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Battling Violent Extremism: How Do You Stop An Ideology?

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:06:30 -0400

President Donald Trump says the world must confront extremists or, in his words, "drive them out."

Cokie Roberts Answers Your Questions About Special Prosecutors

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:03:00 -0400

In the #AskCokie segment, commentator Cokie Roberts answers listener questions about the history of special prosecutors, and how they are different from special counsels.

Senate Intelligence Committee Presses For Flynn Documents

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:32:00 -0400

Because former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, citing the 5th Amendment, has refused to turn over documents related to Russia, the Senate Intelligence Committee is trying another approach.

Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:00 -0400

Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.

What's the Consensus on Consent?

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:20:35 -0400

Saying yes or no to a sexual advance should be straightforward. How do we clarify the rules on sexual consent?

Special Counsel. So What? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:20:35 -0400

How could special counsel Robert Mueller change the investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia?

Supreme Court Rejects 2 N.C. Congressional Districts As Unconstitutional

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling, which found the two districts had been unlawfully drawn to diminish the voting power of African-Americans and ordered them redrawn.

Justice Department Narrows Scope Of 'Sanctuary Cities' Executive Order

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:07:00 -0400

The move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes after a federal judge blocked a key part of the directive, the threat of withholding federal funds.

Supreme Court Upholds Rejection Of North Carolina Congressional Districts

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The Supreme Court upheld the rejection of two congressional districts in North Carolina by a lower court. The lower court ruled the districts had been unlawfully drawn to diminish the voting power of African Americans and ordered them redrawn.

Texas Lawmakers Revive 'Bathroom Bill' With Proposal For Public Schools

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The Texas legislature is again considering a bathroom bill. This one would require children in public schools to use restrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates.

Jury Selection Begins In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jeremy Roebuck about the latest in the jury selection for the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.

Jury Selection In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Looks To Be A Challenge

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:00 -0400

A third of the potential jurors say they've already formed opinions about Cosby's guilt or innocence. The case involves one of scores of sexual assault allegations against the comedian.

Stabbing Death At University Of Maryland Investigated As Hate Crime

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:45:00 -0400

The FBI was involved after it was discovered that Sean Christopher Urbanski, who allegedly stabbed a black student to death on campus, was a member of a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation."

Supreme Court Rejects 2 Congressional Districts In North Carolina

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:31:00 -0400

"A State may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason," Justice Elena Kagan said in the court's opinion upholding a lower court ruling.

In 'American Race,' Charles Barkley Is A True Believer In The Power Of Dialogue

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:06:00 -0400

In the new TNT docu-series about race, the former NBA star is mostly indifferent to the broader context of the discussions he's wading into — and to the limits of trying to "start a dialogue."