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As Ronny Jackson Withdraws Name As VA Nominee, Trump Defends Him

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 8:40am

President Trump defends Dr. Ronny Jackson in an interview with Fox News — and also seems to acknowledge that lawyer Michael Cohen represented him in what he calls the "crazy Stormy Daniels deal."

After Suspected Chemical Attack, Douma Residents Flee To Northern Syria

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 6:24am

A new camp in northern Syria is a muddy refuge for people who fled the town of Douma after a suspected chemical attack. They are traumatized and homeless and their futures are unknown.

Embattled EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt To Testify Before 2 House Panels

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 6:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko of New York about Pruitt, who is expected to answer questions about the EPA's budget and recent reports of possible ethics violations.

Pro Football Draft Finds Moments To Have Fun

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 5:35am

The San Francisco 49ers will announce one pick using Chewbacca. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lean into their pirate theme — using a parrot to reveal their fourth-round draft pick.

Amazon's Alexa Will Help Kids Learn Manners

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 5:13am

Amazon has updated the software so that now if a kid asks Alexa to do something with a "please" attached she'll say "thanks for asking nicely."

As User Data Scandal Persists, Facebook Reports Record Earnings

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

Mark Zuckerberg faced investors for the first time following the user data scandal as the company reported first quarter earnings on Wednesday.

Critic Of Trump's Travel Ban Weighs In On Supreme Court Hearing

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the travel ban Wednesday. Rachel Martin talks to Hawaii's Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who filed the state's challenge to the ban and attended Wednesday's hearing.

Will Ronny Jackson Withdraw His Nomination To Head VA?

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

Democrats on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee have released a document detailing allegations against Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

After Decades, Calif. Authorities Arrest Suspected 'Golden State Killer'

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

DNA led to the arrest of a suspected serial killer and rapist who terrorized California in the 70s and 80s. Authorities closed in just days ago. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, is charged in the case.

Pentagon Outlines Missteps That Led To Ambush Of U.S. Troops In Niger

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

New details are emerging about what happened in Niger last October when an ambush left four American soldiers dead. Rachel Martin talks to retired Army Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc.

Alabama Museum Aims To Shine A Light On America's History Of Racial Terror

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

A new museum and memorial in Montgomery honors the 4,000 plus victims of lynchings that took place between the end of reconstruction and the beginning of the civil rights movement.

Yemen's Civil War Places Heavy Burden On Ordinary Citizens

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep talks to Bushra Aldukhainah, a Yemeni worker for the aid group CARE, about conditions in Yemen in the midst of its years-long civil war.

News Brief: Allegations Against Ronny Jackson, Scott Pruitt

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:02am

President Trump's pick to lead the VA faces new allegations laid out in a list by Democrats on a Senate panel. And, EPA chief Pruitt testifies before lawmakers about his agency's 2019 budget proposal.

NPR/Ipsos Poll: Most Americans Support Teachers' Right To Strike

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:01am

Just one in four Americans, including just 36 percent of Republicans, believe teachers in this country are paid fairly. Three-quarters agree teachers have the right to strike.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Tough Questions On Capitol Hill

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:00am

EPA chief Scott Pruitt could face tough questions on Capitol Hill Thursday. It's his first appearance before lawmakers since a string of ethics allegations prompted numerous investigations.

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Boston Red Sox Want To Strike Former Owner's Name Off Street Sign

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:00am

The team's owners want to rename Yawkey Way, outside Fenway Park, to distance themselves from former owner Tom Yawkey's era of racial discrimination. Others argue that he redeemed himself.

(Image credit: Tovia Smith/NPR)

Mel Brooks Says It's His Job 'To Make Terrible Things Entertaining'

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 3:55am

Brooks, 91, has made a career of poking fun at topics that normally wouldn't make you laugh. "The comedy writer is like the conscience of the king," Brooks says. "He's got to tell him the truth."

(Image credit: Danny Hajek/NPR)

Michael Cohen Says He Will Take The Fifth In Stormy Daniels Suit

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 3:47am

The longtime attorney to President Trump will not answer questions in the lawsuit brought by the adult entertainer who says she was paid to keep quiet about an affair with Trump.

(Image credit: Mary Altaffer/AP)

HUD Unveils Plan To Increase Rent On Millions Receiving Federal Housing Assistance

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:43pm

Under HUD Secretary Ben Carson's proposal, some of the poorest families will see their rents triple. About 712,000 households would see rents jump to $150 per month under the proposal.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

Trump Defends VA Nominee But Suggests He Might Prefer To Withdraw

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:43am

Rachel Martin talks to Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, about the president's nominee to lead Veterans Affairs. Dr. Ronny Jackson faces issues including whether he has the managerial experience.

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