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What If 'Something Happens' After Judge's Ruling On Trump's Travel Ban?

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 8:08am

President Trump has said on Twitter that any terrorist attack would be the fault of the federal judge who ruled against the government. But history and the law suggest otherwise.

(Image credit: Brennan Linsley/AP)

Sen. Wyden Says He'll Vote Against Trump's Education Pick

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:34am

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be education secretary. Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon who says her policies won't work.

Britain's House Of Commons Breaks With Tradition, Bans Wigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:02am

Clerks no longer have to wear the wigs they've worn for more than 300 years. The speaker says the move makes parliament seem "marginally less stuffy."

Culture Clash, Survival And Hope In 'Pachinko'

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 6:00am

Min Jin Lee's sprawling family epic spans decades and two clashing cultures — Korea and Japan. It's honest, unadorned writing that acknowledges horror but ultimately carries a message of hope.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Super Bowl Halftime Flushes Worried Suburban Detroit Officials

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 5:39am

Officials were concerned that during halftime too many toilet flushes would stress a sewer line that already had broken and created a sinkhole. The sewer line held.

In 'Universal Harvester,' Mountain Goats Lyricist Reaps A Creepy Crop

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:05am

John Darnielle used some tricks of the horror trade to write his latest novel, which is set in 1990s Iowa and involves some cornfields. What's scary about cornfields? Mostly, the unknown.

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Travel Agents Say Clients Have Many Questions About Trump's Travel Ban

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

The Trump administration's travel ban and the confusion around it is creating headaches for some in the U.S. travel industry. Travel agents are trying to calm nervous travelers worried, not just about the ban, but about their reception abroad.

Democrats Conduct All-Night Session To Try To Stop DeVos Confirmation

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Democrats spent the night on the Senate floor to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. Two Republicans say they won't support her nomination.

Israel's Parliament Passes Controversial Settlement Law Retroactively

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

The Israeli parliament has approved thousands of homes for Jewish settlers that had been built without permission in the West Bank. Palestinians condemned the law.

Republican Sen. Lankford Confirms Support For Betsy DeVos As Education Secretary

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma about Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee to lead the education department. While he supports her nomination, two GOP senators say they won't vote to confirm her.

Haitians Denied Entry Into The U.S. May Have To Start New Lives In Mexico

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

With the U.S. denying humanitarian entry to Haitians and stepping up deportations, nearly 5,000 are trapped on the U.S. border in Tijuana, Some are resigned to starting new lives in Mexico.

Albright And Other Former Diplomats Urge Court To Reject Travel Ban

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who is one of 10 former diplomatic and national security officials to call on an appeals court to rule against key parts of the ban.

Amnesty International: Syria Used Saydnaya Prison To Murder Civilians

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

A new report by Amnesty International alleges the Syrian government conducted systematic attacks against its civilian population — including torture and extermination carried out at a military prison. Steve Inskeep talks to the report's author Nicolette Waldman.

Wayuu Calamity Shines A Light On Colombia's Forgotten Rural Poor

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

The economic meltdown in Venezuela is contributing to Indian children across the border in Colombia dying. Health experts say the Wayuu tribe has been particularly hard-hit.

Trump's Criticism Of Judges Is Shameful, Former Reagan Official Says

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Donald Trump personally lambasted the judge that overruled his ban on some Muslim immigrants. Steve Inskeep talks to Charles Fried, who was the solicitor general for Ronald Reagan, who says this president has gone too far.

With Travel Ban Blocked, Syrian Refugees Arrive In New York To Start A New Life

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Members of a Syrian refugee family who arrived at New York's JFK Airport on Monday were excited to be headed for a new home in Syracuse, and to give their children a good future in the U.S.

Not Every Trump Outrage Is Outrageous, Tom Nichols Says

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

David Greene talks to Tom Nichols, an author and professor at the Naval War College, who says the public and the media need to take a step back and a long breath when thinking about President Trump.

Iraqi Lawmaker And Yazidi Activist Caught Up In Trump's Travel Ban

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin have the travel ban story of Vian Dakhil, who's a member of the Iraqi Parliament and is a Yazidi activist.

Obamacare Helped The Homeless, Who Now Worry About Coverage Repeal

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:04am

Among those who benefited from Obamacare are many homeless people who were able to get Medicaid for the first time. Some are worried about what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean.

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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:01am

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.

(Image credit: Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR)

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