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As He Retires, U.S. Diplomat Delivers Message That 'Values Have Power'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 5:59pm

Daniel Fried, who retired Friday from the State Department, helped shape U.S. policy in Europe over a 40-year career. "I learned never to underestimate the possibility of change," he told colleagues.

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Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is 'You're Not Welcome'

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 5:28pm

He landed in Chicago for a graduation celebration trip after President Trump's travel ban took effect on citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. He was held overnight in a cell and then sent back.

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Criticized By Peers, White House Counterterrorism Adviser Returns Fire

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 5:17pm

Sebastian Gorka responded to critical posts on Twitter by threatening to involve White House lawyers. He is fighting questions about his credentials and his views on Islam.

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Doug Wamble On Piano Jazz

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 5:05pm

The guitarist and vocalist joins Marian McPartland to perform standards from "St. Louis Blues" to "Naima."

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FCC Chairman Goes After His Predecessor's Internet Privacy Rules

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:28pm

The new telecom chief is moving to halt one part of the sweeping rules for Internet service providers, which were passed last year in part based on "net neutrality" regulations.

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Bounding Baby Bongo Born

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:19pm

An eastern bongo at the Los Angeles Zoo birthed the first bongo to be born at the zoo in more than 20 years. Bongos are native to Africa and have stripes, big ears and horns.

(Image credit: Jamie Pham/Los Angeles Zoo)

Los Angeles Officials To ICE: Stop Identifying Yourselves As Police

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:13pm

The mayor of Los Angeles co-signed a letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency requesting that its agents not identify themselves as "police" during operations in the city.

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Jazz On Film And The Problem Of The Mad Creative Genius

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:06pm

Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride reflects on how movies about his art form — including La La Land and a new Lee Morgan documentary — tend to paint the working jazz musician.

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Trump Administration Weighs Increased Scrutiny Of Refugees' Social Media

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 4:00pm

The Obama administration began checking social media accounts of prospective Syrian refugees more than a year ago. Such steps could expand as President Trump prepares a new executive order on vetting.

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David Oyelowo On The Real 'United Kingdom' Marriage And Its Diplomatic Fallout

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:48pm

The film tells the story of Ruth Williams, a London typist, and Seretse Khama, heir to the throne of modern-day Botswana. In 1948, their interracial marriage sparked a political firestorm.

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Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Threatens Legal Action Over Tweets

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:46pm

He's a cheerleader for President Trump's travel restrictions. He's a self-described expert on Islamist movements who does not speak Arabic. He's declared that alpha males are back. And his calling card now reads, Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president. The British-born, Hungarian-educated White House newcomer seems to have his new boss' ear and the ire of some security experts.

NPR's Full Press On Presidential Press Conferences

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:42pm

How should NPR cover major appearances by President Donald Trump?

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Oscar Nominee Lin Manuel-Miranda Aims For EGOT

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

If Lin Manuel-Miranda wins an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category, he will become only the 13th person in history to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. We hear from past EGOT winners.

Thousands Forced To Evacuate Amid Floods In San Jose, Calif.

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

Heavy rains and flooding in San Jose, Calif., have forced thousands to evacuate their homes with little warning. The flooding is the worst the region has seen in decades.

Week In Politics: Trump's Speech At CPAC, Race For DNC Chair

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Conservative Political Action Conference, former House Speaker John Boehner's statements about Obamacare and the upcoming vote for Democratic National Committee chair.

Suspect In Kansas Shooting Faces Possible Hate Crime Charges

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

A shooting that left a man dead in Kansas could be ruled a hate crime. Two men from India and a local man who tried to intervene were shot by a man who reportedly thought he was shooting people from the Middle East.

Nigerian President's Long Absence Comes Amid Major Economic Crisis

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

Nigeria's president went to London in January and hasn't been back home. His government says the 74-year-old is in good health but Nigerians worry he's ill at a time the country faces big problems.

Manufacturing CEOs Face Challenges Training Workers In High-Tech Jobs

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

At a meeting with President Trump Thursday, manufacturing CEOs talked about the challenge of finding workers qualified to do the high-tech jobs that are available. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Mark Muro, senior fellow with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, about what's wrong with existing training programs for manufacturing jobs.

White House Asked FBI To Refute Reports Of Russia Contacts

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:34pm

The White House is pushing back on a story that alleged it tried to pressure the FBI to discredit reports of alleged communication between the Trump campaign and Russia. The story, which was reported by CNN, says the FBI resisted those efforts.

The Problem With That Video Of Tigers Squaring Off With A Drone

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 3:28pm

The enclosure in China's Heilongjiang province, where the drone video was filmed, has been accused of keeping animals in "deplorable conditions."

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