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German City Council Wants Meat At Vegetarian Festival

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:02am

An environmental group is holding a vegetarian festival on Earth Day. But members of the German city's council want the group to serve local meat at the event.

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

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This Trip Through 'The Alps' Is A Little Bit Bumpy

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Stephen O'Shea's quirky travelogue is packed with facts and history, but it's marred by a few odd choices — for example, why visit the famed skiing town of Val d'Isère at the height of summer?

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5 Million English Language Learners: A Vast Pool Of Talent, At Risk

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 5:00am

The number of English language learners in public schools is nearing 5 million. Many are struggling academically, despite well-intentioned efforts to help them learn English.

Trump's Election Drives More Women To Consider Running For Office

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:21am

One group that helps train female candidates says applications for its programs are up 87 percent since Election Day.

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Trump's Plan To Hire 15,000 Border Patrol And ICE Agents Won't Be Easy

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:12am

Applicants have to go through "extreme vetting" including a grueling polygraph exam. In the past, Customs and Border Protection has had trouble retaining agents.

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Sen. McCain Makes Unannounced Trip To Syria To Meet With U.S. Forces

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:51am

John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to Syria last week to discuss the campaign for defeating militants from the Islamic State.

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Former DOJ Official On The Future Of Transgender Student Policies

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The Trump administration has rescinded Obama administration guidance on transgender students and bathrooms. Rachel Martin talks with Vanita Gupta, who was one of the architects of the Obama policy.

CPAC In The Trump Era

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The Conservative Political Action Conference starts Thursday. Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the event, talks with Rachel Martin about Trump's brand of conservatism.

American Muslims Respond To Islamophobia By Running For Office

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The Southern Poverty Law Center says there has been a rise in hate groups, including groups using anti-Muslim rhetoric. Some American Muslims are pushing back by running for office.

Utah Constituents Say They Weren't Paid To Protest Chaffetz

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

Three Utah voters who attended Rep. Jason Chaffetz's raucous town hall, including one who voted for him in November, talk about their reasons for protesting.

Auto Workers' Union To Launch 'Buy American' Campaign

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The leader of the United Auto Workers, the car workers' union, is encouraging people to buy cars built in the U.S. The slogan "Buy American" has a controversial history going back to the Great Depression.

Border Wall Would Cut Across Land Sacred To Native Tribe

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

The Tohono O'odham tribe on the U.S.-Mexico border says a wall would desecrate a mountain where they say their creator lives. Still, they want help Donald Trump keep illegal border crossers out.

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Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.

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Preserving The Flavor Of An Atlanta Neighborhood

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

Entrepreneur Keitra Bates is opening a shared commercial kitchen to help keep culinary traditions alive on the city's gentrifying west side.

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Religious Conservatives And Pro-Business Republicans Split Over Texas 'Bathroom Bill'

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

As Texas considers a bill to restrict transgender people's access to some restrooms, many in the state's business community question whether the measure is worth the business it might cost the state.

A Look At U.S.-Mexico Relations As Tillerson And Kelly Meet With Mexican Officials

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

Trump Cabinet members Rex Tillerson and John Kelly are meeting with officials in Mexico. Antonio Ortiz-Mena of Albright Stoneridge Group discusses U.S.-Mexico relations under President Trump.

What's Next For The Affordable Care Act? Your Questions Answered

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

A lot of people are confused about when and if Republicans can "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News' Julie Rovner clears things up in the first of a series.

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GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Of Ohio On Obamacare Repeal Plans

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

Some constituents have protested Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. David Greene talks with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio about the GOP's next steps.

Wrongfully Jailed Women Speak Out On Police Abuses In Mexico

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

Mexican authorities apologized to three indigenous women who were unlawfully jailed for three years on trumped-up charges. The women say there are thousands of innocent people in Mexico's jails.




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