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What Legal Recourse Do Victims Of Fake News Stories Have?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:04:00 -0500

Real people hurt by fake news can sue under defamation law. But University of Denver law professor Derigan Silver notes that winning monetary damages doesn't undo the damage to a person's reputation.

Diver's Ambassador Life Showed Bigotry Is Never Far From The Surface

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:42:00 -0500

Years after Pearl Harbor and decades before a proposed "Muslim registry," Sammy Lee tried to "prove that in America, I could do anything." America hasn't always been convinced.

Deadly Fire In Oakland May Spark Crackdown On Off-The-Grid Artists' Spaces

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:17:00 -0500

Rents in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, pushing many artists into illegal work/live spaces like the Ghost Ship, where a fire left 36 dead. Now, officials vow to step up regulation.

Behind Trump's Taiwan Phone Chat, A Veteran Washington Insider

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:52:00 -0500

Former GOP senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole helped Taiwan connect with the Trump transition team. Federal disclosure reports show Dole has lobbied for Taiwan for nearly two decades.

School Choice 101: What It Is, How It Works And Does It Work?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:16:00 -0500

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on the campaign trail that school choice is "the new civil rights issue of our time." But talk of school choice is, at best, confusing.

Mental Health Care Gets A Boost From 21st Century Cures Act

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:08:00 -0500

Early intervention for treating psychosis and grants to train more psychologists and psychiatrists are just some of the ways the legislation would change mental health services.

Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: U.S. Recalls A Shocking Attack

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:02:00 -0500

America remembers the fallen — and how the nation responded to what President Franklin Roosevelt called a "date which will live in infamy."

Energy Giant Shell Inks Oil Deal With Iran

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, despite the nuclear deal's uncertain future. It's the largest energy company to return since sanctions were lifted.

Trump Tags Former Wrestling Magnate To Head Small Business Administration

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:49:00 -0500

Linda McMahon is the co-founder of the pro-wrestling enterprise World Wrestling Entertainment. The Republican twice ran to become the first female U.S. senator for Connecticut, but lost both bids.

Senators Deliver Farewell Tribute To Vice President Joe Biden

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

Senators bid farewell to Vice President Joe Biden, who spent much of his career in the Senate, during a special tribute in the Senate chamber.

Trial Of Accused Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Begins

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

The trial of Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine worshippers at a church in Charleston, S.C., begins Wednesday.

Bob Dole Lobbied Trump Team On Outreach To Taiwan

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

Bob Dole, a former GOP senator and presidential candidate, has been working as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, according to disclosure documents filed with the Justice Department. The filing shows that the World War II hero, now acting as a lobbyist with the Washington law firm Alston & Bird, coordinated with Trump's campaign and his transition team to set up meetings between Trump's advisers and Taiwan officials.

Trump's Plan For China Tariffs Could Lead To 'Collateral Damage On Both Sides'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Mark Wu, assistant professor at Harvard Law School and a former U.S. trade negotiator, about how Trump would impose a 45 percent tariff on Chinese goods, as he has promised.

Trump Names Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad As Next Ambassador To China

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

The Trump transition team announced Wednesday that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will be the next ambassador to China.

Trump's Cabinet Of Ex-Generals Indicates Focus On National Security

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:31:00 -0500

President-elect Trump plans to nominate at least three former top generals to his cabinet, and he is said to be considering more former top four-star military commanders. NPR takes a look at why Trump favors the brass and what effect a cabinet of such leaders could have on the way he runs the government.