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Strangers in Their Own Land: The 'Deep Story' of Trump Supporters

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:26 -0500

Millions of Americans seem to ignore their own interests when it comes to how they vote. Sociologist Arlie Hochschild thinks we might be turning to politics to meet emotional needs, not economic ones.

Trump Bans U.S. Funding For Groups That 'Promote' Abortion Overseas

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:26:00 -0500

The new president has reinstated the "Mexico City" policy first instituted by Ronald Reagan in 1984. And this version is even broader than previous ones.

Trump's Press Secretary Tries For A Reset, But Goes On To Lament Negative Narrative

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:47:00 -0500

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in his first full press briefing, pledges never to lie, although, he says, "Sometimes we can disagree with the facts." He called media coverage "demoralizing."

'Like High-Definition From The Heavens'; NOAA Releases New Images Of Earth

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:06:00 -0500

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the first public images from its new weather satellite. The agency says the satellite's data will lead to more accurate weather forecasts.

Trump Files Documents To Shift Management Of Businesses To His Sons

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:34:00 -0500

For many weeks, the president said he would step away from managing his businesses, but he offered no evidence. Now documents are turning up, showing he no longer is listed as top executive.

Trump's Telecom Chief Is Ajit Pai, Critic Of Net Neutrality Rules

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:24:00 -0500

A champion of limited government, Pai has indicated plans to reel back Internet and other regulations. As FCC commissioner since 2012, Pai typically was a reliable opponent of Democrats' proposals.

Politics Aside, Counting Crowds Is Tricky

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:11:00 -0500

Claims about the size of crowds for both President Trump's inauguration and the protests that followed the day after, are being debated. Scientists struggle with how to do that kind of head count.

Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

Opioid abuse is rising fast among those who live in rural areas. Research suggests the drugs' illicit use there spreads rapidly via social networks, which could be part of the solution, too.

Judge Blocks Health Care Merger, Saying It Would Hurt Competition

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:35:00 -0500

In his decision, Judge John Bates said he believed health insurance giant Aetna had tried to leverage its original support for Obamacare to get federal approval for its acquisition of rival Humana.

After Inauguration Day, Conflicts Of Interest Continue To Plague Trump

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:31:38 -0500

As the new Trump administration begins, NPR takes a look at what conflicts of interest the new president has cleared up and what remains to be done.

As Trump Adopts 'America First' Policy, China's Global Role Could Change

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:31:00 -0500

With the U.S. possibly disengaging from world affairs in the new Trump era, the larger world order as we've come to know it has changed. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Robert Daly of the Wilson Center about where this leaves China and whether that country will aim to become the next world leader.

Trump's Inaugural Address Suggests Break With Foreign Policy Tradition

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:31:00 -0500

From the Marshall Plan to the G-20, the United States has long taken a broad view of what's in its national interest. President Donald Trump's inaugural address suggests a break with that decades-old tradition.

Virginia Governor Outlines Opposition To Trump's Medicaid Proposal

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:31:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, about President Trump's proposal to convert Medicaid to block grants, whereby states would receive a set amount of money to cover health care for its poorest residents.

Health Insurers Fear Impact Of Trump's Vague Order On Affordable Care Act

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:31:00 -0500

People are still trying to interpret an executive order on the Affordable Care Act issued by President Trump on Friday. Because of its vagueness, members of the health industry — particularly insurers — are nervous about its impact on their businesses.

Georgia Ravaged By Weekend Storms That Ripped Across South

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:31:00 -0500

Strong storms ripped across the southeast, killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens more. The worst damage was in Georgia where one city was already cleaning up from an earlier tornado.