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Are Democrats Willing To Support Trump's Infrastructure Plan?

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:30am

Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, about President Trump's infrastructure plan.

With Budget Deal Behind Them, Senators Open Immigration Debate

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:30am

The Senate takes up debate on an immigration Monday. Rachel Martin talks to Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma who is among a group of senators introducing an immigration overhaul bill.

'Oxford English Dictionary' Adds New Entries Including 'Hangry'

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:45am

Hangry is one of the newest entries. It's defined as "bad tempered or irritable as a result of hunger." Also added mansplain: when a man explains "needlessly, overbearingly or condescendingly."

Missouri Lawmakers May Make Sliced Bread Day Official

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:31am

The first commercially sliced bread was sold in Missouri in 1928. State lawmakers are debating a bill to declare Sliced Bread Day. It would be the best things since, you know, sliced bread.

ANC Committee Expected To Force South African President Zuma Out

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

Jacob Zuma's controversial tenure as president of South Africa is about to come to an end, as powerful forces in his governing African National Congress party try to shove him out the door.

U.S. Needs A Longterm Infrastructure Plan, Ray LaHood says

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood about the country's infrastructure, and what he'll be looking for in the package President Trump is expected to unveil Monday.

Retaliation: Israel Launches Airstrikes In Syria After Fighter Jet Crashes

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

Rachel Martin talks to Aaron David Miller, a former State Department adviser, about Israel's airstrikes on Syrian defense targets after Syria shot down an Israeli fighter jet over the weekend.

Politics In The News: What's In Store From Washington This Week

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

White House officials on Monday reveal the budget proposal and plans to repair the country's infrastructure. But that is being overshadowed by scrutiny over how Chief of Staff John Kelly handled allegations of spousal abuse against staff secretary Rob Porter.

Asma Jahangir, Activist Who Stood Up To Politicians, Dies At 66

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

Prominent Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir has passed away at the age of 66. She battled her opponents in the street, in courtrooms and on Twitter.

Ex-Mexican Foreign Minister Sees Some Good In Trump's Immigration Plan

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda about President Trump's immigration plan. He says there might be some merit to the plan.

Olympic Results From Sunday

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

At the Winter Olympics, it was a weekend of high drama. High winds scuttled the finals of the men's downhill and women's giant slalom. And the U.S. won its first medal in men's luge singles.

Weinstein Hit With Civil Rights Lawsuit Along With His Brother, Company

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

Steve Inskeep talks to CNN reporter Hadas Gold about New York's attorney general filing a suit against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following a sexual misconduct probe.

1 Family Finds A Way To Wean Themselves From Electronic Devices

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

If you've got teens at home, getting them off phones and other devices can be a battle. Social media is woven into their evening routine. Too much time on screens can amp up anxiety and depression.

Morning News Brief

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:12am

The Senate on Monday takes the unusual step of starting an open-ended debate on immigration overhaul. The federal agency that's meant to make sure consumers get a fair deal with financial institutions — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — is about to announce some radical changes.

Trump Administration To Defang Consumer Protection Watchdog

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:11am

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making the agency less aggressive in its mission. An internal memo obtained by NPR says the CFPB will unveil a strategic plan to that end.

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At 80, Judy Blume Reflects On Feminism, #MeToo And Letting Margaret Grow Up

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:06am

Judy Blume's best-selling books have shaped the way we talk about puberty, periods and female sexual experiences. Those story lines take on renewed relevance amid the #MeToo movement.

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Poem For Your Thoughts: Your Memories Of Love, Captured In Poetry

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:04am

You shared stories of being smitten, stories of betrayal and even a love letter to a dog. Here, author Kwame Alexander selects poems that get to the heart of those experiences.

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Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:03am

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

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View From The Ground In Syria

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 6:21am

American troops came under artillery fire in Syria this week. We have the latest on the fighting there and the U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Small-Government Conservatives Unhappy With Budget Deal

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 6:18am

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Akash Chougule of Americans for Prosperity about the budget deal that's drawn the ire of fiscal conservatives.

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