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Trump Has Many Jobs Unfilled; Is He 'Deconstructing The Administrative State'?

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 6:00am

Hundreds of federal posts remain vacant, and the President says there are a lot of unnecessary jobs in government. Are the two related?

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Feeling Lonely? Too Much Time On Social Media May Be Why

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 5:21am

It's not clear whether spending a lot of time on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram leads to social isolation, or whether the lonely seek solace in social media.

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Clydesdales Deliver Beer To Contest Winner Who Gave It Up For Lent

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:44am

Leandra Ruiz of Texas decided to quit beer for Lent. In a cruel twist of fate, Ruiz found out she won a contest: beer delivered by Budweiser's Clydesdales. She'll wait until Easter to enjoy her prize.

Health Officials Monitor Jump In Human Cases Of Bird Flu In China

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

A surge of human infections in China of the H7N9 bird flu has health officials investigating the reasons why. More than 450 people have been infected this year and a third have died.

Mohsin Hamid's Novel 'Exit West' Raises Immigration Issues

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid, who examines the global refugee crisis in a new novel called Exit West. The book is part ripped from the headlines and part magic realism.

Counterterrorism Official Doubts Travel Ban Would Solve Real Threat

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to John Cohen, who served as a senior counterterrorism official for Presidents Bush and Obama. He says the delayed new travel order would do nothing to address real threats.

Rep. Pallone Voices Frustration Over Obamacare Replacement Bill

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Frank Pallone, top-ranking Democrat on the panel that will approve the bill. Democrats say they're being prevented from seeing a copy of the ACA replacement bill.

French Presidential Candidate Fights On Despite Fraud Allegations

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Conservative politician Francois Fillon continues to lose support in his bid to be France's next President. Fillon is facing allegations of corruption involving his wife.

Rush Begins For Contractors Who Want In On Border Wall Construction

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

A deadline has been set for firms interested in helping to build a wall along the southern border. Prototype ideas are due this week; the government plans to make some design decisions by mid-April.

Trump Accuses Obama Of Ordering A Wiretap On His New York Office

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

President Trump wants congressional intelligence committees to investigate whether the executive branch abused its powers in the run-up to last November's presidential election.

Michael Moore Wants To Channel Trump Voter Regret Into Political Opposition

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Rachel Martin talks to filmmaker Michael Moore, who says disappointed voters need to call their members of Congress, take part in protests and think about running for local office themselves.

H-1B Visa Debate: Are Foreign Tech Workers Hired Over Americans?

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Many employers say they need H-1B workers because of a talent shortage among U.S. tech companies. But some Americans say the program that allows foreigners to be hired has put them out of work.

Environmental Advocacy Group Monitors Trump's EPA For Changes

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:12am

Environmental groups are concerned about possible cutbacks to the EPA. Steve Inskeep talks to David Goldston, director of governmental affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Did You Get Bit By a Lyme-Infested Tick? Here's What To Do

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:01am

One scientist is predicting a risky year for tick-borne Lyme disease in the Northeast, and it's spreading. But don't panic. We've got tips.

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Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:00am

Lyme disease is spreading, and this summer is shaping up as a whopper. Why has the tick-borne illness gotten so bad? The answer traces back to something the colonists did more than 200 years ago.

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These Days, Business Travel By Trump's Sons Is Costly And Complicated

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:47am

With the Trump family "so involved in international business, the logistical issues, costs and security risks are more substantial than we're used to seeing," says an expert in presidential travel.

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