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Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:01:01 -0400

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Exploring Legalities That Enabled Harvey Weinstein's Actions

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:01:01 -0400

As the board of the Weinstein Company considers the sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, David Greene consider the company's potential liability with lawyer Beverly Davis.

How The NRA Uses Its Political Clout: An Early Lesson In Oklahoma

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:45 -0400

Rep. Mike Synar, a Democrat, had the National Rifle Association's backing in 1980. But by 1994, his positions had changed, and so had the NRA's. Here's how the group worked to defeat him.

Texas Trucker Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Of Undocumented Immigrants Leading To Deaths

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:54:18 -0400

Federal authorities say the case is a "glaring reminder" of the dangers of human smuggling across the Southern border. The driver is to be sentenced in January.

Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:58:00 -0400

Police departments across the country use inexpensive field tests to quickly screen for drugs. But the kits create a lot of room for error — with troubling consequences.

Immigration Judges Warn Against Trump Administration Benchmarks

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:00 -0400

The Trump administration is preparing to impose new benchmarks on immigration judges to speed through a backlog of more than 600,000 cases in U.S. immigration courts. But judges warn the change could hurt public confidence and violate the right to due process.

Corruption Trial Of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez Continues

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:43:00 -0400

The defense phase of the corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., begins on Monday. Prosecutors said Menendez traded government favors with friends in return for a luxurious lifestyle.

Federal Jury In N.Y. Convicts Man Of 'Crimes Of Terror' In Chelsea Bombing

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:06:00 -0400

Ahmad Khan Rahimi "now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison," says acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.

Breaking Cultures Of Silence On Sexual Harassment

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:06:30 -0400

If sexual harassment is a problem where you work — or worse, an open secret — what can you do about it?

Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion, Misconduct

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:39:00 -0400

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban from 2009 to 2014 after leaving his base in Afghanistan, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior.

Trump's Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

President Trump keeps adding new and thorny issues to the congressional to-do list, as lawmakers already face a government-funding showdown in December.

What Affordable Care Act Rollback Means For The Health Care Insurance Industry

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:12:03 -0400

Health insurance providers have already raised rates in anticipation of reduced government subsidies. NPR's Michel Martin talks with health policy analyst Robert Laszewski about how the industry might fare.

Trump Ends Health Care Subsidies: Who Will Be Affected?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:12:03 -0400

The Trump administration issued big policy changes to the Affordable Care Act. Kaiser Health News chief Washington correspondent Julie Rovner explains what this could mean to the millions of Americans who signed up for it.

Trump Rolls Back Obama Era Policies

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:12:03 -0400

President Trump made headway this week in trying to roll back his predecessor's policies. NPR's Domenico Montanaro tells us about Trump's recent decisions against the Iran deal and the Affordable Care Act.

New Use-Of-Force Guidelines For Chicago Police

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:12:00 -0400

On Sunday, new rules go into effect for Chicago police that will mandate how they interact with the public. The new rules follow high profile cases of police shootings.

New York District Attorney On The Defense Over Handling Of Weinstein Allegations

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:44:00 -0400

Cyrus Vance Jr. decided not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein despite an undercover audiotape of the movie mogul harassing an Italian model. Now Vance is under scrutiny over his handling of the case.