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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

30 min 43 sec ago

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election

1 hour 11 min ago

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

Majority Of Northern California Wildfire Victims Were 65 Or Older

1 hour 11 min ago

The majority of people who lost their lives in the northern California wildfires were age 65 or older. But what factors did the age of the victims have in their deaths?

Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL

1 hour 11 min ago

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michael McCann of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law about the latest move by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he is the victim of a group boycott by team owners punishing him professionally for his political views.

President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

1 hour 11 min ago

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

1 hour 11 min ago

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

Why Da Vinci's Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won't End Up In A Museum

1 hour 11 min ago

The last known privately owned painting by Leonardo da Vinci is going up for auction. But it will probably go back into private hands because no museum can afford the price. "Salvator Mundi" is likely to sell for more than a $100 million.

How Can The International Community Respond To The 'Ethnic Cleansing' In Myanmar?

1 hour 11 min ago

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein about what can be done about the violence perpetrated by Myanmar's military against the Rohingya minority.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

1 hour 11 min ago

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

1 hour 11 min ago

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

1 hour 11 min ago

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

1 hour 11 min ago

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

1 hour 11 min ago

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

How Other Terrorist Organizations Could Benefit From ISIS' Loss Of Raqqa

1 hour 11 min ago

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Ali Soufan, former FBI terrorism investigator, and author of the book Anatomy of Terror. They discuss reports that Al-Qaida is actively recruiting ISIS fighters.

More Rain In Puerto Rico Brings Misery To Those With Damaged Roofs

1 hour 11 min ago

Puerto Rico has had steady rain this week, meaning misery for those whose roofs were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Across the island, frustration is building over delays in the distribution and installation of the tarps usually provided by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

For Clues To China's Crackdown On Public Expression, Look To Its Economy

1 hour 25 min ago

The Communist Party has become obsessed with maintaining social stability in recent years. Rights advocates say it has to do with the country's unstable economy.

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To Protect Children From Identity Theft, Parents Must Be Proactive

1 hour 30 min ago

Experts say children's personal information is especially valuable for identity thieves, but there are steps parents and legal guardians can take to mitigate the risk of identity theft.

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After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

1 hour 32 min ago

The largest known theft of Social Security numbers in history has lawmakers, law enforcement and identity theft victims angry. They're calling for better security and other changes in the system.

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Pentagon Tightens Vetting For Immigrant Service Members

1 hour 54 min ago

Green card holders must now wait for security vetting to be complete before entering military service. Previously, foreign-born enlistees shipped to basic training while vetting was underway.

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Episode 581: Free Money

2 hours 19 min ago

Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in a storage locker in Utah.

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