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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:18

It's the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.

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'Trump's Claim Is Wrong': Comments On Presidents' Calls To Military Families Rebutted

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:13

Defending his lack of response to the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger, Trump claimed "a lot of" past presidents did not call families after a death. He raised the example of his chief of staff's son.

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The Court Challenge Begins: Is Trump Taking Unconstitutional Emoluments?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:01

On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear arguments in a case that asks: Is President Trump taking the kind of benefits banned by the Constitution? Step 1 is deciding whether plaintiffs have standing.

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Russian Cyber Trolls Watched 'House Of Cards' To Understand U.S. Politics

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff about how Russian trolls were ordered to watch Neflix's House of Cards show to understand Americans and U.S. politics.

Liberation Of Raqqa Will Be A Powerful Blow To ISIS

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with reporter Joby Warrick of The Washington Post and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS" about the status of ISIS after the loss of their de facto capitol, Raqqa.

Former Green Beret And Pro Football Player Talks About 'Take A Knee' Protests

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

Nate Boyer is a former Green Beret who played football briefly with the Seattle Seahawks. Last year, when he first saw former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sit during the National Anthem, he got mad. Then, he wrote Kaepernick a letter, saying he wished Kaepernick would stand up, but that he was willing hear him out about why he was sitting down.

NFL Players And Owners Have Not Resolved Controversy Over Anthem Protests

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

NFL owners and players did not resolve the controversy over anthem protests at an owners meeting in New York on Tuesday, but emerged largely positive about the session and pledged to meet again.

After Taking On Big Tobacco 20 Years Ago, Former Mississippi AG Is Trying Again With Opioids

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

When Mike Moore was Mississippi's attorney general, he spearheaded the 50-state lawsuit against Big Tobacco. Now, he's trying to do the same thing against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Trump Defends False Claim That His Predecessors Didn't Call Families Of Fallen Soldiers

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

When President Trump claimed that past presidents did not call family members of fallen U.S. service members, it caused a backlash. On Tuesday he addressed the issue again, defending his false claim.

No Clear End Game For U.S. Military In Iraq And Syria

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

The U.S. is training and equipping both sides in the Iraq-Kurdistan stand-off along with Syrian opposition forces in the battle against ISIS and the Assad regime. It has created a tangled web with no clear end game.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Briefly Climbs Over 23,000 Points

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

Stock prices have continued to rise to record levels. On Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average was sent above the 23,000 milestone, but it didn't last long.

Trump Still Hasn't Fulfilled Promise To Declare Opioid Epidemic As A National Emergency

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

President Trump's nominee to head the Drug Enforcement Administration pulled out amid controversy. This leaves Trump without a permanent heads at Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA. All the while, his promised declaration of a national emergency on opioids has yet to materialize.

What To Expect As China's Ruling Communist Party Prepares For 19th National Congress

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

China's ruling Communist Party's 19th national congress will likely decide the country's leadership lineup for the next five to 10 years. While leaders will go all out to present a facade of orderly transition and party unity, analysts believe that the facade conceals some brutal political power struggles, due in part to a lack of clear rules in China about how power is transferred.

Boeing Competitors Teaming Up To Find A Way Around U.S. Tariffs

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:59

Two of Boeing's biggest competitors are teaming up to find a way around U.S. tariffs. Europe's Airbus will form a partnership with Canada's Bombardier to manufacture mid-sized planes that seat 100 to 150 passengers. As part of the deal, Bombardier will move production to an Airbus facility in Mobile, Ala., thus avoiding the tariffs.

Federal Judge In Hawaii Blocks Trump's Third Attempt At Travel Ban

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:23

President Trump's third executive order restricting travel from some countries to the U.S. was to go into effect on Wednesday. Like two previous efforts, it was swiftly challenged in several courts.

Justice Department Indicts 2 Chinese Nationals In Synthetic Opioid Case

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:14

Among the charges is conspiracy to distribute large quantities of fentanyl, a significant factor in the opioid crisis. Every year, thousands of Americans overdose on the drug.

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Philippine President Duterte Declares Besieged City 'Liberated'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:58

Still, gunfire and explosions resounded as soldiers tried to clear what the government claims is the last pocket of resistance in Marawi City. A military spokesman said some 30 militants remained.

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Watch: 'Cow On The Loose' Mesmerizes In Brooklyn And Beyond

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:42

An unidentified bovine — what looks to be a young bull — drove a section of New York City to distraction, leading a very slow speed chase around an outdoor soccer field.

How Will China Select Its New Leaders At Its Communist Party Congress?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:32

Experts believe Chinese leader Xi Jinping intends to bend, break or scrap informal succession rules. He is most opposed to a rule that could hinder his ability to designate his own successor.

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Florida's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Richard Spencer Speech

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:21

As a state entity, the University of Florida must allow the white nationalist to speak on campus. But its president urged students and staff to avoid the event and shun its speaker.

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