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Trump, Netanyahu Expected To Talk About Middle East Conflicts

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

President Trump meets Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They're expected to talk about Iran, ISIS and the long-simmering conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Federal Trial Begins For Leaders Accused Of Occupying Wildlife Refuge

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

Federal prosecutors in Oregon are getting a second chance to prove the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge was illegal. Jury selection is underway in Portland, Oregon.

#AskCokie: Listeners Ask About Rule 19 That Silenced Sen. Warren

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

David Greene talks to columnist and commentator Cokie Roberts about the rules of the Senate, the breakdown of civility and when good manners turn bad.

Authorities Hope To Avoid Knee-Jerk Reaction To Crime Crackdown

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

A group of current and retired police chiefs are hoping to talk the Trump administration out of a return to what they see as a "lock 'em up" approach to law enforcement.

Trump Claims Voter Fraud, FEC Commissioner Wants Administration's Evidence

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Ellen Weintraub — commissioner of the Federal Election Commission — about the Trump administration's claims of voter fraud.

Trump Aides Often Contacted Russian Intelligence, 'New York Times' Says

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times about evidence that U.S. spy agencies have that show the Trump campaign was repeatedly in contact with senior Russian intelligence officials.

With Flynn Out, Who Will Trump Pick To Be National Security Adviser?

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

Michael Flynn resigned for misleading the vice president about his conversations with a Russian diplomat. To discuss possible replacements, David Greene talks to retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor.

With Politics, NBA Speaks Its Mind

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:57am

If you enjoy sports only as an escape from political give and take, commentator Pablo Torre warns there's some bad news: You can no longer enjoy the NBA. Players and coaches are talking politics.

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Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:56am

The musician and multimedia artist has created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY."

(Image credit: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography/Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery)

N. Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Is Dead. But Why?

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54am

"It probably is the strangest story that I have encountered about North Korean elites and the Kim family," says Michael Madden, who runs the site North Korea Leadership Watch.

(Image credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

English Pub Patrons Buy Nelson Foyle A Lordship Title

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:47am

In Salisbury, England, Nelson Foyle, 93, has been drinking in the same pub — the Dog and Gun — for the past 80 years. To honor him, fellow drinkers bought him a lordship of the manor title.

U.S. Court Of International Trade Resolves Snuggie Issue

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:28am

The trade court has now ruled the Snuggie is a blanket not a garment because it opens in the back. That means lower tariffs, so importers will warm to that decision.

Controversy Over Talks With Russian Ambassador Leads To Flynn's Resignation

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

David Greene talks to Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, about the implications of General Mike Flynn's resignation as national security adviser.

U.S. Treasury Imposes Sanctions On Venezuelan Vice President

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

The U.S. Treasury is taking action against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, accusing him of being personally and significantly involved in the international narcotics trade.

UConn Women Make Basketball History: 100 Consecutive Wins

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

The Lady Huskies defeated the University of South Carolina Monday night to win their 100th game in a row. The team has not lost since November of 2014. David Greene talks to sports commentator Christine Brennan about the streak.

Trump To Welcome Israel's Netanyahu To White House Meeting

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay his first visit to President Trump on Wednesday. Rachel Martin talks to former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyl.

View From Russia: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigns

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

Flynn resigned amid allegations he inappropriately talked about U.S. sanctions with a Russian official, and later allegedly misled then Vice President-elect Pence about the conversations.

Rep. Flores Weighs In On Trump's Immigration Order

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

President Trump has signaled that he might write a new immigration executive order to replace the one struck down by a federal court last week. Rachel Martin talks to Congressman Bill Flores of Texas, who supported Trump's original order but took issue with its rollout.

Deputy Director Appointment Raises Concerns CIA's Dark Chapter Isn't Over

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

Gina Haspel is well respected within the CIA because of her experience which includes running a black site, overseeing waterboarding and writing the order to destroy tapes of interrogations.

Trump Accepts Resignation Of National Security Adviser Flynn

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 3:56am

Michael Flynn has resigned as White House national security adviser after controversy over phone calls he had in December with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

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