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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Heads To El Salvador To Discuss Gang Violence

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:53:39 -0400

Sessions is meeting with the president of El Salvador and high-ranking law enforcement officials, as well as with an FBI anti-gang task force, to talk about combating the powerful gang MS-13.



After Trump Targets Murkowski, Interior Secretary Reportedly Warns Alaska's Senators

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:45:50 -0400

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke reportedly called Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her fellow Alaskan, Sen. Dan Sullivan, to say their state could run into trouble with the Trump administration.



Pakistani Ride Sharing App Puts A Matchmaker In The Car

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:56:00 -0400

The Careem app ran a campaign: Book a car — and a matchmaker will join you. The company thought it was funny. But a lot of women hated it.



Admiral Says He'd Launch A Nuclear Strike On China If Trump Ordered It

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:44:00 -0400

While Adm. Scott Swift's affirmative response to that nuclear scenario might sound like cause for alarm, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet said the premise of the question was "ridiculous."



The Aroma Of Rice And Barberries Takes Her Back Home To Iran

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:18:03 -0400

When Yasaman Alavi misses Iran, she puts up a pot of rice and adds saffron water and barberries for a Persian twist. The smell of zereshk polow makes her feel as if she's back home.



Scaramucci: Let Priebus 'Explain He's Not A Leaker'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:08:00 -0400

The new White House communications director seemed to blame the chief of staff for a report about his financial disclosure forms. Scaramucci blasted the "leak" of what were actually public records.



Unpopular At Home, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Nominated For State Dept. Post

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:36:00 -0400

Brownback, a staunch social conservative, was one of the least popular governors in the country after tax cuts he championed failed to ignite the state's economy and led to deep spending cuts.



Trump Continues To Publicly Attack Sessions

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:38:00 -0400

President Trump continues denouncing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.



From Skyhook To STEM: Kareem Abdul Jabbar Brings The Science

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:07:24 -0400

The NBA's all-time leading scorer talks about the importance of STEM and his education foundation, and its support for a science camp for public school children in Los Angeles.



Electronics-Maker Foxconn Plans Wisconsin Factory

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:28 -0400

Foxconn, a major electronics manufacturing company based in Taiwan, says it will build a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. Reporter Todd Frankel of The Washington Post talks with Rachel Martin.



Legal Questions Over Trump's Ban Of Transgender People In The Military

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

President Trump said the government will not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military. Military law expert Eugene Fidell tells Steve Inskeep what the announcement might mean.



Trump Backer On The President And The Press

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

President Trump's relationship with the media is seen as a contentious one. Rachel Martin talks with Chris Buskirk, publisher of the conservative web site American Greatness, who says it is healthy.



Legal Dispute Threatens Future Of Fact-Checking Site Snopes

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

A legal dispute has put the survival of Snopes.com in jeopardy. It's the fact-checking website that's been online since the 1990s. Steve Inskeep talks with co-founder David Mikkelson.



Social Media Lets Anti-Government Bundys Reach Followers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Groups who monitor far-right extremists warn that anti-government militants are increasingly using social media to promote armed protests and violence.



Rep. Keith Ellison On Trump And The Media

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison tells Rachel Martin that he thinks Twitter should ban President Trump after the president tweeted insults to members of the media.