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News Brief: All Eyes On Tillerson's Moscow Visit, Kansas Special Election

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:06am

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Moscow Tuesday. Will he take a tough line with Russia during his visit? And Democrats are feeling optimistic about a special election in Kansas on Tuesday.

Ala. Gov. Bentley Agrees To Plea Deal And Resigns Amid Scandal

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:06am

After a year of fighting allegations he misused his office to cover up an affair with a top political aid, two-term Republican Gov. Robert Bentley reached a plea deal that led to his resignation.

More Travelers Are Being Asked For Their Cellphones And Passwords Entering U.S.

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:00am

The Department of Homeland Security says such demands aren't routine and represent a fraction of those entering the country.

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Wireless Industry Lobbies Statehouses For Access To 'Street Furniture'

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 4:00am

Instead of soaring towers with antennas on top, future cell sites will adorn power poles and streetlights owned by cities and towns that are wary of turning them over to wireless companies.

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Alabama Governor Resigns Over Alleged Affair And Cover-Up

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 7:00pm

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has resigned after pleading guilty to abusing his office, allegedly to conceal an affair with a top political adviser.

Wireless Industry Lobbies States In Preparation For New Technology

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 5:42pm

Telecom companies are aggressively lobbying state lawmakers across the country as the industry prepares to roll out the next generation of wireless technology.

Anti-Immigrant Leader Mark Krikorian Gains New Relevance In Trump Era

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:28pm

Mark Krikorian at the Center for Immigration Studies has been arguing for restricting immigration to the U.S. for years. His ideas have a new currency inside the Trump White House. But critics are attacking his organization as a hate group.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Step Up Cell Phone Searches

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:28pm

The border patrol has almost tripled the number of people it demands turn over their cell phones coming into and leaving the U.S. Some in Congress now want to require a warrant first.

Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As 9th Justice On The Supreme Court

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:28pm

On Monday, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the ninth justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, finally filling the vacant seat left by the death of Antonin Scalia over a year ago. NPR looks ahead at his first term.

States Introduce New Legislation To Protect Internet Privacy

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:28pm

A recent move by Congress to strip the Federal Communications Commission of the power to protect Internet privacy has provoked outrage among some, and state legislatures may try to weigh in.

Refugee Advocates Hope For Policy Changes After U.S. Airstrikes In Syria

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Linda Hartke, president and CEO of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, about the future of refugee resettlement after the U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

Washington Labor Lawyer Eric Dreiband Could Run DOJ Civil Rights Unit

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 2:47pm

Dreiband, who currently works for a prestigious D.C. law firm, was once top lawyer for the EEOC in the George W. Bush administration. He also worked in the office of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.

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Trump Cheers Elevation Of Gorsuch To Supreme Court

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:29am

President Trump delivered on a campaign promise with the swearing-in of conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. He thanked Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for making it possible.

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Has U.S. Policy Changed Regarding ISIS And Syria's Civil War?

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 7:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Tom Bowman and Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas about how the Trump administration is addressing Syria's civil war. Hurd says Syria's President Bashar Assad "must go."

After Missile Strikes, Many Wonder What Is The U.S. Policy On Syria

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:07am

Rachel Martin talks to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, a member of the foreign relations committee, on whether the U.S. has a long-term strategy for dealing with Syria.

The Future Of Syria's President Is The Latest Issue To Divide The GOP

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:07am

President Trump received support for bombing a Syrian airfield. A divisive question looms over any deeper involvement in Syria's war. Steve Inskeep talks to Jonah Goldberg of the National Review.

Trump Administration Assesses Global Peacekeeping Priorities

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:07am

The U.S. wants to see changes within the United Nations, as well as its peacekeeping operations worldwide — most of which are in Africa. The U.S. is the biggest donor to the budget.

Alabama Governor Refuses To Step Down, Faces Impeachment Hearings

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:07am

Impeachment hearings get underway on Monday for Alabama's governor. Robert Bentley, a two-term Republican, is accused of misusing his office to cover up an alleged affair.

Rep. Mike Johnson On Revived GOP Health Care Plan

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:07am

After the collapse of a Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans say they've made changes to their health care plan. Rachel Martin talks to Republican Rep. Mike Johnson.

Elections To Replace Some Trump Cabinet Picks Looking Tighter Than Anticipated

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 4:00am

Races in Georgia and Kansas to replace GOP lawmakers who joined the Trump administration are surprising activists, pundits and both political parties in an unsettled political environment.

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