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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates In New Jersey And Virginia Are Focusing On Illegal Immigration

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

This fall in New Jersey and Virginia, Republican candidates aligned with party's business-friendly wing are campaigning against illegal immigration. The attack ads in both statewide gubernatorial elections claim their Democratic opponents wouldn't enforce immigration laws.

Trump Administration Offers $60 Million To Help Several African Nations Fight Terrorism

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

The Trump administration plans to contribute up to $60 million to help five nations in Africa's Sahel region to build up a counterterrorism force. The news comes as Congress looks more closely at U.S. military activities in a the region following an ambush that killed four American service members in Niger.

Some Indonesians Fear Country's Religious Intolerance Is Growing

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

People who fear that religious intolerance is growing in Indonesia point to the case of Jakarta's last governor. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by many as Ahok, was a popular leader until he lost re-election during a campaign that appealed to identity politics. Now he is in prison, charged with blasphemy against Islam.

What It's Like In The Demilitarized Zone That Divides North And South Korea

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

Defense Secretary James Mattis went within feet of the curbstone separating North and South Korea, where grim-faced North Korean troops stared across at him. It's known as one of the scariest spots on the planet.

Trump's Nominee To Be The Next Head Of NASA Prepares For Senate Hearing

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.

Former CIA Official Says Attempts To Leverage Trump Campaign Is Textbook Russian Recruitment

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

Steven Hall ran the CIA's Russia operations for years — and he says attempts to leverage Trump campaign aides was a textbook case of recruitment by Russian spies. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Hall about this week's revelations in the ongoing Russian investigation.

A Timeline Of The Instances When The Trump Campaign Was Offered Information From Russia

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

The guilty plea of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos sheds more light on alleged connections between the campaign and Russia. The spring and summer of 2016 is a crucial period to examine.

A Look At The State Of Diplomatic Efforts In Afghanistan

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

The U.S. military is sending more soldiers and marines to Afghanistan to work with Afghan forces at small combat outposts. But the State Department is largely staying behind the gates and blast walls of its Embassy in Kabul and not heading out into the field. Officials say it's because of security concerns, but critics say it prevents the U.S. from keeping an eye on how the billions of dollars in aid is being spent and improving governance across the country.

Where Special Counsel Robert Mueller Could Take His Investigation Next

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:31

Special counsel Robert Mueller has already secured a guilty plea from former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Now attention is turning to who else may be on Mueller's radar.

U.S. Military Withholds Key Measures Of Afghan War

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 18:09

Basic information has been restricted in a new report from a watchdog agency, such as the number of Afghan troops that have died, the exact size of the force, and the readiness of their equipment.

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With ACA Plans A Tougher Sell, Insurers Bring On The Puppies

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:15

The federal government has all but dropped out of marketing the Affordable Care Act, so states, corporations and private groups are stepping up. Some are going cute, while others get serious.

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Motorist Drives Onto Manhattan Bike Path, Killing Several People

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 16:43

"The vehicle struck multiple people on the path," police said Tuesday. Authorities say the suspect was shot and taken into custody after leaving the vehicle and "displaying imitation firearms."

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After Navy Rescue Of Sailors Adrift At Sea, The Story Gets Stranger

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:39

Two sailors who said they drifted thousands of miles off course were picked up in the Pacific last week by the U.S. Navy. But it turns out the women had an emergency beacon they never turned on.

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Tech Companies Testify On Capitol Hill, Detail Russian Interference Efforts

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:29

Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to tell senators Tuesday that Russian election interference during the 2016 presidential campaign was broader than originally thought.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Blind Spot And The Conflict Within Facebook

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:28

In whatever corner of the world Facebook is operating, it has become clear that people are using this powerful platform as a communications tool in ways that founder Mark Zuckerberg never envisioned.

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Christian Writer Banned From Liberty University Campus After Criticizing Trump Ally

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:20

The Christian university says it welcomes "peaceful debate" and that Jonathan Martin was removed because officials believed he intended to hold an unauthorized event on campus.

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3 Dartmouth Professors In Criminal Inquiry Over 'Sexual Misconduct' Allegations

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:43

The professors, who work in Dartmouth College's psychological and brain sciences department, have been put on paid leave and their access to campus is restricted.

Separatist Catalan Leaders, Now In Brussels, Deny Seeking Asylum Abroad

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:40

Catalonia's deposed president, Carles Puigdemont, said Tuesday that he and several ministers left "to avoid the threats." The day before, Spain's top prosecutor said they'd be charged with sedition.

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Political Costumes This Halloween Rank Right Behind Slasher Villains, Wonder Woman

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:35

More people say they will wear a political costume this Halloween in a year after an election than ever before. Hillary Clinton, for one, says she might go as "the president."

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The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:17

The protest movement Luther launched 500 years ago not only revamped how Europe worshiped but also how it drank. We'd call him the patron saint of beer except, well, he wouldn't like the "saint" part.

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