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Congress Needs To Address Deeper Issues Hurting Health Care, Pearl Says

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to Dr. Robert Pearl who has been watching congressional efforts to overhaul health care. Pearl is CEO of health care insurer and provider, The Permanente Medical Group.

News Brief: Sally Yates Testimony, South Korea Election, 'Front Line' Probe

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Senate panel told ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn was compromised by the Russians. South Koreans elect a president. Probe shows why some families aren't getting government-funded housing.

There Must Be More Productive Ways To Talk About Climate Change

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who stresses how unproductive it is to label someone a "climate denier."

Economists Debate If Tax Cuts Pay For Themselves

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

A decades-old economic theory is making a comeback. The theory: tax cuts can pay for themselves. Trump administration advisers have repeated this mantra to explain why cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 to 15 percent won't blow a hole in the budget.

Yates, Clapper Testify On Russian Attempts To Interfere In U.S. Elections

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate panel on Monday that she repeatedly informed the White House that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was engaging in "problematic" conduct. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also testified.

U.S. Government Officials Play Hardball On Student Loan Defaults

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

The federal government is ramping up an experimental program in which they hire debt-collection law firms to sue borrowers who decades ago defaulted on student loans.

Russian LGBT Network Steps Up Efforts To Get Gay Men Out Of Chechnya

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Police in Chechnya have been reportedly cracking down on gay men. Some have been imprisoned and tortured. David Greene talks to a representative from the Russian LGBT Network, which is helping them.

At Town Hall Meeting, Republican Lawmaker Gets An Earful

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:42am

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York was one of the few Republican House members to hold a town hall following passage of the American Health Care Act. Her constituents were not happy.

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Perfume Genius Is Still Figuring Out How To Be In Love

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:41am

Mike Hadreas' new album as Perfume Genius, No Shape, centers on his relationship with boyfriend Alan Wyffels. The couple tells NPR's Rachel Martin about making music as recovering addicts and gay men.

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Kushner Family Business Pitch In China Prompts Questions About Investor Visas

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 5:38pm

Jared Kushner's sister recently pitched a New Jersey project to investors in China. Such investors could get a crack at an immigration visa to the United States in exchange for $500,000.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Has Deal To Buy Tribune Media's TV Stations

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:21pm

Sinclair's holdings are already vast and the deal, which needs federal approval, would give it stations in seven of the top 10 markets. It would further propel consolidation in the industry.

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Kennedy Award Honors Obama's Commitment To Public Service

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 6:38am

Former President Obama has ventured back into the political debate. He did it in Boston Sunday night when he received the JFK Profile in Courage Award, which is given annually by the Kennedy family.

Emmanuel Macron, Winner Of Presidential Runoff, Promises To Heal France

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 6:38am

Macron, 39, is the youngest candidate in French history to win the presidency. On Sunday, he defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen with 66 percent of the vote after a contentious campaign.

N.J. Dad Digs Through Garbage To Find Son's Cell Phone

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 6:05am

A phone belonging to Craig Roncace's son Ethan got thrown into the trash at his high school. Craig used an app to track the phone, and started digging through trash at the city dump. He found it.

Who Knew? Darth Vader Is A Surgical Technician In Tennessee

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 5:41am

How did Darth Vader Williamson get his name? His dad was a major Star Wars buff, and his mom agreed to the name while she was still under the effects of anesthesia.

2 Shows About Race Offer Different Approaches To Building Bridges

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:11am

Charles Barkley premieres a documentary series on TNT that aims to tackle issues of race in America. Comedian W. Kamau Bell has been hosting United Shades of America on CNN with a similar goal.

Trump's Travel Ban Executive Order Is Back In Court

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:11am

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia hears arguments Monday on the revised version of President Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.

Rice Endorses Overseas Engagement And Democracy Building

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:11am

As Morning Edition explores the history of our time, Rachel Martin talks to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about her new book, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.

Morning News Brief: Trump Travel Ban, French Presidential Election

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:11am

Trump's revised travel ban gets its first federal appeals court review. French voters elect a president. And ex-acting Attorney General Sally Yates testifies on Russia's meddling in U.S. elections.

Condoleezza Rice: Institutions Aren't Perfect, But They're The Bedrock Of Democracy

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:11am

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tells NPR that America is still a "bright, shining city on the hill, not because we're perfect but because we struggle in our imperfections every day."

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