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Senate Showdown Over Supreme Court Nomination Gathers Steam

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

The Senate appears headed for a showdown that will fundamentally change how the institution approaches the process of Supreme Court nominations, and it could have further implications.

Lech Walesa Is Fearful Where Democracy Is Headed In Poland

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

The Nobel Prize winner says he will use any political clout he has left to help take down the Polish government to protect democracy. He wants Poles to petition for a referendum on new elections.

U.S. Leadership On Human Rights May Be Over, Former Diplomat Says

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

President Trump and his secretary of state downplay the importance of human rights in meetings with world leaders. Rachel Martin talks to Tom Malinowski, a former assistant secretary of state.

White House Pressures Municipalities To Crack Down On Immigration Enforcement

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

The Massachusetts Supreme Court is set to hear a case Tuesday that could determine how much local authorities can help federal immigration enforcement efforts. Localities say they can't detain people just because federal officials ask them to.

Suspect Sought In Russian Terror Attack In St. Petersburg

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

Rachel Martin talks to Guardian correspondent Shaun Walker about Monday's bombing of a metro train in St. Petersburg that killed 14 people. Another device was found unexploded at a nearby station.

Francis Fukuyama On Why Liberal Democracy Is In Trouble

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to historian and political scientist Francis Fukuyama about contributing factors to the decline in popularity of global free-trade, and the overall popularity of free-market liberal democracy.

Securing U.S. Boundaries Goes Beyond Wall, Former Border Chief Says

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:12am

David Aguilar, who once led Customs and Border Protection and the Border Patrol, will testify before a Senate panel on Tuesday about fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump Team Urges Skimpier Health Plans To Lure More People To Buy Insurance

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:00am

A rule proposed by the Trump administration would likely raise the deductibles and copays of new policies sold on the exchanges, starting next fall. Monthly premiums would likely be cheaper.

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Mayte Garcia Knew She Would Marry Prince, But Could Never Have Predicted How

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:53am

In her new book, The Most Beautiful, Garcia explains how an unlikely meeting at one of the pop icon's concerts sparked a relationship full of love, surprises and, ultimately, heartbreak.

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When The Border Is Just Next-Door, Crossing It Is A Fact Of (Daily) Life

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:52am

The two Nogales — one in Arizona, the other in Mexico — are in separate countries, but to the people who live there, they feel like one place: a border city.

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New York's Solitary Confinement Overhaul Gets Pushback From Union

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:51am

Several states across the U.S. are curbing their use of solitary confinements in prison. But in New York, corrections officers say it's a necessary tool to keep the guards and prisons safe.

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Why Do Some South Koreans Believe A Myth That North Koreans Have Horns?

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:50am

Researchers say the belief some South Koreans hold that North Koreans — who are the same ethnicity as South Koreans — are beast-like is a product of years of propaganda and misleading education.

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Harrison Ford May Keep Flying, FAA Investigation Concludes

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:34am

After actor Harrison Ford landed his small plane on a taxiway, rather than a runway, at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., in February, the FAA began looking into the incident.

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Life Is The Network, Not The Self

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 2:40am

The fundamental unit of biology is not the self, but the network — and this view has practical consequences, says David George Haskell, author of The Song of Trees.

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Bertha Finally Breaking Through

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:40am

After a two-year delay for repairs, Seattle's giant tunnel-boring machine is on the verge of completing its mission far beneath the city's streets.

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