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How Every NFL Team Responded To Trump's National Anthem Protest Comments

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:46:35 -0400

After the president said those who kneel during the anthem should be fired, protests rippled throughout the NFL on Sunday. Teams mostly stood by their players.



First Female Marine Completes Grueling Infantry Officer Course

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:34:59 -0400

The 13-week program is considered one of the toughest in the U.S. military, and one-third of the class dropped out before graduation. The lieutenant has asked to keep her identity private.



Far-Right Gains Set To Alter Germany's Relationship With U.S, E.U.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:02 -0400

Angela Merkel won her fourth term as chancellor of Germany Sunday, but a far-right party also gained unprecedented representation. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Karen Donfried of the German Marshall Fund, on what the election means for Germany and the U.S.



In Puerto Rican Town, Situation Turns Dire At Packed Shelter

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:02 -0400

Five days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, power and water is still out for most of the island, and people are struggling to obtain basic necessities. In the town of Cataño, the storm left hundreds living in a shelter where conditions are becoming increasingly desperate.



'Nomadland' Tracks Rising Number Of Americans Living On The Road

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

A new book by the journalist Jessica Bruder describes the increasing number of Americans living on the road, often in RVs, moving from job to job as a way to avoid the expense of a permanent home. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bruder about her book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.



60 Years Later, Remembering The Little Rock Nine And School Integration

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The eight living members of the Little Rock Nine join former President Clinton to commemorate 60 years since Central High School was the nation's battleground over school integration. In 1957, the segregationist governor of Arkansas called up the state's National Guard to keep nine African-American students out of Central High. President Eisenhower federalized the guard and sent in the 101st Airborne to escort the students to class.



NFL National Anthem Protests Recall History Of Sports And Politics

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with sports journalist Bruce Schoenfeld about the history of black athletes using their platforms for political protests.



American Hospital Association CEO Explains His Opposition To Graham-Cassidy Bill

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, about his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy health care reform bill. He says the bill risks losing tens of millions of people's insurance and does nothing to stabilize the insurance market.



GOP Lawmakers Present Revised Version Of Graham-Cassidy Health Bill

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Lawmakers presented a revised vision of the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and on Monday, several witnesses talked about the bill at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.



CBS' 'Star Trek: Discovery' Goes Boldly Where No Trek Show Has Gone Before

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

How does CBS's new Star Trek: Discovery stack up against all the TV series that have boldly gone before? NPR's Eric Deggans reviews the first new, original Star Trek series in a dozen years.



Fast Food Restaurants Announce Efforts To Serve Healthier Kids' Meals

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

As many Americans try to eat more healthfully, McDonald's and Panera Bread announced changes to their kids' meals.



Virginia Election Serves As First Test Of U.S. Voting System Security

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Virginia is one of two states to hold major elections this November, a year after Russians tried to hack into U.S. voting systems. It will be the first test of how much progress has been made by election officials and federal agencies on securing U.S. elections from attack.



White House Amends Travel Ban To Expand Beyond Muslim-Majority Countries

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Trump amended his travel ban to include most travelers from Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. Additionally, some travelers from Venezuela and Iraq will now face extra restrictions and additional screening. The ban goes into effect October 18, and unlike the previous ones, does not expire. The plan will almost certainly spark a new round of legal challenges.



Russian-Linked Election Ads Highlight Scope Of Facebook's Power

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Facebook is facing pressure after news that Russia was behind a vast number of ads that tried to take votes away from Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election. People are now realizing the scope of the social media giant's power.



FBI's 2016 Crime Report Reveals Increase In Homicides

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The FBI's crime statistics for 2016 reveal an increase in violent crime. Homicides, in particular, continue to grow, and the increase looks less and less like a mere statistical blip.