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September 13, 2019
Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the debate stage in Houston. How did they distinguish themselves? Biden continues to tout his partnership with President Obama. How are the other candidates shifting their views on the former president's record? And that administration Biden was part of has another part of its legacy unraveled. The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era protections for America's waterways. What impact could that have on your drinking water?
September 12, 2019
The Supreme Court hands a victory to President Trump on immigration and getting asylum into the United States just became a whole lot more difficult. What will the ruling mean for migrants waiting at the U.S.-Mexico border? America and China have hit pause on the trade war, if just for a fleeting moment. Both sides have held off on new tariffs. Why are Washington and Beijing pulling back? And at least six people have died because of lung disease connected with vaping and now the Trump administration says it's time to ban flavored e-cigarettes that are directly marketed to kids.
September 11, 2019
The president's third national security adviser is out. What did the president want to do that John Bolton did not and what happens now? An NPR investigation reveals allegations of gross mismanagement at Guantanamo Bay. How much money do whistle blowers say is being wasted to keep the military prison and a court running? And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex specific parts of the West Bank. How could an election promise shift the landscape of the Middle East?
September 10, 2019
President Trump says Afghanistan peace talks are dead. And the head of U.S. Central Command vows not to sit still amid an escalation of Taliban attacks. Is the U.S. ramping up in Afghanistan or drawing down? We've got exclusive information on the settlement involving Purdue Pharma - the makers of Oxycontin. What did an email from the company, sent to one of our journalists, reveal about the huge private fortune amassed by selling opioids? And maybe you've had enough of the story about the President, Alabama and a sharpie. But new developments raise questions about the lengths the administration will go to protect the president from himself.
September 9, 2019
President Trump said he had planned a meeting with Taliban leaders this weekend to work towards a peace deal. It was set in secret, scheduled to take place at Camp David after months of negotiations. So why did he cancel it via tweet the day before? A nationwide settlement deal over Purdue Pharma's role in the opioid crisis has stalled. With bankruptcy now looking inevitable, what would that mean for the thousands of lawsuits filed against the makers of Oxycontin? And evacuations continue on the Abaco Islands, a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas. Will those residents ever be able to return home?
September 6, 2019
Great Abaco Island residents who survived the hurricane speak of dead bodies in the contaminated water and how they're desperate to escape. More than 200 people have come down with mysterious lung illnesses after vaping. What do health officials know about what's causing this? And a new investigation finds a troubling pattern in major American cities - poor neighborhoods are hotter than wealthy neighborhoods and climate change is widening the gap. What does that mean for these communities?
September 5, 2019
As Hurricane Dorian approaches, officials in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina prepare. How much danger do those three states face? Public servants were told their student loans would be forgiven. And now they're realizing they were misled. Why are 99% of applicants being rejected? And Vice President Pence is offering support to the British prime minister. He reaches London just after Boris Johnson plunged parliament into chaos. How can Pence help?
September 4, 2019
Satellite images show large parts of the Bahamas underwater as aid agencies ready for the challenge ahead. Why is it proving almost impossible to reach people in need? British parliament is descending into more chaos. One-time allies of Boris Johnson are now rebelling against the prime minister. What could their actions mean for the likelihood of an orderly Brexit? And a month after a mass shooting in a Walmart, the company will stop selling certain types of ammunition in stores. What's changing and could this move push other companies to do the same?
September 3, 2019
Communications in the Bahamas are so bad that it's hard for us to know how many people Hurricane Dorian has affected. But one thing is clear - the devastation is unprecedented and extensive. A rescue mission off the coast of California continues after fire engulfed a scuba diving boat. Of thirty-nine people on board, rescuers have found only a few. And Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden tells NPR that President Trump has changed everything about America's relationship with the world. He's in Iowa campaigning to be the next president. How's he making his case?
September 2, 2019
Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a catastrophic Category 5 storm, reaching the Bahamas as the strongest hurricane in modern records. What made it so powerful? A Chinese state news agency delivers a warning to Hong Kong protesters, quote: "The end is coming." What inspired thousands of students to boycott class anyway? Texans respond after a second mass shooting in less than a month. Why is this the moment the state is loosening gun restrictions?
August 30, 2019
Three prominent student activists from Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement are under arrest. Will this deter protesters from taking to the streets this weekend? And the Trump administration wants to roll back regulations on methane emissions. Why is this happening when many large oil and gas companies are on board with Obama-era regulations? Plus, people in the UK are outraged over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament. Can a legal challenge stop Johnson?
August 29, 2019
Hurricane Dorian grazed past Puerto Rico and is now headed for the U.S. How bad could it get for Florida? And the field of Democratic presidential candidates is shrinking. Who made the cut for the third debate? Plus, Britain's border with Ireland has been a key part of Brexit negotiations. Where does it stand now that the U.K.'s parliament will be suspended?
August 28, 2019
The move would shorten the time lawmakers have to organize an opposition vote to a no-deal Brexit. Critics accuse Boris Johnson of circumventing the democratic process.
August 28, 2019
There's a big storm headed for Puerto Rico, yet the Trump administration says it wants to divert money away from disaster relief to border enforcement operations. Why would the administration redirect FEMA funds at the peak of hurricane season? It's been two years since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and the island is still recovering. Is the government there prepared for another storm? Plus, North Carolina sues e-cigarette companies for allegedly marketing directly to kids. Do the rules against Big Tobacco apply to e-cigarette companies?
August 27, 2019
A judge in Oklahoma has ordered drugmaker Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the opioid crisis. What does this mean for other states suing opioid manufacturers? Also, President Trump signaled he may be open to meeting Iran's president. But overnight, President Rouhani said he'd only meet if the U.S. lifted its sanctions. Are the prospects for a summit already fizzling? Plus, why protesters in Newark, New Jersey crashed the MTV Video Music Awards.
August 26, 2019
Just a few days ago, the U.S. and China threatened each other with new tariffs. Today, President Trump announced China is ready to restart trade talks. How will troubled world markets respond? And President Trump's announcement wasn't the only surprise at the G7 summit. Iran's foreign minister showed up unannounced. Who invited him, and why? Plus, how the household brand Johnson & Johnson got caught up in the opioid crisis.
August 23, 2019
Brazil's indigenous women are marching. They're fighting to protect the Amazon rainforest, which has been engulfed in flames. Who's to blame for the fires? France's president Emanuel Macron is calling the Amazon fires an "international crisis". He wants it to top the agenda at this weekend's G-7 summit. But will concerns over the global economy steal the limelight? And we will go to the streets of Tehran where U.S. sanctions are hitting Iranians hard. In a country where free speech is normally stifled, we hear some candid talk from Iranians about who they blame for the sanctions.
August 22, 2019
More red ink is being predicted by congressional budget forecasters - nearly a trillion dollars this year alone. What does the growing deficit tell us about the economy's health? The detention of migrant families and children has been one of the defining and most controversial policies of the Trump administration. Now a new rule would end time limits on detentions. Is this a shift toward holding migrant families indefinitely? And NPR gains exclusive access to a lab in New York where researchers are zapping sperm. What would lead them to do that in the name of science?
August 21, 2019
The Trump Administration insists that the U.S. economy is in great shape. But the White House is exploring tax cuts - a move often used when an economy is struggling. So why these cuts and what could they look like? The U.S. has promised to continue its economic sanctions on Iran. With no end to the sanctions in sight, how are U.S. pressure tactics effecting everyday life in Iran? And Syrian opposition fighters are facing defeat in a key strategic town they've held for years. This comes after a major offensive carried out by Assad's government forces and backed by Russia. What's the humanitarian impact on civilians living there?
August 20, 2019
Five years after Eric Garner's death - the police officer who placed him in a choke hold has been fired. Garner's family wants more. But the officer is planning to fight back as well. What does that action look like? We've seen the fight for democracy in Hong Kong, play out on the city's streets. Now the world's biggest social media companies say it's also unfolding online. They describe a state-backed Chinese misinformation campaign. What message is Beijing sending? And we've got new data on gun control. Regardless of political affiliation, regardless of whether you own a gun or not, we found that the majority of Americans want 'red flag' laws. What impact would that legislation have?
August 19, 2019
A suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul killed 63. The Islamic State in Afghanistan claimed responsibility. This comes amid peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban. What does this mean for the security of Afghan citizens? In California, the shooting of Stephon Clark last year led to widespread demonstrations. Now, a new law there will raise the bar for when it is reasonable for the police to use deadly force. Could it be adopted nationwide? And there are changes coming for reproductive health clinics. As of today, if they want federal money, they can't refer patients to abortion providers. What does this mean for the low-income women who rely on these clinics?
August 16, 2019
After banning two Muslim members of Congress from visiting, Israel is now allowing one of them limited access to visit a relative. Why did Israel deny Representatives Omar and Tlaib entry in the first place? Also, how is President Trump convincing his base to back him for a second term? Plus, business owners worry about losing their immigrant workforce to ICE raids.
August 15, 2019
The Dow dropped 800 points yesterday, marking the worst day for stocks this year. Are there signs of an oncoming recession? And six officers were shot during a stand-off in Philadelphia yesterday. What do we know about the suspected gunman now in police custody? Plus, how divisions among demonstrators in Hong Kong could undermine the pro-democracy movement.
August 14, 2019
Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong have been demonstrating for 10 straight weeks. How could China clamp down, and what kinds of consequences could it face for doing so? Also, the U.S. is postponing some tariffs on Chinese goods until after the holiday shopping season. What kind of economic pain is the Trump administration trying to avoid? Plus, one of opera's most renowned stars is accused of sexual misconduct. What are the allegations against Plácido Domingo?
August 14, 2019
Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong have been demonstrating for 10 straight weeks. How could China clamp down, and what kinds of consequences could it face for doing so? Also, the U.S. is postponing some tariffs on Chinese goods until after the holiday shopping season. What kind of economic pain is the Trump administration trying to avoid? Plus, one of opera's most renowned stars is accused of sexual misconduct. What are the allegations against Plácido Domingo?
August 13, 2019
The Trump administration wants to deny green cards to immigrants who use welfare programs. How will officials determine which immigrants are too poor to live in America? Also, Attorney General William Barr takes aim at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide. The jail has a long history of severe staffing shortages and violence, so why are officials just now expressing outrage? Plus, how is Beijing preparing for escalating tensions with anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong?
August 12, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking underage girls, died in jail by apparent suicide Saturday. Why was he not being closely watched after a supposed suicide attempt just three weeks ago? Also, Hong Kong airport grounds all flights because of anti-government protests. How much worse can clashes between protesters and the government get?
August 9, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signals he's ready to talk about gun reform. Why are Republicans starting to consider gun legislation they've long resisted? Also, President Trump names a new acting Director of National Intelligence. Why was the woman next in line for the position overlooked? Plus, a Michigan man deported to Iraq was found dead this week in Baghdad. He had lived in America almost his whole life, so why did he end up in Iraq, a country he'd never seen?
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