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Does Disaster Relief Favor Some States Over Others?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

California House members have sent a letter requesting $4.4 billion in federal wildfire relief. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Jeff Denham, one of the Republican lawmakers who signed the letter.

Jerusalem's Mayor On The U.S. Embassy Move

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

NPR's Rachel Martin asks Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat about President Trump's controversial decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

What's Next For Democrats After Franken And Conyers

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

Sen. Al Franken is expected to resign Thursday following accusations of sexual harassment. We look at what the resignation of two prominent Democratic lawmakers in one week means for the party.

Southern California Fires Continue

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

Multiple wildfires are burning in Southern California, from Ventura to Los Angeles. Tens of thousands of acres have been scorched and tens of thousands of residents evacuated.

FBI Director Faces Lawmakers

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

FBI Director Christopher Wray appears at his first oversight hearing in Congress Thursday. It's a tough time for the bureau he leads.

Russian 7-Year-Old Gets Military Draft Orders

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

A 7-year-old boy in Russia received a draft notice. Russian media quote his grandfather saying the family will bring the boy at the appointed time — they don't want to be accused of draft-dodging.

News Brief: Jerusalem Reaction, Franken To Resign, California Fires

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

Following sexual harassment allegations, Sen. Al Franken is expected to resign Thursday. Also, we have reaction to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

At 86, Bobby Osborne Doesn't Intend To Quit Singing Anytime Soon

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

The bluegrass group Osborne Brothers released their version of "Rocky Top" on Christmas Day 50 years ago. Sonny Osborne retired in 2005, but Bobby is still going strong. The singer released his latest album 'Original' in June.

(Image credit: Stacie Huckeba/Courtesy of the artist)

Names Written In Blood And Rust: Documenting Syria's Disappeared

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:18am

Political prisoner Mansour Omari hid the names of fellow inmates, penned in makeshift ink, in the lining of his shirt. Now free, he tries to keep a promise to ensure the world does not forget them.

(Image credit: Dylan Collins/Courtesy of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)

As GOP Lawmakers Eye Cutting Estate Tax, Will They Increase Income Inequality?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:43am

As Republicans prepare to pass their a massive tax overhaul, they are planning to lessen, or even eliminate, the estate tax. But critics say the tax plays an important role in making the economy fair.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Religious Leaders Divided Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:33am

Several Jewish-American groups and evangelical Christians applauded President Trump's announcement. Other Christian and Jewish leaders as well as some Muslim-majority nations criticized the move.

(Image credit: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

What A Tax Overhaul Could Mean For Students And Schools

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:28am

The House and Senate are working to reconcile their versions of a tax plan — but one thing is for certain: Big changes are ahead for the nation's schools and colleges.

(Image credit: Martin Elfman for NPR)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo On GOP Tax Plan

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 6:19am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells NPR's Steve Inskeep why he opposes the GOP tax plan, which would end the deduction for state and local taxes. Cuomo says the plan is "a targeted assault" on New York.

Former U.S. Ambassador To Israel On Trump's Jerusalem Change

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 6:16am

NPR's David Greene talks Daniel Kurtzer, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel under President George W. Bush, about President Trump's plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Thousands Evacuate As Southern California Wildfire Spreads

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:06am

In Southern California, a fast-moving wildfire has tens of thousands of people evacuating from their homes. Hot, dry Santa Ana winds are fanning the flames.

How The Arab World Is Responding To Trump's Jerusalem Move

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:06am

Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab joins NPR's Steve Inskeep to talk about the Trump administration's plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

A Dog Saves 2 Cats Because Dogs Are Clearly Superior Animals

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:06am

A Canadian police dog was on a walk with an officer and followed his nose to discover two half-frozen kittens. Both of whom were then rescued by the Mounties.

Russia To Respond To Olympics Ban

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:06am

The Russian government is expected to issue its response on Wednesday to the decision by the International Olympic Committee to ban Russia from the next winter games, in February 2018.

What The RNC's Support For Roy Moore Means For 2018

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:06am

David Greene talks with Republican consultant and former Bush administration official Scott Jennings about the RNC's renewed support for Roy Moore and Republicans' strategy for 2018 elections.

The Fallout From Benching Eli Manning

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:06am

Mike Pesca opines on the benching of Eli Manning and the subsequent firing of Giants Coach Ben McAdoo.

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