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Veterans, Survivors' Groups Try To Shift The Conversation On Condolences

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 1:22pm

"There is the feeling that all of this is diminishing our national character," one support group wrote, as a political debate unfolds over calls to the families of soldiers who died in combat.

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President Trump Pivots On Bipartisan Health Care Bill

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

President Trump said he supports a bipartisan effort that would effectively shore up the Affordable Care Act. But he's also distanced himself from it. What's behind the complicated politics at play?

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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Kenya's electoral confusion threatens to become a constitutional crisis. This comes as a senior electoral official resigned and fled to the U.S., saying the planned rerun of the presidential election in eight days is not guaranteed a fair process.

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Majority Of Northern California Wildfire Victims Were 65 Or Older

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

The majority of people who lost their lives in the northern California wildfires were age 65 or older. But what factors did the age of the victims have in their deaths?

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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick Files Grievance Against NFL

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Michael McCann of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law about the latest move by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He has filed a grievance against the NFL claiming he is the victim of a group boycott by team owners punishing him professionally for his political views.

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A Look At The Parallels Between U.S. Relations With North Korea And Iraq

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Charles Duelfer, who led the Iraq Survey Group, about parallels between Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush's assumptions about each other, and Kim Jong Un and Trump's.

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Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

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Democrats Question Attorney General Sessions On Russia At Senate Judiciary Committee

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. There was no shortage of topics discussed — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community and the administration's travel ban. But Democrats repeatedly pushed him on one topic in particular — Russia.

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How Fire Forensics Investigators Approach The Aftermath Of Wildfires

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Fire Captain Specialist Ron Eldridge of Cal Fire about fire forensics and what approaches investigators take when they're faced with many miles of scorched earth, like the situation in northern California now.

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Virginia Democrat Could Make History As First Transgender State Lawmaker

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

If Democrat Danica Roem wins her state house race in northern Virginia, she'll be the first transgender lawmaker in the state. She's running against a longtime Republican known for his opposition to LGBT rights.

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Singer Gord Downie Of The Tragically Hip Dies At 53

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

The rock singer Gord Downie died today after a long battle with brain cancer. The lead singer of the beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip was 53. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Talia Schlanger, host and radio producer at World Cafe, about Downie's music and legacy.

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How Other Terrorist Organizations Could Benefit From ISIS' Loss Of Raqqa

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Ali Soufan, former FBI terrorism investigator, and author of the book Anatomy of Terror. They discuss reports that Al-Qaida is actively recruiting ISIS fighters.

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More Rain In Puerto Rico Brings Misery To Those With Damaged Roofs

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2017 - 12:41pm

Puerto Rico has had steady rain this week, meaning misery for those whose roofs were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Across the island, frustration is building over delays in the distribution and installation of the tarps usually provided by FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 2:13pm

Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn't require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

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Efforts To Rewrite NAFTA Not Going Well; Next Round of Talks Delayed

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:55pm

For months, the United States, Canada and Mexico have been trying to rewrite terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But White House demands have led to frustrations that may threaten NAFTA.

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MLB Rallies To Help Boy Whose Baseball Collection Was Destroyed By Fire

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:38pm

As thousands of Californians take stock of the damage caused by wildfires, one 9-year-old boy's story has at least half of the teams in Major League Baseball chipping in.

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Senators Reach Deal To Stabilize ACA Insurance Markets For 2 Years

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:31pm

The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.

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'Now That She Has Been Killed, Who Will Ensure That Justice Will Prevail?'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:26pm

The killing of Maltese reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia has drawn international condemnation. "My mother was assassinated," her son said.

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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:18pm

It's the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.

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'Trump's Claim Is Wrong': Comments On Presidents' Calls To Military Families Rebutted

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2017 - 1:13pm

Defending his lack of response to the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger, Trump claimed "a lot of" past presidents did not call families after a death. He raised the example of his chief of staff's son.

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