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Oldest Kids In Class Do Better, Even Through College

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:30:25 -0400

Starting kindergarten later could boost kids' grades and improve their odds of attending a top college. Being the youngest kid in class can hurt their academic performance.



Charities Pull Fundraisers Planned for Trump's Mar-A-Lago

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:48:00 -0400

For years, major charities have been holding fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by President Trump. Now, in the wake of his comments on Charlottesville, many are turning away.



Gun-Carrying Protesters Create 'Tricky' Question For ACLU

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:56:25 -0400

"We don't feel we have to represent any group – including white supremacists – seeking to demonstrate with firearms," said the organization, which has long defended groups unpopular with its members.



Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:50:00 -0400

Business leaders have resigned from Trump's council over his response to Charlottesville. But evangelical leaders say they see their role differently.



Former New York Yankee Derek Jeter Becomes Minority Owner Of Miami Marlins

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Derek Jeter had a spectacular career playing shortstop for the New York Yankees, during which he managed to avoid scandal and embarrassment and kept his private life tastefully private. So, what might all that brilliance as a player mean for him as he now becomes an owner?



Why One Kentucky Town Wants To Keep Its Confederate Monument

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

When the University of Louisville took down a monument to Confederate soldiers from the Civil War, a nearby Kentucky town welcomed the statue — and residents still like that it's there.



Trump's National Security Team Meets To Discuss Way Forward In Afghanistan

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

President Trump's national security team has been trying — and failing — for months to come up with a new plan for Afghanistan. On Friday, they will meet again at Camp David to plot a way forward in the longest war in U.S. history. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says all options are on the table. What are they, and what's the country's goal at this point?



Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon Removed From White House Job

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Joshua Green, author of The Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency and senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek about reports that Steve Bannon is leaving the White House.



How What Happened 25 Years Ago At Ruby Ridge Still Matters Today

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Jess Walter about the significance today of the 1992 deadly standoff between right-wing fundamentalists and the federal government at Ruby Ridge in Idaho.



Gov. Asa Hutchinson Reacts To President Trump's Response To Charlottesville

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR has been checking in with the Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas since primary season. Following backlash over President Trump's comments following white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Va., NPR's Robert Siegel checks in with Hutchinson to ask how he thinks the president is handling the situation.



Fathers Of Our Country: How U.S. Presidents Exercised Moral Leadership In Crisis

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Barbara Perry, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia, about how presidents have exercised moral leadership in critical moments.



The Role Of Solar Eclipses In Religion

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Throughout human history, solar eclipses have been seen as having great religious significance, often as omens or signs of divine warning or punishment. Major and minor religions alike have their own understandings.



Oklahoma Senator James Lankford Reacts To Steve Bannon's White House Departure

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma about Steve Bannon's departure from the White House.



Virginia Communities Remember Police Officers Who Died After Charlottesville Protests

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Two Virginia State Police officers died in a helicopter crash after the Charlottesville, Va., protests on Saturday. Today a funeral was held in Richmond for Trooper-Pilot Berke M. M. Bates. Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen will be remembered tomorrow.



Arrests Of Undocumented Parents Sparks Debate Between Federal Officials And Immigration Advocates

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested hundreds of undocumented parents who are suspected of paying smugglers to bring their children to the U.S. Federal officials say those parents are supporting criminal smuggling rings, but immigrant advocates complain the crackdown is criminalizing family reunification.