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Zimbabwe Swears In A New President, In The First Transfer Of Power Since Independence

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:36:00 -0500

Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose firing by now-ousted President Robert Mugabe prompted military intervention, promises to change the government's culture after years of corruption and economic trouble.

Uproar Over Elephant Trophies Overshadows Changes To Lion Imports

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:15:12 -0500

The Trump administration lifted a ban on importing elephant and lion trophies from two African countries. National Geographic's Rachael Bale explains how this could affect conservation efforts.

Is A Big, Blue Wave Forming Off The Political Coast?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0500

After Democrats pulled off wins in 2017 that were bigger than expected, Republicans and Democrats are wondering what that means for the 2018 midterms.

Ohio Politicians Face Sexual Misconduct Scandals

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:08:52 -0500

NPR's Noel King talks with Ohio Public Radio and Television's Karen Kasler about charges of sexual misconduct, assault and cover-ups in Ohio state politics that have led to resignations.

Who Is Mike Cernovich?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks with Andrew Marantz of The New Yorker about Mike Cernovich, the alt-right figure who obtained documents about sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic Rep. John Conyers.

Politics Update: Russia Investigation, The Congressional Agenda

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:08:00 -0500

NPR's Noel King talks with NBC's Geoff Bennett about developments in the Russia investigation and what's ahead for Congress.

News Brief: Navy Aircraft Crash, Flynn May Be Cooperating With Russia Investigation

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:08:00 -0500

NBC's Geoff Bennett talks about the latest on the Russia investigation, including signs Michael Flynn may be cooperating. Also, the latest on the Navy aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea.

Telemedicine For Addiction Treatment? Picture Remains Fuzzy

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:00:15 -0500

One way to deal with the surging opioid epidemic is to let doctors use telemedicine to remotely prescribe addiction treatment medication. The approach has promise and some drawbacks.

Trump Thanks Service Members Abroad On Thanksgiving

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:38:24 -0500

President Trump thanked U.S. service members who are serving abroad in a video call from Mar-a-Lago today. Ahead of the holiday — the Defense Logistics Agency sent close to 100,000 pounds of turkey and some 30,000 pounds of ham to the region for a Thanksgiving meal.

Robert Mueller May Bring An End To Jokes Surrounding Old Law

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:38:24 -0500

The little-known Foreign Agents Registration Act was long considered a joke — until Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller brought his first indictments. Legal observers are asking whether he might take a "toothless" old law and give it new fangs.

Putin Is Working To Build Alliances With Leaders The U.S. Often Distances Itself From

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:38:24 -0500

Russia's president has had a flurry of meetings with leaders from the Middle East and beyond. Critics say he's trying to exploit what the Kremlin sees as inattention from the Trump administration.

Trump Wine: Local Promotion Or Presidential Product Placement?

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:38:24 -0500

Ninety miles west of the White House, the National Park Service was selling Trump Wine at Shenandoah National Park — raising questions about Park Service rules and presidential influence.

Texas Woman Charged With Mailing Explosives To State's Governor And Obama

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:16:00 -0500

A 46-year-old woman in Texas has been charged with mailing explosives to Gov. Greg Abbott and then-President Obama. Authorities say the devices could have seriously injured or even killed someone.

Trump To Troops On Thanksgiving: 'You're Fighting For Something Good'

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:29:00 -0500

The president also said multiple times that the U.S. armed forces were better off under his leadership than under the Obama administration.

Rep. Joe Barton Apologizes After Lewd Photo Becomes Public

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:17:00 -0500

The Texas Republican said that he sent the photo to a woman he was in a consensual relationship with while separated from his second wife, and regrets not having used "better judgment."