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What Trump's Most Retweeted Tweet In 2017 Says About The Past Year

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

All Things Considered is continuing to look at the past year in a series called "Highly Specific Superlatives." On Wednesday, we look at the most retweeted Trump tweet and what this single missive says about the 2017.

What Democrat Doug Jones' Win In Alabama Means For Congress

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special U.S. Senate election. This means the state will send a Democrat to the Senate for the first time in two decades, shrinking the GOP majority and emboldening Democrats heading into the 2018 midterm elections.

After Special Election, Alabama Will Send Democrat To Senate For First Time In 25 Years

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:26

Doug Jones is the first Democrat to win a Senate election in Alabama in a quarter century. Although he wasn't a household name in the state before the campaign began, Jones has a long history in state politics. Enrollment Ends Friday. Sign-ups Likely to Trail Last Year's

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 16:03

A shorter enrollment period and big cuts in the federal budget for outreach are taking a toll, say those helping with health insurance sign-ups. Deadlines for most state exchanges are a little later.

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Martial Law Extended For Another Year In Southern Philippines

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:55

The move to keep martial law in the Muslim-dominated south was requested by President Rodrigo Duterte. The decree is worrisome to many Filipinos who remember a deadly era of martial law in the 1970s.

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Full Employment: Are We There Yet?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:53

Why is it so hard to figure out when the economy is at full employment? And why does the Fed keep getting it wrong?

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How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America's Classrooms

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:42

Schools use the internet for a lot of learning: researching, virtual travel, watching videos. Educators say it opens their classrooms to the world. The removal of net neutrality could change all that.

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Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose Search For The Perfect Break Redefined Surfing

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:34

Brown, who died Sunday at the age of 80, revolutionized how the world viewed the sport with The Endless Summer. But first, he had to struggle to get his beloved movie seen.

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5 Takeaways From The Stunning Alabama Senate Election

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:03

A Democrat hasn't been elected to the Senate from Alabama in a quarter century. It happened Tuesday night. Here's what it all means.

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'Negro' Not Allowed On Federal Forms? White House To Decide

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 15:01

The Trump administration has delayed announcing its decision on an Obama-era proposal to stop allowing the term "Negro" to appear on federal forms collecting information about race.

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Democrat Doug Jones Beat Roy Moore In Alabama. What Happens Next?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:09

Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore in yesterday's special election in Alabama. NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro discusses what this means and what happens next.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As Economy Rolls On

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:00

Policymakers increased a key rate for the third time this year. The quarter-point move indicates the Fed is confident in the economy as it continues to recover from the financial crisis.

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Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:52

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

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GOP Lawmakers Agree On Final Tax Package, Hatch Says

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:28

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax bill. GOP leaders aim to pass it next week.

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White House: Nomination of Alabama Lawyer Brett Talley 'Will Not Be Moving Forward'

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:16

Brett Talley had been rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association in part because he had not tried a case or argued a motion in federal court.

White House Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Resigning

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:07

The former Apprentice contestant is stepping down effective Jan. 20, according to the White House, where she was the highest-ranking African-American.

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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Al Franken In U.S. Senate

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:23

Smith's appointed term will run through January 2019. She will also be running in a special election next year to serve out the remainder of Franken's term, which ends in 2020.

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Abbas Says U.S. Shouldn't Lead Mideast Peace Process, Citing Jerusalem Policy

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:15

An emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was dominated by talk of the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Rock Hall To Induct Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits And Moody Blues

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:36

From a field of 19 strong contenders, the Cleveland-based institution has named its newest entrants.

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Our Top Stories Of 2017: From Breast-Feeding Secrets To Ethical Selfies

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:35

From the 455 global health and development stories we posted on our blog in 2017, here are the top 10, ranked by pageviews.

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