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Former national security adviser John Bolton's new book is a broad indictment of the Trump presidency.
06/18/2020
John Bolton Unloads On Former Boss Trump, Even If It's A Little Late Now

Former national security adviser John Bolton's new book is a broad indictment of the Trump presidency.

The tone of his forthcoming book, The Room Where It Happened, suggests the diary of a tutor who has endured many frustrating months with a spoiled and inattentive pupil who ignores his lessons.

06/18/2020
Ketch Secor — Morning Edition Song Project

In times of upheaval like this, music can be an escape.

Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show wrote and performed an original song about this moment in history — as the first artist in the Morning Edition Song Project series.

His song is called, "Pray For America."

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing on policing since the killing of George Floyd, which trigger...
06/16/2020
Senate Judiciary Holds Hearing On Police Use Of Force

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding its first hearing on policing since the killing of George Floyd, which triggered a wave of massive protests and a national outcry for reform.

The hearing will include two panels, one on policing in the black community and another, the chair said, comprised of "folks who can tell us about the other side of the story and ways to go forward."

An executive order on police reform will focus on:• Credentialing and certifying police officers* Tracking officers accu...
06/16/2020
Trump Executive Order To Focus On Tracking Misconduct, Nonviolent Interactions

An executive order on police reform will focus on:

• Credentialing and certifying police officers

* Tracking officers accused of misconduct

* Sending out social workers with law enforcement on certain calls

Following the killing of George Floyd by police last month, Trump is expected on Tuesday to sign an executive order on police reform.

The Supreme Court says the federal ban on discrimination "based on sex" also applies to gay, lesbian, and transgender em...
06/15/2020
Supreme Court Delivers Major Victory To LGBTQ Employees

The Supreme Court says the federal ban on discrimination "based on sex" also applies to gay, lesbian, and transgender employees.

The Supreme Court says the federal ban on discrimination "based on sex" also applies to gay, lesbian and transgender employees.

Recent primaries have exposed an overtaxed voting system and raised questions about how much can be fixed by November.
06/15/2020
Chaos In Primary Elections Raises Fears For November

Recent primaries have exposed an overtaxed voting system and raised questions about how much can be fixed by November.

Recent primaries have exposed an overtaxed voting system and raised questions about how much can be fixed by November.

Atlanta protesters marched Sunday enraged by the killing of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man fatally shot by a p...
06/15/2020
Atlanta Police Release Video Of Minutes Before Rayshard Brooks Shooting

Atlanta protesters marched Sunday enraged by the killing of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man fatally shot by a police officer on Friday.

Police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks during an attempted arrest Friday. By Sunday the city's police chief had resigned and the officer who shot Brooks had been fired.

As the U.S. again grapples with its record of systemic racism, Joe Biden is facing growing calls ahead of the election t...
06/12/2020
Pressure Grows On Joe Biden To Pick A Black Woman As His Running Mate

As the U.S. again grapples with its record of systemic racism, Joe Biden is facing growing calls ahead of the election to choose a black woman as his running mate.

As the country again confronts its record of structural racism, Joe Biden is facing growing calls to choose a black woman as his running mate.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it was "a bad mistake" to push away peaceful protesters for the president to ...
06/12/2020
Former Defense Secretary Gates: Pushing Away Peaceful Protesters Was 'A Bad Mistake'

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it was "a bad mistake" to push away peaceful protesters for the president to take a photo in front of St. John's Church.

"It's hard to disagree that this president is a divider."

Gates also told NPR Thursday that it's time to change the names of Confederate bases. "There comes a moment when things become possible and people ought to seize a moment when it presents itself."

Gen. Mark Milley, the nation's top military officer, has apologized for accompanying President Trump in a walk through a...
06/11/2020
Gen. Mark Milley Says Accompanying Trump To Church Photo-Op Was A Mistake

Gen. Mark Milley, the nation's top military officer, has apologized for accompanying President Trump in a walk through a park forcibly cleared of protesters.

After being chided by retired peers for following President Trump in a walk through a park forcibly cleared of protesters, the nation's top military officer now says he should not have been there.

Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly blamed recent violent demonstrations on anti-fascist activists.But federal ...
06/10/2020
No Sign Of Antifa So Far In Justice Department Cases Brought Over Unrest

Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly blamed recent violent demonstrations on anti-fascist activists.

But federal court records show no sign of so-called antifa links so far in cases brought by the Justice Department.

An NPR review of the federal cases brought in connection with the unrest over George Floyd's death does not find any links to the antifa movement.

The president's response to the protests and the pandemic have pushed back his chances for reelection.
06/08/2020
Trump's Response To Coronavirus, Race Has Put Him In A Hole For Reelection

The president's response to the protests and the pandemic have pushed back his chances for reelection.

The president is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in polls. Biden is heading to Houston to meet with George Floyd's family Monday, while Trump will hold a law enforcement roundtable.

Happening now: a memorial for George Floyd is underway in Minneapolis The service is being held in a sanctuary at North ...
06/04/2020
Hundreds Gather At Memorial For George Floyd After Days Of Nationwide Protests

Happening now: a memorial for George Floyd is underway in Minneapolis The service is being held in a sanctuary at North Central University, which seats roughly 1,000 people.

The Rev. Al Sharpton will give the eulogy at Thursday's memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, 46, died in police custody on May 25.

Jim Mattis, who resigned as President Trump's defense secretary over a year ago, has accused the president of dividing t...
06/04/2020
Former Defense Secretary Mattis Issues Stunning Rebuke Of Trump

Jim Mattis, who resigned as President Trump's defense secretary over a year ago, has accused the president of dividing the nation in a scathing criticism, and warns against "militarizing our response" to protests.

Jim Mattis, who resigned as Trump's defense secretary nearly a year and a half ago, accuses the president of dividing the nation and warns against "militarizing our response" to protests.

Minnesota's Department of Human Rights filed a discrimination complaint against the Minneapolis Police Department — and ...
06/03/2020
Minnesota Files Discrimination Complaint Against Minneapolis Police Department

Minnesota's Department of Human Rights filed a discrimination complaint against the Minneapolis Police Department — and is launching an investigation into its practices and policies over the last decade.

"This is not a friendly action, but this is the necessary action," Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan told NPR. The Department of Human Rights will lead an investigation "to make deep, systematic change."

Louisville, Ky., resident David McAtee was shot and killed during a police response to a curfew violation early Monday.T...
06/02/2020
Louisville Police Chief Fired After Black Man Is Shot To Death

Louisville, Ky., resident David McAtee was shot and killed during a police response to a curfew violation early Monday.

The city's chief of police has since been fired.

Officers didn't have their body cameras turned on, and Police Chief Steve Conrad was later dismissed. National Guard members were also part of the incident and fired shots.

Violence escalated over the weekend in the many cities protesting George Floyd’s death. Demonstrators were hit with tear...
06/01/2020
Violence Escalates As Protests Over George Floyd Death Continue

Violence escalated over the weekend in the many cities protesting George Floyd’s death.

Demonstrators were hit with tear gas and rubber bullets. Cars burned and businesses were destroyed.

In Minneapolis, where Floyd died, a semitrailer drove into a crowd of peaceful protester on an interstate. Elsewhere, there were reports of police firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

A shortage of the machines that process the tests and give results are the newest bottleneck emerging in coronavirus tes...
05/28/2020
Coronavirus Testing Machines Are Latest Bottleneck In Troubled Supply Chain

A shortage of the machines that process the tests and give results are the newest bottleneck emerging in coronavirus testing.

Civilian labs and the Army say they've had trouble getting big machines that run hundreds of coronavirus tests at once. Public health experts say that's holding the U.S. back from ramping up testing.

Now more than 1 in 4 workers in the U.S. are unemployed. Another 2.1 million people filed jobless claims last week — bri...
05/28/2020
40.8 Million Out Of Work In The Past 10 Weeks, 26% Of Labor Force

Now more than 1 in 4 workers in the U.S. are unemployed.

Another 2.1 million people filed jobless claims last week — bringing the total for the past 10 weeks to 40.8 million people.

More than 1 in 4 U.S. workers have lost their jobs since coronavirus shutdowns began. Last week, an additional 2.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits.

President Trump threatened to "strongly regulate" or shut down social media platforms a day after Twitter labeled one of...
05/27/2020
Trump Threatens To Shut Down Social Media After Twitter Adds Warning To His Tweets

President Trump threatened to "strongly regulate" or shut down social media platforms a day after Twitter labeled one of his tweets with a fact-check.

Tensions between President Trump and Twitter escalate as he tweets a threat to "strongly regulate" or shut down social media platforms, which he accuses of silencing conservative viewpoints.

Black and Latino neighborhoods in four large Texas cities have fewer coronavirus testing sites, leaving communities blin...
05/27/2020
Across Texas, Black And Hispanic Neighborhoods Have Fewer Coronavirus Testing Sites

Black and Latino neighborhoods in four large Texas cities have fewer coronavirus testing sites, leaving communities blind to potential outbreaks.

An NPR investigation shows that black and Latino neighborhoods in four large Texas cities have fewer coronavirus testing sites, leaving communities blind to potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

Voter registration had surged at the start of 2020, but has since dropped off dramatically as a result of the coronaviru...
05/26/2020
Pandemic Puts A Crimp On Voter Registration, Potentially Altering Electorate

Voter registration had surged at the start of 2020, but has since dropped off dramatically as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Most places where Americans usually register to vote have been closed since March. It's led to a big drop in new registrations right before an election that was expected to see record turnout.

A scientist who created a dashboard for monitoring Florida's rising number of COVID-19 cases said she's been fired for r...
05/20/2020
Florida Ousts Top COVID-19 Data Scientist

A scientist who created a dashboard for monitoring Florida's rising number of COVID-19 cases said she's been fired for refusing to manipulate the data.

Florida's top COVID-19 data scientist has been dismissed. Rebekah Jones says she's been fired for refusing to manipulate data "to drum up support" for the state's plan to reopen.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell spoke before a Senate committee Tuesday abo...
05/19/2020
Senators Clash Over How Soon To Reopen The Economy

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell spoke before a Senate committee Tuesday about preventing lasting economic damage.

Senators squabbled over how quickly the economy can rebound from the coronavirus shutdown, and whether the government is doing enough to support struggling families and businesses.

Congress authorized $100 billion to reimburse health care providers for losses linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Much ...
05/18/2020
Medicaid Clinics And Doctors Have Been Last In Line For COVID-19 Relief Funding

Congress authorized $100 billion to reimburse health care providers for losses linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Much of that money has helped Medicare patients, but left low-income families behind

Congress authorized $100 billion to reimburse health care providers for losses linked to the pandemic, but much of that money has gone for Medicare patients, with low-income families left behind.

The CDC released flowchart-like tools on Thursday designed to guide businesses, schools, mass transit and other organiza...
05/15/2020
CDC Issues Tools To Guide Reopening Of Schools, Businesses, Transit

The CDC released flowchart-like tools on Thursday designed to guide businesses, schools, mass transit and other organizations through reopening.

The flowchart-like documents released by the CDC ask businesses, schools and workplaces to first and foremost consider whether reopening is consistent with state and local stay-at-home orders.

Sen. Richard Burr is stepping down as chairman of the Intelligence Committee amid a Justice Department probe of his stoc...
05/14/2020
Burr To Step Down As Intelligence Chairman During Probe Of Stock Sell-Off

Sen. Richard Burr is stepping down as chairman of the Intelligence Committee amid a Justice Department probe of his stock trades.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is stepping aside during the Justice Department's investigation, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Thursday.

Nearly 3 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week — bringing the total to 36.5 million in the past eight...
05/14/2020
36.5 Million Have Filed For Unemployment In 8 Weeks

Nearly 3 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week — bringing the total to 36.5 million in the past eight weeks.

Nearly 3 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department said. It's the latest grim sign of the economic damage from the coronavirus crisis.

"As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci," Sen. Rand Paul said "I don't think you're the end-all. I don't think you're the o...
05/13/2020
Sen. Rand Paul To Dr. Fauci: 'I Don't Think You're The End-All'

"As much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci," Sen. Rand Paul said "I don't think you're the end-all. I don't think you're the one person who gets to make a decision."

Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, testifies about the coronavirus at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. Watch his exchange with the Kentucky Republican about reopening the country.

The Supreme Court will consider whether the states have the power to remove or fine "faithless electors."
05/13/2020
Listen Live: Supreme Court Considers Pivotal Electoral College Case

The Supreme Court will consider whether the states have the power to remove or fine "faithless electors."

At issue is whether states have the power to remove or fine so-called faithless electors. The case could affect not only the 2020 election but all future presidential elections. Listen live.

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