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Can Sobriety Tests Weed Out Drivers Who've Smoked Too Much Weed?

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 5:34pm

Massachusetts' highest court is considering whether roadside sobriety tests for marijuana can be used as evidence of driving stoned in the same way they are used to determine if a driver is drunk.

Classic Novel '1984' Sales Are Up In The Era Of 'Alternative Facts'

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:42pm

George Orwell's warning against regimes that create their own realities, published in 1948, is enjoying resurgent interest, hitting number one on the Amazon bestseller list.

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Facebook Tweaks Its 'Trending Topics' Algorithm To Better Reflect Real News

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:36pm

The update comes days after accusations surfaced online that the highly shared Women's March didn't show as trending on Facebook. The social site has been trying to curb fake news and filter bubbles.

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As Obama Clean Power Plan Fades, States Craft Strategies To Move Beyond It

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:16pm

The plan is on hold while a legal battle plays out. Even if it's upheld, the Trump administration is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, states are looking at energy alternatives.

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As Trump Hotels Expand, Trump Club Also Raises Fees - And Eyebrows

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:04pm

The Trump Organization plans to open many hotels during this administration. And company's Mar-a-Lago club is doubling initiation fees. Ethicists say Trump is improperly profiting from his office.

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'1984' Tops Amazon Bestseller List After Trump Aide's 'Alternative Facts'

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

George Orwell's 1949 novel, 1984, was a hit when it came out, slipped into obscurity, and then was reborn after the BBC adapted it. It's remained popular ever since, but the Trump administration's "alternative facts" have pushed it to the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

Despite Criticism Of Claims, Trump Seeks Investigation Into Voter Fraud

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump called for a "major" investigation into voter fraud, after widespread criticism of his unverified claim that up to five million people voted illegally in the last election.

GOP Lawmakers Look To Shape Health Care Strategy At Philadelphia Retreat

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

Republicans have many ideas on how to replace the Affordable Care Act, but little consensus on how exactly to do it. Lawmakers are hoping to shape that strategy at a 3-day policy retreat in Philadelphia.

EPA Scientists' Work May Be Subject To Review By Trump Team

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

The Trump transition at the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a bumpy start. External communications have been frozen, and this morning NPR reported that even academic papers by agency scientists will be subject to review during the transition.

Despite Trump Actions, Santa Fe Mayor Vows To Remain A Sanctuary City

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Santa Fe, N.M., Mayor Javier Gonzales about President Trump's latest action regarding sanctuary cities. Last November, Gonzales told NPR his city would be hurt by cuts in federal funding, but remains committed to being a sanctuary city.

Justice Department Signals Change In Approach To Civil Rights Cases

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

A new team is starting to take shape at the Justice Department. Among their early moves, a signal they will change the approach to major civil rights cases.

Donald Trump Moves Forward With Plan To Build Border Wall

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump announced Wednesday executive actions that will reshape U.S. immigration policy, including plans for the wall, actions against sanctuary cities and new border patrol measures.

Trump Issues Executive Actions Targeted At Immigration

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 3:27pm

President Trump issued another round of executive actions Wednesday. These were targeted at his signature campaign issue of immigration.

'Resist': Activists Unfurl Massive Banner On Crane Behind White House

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 2:04pm

"As much as I have a fear of heights, I decided that I would do this because the risks are so great and so tremendous at this point with this administration," said Greenpeace's Karen Topakian.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Foes: We Aren't Done Fighting Yet

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 1:53pm

Opponents of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines say that Trump's new executive memo is a disappointment. But it's one that they've been gearing up for.

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Donald Trump's Moving Forward With His Wall. Is It Really Going To Happen?

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 12:49pm

A wall would be expensive — up to $40 billion, according to one estimate. Experts say it's impractical, and a majority of Americans are actually against it. But it was a big Trump campaign promise.

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Trump Vows 'Big Border Tax' For U.S. Manufacturers That Move Jobs Abroad

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 10:58am

President Trump has suggested an import tax of up to 45 percent on goods made by U.S. firms overseas. But it's illegal to single out individual companies and it's unclear what form the tax would take.

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Trump Expected To Order Building Of U.S.-Mexico Wall Wednesday

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 6:07am

"Among many other things, we will build the wall" along the U.S. border with Mexico, the president said last night.

Media Blackout Ordered For EPA Employees During Trump Transition

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:03am

The Trump administration has ordered a temporary media blackout for the Environmental Protection Agency as its transition team gets into place. There are concerns that the administration is targeting environmental agencies that work on climate change in its early days.

Trump Expected To Order Mexican Border Wall

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:03am

President Trump on Wednesday is reportedly expected to announce the building of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. We discuss Trump's national security directives, which are expected to include limiting refugees from entering the U.S.

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