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Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 11:31:00 -0400

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Supreme Court Effectively Strikes Down 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."

More Than 10 Years After Alleged Sexual Assault, Bill Cosby Trial To Begin

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

A year and a half after Cosby was charged with felony counts of sexual assault over a 2004 encounter, which Cosby maintains was consensual, jury selection is to begin Monday in Philadelphia.

Morning News Brief: Trump Moves On To Second Stage Of Foreign Trip

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

The president, beset by investigations at home, visits Israel after receiving a royal welcome in Saudi Arabia. He urged Muslim leaders to "drive out the foot soldiers of evil" and combat extremism.

Status Check: Where Voting Rights Cases Stand With The Supreme Court

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:13:00 -0400

The high Court decided not to hear a case on North Carolina's restrictive voting law. But other cases are moving forward. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Richard Hasen, law professor at UC Irvine.

This Week On The Call In: Criminal Justice Reform

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:13:00 -0400

We examine criminal justice reform and drug sentencing. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to impose the most serious charges for drug offenses.

Working In The White House During An Investigation

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

Scott Simon talks with Don Baer, President Clinton's White House communications director during much of the Whitewater controversy, about working in the White House during an investigation.

The History And Reach Of Special Counsels

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:02:00 -0400

Scott Simon talks with Yale law professor Stephen Carter about the possible outcomes — and limitations — of Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration's possible ties to Russia.

Facing A Population Decline, Baltimore Set Up A Legal Defense Fund For Immigrants

Sat, 20 May 2017 04:01:30 -0400

Officials in many cities have said protecting immigrants from deportation is a moral imperative. In cities with dwindling tax bases, like Baltimore, it's also a financial one.

Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:07:00 -0400

The former FBI director's highly anticipated testimony, in open sessions, will come after he was fired by President Trump amid a growing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Rosenstein On Comey Memo: 'I Wrote It. I Believe It. I Stand By It'

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:07:00 -0400

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress that he knew the president planned to fire James Comey before he wrote a memo that the White House had cited to justify the termination.

New Russia Special Counsel Has Yet to Undergo Conflicts Check

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:42:00 -0400

Ethics experts said the Justice Department needs to review possible conflicts involving special counsel Robert Mueller III because his former law firm represents people involved in the Russia probe.

Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty To Charge Over Sexting With A Minor

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:42:00 -0400

The disgraced former congressman from New York pleaded guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Weiner is the estranged husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Sweden Drops Rape Investigation Of Julian Assange — But He's Not In The Clear

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:21:00 -0400

The WikiLeaks founder has been at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition. Swedish prosecutors halted the probe, but London police quickly said they'd still enforce their arrest warrant.

U.S. Treasury Department Imposes Sanctions On Venezuelan Supreme Court

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:19:00 -0400

By freezing the justices' assets, "the [U.S.] is supporting the Venezuelan people in their efforts to protect ... democratic governance in their country," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.