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March 28, 2020
In New York, hospitals are inundated with COVID-19 patients. More data from testing is giving researchers a better picture of the disease's mortality rate. And more Americans currently approve of Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis than don't.
March 27, 2020
President Trump says new guidelines will determine which regions are low-risk for the coronavirus. Do we have enough data to determine that accurately? And as the House is set to pass the largest relief package in U.S. history, who's overseeing how that money is spent?
March 26, 2020
A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, as restaurants, hotels and other businesses across the country shut down in a nationwide effort to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
March 26, 2020
A $2 trillion emergency relief package passes in the Senate and heads to the House. New unemployment claims are expected to shatter records. And, the mixed message about testing for the coronavirus.
March 25, 2020
The White House and Senate reach a deal on economic stimulus. The president was criticized for aiming to re-open the U.S. next month. And, Senator Burr sued for improperly profiting from insider knowledge.
March 24, 2020
Several states urge all residents to stay home except for essential needs the same day President Trump suggests businesses could reopen within weeks. The UK orders residents to shelter in place. Secretary of State Pompeo takes an emergency trip to Afghanistan.
March 23, 2020
Senate Democrats block a $1.8 trillion stimulus bill from moving forward. China and U.S. spar over coronavirus facts. And, New York is now the U.S. epicenter of COVID-19.
March 21, 2020
More states are encouraging citizens to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Congress is working on its third bill to stimulate the economy and provide aid to Americans affected by COVID-19. New research points to "silent spreaders" fueling the coronavirus crisis.
March 20, 2020
California issues "stay at home" order amid coronavirus pandemic. Following NPR's exclusive, ProPublica investigates whether Sen. Burr improperly unloaded stock. And, Italy's death toll from COVID-19 surpasses China's.
March 19, 2020
President Trump signs emergency aid package. Two members of Congress test positive for COVID-19. Sen. Richard Burr's coronavirus comments raise eyebrows. And, Trump takes action at U.S. borders.
March 19, 2020
President Trump signs emergency aid package. Two members of Congress test positive for COVID-19. Sen. Richard Burr's coronavirus comments raise eyebrows. And, Trump takes action at U.S. borders.
March 18, 2020
The Trump administration plans a $1 trillion economic stimulus. How will restrictive measures to fight the coronavirus be enforced? And, Joe Biden wins primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois.
March 17, 2020
States and local governments take extensive measures to keep people apart to try to curb the coronavirus' spread — including ordering San Francisco Bay area residents to shelter in place and postponing Ohio's primary election. And, all of Spain is quarantined.
March 16, 2020
Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate to near zero. Nearly 2 million coronavirus tests will be available this week to hardest hit states. And, Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debate.
March 16, 2020
Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate to near zero. Nearly 2 million coronavirus tests will be available this week to hardest hit states. And, Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debate.
March 14, 2020
After weeks of what many see as a slow government response, President Trump declared the new coronavirus a national emergency. House Democrats and the White House reach a deal on aid for the crisis. Travelers from much of Europe are now subject to a travel ban.
March 13, 2020
Social distancing is good for public health, but bad for the economy. As workplaces close down, so are schools. And, President Trump's ban on most travelers from Europe goes into effect tonight.
March 12, 2020
Due to the coronavirus, President Trump calls for a ban on most travel from Europe and announces measures to shore up the economy. And the NBA suspends its season after one player tests positive for COVID-19.
March 11, 2020
Joe Biden came out on top after Tuesday's six primaries. A one-mile containment zone will be implemented in New Rochelle, N.Y., site of the largest U.S. coronavirus cluster. U.S. troops in Syria must keep oil fields from Syrian and Russian forces.
March 10, 2020
The global economy is hit hard by the coronavirus. Italy's prime minister says the entire country is a coronavirus "red zone." And, six states hold contests Tuesday in the Democratic presidential race.
March 9, 2020
After delays, testing for the coronavirus ramps up in the U.S. Saudi Arabia cuts oil prices — in part due to coronavirus. And, six states vote Tuesday in the latest Democratic presidential primary contests.
March 7, 2020
Officials in Washington State are scrambling to identify new coronavirus infections. President Trump visited tornado victims and CDC workers. And in Europe, infections are increasing and the response to the outbreak varies country to country.
March 6, 2020
New coronavirus cases emerge across the country. Michigan is the biggest of the six primary states voting next week. And, a ceasefire between Turkey and Russia is in effect in northwestern Syria.
March 5, 2020
U.S. death toll from the coronavirus rises to 11. As primaries continue, the Biden and Sanders campaigns face specific challenges. And, migrants are pawns in a political standoff between Turkey and E.U.
March 4, 2020
After Super Tuesday, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are the front-runners. U.S. financial markets fell again on concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. And, details of a new development in medicine.
March 3, 2020
On Super Tuesday, the field of Democratic presidential candidates narrows. There are over 100 coronavirus cases in the United States. And in Israel's election, votes are still being counted.
March 2, 2020
U.S. health officials ramp up the ability to test for coronavirus. The Democratic presidential race narrows, and may narrow again after Super Tuesday. And, Israel holds a third election in less than a year.
March 1, 2020
On this Up First special, we bring you an episode from our colleagues at Life Kit. The team gives tips and tricks on how to protect yourself and your family from the coronavirus. One takeaway: wash your hands often with soap and hot water.
February 29, 2020
The coronavirus that causes the illness COVID-19 is spreading but the threat to the U.S. is still low, despite 3 new cases. In South Carolina, voters are casting ballots for Democratic presidential candidates. And a deal between the U.S. and Taliban is being signed in Doha, Qatar, today.
February 29, 2020
The coronavirus that causes the illness COVID-19 is spreading but the threat to the U.S. is still low, despite 3 new cases. In South Carolina, voters are casting ballots for Democratic presidential candidates. And a deal between the U.S. and Taliban is being signed in Doha, Qatar, today.
February 28, 2020
Stocks continue their free-fall amid fears of the coronavirus. Scientists suggest ways people can prepare for an outbreak. And, South Carolina's Democratic primary takes place Saturday
February 27, 2020
U.S. confirms coronavirus case of unknown origin. Handling the outbreak is a big political moment for President Trump. And, three days of violence in New Delhi leaves dozens of people dead. Correction: An earlier version of this podcast said the new coronavirus case was in San Francisco. The patient is actually at the UC Davis Medical Center, and is from Solano County, Calif.
February 26, 2020
Democratic presidential candidates attacked front-runner Senator Bernie Sanders during a chaotic debate in Charleston, South Carolina. NPR asks where voters are on candidates and issues that matter to them with the launch of a new reporting project in advance of the 2020 election. Public health officials warn that a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. is only a matter of time.
February 25, 2020
The World Health Organization is not yet declaring coronavirus a pandemic, despite fears over the virus spreading in new countries. Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage in South Carolina tonight ahead of primaries in that state on Saturday. President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are meeting in New Delhi to discuss trade, amid deadly protests in the Indian capital.
February 24, 2020
While there are signs that the coronavirus epidemic in China is slowing down, outbreaks in other parts of the world including Iran, Italy, and South Korea are raising alarm. After Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' decisive victory in the Nevada Democratic caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates are looking ahead to South Carolina's primary. President Trump visits India and appears at a rally in the Indian state of Gujarat.
February 22, 2020
U.S. officials have warned Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is trying to help him win the Democratic nomination. Officials have also said that Russia favors President Trump's re-election. In South Korea, a growing number of COVID-19 infections, about half linked to a controversial church. And in Iran, low voter turnout in the country's parliamentary elections now means that conservatives have virtually no opposition.
February 21, 2020
Russia wants to help President Donald Trump win a second term in office. That's what a top intelligence officer reportedly told lawmakers last week. Nevada will hold its Democratic presidential primary on Saturday. State party leaders will use new technology to count the votes. But after the fiasco in Iowa, many observers are concerned. As the nine-year war in Syria continues, Idlib is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis.
February 20, 2020
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't exactly get a warm welcome from his rivals on the debate stage. Political operative Roger Stone will be sentenced on Thursday. Will the presiding judge stick with the original sentence? Eleven people are dead after a gunman opened fire in the German town of Hanau. The suspected shooter reportedly left a written confession expressing far-right views.
February 19, 2020
President Trump grants clemency to eleven people, including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. The ninth debate of the Democratic presidential primary takes place in Nevada tonight. Five months after voting took place, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wins reelection.
February 18, 2020
The Chinese government has kept 760 million people under lockdown to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. The Democratic presidential primary enters a new phase with primary contests in more diverse states. Jury deliberations begin in the New York trial of Harvey Weinstein.
February 17, 2020
People quarantined at sea aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess begin heading home. President Trump holds rallies in early voting states, though he faces little opposition from within his own party for the nomination. In Iraq, months of popular protest begin to wane.
February 15, 2020
COVID-19 Update, Trump-Barr Tension, Munich Security Conference
February 14, 2020
Attorney General William Barr criticizes President Trump in an interview with ABC news. The Trump Administration diverts 3.8 billion dollars in earmarked Pentagon funds to build 177 more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Defense works on new techniques to curb the spread of illnesses like coronavirus.
February 13, 2020
Democratic presidential hopefuls look ahead to upcoming state primaries. The Department of Education investigates mishandling of foreign money at top U.S. universities. Customs and Border Protection says that officers inappropriately detained Iranian-Americans at the U.S.-Canada border.
February 12, 2020
Senator Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary. All four prosecutors resign in the Roger Stone case after the Department of Justice requests a more lenient sentence. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó returns home after meeting with heads of state around the world.
February 11, 2020
Voters in New Hampshire make their choice for the Democratic presidential contender. Health officials worry about the spread of the coronavirus outside China. Two large teacher unions question the effectiveness of active shooter drills.
February 10, 2020
Coronavirus deaths reach a new record in China. As Democratic candidates prepare for the New Hampshire primary, how have their campaign strategies evolved? The film, 'Parasite,' is the first non-English language film to win best picture.
February 9, 2020
When Qassem Soleimani was assassinated by the United States on January 3rd, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander suddenly became a household name. But in Iran, he's been a potent symbol for decades, shaping conflicts in the region and with the U.S. In this bonus episode of NPR's history podcast Throughline, the origins of the shadow commander and the complicated legacy of what he means to Iran.
February 8, 2020
Seven Democratic presidential candidates met on stage in New Hampshire last night. The White House has removed the Vindman brothers and recalled Amb. Sondland. And a doctor's death is prompting Chinese people to express their anger.
February 8, 2020
Seven Democratic presidential candidates met on stage in New Hampshire last night. The White House has removed the Vindman brothers and recalled Amb. Sondland. And a doctor's death is prompting Chinese people to express their anger.
February 7, 2020
The full results from Iowa are finally in, and it's essentially a tie. What kind of pressure will Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders get from the other candidates in Friday's Democratic debate, and how will they take on each another? In China, people are grieving for a doctor who raised an early alarm about the coronavirus. And a former Olympic doctor said he was fired by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for reporting abuse cases. Now he's filing a lawsuit against the committee.
February 6, 2020
What are the consequences of President Donald Trump's acquittal? The president plans to make a statement on Thursday. One Republican senator says he voted his conscience instead of party. Several Democrats risked their seats while voting for conviction. In Iowa, state Democrats say they are almost finished counting the votes of Monday's caucuses. Which candidates appear to be winning as Iowa loses? Also Venezuela's opposition leader appeared at the State of the Union address and met with President Trump. How does the White House plan to renew its efforts to back Juan Guaido?
February 5, 2020
Democratic presidential candidates are still awaiting final results from the Iowa caucuses. Early counts suggest Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders did well. What does this mean for them and the rest of the Democratic candidates? A White House official promised "relentless optimism" in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, and that's mostly what he delivered. The speaker of the House tore up his speech - so is there much they might accomplish together? And a watchdog group says you might be paying more to borrow money if you went to a historically black or majority Hispanic college.
February 4, 2020
Let's just say it, the Iowa caucuses didn't go as planned. Democratic candidates are still waiting for official results. One local party chairman said he tried calling in results, but decided to just go to bed. Does this hurt Iowa's chances to kick off primary season? Also, the coronavirus keeps spreading in China. In Wuhan, there's an increasingly desperate situation, and resources are spread thin. What is China's government doing to contain this?
February 3, 2020
The first contest in the 2020 presidential election will take place on Monday - the Iowa caucuses. What do voters make of their long list of choices in the Democratic primary, and which candidate has the most momentum going into the caucuses? The 11th coronavirus case in the U.S. was confirmed in California on Sunday. What's the government doing to contain the virus, which has now infected over 17,000 people in China alone? And President Trump's impeachment trial is drawing to a close following last week's Senate vote. We'll go over what to expect next and what an acquittal could mean for the 2020 elections.
February 1, 2020
Senators vote against calling witnesses as President Trump's trial rolls into next week. American officials declare a public health emergency to try to get ahead of the coronavirus outbreak while there are still very few confirmed cases of the respiratory disease in the U.S. With Iowans set to caucus on Monday, we hear from voters in Decatur, a county that went for Donald Trump four years ago.
January 31, 2020
One of the last Republican senators whose views on allowing witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were uncertain made a decision. Sen. Lamar Alexander does not favor calling witnesses. The president's supporters have votes to block them. So how soon might the Senate vote on acquittal? The World Health Organization calls the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency. Also, more than three years after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, it says goodbye. What happens during a transition period?
January 30, 2020
President Donald Trump's legal team shifted its defense strategy during the first day of questions and answers in the Senate. Will there be more changes today? Meanwhile, Republicans are confident that they will have enough votes to block witnesses from testifying. The number of coronavirus cases has now reached nearly 8,000, with more than a dozen countries reporting at least a few cases. What preparations is the U.S. taking to combat the spread of the virus? Also can the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo persuade Britain to overturn its decision to work with the Chinese tech giant Huawei on its 5G infrastructure?
January 29, 2020
Senators are preparing to vote on allowing witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn't yet have the votes to block them. How might that alter the record and the politics? The president made a peace plan with Israelis, which he says Palestinians should like. Why does the Palestinian side not see a win? Also, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to Ukraine. Days ago, he said in an interview with NPR that Americans don't care about it. So what does Pompeo hope to accomplish?
January 28, 2020
The president's lawyers will conclude their defense of his actions toward Ukraine on the Senate floor on Tuesday. They've hardly mentioned new allegations in an unpublished book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton. What are they saying instead? President Donald Trump is also expected to release his Middle East peace plan later on Tuesday. What's in the plan, and why was there almost no input from from the Palestinian side? In New York, Harvey Weinstein's trial continues. We'll hear about grueling testimony from another one of his accusers.
January 27, 2020
An excerpt of former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's upcoming book has leaked, and it undercuts President Donald Trump's impeachment defense. Could it change things? The sports world mourns a basketball icon. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant died yesterday in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. We'll look back at Bryant's remarkable career. And there are now five confirmed cases of a strain of coronavirus in the U.S. Are the travel bans in the affected parts of China working to keep the disease from spreading?
January 25, 2020
President Trump's legal team begins his defense now that Democrats have finished their arguments against him; millions of people are affected as China limits travel during a busy holiday season to stem the coronavirus outbreak; and new details from Guantanamo Bay about how the U.S. used torture techniques on suspected terrorists after 9/11.
January 25, 2020
President Trump's legal team begins his defense now that Democrats have finished their arguments against him; millions of people are affected as China limits travel during a busy holiday season to stem the coronavirus outbreak; and new details from Guantanamo Bay about how the U.S. used torture techniques on suspected terrorists after 9/11.
January 24, 2020
Friday will be the last chance for House Democrats to make their case for the removal of President Donald Trump. How have Republicans pushed back, and what can we expect as the president's lawyers get ready to launch their defense? Friday's "March for Life" rally is a chance for President Trump to shore up an important part of his base. Will these voters support him in 2020? And a former "Sopranos" actress testifies in Harvey Weinstein's trial about the trauma she suffered.
January 23, 2020
Democrats will take the stage again on Thursday in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump. Are any of their arguments winning over Republicans? China has stopped all transportation within the city of Wuhan and canceled all outgoing flights and trains. At least 17 people have died so far from a new strain of coronavirus. What is causing this disease to spread? And the International Court of Justice ruled on a request for "emergency measures" in Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims and preserve evidence of past abuses against the ethnic minority.
January 22, 2020
The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will continue Wednesday afternoon. The first day of the trial was dominated by partisan fighting over the rules of the trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to make some last-minute changes. How will these changes affect the process? A new virus thought to have originated in China made it all the way to Washington state. How is the Chinese government responding to the outbreak? And some more news from Washington state. More than a million people will be able to vote in a local election using a smartphone. Does this present a security risk?
January 21, 2020
The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump starts on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released his trial rules late on Monday, and Democrats are incensed. How is McConnell limiting the trial? A new virus is causing international concern. Health authorities say the disease can spread from person to person. How dangerous is this virus? Also, more than a week after a volcano erupted in the Philippines, we get a view from right above it. How long before the next eruption?
January 20, 2020
The Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump starts on Tuesday. Democrats argue it won't be a fair trial unless new witnesses are being called to testify. What's the White House's response? Virginia's capital is under a state of emergency because of who might come to a pro-gun rally Monday. What's the mood in Richmond? And Prince Harry goes public after he and Meghan Markle begin their split from lives as full-time working royals. What is the new arrangement?
January 18, 2020
With the President's impeachment trial in the Senate set to begin next week, Trump assembles his legal team. Also, a scandal over stealing signs is roiling Major League Baseball. And Taal Volcano in the Philippines may be in a lull but it's still dangerous.
January 17, 2020
President Donald Trump broke the law. He did it by withholding aid to Ukraine. That's the conclusion of a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But will it affect the Senate impeachment trial? Three men were arrested this week in connection with a white supremacist group called "The Base." The suspects planned to build an assault rifle and had amassed over 1,600 rounds of ammunition. Who are they and what were their plans? Also, after more than 1,000 earthquakes in Puerto Rico, President Trump has signed a major disaster declaration. How much will this help the island?
January 16, 2020
President Donald Trump "knew exactly what was going on" in Ukraine. That's according to Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas. But how credible are his claims? In Russia, the prime minister and his entire cabinet resigned. The dramatic move came shortly after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes. Many see the shakeup as Putin's doing. We also get an inside view from China of the newly signed "Phase One" trade deal. What are Chinese officials telling people about the deal?
January 15, 2020
The House on Wednesday will vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. This as new details come to light about the pressure campaign against the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Will it amplify calls to allow new evidence in the upcoming Senate trial? In the final Democratic presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) confronted doubts over a woman in the White House head on. And 18 months after he began his trade war with China, President Donald Trump is set to sign a partial truce. What's in it?
January 14, 2020
Can U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explain the intelligence that led to the killing of a top Iranian general? And what's the strategy if Iran retaliates in the future? In an interview with NPR, Esper answered those questions and more. Also, the Democratic presidential race is getting more personal. Tonight is the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses. Apple is refusing to comply with the FBI's demand to unlock the phones of an alleged mass shooter. U.S. Attorney General William Barr isn't pleased. Is there a simple solution?
January 13, 2020
Iranians are in the streets protesting again, but they have turned their rage away from the U.S. They're demonstrating against their own government after it admitted to shooting down a Ukrainian airliner. President Donald Trump said Iranian general Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to U.S. interests. So why did Defense Secretary Mark Esper say he didn't see any specific evidence? Also, Puerto Rico is dealing with the aftermath of some strong earthquakes. How are people coping, and are they expecting more?
January 11, 2020
Iran admitted that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane this week — blaming it on human error. We'll have reaction to the admission. Also, President Trump claims that multiple embassies were part of the "imminent threat" that led to the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian military commander last week. Power is returning to Puerto Rico after an earthquake earlier this week, but people are still sleeping outside there, as strong aftershocks continue to shake the island.
January 10, 2020
Iran said that it will let U.S. government experts help investigate an airplane crash in Tehran. The U.S. is saying nothing in public about the cause of the crash, but officials of several other nations suggest Iran apparently brought down the plane by mistake. The House told the president to consult Congress before taking further military action against Iran. But what will happen to that demand in the Republican-controlled Senate? Also, newly released documents show that some Boeing employees mocked the designers of the 737 Max, as well as regulators who approved the plane.
January 9, 2020
The House will vote on a resolution to limit President Donald Trump's use of military force. Even some Republicans in the Senate now say they're concerned. Trump himself called on U.S. allies to take a stand against Iran. But how have the recent events affected one of U.S.'s closest allies, Saudi Arabia? And Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are calling it quits — not with each other — but with the royal family, at least in part.
January 8, 2020
Iran fulfilled its promise to retaliate after a U.S. airstrike killed a top general. Iranian missiles struck bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq. President Trump tweeted "All is Well!" But is this a step closer to a war? What are officials in Iran and Iraq saying about the possibility of further escalation? Also in Iran, a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed just after takeoff, killing all 176 people on board. Why did the plane go down, and who were the victims?
January 7, 2020
Are American troops really leaving Iraq? Iraqi lawmakers voted to kick them out following the U.S. airstrike that killed an Iranian general and an Iraqi commander, but the Pentagon says there's no plans for a troop withdrawal yet. What's the response today on the ground in Baghdad? Also, as the second day of Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial begins in New York, he's facing new charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles.
January 6, 2020
Both Iranian leaders and crowds of mourners are vowing revenge against the U.S. following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. What's the impact to Americans' safety abroad? President Donald Trump has responded with threats to target Iranian sites should Tehran retaliate, but would that be legal? And how have months of bushfires in Australia affected the environment and the health of those breathing in the smoke-filled air?
January 4, 2020
The funeral for a top Iranian military commander assassinated by the U.S. begins in Baghdad. President Trump addresses a key part of his base in the wake of the killing — evangelical Christians. Plus, fires in Australia continue to devastate in the worst fire season on record there.
January 3, 2020
What can we make of a U.S. airstrike in Iraq overnight that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani, a general both famous and infamous for leading a shadowy force that operated outside of Iran? Listen for analysis on the U.S. decision to call for the strike and Iran's promise to retaliate.
January 3, 2020
What can we make of a U.S. airstrike in Iraq overnight that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani, a general both famous and infamous for leading a shadowy force that operated outside of Iran? Listen for analysis on the U.S. decision to call for the strike and Iran's promise to retaliate.
January 3, 2020
President Trump ordered the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps. U.S. officials said a drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday was ordered to deter "future Iranian attack plans." What will this mean for escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran?
January 2, 2020
Bushfire season is nothing new to Australians, but this summer has been calamitous — and it may still get worse. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will seek immunity from prosecution in corruption cases he's facing. And, a look at what state legislatures are doing in 2020 that could have national impact.
January 1, 2020
The Pentagon is deploying military reinforcements following an attack by Iranian-backed militia members and their supporters on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Also, North Korea's Kim Jong Un says he no longer felt bound by a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing. And, a look ahead to what will be a busy year in politics in 2020.
December 31, 2019
Federal prosecutors in New York have filed hate crime charges against the man accused of carrying out a stabbing rampage north of New York City over the weekend. Also, as Australia rings in the New Year, much of the country is still dealing with the dangers of an ongoing bushfire emergency. And, the Justice Department is pursuing many allegations of Chinese espionage, efforts they say will continue in 2020.
December 30, 2019
Five Hasidic Jews were stabbed at a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York in an attack that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called an "act of domestic terrorism." Also, a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas on Sunday morning, killing two people before being killed by volunteer security. And, the U.S. carried out airstrikes against five locations in Iraq and Syria on Sunday.
December 28, 2019
President Trump has impeachment on his mind over the holidays, as the trial in the Senate looms in the New Year. Also, Iran begins war games with new partners Russia and China, causing concern among some U.S. officials. And 2020 may be a banner year for the U.S. space program.
December 27, 2019
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she's "disturbed" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to coordinate with the White House on impeachment. Also, the Philippines is recovering from the latest typhoon to hit the country. And, a plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Kazakhstan killing at least 12 people.
December 26, 2019
For the third straight year, the number of homeless people in the U.S. overall has increased, with a large surge in California. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his most serious primary challenge in years. And the U.S. ambassador to Zambia has been recalled after he criticized the government's record on gay rights.
December 25, 2019
North Korea had threatened the U.S. with a "Christmas Present" should Washington not ease sanctions by the end of the year. Also, for the first time in over 200 years, no Christmas Eve mass was held at Notre Dame Cathedral. And Democrats running for President need to win over a key voting demographic: Hispanics and Latinos.
December 24, 2019
After intense scrutiny following two crashes, Boeing has replaced its CEO. Also, a 6-six-year-old in London found a message in a holiday card that was allegedly written by a foreign prisoner in China. And an internal report says at least 175 minors were abused at a Catholic order in Mexico since it was founded in 1941.
December 23, 2019
In newly released emails, the White House asked officials to keep quiet over the suspension of military aid to Ukraine. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended a contentious citizenship law that has fueled deadly protests. And Australia's Prime Minister returned from a vacation early after criticism that he took the trip while the country was under a bushfire emergency.
December 21, 2019
President Trump's been impeached but details of his Senate trial remain in limbo. A surprise veto by Russia and China at the UN could put critical aid for millions of Syrians at risk. And Americans say they want to give and get gifts made ethically and sustainably, but is the bigger problem that they're just - buying too much stuff?
December 20, 2019
In an NPR exclusive interview, former National Security Adviser John Bolton says North Korea would not give up its nuclear program through negotiations with the US. Bolton is also at the center of a key testimony in President Trump's impeachment hearings.
December 20, 2019
In an NPR exclusive interview, President Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton told Steve Inskeep that he doesn't believe that North Korea will ever give up its nuclear weapons program by way of negotiations with the US. Seven of the leading Democratic presidential candidates came together outside Los Angeles for the most contentious debate of the campaign season so far. And Australia has been enduring its hottest recorded temperatures in history this week, as hundreds of bushfires continue to devour large areas around Sydney.
December 19, 2019
A sharply divided House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump. The matter now moves to the Senate for trial, but will Democratic leaders delay that handover? Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls will take the stage for tonight's debate. The list of candidates that didn't the make the cut includes some notable names. This morning the Queen of England goes before Parliament to deliver the ritual 'Queen's Speech', laying out the agenda for newly re-elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative-led government.
December 19, 2019
The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It is only the third presidential impeachment in the history of the United States. Here is Wednesday's episode of The NPR Politics Podcast breaking down what happened and what it means for the president.
December 18, 2019
For only a third time in US history, the House votes today to impeach the President. That President, Donald J. Trump, hit back at House Leader Nancy Pelosi in an angrily worded letter, calling the process "an attempted coup". Also, the secretive FISA court rarely issues public statements. Rarer still is a public rebuke from FISA of federal investigators, but that's precisely what the court's chief judge has done. And Haitians are in the streets of their capital, Port Au Prince, protesting official corruption, a failing economy and a lack of basic amenities...including food.
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