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In 2003, in Burkina Faso, Abdel Akim Adjibade found out he won the lottery — the green card lottery. He became one of approximately 50,000 people each year to win entry to the U.S. this way, and now he teaches physics in Illinois. He shares what this experience was like for him.

As part of his immigration proposal, President Trump has proposed eliminating the Green Card Lottery that allows around 55,000 people who have no family connection or employer sponsor to enter the U.S. each year. Muzaffar Chishti, a director of the Migration Policy Institute, explains the origin of the program and how it's changed.

After he criticized the idea of a U.S. preemptive strike on North Korea, Victor Cha is no longer the White House's candidate for Ambassador to South Korea. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Frank Aum of the U.S. Institute of Peace about the Trump administration's "bloody nose" strategy.

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Colorado's Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper as he offers his reaction to President Trump's first State of the Union address. Trump included a call for greater bipartisanship on the sharp policy differences that divide Republicans and Democrats.

Ronen Bergman says that while Israel's shootings, poisonings, bombings and drone strikes against its perceived enemies were "tactical successes," they were also diplomatically harmful.

President Trump announced during his first State of the Union address that he signed an executive order to keep the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba open as part of his national security agenda.

The pace of poisonings in the so-called Tide Pods Challenge continues to grow. The candy-like appearance of the packets draws easy criticism. Procter & Gamble says it's not planning a new design.

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., in advance of President Trump's first State of the Union address. Dingell is bringing Cindy Garcia, the wife of a Jorge Garcia, who was deported last month to Mexico after living in the U.S. for 30 years.

President Trump will deliver his first official State of the Union address in front of a divided and confrontational Congress. The mood on Capitol Hill is antagonistic and divided leading up to the speech.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is proposing changes in the way alerts are sent to cell phones, hoping to make them more targeted. Such changes might have better informed residents of Houston during last year's hurricane related flooding and California residents during wildfires.




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