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News Brief: Trump To Declare National Emergency For Border Wall

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13am

President Trump says he will sign a border funding compromise to avert a shutdown, but will also declare a national emergency in order to build a border wall. Also, Amazon cancels plans for New York.

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How One Couple's Love Story Sparked Change In Their Community, Block By Block

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13am

Husband and wife Larry and Sharon Adams have spent the past two decades renovating homes in their Milwaukee neighborhood. Their commitment to their community grew out of their own relationship.

(Image credit: Adam Carr)

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Why Amazon Canceled Its NYC Plans

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13am

Amazon says it will abandon plans to open one of its headquarters in New York. The announcement came abruptly, after New York leaders spent months campaigning for the facility.

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A Crackdown On Journalism In The Philippines

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13am

Journalist Maria Ressa has been released on bail after she was arrested on Wednesday on charges of "cyber libel." Her arrest came amid fears of a broader crackdown on the press in the Philippines.

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Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin On Border Wall

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13am

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., about the president's plan to declare a state of emergency and divert funds to build a border wall.

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How Northam, Neeson Can Represent 'Racism Without Racists'

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13am

Virgnia Gov. Ralph Northam and actor Liam Neeson were both involved in actions widely condemned as racist. Both denied they are racist. It's a phenomenon known as "racism without racists."

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Who Was The 'Lady In White'? Titian Painted A Mystery Masterpiece

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 5:13am

The elegant woman — wearing pearls, a long dress, and a slight smile — has captivated historians and art lovers for centuries. Was she a daughter? A wife? A lover? No one knows for sure.

(Image credit: Elke Estel/Hans-Peter Klut/Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister)

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Emergency Declaration For Border Wall Could Tap Military Funds

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:09pm

A 1982 law empowers the secretary of defense to redirect military construction funds during a presidentially declared national emergency.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

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McCabe's 'The Threat' May Be Darkest Vision Of Trump Presidency Yet

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:03pm

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Thursday that top Justice Dept. officials discussed invoking the 25th Amendment. But his new book is about far more than that.

(Image credit: Amr Alfiky/NPR)

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Anger, Confusion Over Dwindling Refunds. Is Trump's Tax Plan To Blame?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:46am

Tax refunds so far have been smaller than last year's. Some taxpayers kept a bigger share of their income, but for others it reflects an overhaul that rewarded high earners the most.

(Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)

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'Spring Awakening' Themes Resonate With Students After Parkland Tragedy

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:26am

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., some of the students participated in the musical Spring Awakening. Christine Barclay directed it.

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Trump Wants To Review Spending Bill Before He Acts, Kennedy Says

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:25am

Congress votes Thursday on a measure that includes a fraction of the money the president wants for a border wall. Steve Inskeep talks to White House spokesman Adam Kennedy about Trump's position.

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Florida Man Tries To Pull One Over On The IRS

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:11am

In 2017, the man reported an income under $20,000, and also reported paying $1 million in withholding taxes. The IRS refunded him $980,000 — that is, until it figured out what he had done.

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Michelle Obama Didn't Give Her Mom A Heads Up About Her TV Appearance

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 6:57am

Former first lady Michelle Obama was on the Grammy Awards over the weekend. Marian Robinson texted her daughter: "I saw it, because (someone else) called me."

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Arizona Police Chief On Whether A Border Wall Is Important

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:02am

President Trump on Wednesday told law enforcement officers from across the country that a border wall will happen. Steve Inskeep talks to Tucson police chief Chris Magnus about border security.

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Chicago Group Joins Parkland Survivors To Address Gun Violence

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:02am

David Greene talks to D'Angelo McDade, executive director of Chicago anti-violence group the Peace Warriors, about his work with student activists from Parkland, Florida.

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Happy Valentine's Day. Let's Talk About Romance Novels

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:02am

The creators of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text are launching a podcast about romance novels. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Vanessa Zoltan, host and producer of the upcoming podcast Hot & Bothered.

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Controversial Past Comes Back To Haunt Elliott Abrams At House Hearing

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:02am

The Trump administration's point man on Venezuela was convicted of misleading Congress during the Iran-Contra affair. Abrams' past came up during a House hearing on Venezuela's political crisis.

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Judge Rules Paul Manafort Lied To Special Counsel's Team

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:02am

A federal judge ruled that the ex-Trump campaign chairman lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's office after agreeing to cooperate with its investigation into Russia's influence in the election.

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Broward County Marks 1 Year Since Parkland School Shooting

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:02am

David Greene talks to Jessica Bakeman of member station WLRN and Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie about the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, a year ago.

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