may play a large role in Trump's strategy to protect domestic manufacturers.

Orlando Police Arrest Suspect In Officer's Death, Ending Monthlong Manhunt

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:22am

Earlier this month, two law enforcement officers died during the search for Markeith Loyd, who was wanted in the murder of a pregnant woman. He was put in the handcuffs of one of the fallen officers.

Songs We Love: The Spirit Of The Beehive, 'Ricky (Caught Me Tryin')'

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:00am

With a woozy hook that's as dissonant as it is catchy, the Philadelphia band's new song mixes the pretty with the messy.

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2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 9:31am

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It hasn't been this hot since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.

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William Onyeabor, Mysterious Funk Musician, Dies At 70

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 8:41am

Beloved to DJs and crate diggers, the Nigerian musician died Monday following a brief illness.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

Sen. Gardner Assess Ross's Qualifications To Be Commerce Secretary

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:20am

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has made his fortune buying up troubled companies with the hopes of turning them around. Steve Inskeep talks to GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who met with Ross.

Secret Service, Agents Settle Over Racial Discrimination Allegations

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:06am

A long-running class action lawsuit alleged the Secret Service denied promotions to black agents. The agents , the service and Homeland Security have reached an agreement, pending court approval.

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Top Stories: Former President Bush Hospitalized; EPA Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:43am

Also: Gambia's leader calls a state of emergency; a suspect wanted in an Orlando officer's death is arrested; and Trump inaugural paraphernalia is for sale - including Russian nesting dolls.

Former President George H. W. Bush Hospitalized For Shortness Of Breath

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:09am

A spokesman for Bush says the former president has been in the hospital since Saturday and "has responded very well to treatments."

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Dear Mr. President: Obama Staff Mobilizes To Answer Kids' Letters

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:08am

In cramped offices near the White House, a brigade of staff, volunteers and former interns is scrambling to read every letter sent to President Obama — especially the letters from children.

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Patriots' Coach Focuses On Upcoming Playoff Game, Not 'SnapFace'

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:51am

The Steelers' coach was caught on Facebook Live insulting New England. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he missed the insult because, "I'm not on Snapface" — conflating Facebook and Snapchat.

Artist Does 'Bear' Of A Job As A Painter

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:40am

The artist's name is Juuso and he's a 900 pound brown bear. His paintings are on display in Helsinki. Some of the bear's prints have sold for more than $4,000.

Modern Cosmology Turns 100

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:30am

The expansion of the universe was sealed as fact in 1965, but the seeds for this revolutionary take on the cosmos and our place in it were planted in 1917 by a daring Einstein, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Divided States: Clinton Voter Worries About Plans To Repeal Obamacare

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

"Morning Edition" is checking in with some of the voters who participated in our Divided States series. We hear now from Ennis Tait, a pastor from Ohio, who supported Hillary Clinton.

Does The NFL Need A Minor League System? Our Commentator Thinks So

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

As plans are announced for a new minor pro football league in Los Angeles, commentator Kevin Blackistone says it is only filling a void that college football should be taking care of.

Can Trump's Pick For Attorney General Serve Independently From The White House?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

There's supposed to be a firewall between the Justice Department and the Oval Office, but Sessions' vigorous support of Donald Trump's campaign raises doubts about how independent he could be.

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The White House And Kremlin Take Parting Shots At Each Other

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

As the inauguration nears, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Donald Trump's foes of undermining the president-elect's legitimacy. The U.S. says Russia is trying to undermine global order.

Sen. Murphy Weighs In On Confirmation Hearings For DeVos And Price

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut about hearings for Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for education secretary, and Tom Price, Trump's pick to lead Health and Human Services.

Does Shulkin Pick To Head The VA Indicate Trump's Views Are Evolving?

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Advocates were surprised that Trump chose top VA official David Shulkin as his pick to run the full department. What concerns them is Trump's support for increasing the privatization of VA services.

Glenn Greenwald Comments On Obama Granting Clemency To Chelsea Manning

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Rachel Martin talks to Glenn Greenwald about the pardon of Manning, a WikiLeaks source. Greenwald published the first stories based on classified info leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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