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The Challenges John Kelly Faces As Trump's New Chief Of Staff

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 5:42am

Michael Allen, a special assistant to President George W. Bush, talks about President Trump's new chief of staff, what his style is and how the retired general might deliver.

Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking Computer Science

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 5:11am

The Advanced Placement program has scored a win for diversity with the help of Silicon Valley.

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A Toddler Really Leaves Her Mark

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:37am

A 2-year-old looking for her mom walked into the basement and strolled right across a wet concrete floor. Her parents briefly considered leaving all the footprints but decided two would be enough.

In Search Of Love, Too Many Messages In The Bottles

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:30am

A widower put messages inside hundreds of glass bottles. But when they started washing up on Britain's shores, a littering backlash forced him to stop. Still, he says several women have been in touch.

Legislation Would Require Future Presidents-Elect To Release Their Tax Returns

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, says he fears that Donald Trump declining to release his tax returns will set a bad precedent for future candidates.

A U.S.-Russia Low Point After U.S. Diplomats Expelled

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

The former diplomat who coordinated U.S. sanctions against Russia weighs in on the current low point in U.S.-Russia relations after the Kremlin orders more than 700 U.S. diplomats to leave the country and seizes diplomatic properties.

Familiar-Looking Numbers Are The Latest Twist In Robocalls

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Ailsa Chang looks at a now rampant kind of robocalling — neighbor spoofing. These are automated calls coming from phone numbers that look strangely similar to the recipient's own phone numbers.

A Hospital CEO Watches Washington Struggle Over Health Care

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

As a provider of both a health care and insurance, Northwell Health has a huge stake in what health care legislation Congress proposes. CEO Michael Dowling says it's time for Democrats and health care professionals to come to the table.

Arizona Republican Hopes Senators Can Work Together On Health Care

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Sen. Jeff Flake says he hopes for bipartisan cooperation on health care after last week's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Art Exhibit Features Chagall's Works For Ballet And Opera

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art explores the role that music and ballet played in the work of painter Marc Chagall.

Sasheer Zamata Uses Comedy To Address Intolerance

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Comedian Sasheer Zamata just came off four seasons on Saturday Night Live. Now, she wants to break through to the next part of her career. She just performed her own standup at the international comedy festival Just For Laughs. NOTE: There is a moment in this story where a racial slur is used and discussed. The word N*gger is repeated 4 times between 2:46 and 2:54.

Does The State Department Need So Many Special Envoys?

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

While President Trump has just named Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as a special ambassador for religious freedom, many diplomatic special envoy posts remain unfilled. Steve Inskeep talks to retired ambassador Ronald Neumann about such posts.

U.S. Condemns Venezuela Vote As 'Sham Election'

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

Violence has broken out in Venezuela as people went to the polls to vote on a new constitutional assembly endowing President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party with virtually unlimited powers. Electoral authorities say 8 million people participated, while opposition leaders claim that number is much lower. The U.S. has joined other nations saying it won't recognize the results. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted, the "sham election is another step toward dictatorship."

Morning News Brief: A New White House Chief Of Staff, Russia Expels U.S. Diplomats

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:17am

President Trump's new chief of staff is sworn in today, Russia expels hundreds of American diplomats and Venezuelans vote on their country's future.

Timeline: Foreign Efforts To Hack State Election Systems And How Officials Responded

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:00am

For all the focus in 2016 on the cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, less attention was paid to what was happening in the states.

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New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:58am

The new bill was pushed by a conservative group critical of the way evolution, climate change and government were being taught in Florida schools.

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Sen. Jeff Flake: 'As Conservatives, Our First Obligation Is To Be Honest'

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:57am

A new book by GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona details where he thinks the Republican Party has gone wrong. Flake wrote it in secret because he didn't want his advisers to try to talk him out of it.

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How Steve Jobs Helped This North Korean Defector 'Think Different'

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:56am

When Kim Hak-min got to South Korea, he saw his first-ever smartphone, the iPhone 4. It changed his life trajectory.

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NPR News Nuggets: Cracker Barrel Super Stars, A Car Scavenger Hunt & Butter

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 11:10pm

Here's a quick roundup of some of the mini-moments you may have missed on this week's Morning Edition.

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Several Countries Reject Venezuela's Election To Rewrite Constitution

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 10:21pm

The controversial vote has culminated in more violence between protesters and police, with at least 10 deaths Sunday. Opposition activists see the election as a power grab by President Nicolas Maduro.

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