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Veterans: How Trump's Ban Will Affect Transgender Troops?

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

President Trump has told the military to ban transgender people from serving. Many transgender veterans wonder what that will mean for them and the VA services they have come to depend on.

Wildland Firefighters Try To Combat Spread Of Invasive Species

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

Wildland firefighters in the West are using precious time to clean equipment in order to avoid bringing invasive species into sensitive areas. It's an attempt to avoid billions of dollars in damage.

Lawmakers Want To Make California A Sanctuary State

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

California lawmakers are considering a Sanctuary State bill to prevent local and state police from enforcing federal immigration law. Oregon passed a similar measure more than 30 years ago.

One Denver Suburb Aims To Be A Trailblazer For Drilling Oil In Suburbia

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

As oil wells and new housing fight for the same space, one Denver suburb aims to be a model for co-existence. It's proposing quieter rigs, sound walls, and lots of landscaping.

Vann Newkirk: 'Most Of My Life I Didn't Know Confederate Statues Could Come Down'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

Vann Newkirk is an African-American who grew up in Rocky Mount, N.C., a town with a Confederate monument. Newkirk writes for the Atlantic about how his view of the statue in his hometown evolved.

Fact Checking Trump On Veteran Affairs

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

President Trump spoke of his administration's achievements in reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. NPR's Quil Lawrence fact checks the president.

Bond Analysts Discuss Circumstances Around A Debt Ceiling Crisis

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

President Trump threatened a government shutdown unless Congress funded a border wall. Bond analysts try to interpret the impact of a potential debt ceiling crisis.

Jared Kushner Arrives In Jerusalem To Talk Peace

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

Presidential envoy Jared Kushner arrives in Jerusalem to take another attempt at restarting peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. But relations have gotten even worse recently.

Trump Administration Cuts Military Aid To Egypt

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

President Trump has had a friendly relationship with Egypt's leader but this week the administration surprisingly cut some military aid over Egypt's worsening human rights record.

Republican Congressman Mike Coffman Reacts To Trump's Afghanistan Speech

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:53pm

NPR's Robert Siegel asks Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado for his take on President Trump's Afghanistan strategy.

Abstinence Education Is Ineffective And Unethical, Report Argues

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:38pm

Researchers say that programs advocating abstinence until marriage fail to get teens to delay sexual activity and also prevent them from getting important information about pregnancy and STDs.

U.S. State Department Expands Travel Warnings For Mexico's Beachside Tourist Meccas

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:32pm

The department has updated its warnings about the Mexican states home to Cancun and Los Cabos, citing rising homicide rates.

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John Abercrombie, Wry And Exploratory Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:13pm

Abercrombie began forming his style in Boston while attending Berklee in the mid-'60s, eventually helping to redefine the lines between jazz, fusion and rock.

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Hope, Rebellion And Empowerment: The Multifaceted Appeal Of Mashrou' Leila's 'Roman'

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:01pm

The Lebanese alternative rock band's hit single has taken on a life of its own this summer: as an anthem for women's empowerment and as a song of hope for troubled political times.

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Let's Take A Shelf-ie: Experience NPR At The 2017 National Book Festival

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:52pm

NPR journalists will lead book chats with writers in a wide range of genres at the 2017 National Book Festival.

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New Yorkers Mourn End Of An Era As 'Village Voice' Ceases Print Edition

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:49pm

On Tuesday, the famed alt-weekly announced it would be ending its free weekly print edition. The publication was purchased by Peter Barbey in 2015.

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FACT CHECK: 10 Statements From Trump's Phoenix Speech

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:31pm

The president stood by his statements on Charlottesville during his campaign rally, but he left out the part where he had condemned violence "on many sides."

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Taylor Swift, After A Cryptic Week, Announces New Record

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:20pm

Reputation, the star's sixth record, is to be released Nov. 10.

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Are You Ready Yet To Accept Donald Trump For Who He Is?

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:14pm

The president's raucous Arizona rally fits a familiar pattern for Trump and should finally put an end to the persistent question of whether he will "pivot" and be more presidential.

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What Our Monuments (Don't) Teach Us About Remembering The Past

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:02pm

A history professor who studies the politics of memory tells us what the United States can learn from how Germans remember their history.

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