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'Millions' Fewer Would Have Coverage Under GOP Health Bill, Says CBO Analysis

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:14:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office says it won't have time to analyze the full impacts of the latest Senate health law overhaul effort, but they say millions more would be uninsured by 2026.



3 GOP Senators Oppose Graham-Cassidy, Effectively Blocking Health Care Bill

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:13:46 -0400

Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she'll vote no on the latest push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That once again leaves the GOP short of the votes they need to pass a health care bill.



Rental Firms' Disaster Readiness May Help Usher The Age Of Self-Driving Cars

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:08:23 -0400

With more than 1 million autos damaged in recent hurricanes, rental firms have had to move cars quickly into affected areas. That involves tech tools and data, keys to a future of autonomous fleets.



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.



The Isley Brothers & Santana On World Cafe

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:09 -0400

Carlos Santana, his virtuoso drummer (and wife) Cindy Blackman Santana and the two main surviving members of the legendary Isley Brothers, Ron and Ernie, collaborate on the new album Power of Peace.



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.



'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.



Astronomers Search For Giant Planet On Outer Edges Of Solar System

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

Astronomers are continuing their search for a giant planet they believe is lurking at the outer reaches of the solar system.



Iraqi Kurds Vote On Independence In Historic Referendum

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

Iraqi Kurds voted on Monday in a referendum on whether to seek independence from Iraq. Neighboring countries worry an independent Kurdistan could destabilize the region.



Germany's Angela Merkel Wins 4th Term As Far-Right Party Gains Power

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

Angela Merkel is chancellor of Germany again, but her party lost a lot of support, and the far right are in parliament for the first time in decades. The election results are a major shock for Germany's political establishment.



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.