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Obama Asks Congress For Help In Overhauling Justice System

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

There's not much the White House and the Republican-led Congress can agree on this year. President Obama singled out one issue in his State of the Union address: an overhaul for the justice system.

In Speech On Capitol Hill, Obama Requests Few Specifics Of Lawmakers

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

The State of the Union is usually a laundry list of things the president hopes Congress will get done in the year. But for this one — President Obama's last State of the Union — there were few specific requests of lawmakers. And that resonated with many Republican lawmakers.

European Commission Considers Stripping Poland Of Its Vote Among EU Nations

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

The ruling Law and Justice party in Poland has moved swiftly to control the Polish media and curtail the powers of the country's constitutional court. The actions are alarming Polish critics, tens of thousands of whom have taken to the streets to protest, and the European Commission is holding a rare meeting on Wednesday to discuss if Warsaw has violated EU law.

St. Louis Rams To Pack Up And Move To Los Angeles

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

The St. Louis Rams are moving to Los Angeles. The NFL approved the relocation Tuesday after debating two stadium proposals involving the potential move of three teams. One of those other teams, the San Diego Chargers, may join the Rams at a proposed stadium in Inglewood at a later date. The Oakland Raiders will remain in Oakland. All three teams threatened to move after running into resistance for new stadiums in their respective cities.

Trump Wasn't At The State Of The Union Address But His Presence Was Felt

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Donald Trump tweeted that the State of the Union is really boring, slow, lethargic — very hard to watch! On a number of occasions President Obama alluded to Trump's rhetoric on Muslims, saying this isn't just about political correctness. The official Republican response came from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley who all but called Trump out by name in her speech.

In Iowa, Trump Spins Current Events To His Point OF View

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

As President Obama prepared to deliver his State of the Union address, Donald Trump appeared at a large rally in Iowa. Trump made a big point about the disrespect Iran has toward the U.S. citing the ten U.S. sailors who were detained when their patrol boats drifted into Iranian waters

U.S. Journey Stalled, Cubans Stuck In Costa Rica Finally Fly To El Salvador

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

The first of thousands of Cubans stranded in Costa Rica flew to El Salvador on their way north to the U.S. Cuban emigration is surging amid fears the U.S. will soon cease to offer automatic residency.

Aid Convoy Reaches Starving Syrians In Southern City Of Madaya

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

The aid convoy finally reached Madaya after months under siege by forces loyal to dictator Bashar Al Assad. David Greene talks to Pawel Krzysiek of the International Committee Of the Red Cross.

Iran Detains 10 U.S. Sailors

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Iran's Revolutionary Guard is holding two small U.S. Navy craft and 10 sailors which it claims violated Iran's territorial waters. Iran says it intends to release the sailors soon.

Stay Tuned For Some Great New TV In 2016

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

Last year was all about change in the television industry. Our TV critic says the new year brings a host of exciting shows, from platforms old and new.

Obama's Speech Offers Optimistic Alternative To GOP Candidates' View

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

It was more vision statement than policy wish list, and it offered an optimistic choice to the negative view of the country expressed by the Republican presidential candidates.

State Of The Union Address: Lame-Duck President's Farewell Speech

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:13am

David Greene talks to Mary Stuckey of Georgia State University, author of the book Presidential Rhetoric, about President Obama's final State of the Union address.

Explosion In Heart Of Istanbul's Tourist Area Kills 10

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 7:09am

Turkey's president blamed the blast on a suicide bomber with links to Syria. David Greene talks to Erdal Karatas, a waiter at Pasha Restaurant, which is about 200 yards from where the blast happened.

'Sizable Explosion' Hits Tourist Neighborhood In Istanbul

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 6:27am

The blast in one of Turkey's most famous tourist neighborhoods, near the Blue Mosque, killed at least 10 people. A person who just came out of the mosque said "people were running in every direction."

Arson Suspect Sends Police A Better Photo Of Himself

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 6:07am

Police in Lima, Ohio, posted photos of a suspect wanted for arson and vandalism. He saw the mug shot and texted police a new one with the caption, "Here is a better photo that one is terrible."

Playboy Mansion Is For Sale. Got $200 Million?

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:48am

In addition to the 39 rooms in the mansion and famous pool with its grotto, there is a catch. As a condition of the sale: Hugh Heffner, who's lived there for four decades, stays puts.

Spain's Princess Christina Goes On Trial For Tax Fraud

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

Princess Christina, who is the sister of the king of Spain, went on trial for tax fraud Monday. She's the first Spanish royal charged with a crime — and has become a symbol of corruption in Spain's ruling elite.

Obama's State Of The Union Not Expected To Generate Big TV Ratings

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address Tuesday night. He hopes to use the speech to frame his last year in office and the 2016 campaign. The political spotlight, meanwhile, is increasingly shifting to the people running to replace him.

Kurdish Delegation In Washington Looking For U.S. Assistance To Fight ISIS

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

Pashmerga forces from the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq are a great asset in the fight against ISIS. The Kurds are also housing Iraqis and Syrians displaced by the fighting, and they're doing it at a time when the price of oil plunges. Steve Inskeep talks to Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman (buy-yawn sammy ab-dool rach-man) the Kurdish Regional Government's representative to the U.S. about what that region needs in the way of assistance as it fights on the frontlines in the war against ISIS.

Deadly Explosion Rocks Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 4:11am

Sultanahmet Square is adjacent to the Blue Mosque and is a major tourist site. At least 10 people were killed, according to Turkish officials.




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