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Monday, February 24, 2020

Feb 24, 2020 785


While there are signs that the coronavirus epidemic in China is slowing down, outbreaks in other parts of the world including Iran, Italy, and South Korea are raising alarm. After Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' decisive victory in the Nevada Democratic caucuses, Democratic presidential candidates are looking ahead to South Carolina's primary. President Trump visits India and appears at a rally in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Feb 22, 2020 780


U.S. officials have warned Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is trying to help him win the Democratic nomination. Officials have also said that Russia favors President Trump's re-election. In South Korea, a growing number of COVID-19 infections, about half linked to a controversial church. And in Iran, low voter turnout in the country's parliamentary elections now means that conservatives have virtually no opposition.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020 800


Russia wants to help President Donald Trump win a second term in office. That's what a top intelligence officer reportedly told lawmakers last week. Nevada will hold its Democratic presidential primary on Saturday. State party leaders will use new technology to count the votes. But after the fiasco in Iowa, many observers are concerned. As the nine-year war in Syria continues, Idlib is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Feb 20, 2020 800


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't exactly get a warm welcome from his rivals on the debate stage. Political operative Roger Stone will be sentenced on Thursday. Will the presiding judge stick with the original sentence? Eleven people are dead after a gunman opened fire in the German town of Hanau. The suspected shooter reportedly left a written confession expressing far-right views.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Feb 19, 2020 861


President Trump grants clemency to eleven people, including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. The ninth debate of the Democratic presidential primary takes place in Nevada tonight. Five months after voting took place, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wins reelection.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feb 18, 2020 798


The Chinese government has kept 760 million people under lockdown to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. The Democratic presidential primary enters a new phase with primary contests in more diverse states. Jury deliberations begin in the New York trial of Harvey Weinstein.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Feb 17, 2020 806


People quarantined at sea aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess begin heading home. President Trump holds rallies in early voting states, though he faces little opposition from within his own party for the nomination. In Iraq, months of popular protest begin to wane.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Feb 15, 2020 822


Quarantined Americans to be evacuated from cruise ship in Japan, meanwhile a large number of health care workers in China test positive for coronavirus. Tension between President Trump and Attorney General Barr increases questions about independence of the Department of Justice. U.S. officials at Munich Security Conference mostly quiet on US/Taliban Peace Agreement.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020 787


Attorney General William Barr criticizes President Trump in an interview with ABC news. The Trump Administration diverts 3.8 billion dollars in earmarked Pentagon funds to build 177 more miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Defense works on new techniques to curb the spread of illnesses like coronavirus.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Feb 13, 2020 801


Democratic presidential hopefuls look ahead to upcoming state primaries. The Department of Education investigates mishandling of foreign money at top U.S. universities. Customs and Border Protection says that officers inappropriately detained Iranian-Americans at the U.S.-Canada border.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Feb 12, 2020 836


Senator Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary. All four prosecutors resign in the Roger Stone case after the Department of Justice requests a more lenient sentence. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó returns home after meeting with heads of state around the world.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Feb 11, 2020 827


Voters in New Hampshire make their choice for the Democratic presidential contender. Health officials worry about the spread of the coronavirus outside China. Two large teacher unions question the effectiveness of active shooter drills.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Feb 10, 2020 849


Coronavirus deaths reach a new record in China. As Democratic candidates prepare for the New Hampshire primary, how have their campaign strategies evolved? The film, 'Parasite,' is the first non-English language film to win best picture.

BONUS: Soleimani's Iran

Feb 9, 2020 2900


When Qassem Soleimani was assassinated by the United States on January 3rd, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander suddenly became a household name. But in Iran, he's been a potent symbol for decades, shaping conflicts in the region and with the U.S. In this bonus episode of NPR's history podcast Throughline, the origins of the shadow commander and the complicated legacy of what he means to Iran.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Feb 8, 2020 806


Seven Democratic presidential candidates met on stage in New Hampshire last night. The White House has removed the Vindman brothers and recalled Amb. Sondland. And a doctor's death is prompting Chinese people to express their anger.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Feb 7, 2020 825


The full results from Iowa are finally in, and it's essentially a tie. What kind of pressure will Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders get from the other candidates in Friday's Democratic debate, and how will they take on each another? In China, people are grieving for a doctor who raised an early alarm about the coronavirus. And a former Olympic doctor said he was fired by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for reporting abuse cases. Now he's filing a lawsuit against the committee.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Feb 6, 2020 784


What are the consequences of President Donald Trump's acquittal? The president plans to make a statement on Thursday. One Republican senator says he voted his conscience instead of party. Several Democrats risked their seats while voting for conviction. In Iowa, state Democrats say they are almost finished counting the votes of Monday's caucuses. Which candidates appear to be winning as Iowa loses? Also Venezuela's opposition leader appeared at the State of the Union address and met with President Trump. How does the White House plan to renew its efforts to back Juan Guaido?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Feb 5, 2020 804


Democratic presidential candidates are still awaiting final results from the Iowa caucuses. Early counts suggest Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders did well. What does this mean for them and the rest of the Democratic candidates? A White House official promised "relentless optimism" in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, and that's mostly what he delivered. The speaker of the House tore up his speech - so is there much they might accomplish together? And a watchdog group says you might be paying more to borrow money if you went to a historically black or majority Hispanic college.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Feb 4, 2020 814


Let's just say it, the Iowa caucuses didn't go as planned. Democratic candidates are still waiting for official results. One local party chairman said he tried calling in results, but decided to just go to bed. Does this hurt Iowa's chances to kick off primary season? Also, the coronavirus keeps spreading in China. In Wuhan, there's an increasingly desperate situation, and resources are spread thin. What is China's government doing to contain this?

Monday, February 3, 2020

Feb 3, 2020 832


The first contest in the 2020 presidential election will take place on Monday - the Iowa caucuses. What do voters make of their long list of choices in the Democratic primary, and which candidate has the most momentum going into the caucuses? The 11th coronavirus case in the U.S. was confirmed in California on Sunday. What's the government doing to contain the virus, which has now infected over 17,000 people in China alone? And President Trump's impeachment trial is drawing to a close following last week's Senate vote. We'll go over what to expect next and what an acquittal could mean for the 2020 elections.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Feb 1, 2020 833


Senators vote against calling witnesses as President Trump's trial rolls into next week. American officials declare a public health emergency to try to get ahead of the coronavirus outbreak while there are still very few confirmed cases of the respiratory disease in the U.S. With Iowans set to caucus on Monday, we hear from voters in Decatur, a county that went for Donald Trump four years ago.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Jan 31, 2020 814


One of the last Republican senators whose views on allowing witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were uncertain made a decision. Sen. Lamar Alexander does not favor calling witnesses. The president's supporters have votes to block them. So how soon might the Senate vote on acquittal? The World Health Organization calls the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency. Also, more than three years after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, it says goodbye. What happens during a transition period?

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Jan 30, 2020 787


Correction: In this podcast, NPR's Mara Liasson discusses what she says was a question asked by Democrats and answered by Alan Dershowitz. It was actually Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who asked the question. — President Trump's legal team shifted its defense strategy during the first day of questions and answers in the Senate. Will there be more changes today? Meanwhile, Republicans are confident that they will have enough votes to block witnesses from testifying. The number of coronavirus cases has now reached nearly 8,000, with more than a dozen countries reporting at least a few cases. What preparations is the U.S. taking to combat the spread of the virus? Also can the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo persuade Britain to overturn its decision to work with the Chinese tech giant Huawei on its 5G infrastructure?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Jan 29, 2020 804


Senators are preparing to vote on allowing witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn't yet have the votes to block them. How might that alter the record and the politics? The president made a peace plan with Israelis, which he says Palestinians should like. Why does the Palestinian side not see a win? Also, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to Ukraine. Days ago, he said in an interview with NPR that Americans don't care about it. So what does Pompeo hope to accomplish?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Jan 28, 2020 791


The president's lawyers will conclude their defense of his actions toward Ukraine on the Senate floor on Tuesday. They've hardly mentioned new allegations in an unpublished book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton. What are they saying instead? President Donald Trump is also expected to release his Middle East peace plan later on Tuesday. What's in the plan, and why was there almost no input from from the Palestinian side? In New York, Harvey Weinstein's trial continues. We'll hear about grueling testimony from another one of his accusers.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Jan 27, 2020 801


An excerpt of former U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's upcoming book has leaked, and it undercuts President Donald Trump's impeachment defense. Could it change things? The sports world mourns a basketball icon. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant died yesterday in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. We'll look back at Bryant's remarkable career. And there are now five confirmed cases of a strain of coronavirus in the U.S. Are the travel bans in the affected parts of China working to keep the disease from spreading?

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Jan 25, 2020 750


President Trump's legal team begins his defense now that Democrats have finished their arguments against him; millions of people are affected as China limits travel during a busy holiday season to stem the coronavirus outbreak; and new details from Guantanamo Bay about how the U.S. used torture techniques on suspected terrorists after 9/11.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Jan 24, 2020 796


Friday will be the last chance for House Democrats to make their case for the removal of President Donald Trump. How have Republicans pushed back, and what can we expect as the president's lawyers get ready to launch their defense? Friday's "March for Life" rally is a chance for President Trump to shore up an important part of his base. Will these voters support him in 2020? And a former "Sopranos" actress testifies in Harvey Weinstein's trial about the trauma she suffered.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Jan 23, 2020 719


Democrats will take the stage again on Thursday in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump. Are any of their arguments winning over Republicans? China has stopped all transportation within the city of Wuhan and canceled all outgoing flights and trains. At least 17 people have died so far from a new strain of coronavirus. What is causing this disease to spread? And the International Court of Justice ruled on a request for "emergency measures" in Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims and preserve evidence of past abuses against the ethnic minority.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Jan 22, 2020 819


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will continue Wednesday afternoon. The first day of the trial was dominated by partisan fighting over the rules of the trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to make some last-minute changes. How will these changes affect the process? A new virus thought to have originated in China made it all the way to Washington state. How is the Chinese government responding to the outbreak? And some more news from Washington state. More than a million people will be able to vote in a local election using a smartphone. Does this present a security risk?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Jan 21, 2020 809


The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump starts on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., released his trial rules late on Monday, and Democrats are incensed. How is McConnell limiting the trial? A new virus is causing international concern. Health authorities say the disease can spread from person to person. How dangerous is this virus? Also, more than a week after a volcano erupted in the Philippines, we get a view from right above it. How long before the next eruption?

Monday, January 20, 2020

Jan 20, 2020 844


The Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump starts on Tuesday. Democrats argue it won't be a fair trial unless new witnesses are being called to testify. What's the White House's response? Virginia's capital is under a state of emergency because of who might come to a pro-gun rally Monday. What's the mood in Richmond? And Prince Harry goes public after he and Meghan Markle begin their split from lives as full-time working royals. What is the new arrangement?

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Jan 18, 2020 819


With the President's impeachment trial in the Senate set to begin next week, Trump assembles his legal team. Also, a scandal over stealing signs is roiling Major League Baseball. And Taal Volcano in the Philippines may be in a lull but it's still dangerous.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Jan 17, 2020 762


President Donald Trump broke the law. He did it by withholding aid to Ukraine. That's the conclusion of a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But will it affect the Senate impeachment trial? Three men were arrested this week in connection with a white supremacist group called "The Base." The suspects planned to build an assault rifle and had amassed over 1,600 rounds of ammunition. Who are they and what were their plans? Also, after more than 1,000 earthquakes in Puerto Rico, President Trump has signed a major disaster declaration. How much will this help the island?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Jan 16, 2020 800


President Donald Trump "knew exactly what was going on" in Ukraine. That's according to Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas. But how credible are his claims? In Russia, the prime minister and his entire cabinet resigned. The dramatic move came shortly after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes. Many see the shakeup as Putin's doing. We also get an inside view from China of the newly signed "Phase One" trade deal. What are Chinese officials telling people about the deal?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Jan 15, 2020 799


The House on Wednesday will vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. This as new details come to light about the pressure campaign against the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Will it amplify calls to allow new evidence in the upcoming Senate trial? In the final Democratic presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) confronted doubts over a woman in the White House head on. And 18 months after he began his trade war with China, President Donald Trump is set to sign a partial truce. What's in it?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jan 14, 2020 832


Can U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explain the intelligence that led to the killing of a top Iranian general? And what's the strategy if Iran retaliates in the future? In an interview with NPR, Esper answered those questions and more. Also, the Democratic presidential race is getting more personal. Tonight is the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses. Apple is refusing to comply with the FBI's demand to unlock the phones of an alleged mass shooter. U.S. Attorney General William Barr isn't pleased. Is there a simple solution?

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Jan 13, 2020 775


Iranians are in the streets protesting again, but they have turned their rage away from the U.S. They're demonstrating against their own government after it admitted to shooting down a Ukrainian airliner. President Donald Trump said Iranian general Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to U.S. interests. So why did Defense Secretary Mark Esper say he didn't see any specific evidence? Also, Puerto Rico is dealing with the aftermath of some strong earthquakes. How are people coping, and are they expecting more?

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Jan 11, 2020 772


Iran admitted that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane this week — blaming it on human error. We'll have reaction to the admission. Also, President Trump claims that multiple embassies were part of the "imminent threat" that led to the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian military commander last week. Power is returning to Puerto Rico after an earthquake earlier this week, but people are still sleeping outside there, as strong aftershocks continue to shake the island.

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Jan 10, 2020 795


Iran said that it will let U.S. government experts help investigate an airplane crash in Tehran. The U.S. is saying nothing in public about the cause of the crash, but officials of several other nations suggest Iran apparently brought down the plane by mistake. The House told the president to consult Congress before taking further military action against Iran. But what will happen to that demand in the Republican-controlled Senate? Also, newly released documents show that some Boeing employees mocked the designers of the 737 Max, as well as regulators who approved the plane.

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Jan 9, 2020 788


The House will vote on a resolution to limit President Donald Trump's use of military force. Even some Republicans in the Senate now say they're concerned. Trump himself called on U.S. allies to take a stand against Iran. But how have the recent events affected one of U.S.'s closest allies, Saudi Arabia? And Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are calling it quits — not with each other — but with the royal family, at least in part.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Jan 8, 2020 821


Iran fulfilled its promise to retaliate after a U.S. airstrike killed a top general. Iranian missiles struck bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq. President Trump tweeted "All is Well!" But is this a step closer to a war? What are officials in Iran and Iraq saying about the possibility of further escalation? Also in Iran, a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed just after takeoff, killing all 176 people on board. Why did the plane go down, and who were the victims?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Jan 7, 2020 767


Are American troops really leaving Iraq? Iraqi lawmakers voted to kick them out following the U.S. airstrike that killed an Iranian general and an Iraqi commander, but the Pentagon says there's no plans for a troop withdrawal yet. What's the response today on the ground in Baghdad? Also, as the second day of Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial begins in New York, he's facing new charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles.

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Jan 6, 2020 770


Both Iranian leaders and crowds of mourners are vowing revenge against the U.S. following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. What's the impact to Americans' safety abroad? President Donald Trump has responded with threats to target Iranian sites should Tehran retaliate, but would that be legal? And how have months of bushfires in Australia affected the environment and the health of those breathing in the smoke-filled air?

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

Jan 4, 2020 777


The funeral for a top Iranian military commander assassinated by the U.S. begins in Baghdad. President Trump addresses a key part of his base in the wake of the killing — evangelical Christians. Plus, fires in Australia continue to devastate in the worst fire season on record there.

Special Report: Analysis On The U.S. Assassination Of Iran's Qassem Soleimani

Jan 3, 2020 1016


What can we make of a U.S. airstrike in Iraq overnight that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani, a general both famous and infamous for leading a shadowy force that operated outside of Iran? Listen for analysis on the U.S. decision to call for the strike and Iran's promise to retaliate.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Jan 3, 2020 762


President Trump ordered the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps. U.S. officials said a drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday was ordered to deter "future Iranian attack plans." What will this mean for escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Jan 2, 2020 863


Bushfire season is nothing new to Australians, but this summer has been calamitous — and it may still get worse. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will seek immunity from prosecution in corruption cases he's facing. And, a look at what state legislatures are doing in 2020 that could have national impact.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Jan 1, 2020 775


The Pentagon is deploying military reinforcements following an attack by Iranian-backed militia members and their supporters on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Also, North Korea's Kim Jong Un says he no longer felt bound by a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing. And, a look ahead to what will be a busy year in politics in 2020.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dec 31, 2019 847


Federal prosecutors in New York have filed hate crime charges against the man accused of carrying out a stabbing rampage north of New York City over the weekend. Also, as Australia rings in the New Year, much of the country is still dealing with the dangers of an ongoing bushfire emergency. And, the Justice Department is pursuing many allegations of Chinese espionage, efforts they say will continue in 2020.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Dec 30, 2019 771


Five Hasidic Jews were stabbed at a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York in an attack that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called an "act of domestic terrorism." Also, a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas on Sunday morning, killing two people before being killed by volunteer security. And, the U.S. carried out airstrikes against five locations in Iraq and Syria on Sunday.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Dec 28, 2019 828


President Trump has impeachment on his mind over the holidays, as the trial in the Senate looms in the New Year. Also, Iran begins war games with new partners Russia and China, causing concern among some U.S. officials. And 2020 may be a banner year for the U.S. space program.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Dec 27, 2019 729


Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she's "disturbed" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to coordinate with the White House on impeachment. Also, the Philippines is recovering from the latest typhoon to hit the country. And, a plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Kazakhstan killing at least 12 people.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Dec 26, 2019 818


For the third straight year, the number of homeless people in the U.S. overall has increased, with a large surge in California. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his most serious primary challenge in years. And the U.S. ambassador to Zambia has been recalled after he criticized the government's record on gay rights.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Dec 25, 2019 736


North Korea had threatened the U.S. with a "Christmas Present" should Washington not ease sanctions by the end of the year. Also, for the first time in over 200 years, no Christmas Eve mass was held at Notre Dame Cathedral. And Democrats running for President need to win over a key voting demographic: Hispanics and Latinos.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Dec 24, 2019 901


After intense scrutiny following two crashes, Boeing has replaced its CEO. Also, a 6-six-year-old in London found a message in a holiday card that was allegedly written by a foreign prisoner in China. And an internal report says at least 175 minors were abused at a Catholic order in Mexico since it was founded in 1941.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Dec 23, 2019 817


In newly released emails, the White House asked officials to keep quiet over the suspension of military aid to Ukraine. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended a contentious citizenship law that has fueled deadly protests. And Australia's Prime Minister returned from a vacation early after criticism that he took the trip while the country was under a bushfire emergency.

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Dec 21, 2019 1073


President Trump's been impeached but details of his Senate trial remain in limbo. A surprise veto by Russia and China at the UN could put critical aid for millions of Syrians at risk. And Americans say they want to give and get gifts made ethically and sustainably, but is the bigger problem that they're just - buying too much stuff?

Special Report: Exclusive Interview with John Bolton

Dec 20, 2019 696


In an NPR exclusive interview, former National Security Adviser John Bolton says North Korea would not give up its nuclear program through negotiations with the US. Bolton is also at the center of a key testimony in President Trump's impeachment hearings.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Dec 20, 2019 840


In an NPR exclusive interview, President Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton told Steve Inskeep that he doesn't believe that North Korea will ever give up its nuclear weapons program by way of negotiations with the US. Seven of the leading Democratic presidential candidates came together outside Los Angeles for the most contentious debate of the campaign season so far. And Australia has been enduring its hottest recorded temperatures in history this week, as hundreds of bushfires continue to devour large areas around Sydney.

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Dec 19, 2019 850


A sharply divided House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump. The matter now moves to the Senate for trial, but will Democratic leaders delay that handover? Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls will take the stage for tonight's debate. The list of candidates that didn't the make the cut includes some notable names. This morning the Queen of England goes before Parliament to deliver the ritual 'Queen's Speech', laying out the agenda for newly re-elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative-led government.

The House of Representatives Impeaches President Trump

Dec 19, 2019 1034


The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It is only the third presidential impeachment in the history of the United States. Here is Wednesday's episode of The NPR Politics Podcast breaking down what happened and what it means for the president.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Dec 18, 2019 799


For only a third time in US history, the House votes today to impeach the President. That President, Donald J. Trump, hit back at House Leader Nancy Pelosi in an angrily worded letter, calling the process "an attempted coup". Also, the secretive FISA court rarely issues public statements. Rarer still is a public rebuke from FISA of federal investigators, but that's precisely what the court's chief judge has done. And Haitians are in the streets of their capital, Port Au Prince, protesting official corruption, a failing economy and a lack of basic amenities...including food.

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Dec 16, 2019 775


Impeachment moves to the Senate this week and Republicans are making no secret of their allegiance to President Trump. In Madrid, the UN Climate Conference ends in disappointment. And demonstrators in India are protesting a new law that would limit the rights of Muslims.

Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Dec 14, 2019 836


The Judiciary Committee approves impeachment articles against President Trump; now the full House will get its say. There's still a day left to enroll for Obamacare this year. And Boris Johnson's landslide win in Britain means Brexit is coming - but the devil's in the details.

Special Report: How Did Rudy Giuliani Become a Key Figure in the Impeachment Inquiry?

Dec 13, 2019 715


A look at the career of a central figure in the Ukraine affair: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Dec 13, 2019 776


Voters in the United Kingdom have given Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party its biggest majority in 30 years of elections. Does that mean Brexit will finally happen? In the U.S., The House Judiciary Committee delayed expected votes to advance articles of impeachment against President Trump. What comes next after the panel reconvenes today? And after 18 months of escalating tariffs, what's in a tentative deal that could bring the trade war between the U.S. and China to an end?

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Dec 12, 2019 839


The House Judiciary Committee continues its markup of articles of impeachment against President Trump today. As top Democrats push ahead toward a full vote in the chamber, what are Democrats from more moderate districts saying? Voters in the United Kingdom are turning out for a general election. Could today's results be any more decisive than other efforts to resolve the impasse on Brexit? Also, what new details are surfacing about a deadly shootout in Jersey City, N.J., which the city's mayor is calling a hate crime?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Dec 11, 2019 796


President Trump is dismissing the two articles of impeachment that Democrats unveiled against him as "flimsy." What exactly will happen during a markup of those articles tonight? There's a new version of a free trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. What will the changes mean for Mexico? And an NPR exclusive breaks down the clash over how to help thousands of student borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

Breaking News Update: Democrats Unveil Articles Of Impeachment, USMCA Trade Agreement

Dec 10, 2019 699


House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday morning, 77 days after they launched a formal inquiry into his freezing of assistance to Ukraine and request to investigate a political rival. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also announced an agreement on President Trump's revised North American trade pact.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Dec 10, 2019 825


House Democrats have scheduled an announcement for this morning. What might they reveal about the specific articles of impeachment they plan to draft against President Trump? Ukraine and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire after more than five years of conflict that's killed at least 13,000 people. What does the deal include? Also, a new lawsuit is coming that could force a state school system to eliminate standardized test requirements for college admissions.

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Dec 9, 2019 839


What was a Saudi military officer doing on a U.S. naval base in Pensacola, and why are authorities investigating a mass shooting there as an act of terrorism? The Justice Department's Inspector General will release a report today focused on the early stages of the FBI's Russia investigation. Will it dispel or validate President Trump's accusations of a witch hunt? And the House Judiciary Committee holds another impeachment inquiry hearing today that could set the stage for articles of impeachment.

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Dec 8, 2019 596


What did Secretary of State Mike Pompeo know about President Trump's alleged pressure campaign on Ukraine and when did he know it?

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Dec 7, 2019 853


An American graduate student imprisoned in Tehran since 2016 was released today. We'll tell you about the prisoner exchange that led to his freedom. Plus, the Democratic primary field just got a lot whiter. What does that mean for voters? And violence against anti-government protesters in Baghdad stokes fears of a wider conflict.

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Dec 6, 2019 799


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says articles of impeachment against President Trump are coming. How soon could the House move towards an impeachment vote? What's behind a resurgence in worldwide measles cases? And Uber discloses new data showing thousands of people reported sexual assault by drivers and passengers.

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Dec 5, 2019 895


Lawmakers ask four Constitutional scholars whether President Trump committed an impeachable offense. Three say yes. Will their testimony shape impeachment proceedings? What is the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, reportedly doing in Ukraine, and how is Ukraine's president reacting to Trump's impeachment woes? And what's behind a countrywide general strike kicking off today in France?

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Dec 4, 2019 813


As a new phase of impeachment begins, what can we expect from the first hearing from the House Judiciary Committee? Why are NATO leaders bristling over an ultimatum from Turkey to condemn Kurdish fighters? And NPR investigates why hundreds of thousands of disabled student loan borrowers didn't get the loan forgiveness they deserved.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Dec 3, 2019 862


Americans will get to see opposing House reports on impeachment today. How are Democrats and Republicans making their case ahead of the next phase of the inquiry? As President Trump prepares to meet with French leader Emmanuel Macron at NATO talks today, why has their relationship devolved? And in a BBC interview, one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers shares allegations against Prince Andrew.

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Dec 2, 2019 850


A new phase of the impeachment inquiry starts this week, but the White House is skipping the first hearing. What happens once the House Judiciary Committee takes over the inquiry? Will world leaders at a UN climate conference commit to real change to avoid climate catastrophe? And what more do we know about the heroism that stopped a London terror attack?

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Nov 30, 2019 849


Police are calling the London stabbings that killed two people a terrorist incident. The attack comes a week before a general election in the UK. NATO meetings are also being held there next week. President Trump is going amid reports that the administration will substantially cut U.S. contributions to the alliance. And how did Black Friday sales go?

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Nov 29, 2019 817


On a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, President Trump announces peace talks have reopened with the Taliban. Could an end to America's longest war be in sight? Will Trump's signing of bills backing Hong Kong protesters jeopardize U.S.-China trade talks? And, how ICE used a fake Detroit college to arrest students for immigration violations.

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Nov 28, 2019 874


New reporting shows the president's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, pursued a business deal in Ukraine while pushing for investigations into the Bidens. How far did negotiations get? Why does Trump want to add Mexican cartels to the terror list? And explosions at a chemical plant in Texas underscore fears about safety regulation rollbacks.

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Nov 27, 2019 802


A transcript of a White House budget official's impeachment testimony is out. What concerns did he raise about withholding Ukraine aid? What are federal prosecutors seeking by launching an investigation into drugmakers in the opioid crisis? And a new report finds alarming injury rates at e-commerce giant Amazon's warehouses.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Nov 26, 2019 799


A federal judge rules that former White House counsel Don McGahn must obey a congressional subpoena to testify before impeachment investigators. Could this clear the way for more testimony from Trump's inner circle? How is the impeachment saga playing in Russia? And Colombia enters a sixth day of widespread protests.

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Nov 25, 2019 844


The Secretary of the Navy has been ousted. How did the Navy end up clashing with President Trump? Pro-democracy voters in Hong Kong score big wins in local elections. And what does it say about the 2020 Democratic presidential field that Michael Bloomberg is joining in so late?

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

Nov 23, 2019 737


The impeachment inquiry moves into its next phase. How will Democrats push their case against President Trump forward? Also, anti-government protests have Colombia on edge. Why people are taking to the streets. Plus, Attorney General William Barr's new plan to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.

Special Report: How the Impeachment Inquiry is Testing Pence

Nov 22, 2019 737


As Vice President Mike Pence's role in the Ukraine story comes under increased scrutiny, how might his biography inform how he navigates the crisis in the White House?

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Nov 22, 2019 807


Two weeks of public impeachment testimony are now over. Where does the inquiry go next? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Could his 10-year grip on power be coming to an end? And the U.S. deports a Honduran asylum-seeker to Guatemala, signalling a big change in asylum rules.

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Nov 21, 2019 817


President Trump's EU ambassador says there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine. As impeachment hearings continue today, was Gordon Sondland's testimony a game-changer? Democratic presidential candidates took the stage for the latest debate. Who stood out? And a rash of racist incidents at Syracuse University has sparked student protests there.

Special Report: U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland's Public Testimony

Nov 20, 2019 669


What does U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's public testimony in the impeachment inquiry reveal?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Nov 20, 2019 804


Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland changed his testimony once. Will he do it again when he testifies in the public impeachment inquiry today? Who is Jim Jordan, the Ohio lawmaker who has defended Trump in the inquiry? And a former British consulate worker and Hong Kong citizen claims torture by Chinese officials.

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Nov 18, 2019 798


A Hong Kong university has becomes a battle zone as protesters fight off police with arrows and Molotov cocktails. How does this standoff end? More witnesses in the impeachment inquiry go before cameras this week. What can we expect? And Chinese tech giant Huawei is expected to get a reprieve from the White House.

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

Nov 16, 2019 791


What we learned from the impeachment hearings, and what will we hear next week? Three service members accused or convicted of war crimes are cleared by President Trump; why did the Pentagon want him to stay out of it? Plus, a setback in the fight to eradicate polio.

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Nov 15, 2019 830


Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies publicly in the impeachment inquiry today. What more will she reveal? What prompted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to agree to release department records amid a fight over student loan forgiveness? And will Lebanon's protests be quelled by a potential new prime minister?

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Nov 14, 2019 793


During the impeachment inquiry's first public testimony, a top diplomat describes a previously unknown phone call involving President Trump. What else did we learn? Why is a federal regulator probing Google's collection of health data? And a civil-rights group says it has hundreds of emails suggesting a key White House adviser promoted white-nationalist views — and plans to release more.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Nov 13, 2019 793


Public hearings start today in the impeachment inquiry. How will witness testimony play out before the cameras? Trump hosts Turkish President Erdogan at the White House. What do both leaders want from each other? And are Hong Kong protests entering a new, more violent phase?

Special Report: Was It An Abuse Of Power?

Nov 12, 2019 761


With public hearings in the impeachment inquiry set to start Wednesday, we examine the evidence: Do recently released testimonies indicate a presidential abuse of power?

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

Nov 12, 2019 858


Young, undocumented immigrants march on Washington ahead of a landmark Supreme Court case. They're chanting "home is here." What's at stake for these DACA recipients? The impeachment investigation takes a different direction tomorrow. The inquiry goes public. Democrats want some of the key actors to tell their stories to shape public opinion. But which officials do Republicans want to hear from and why? And what should be done with foreign fighters who joined ISIS? Hundreds of them are being held in Turkish prisons. Turkey's government says it's time for them to go home and face justice.

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Nov 11, 2019 786


Three diplomats who raised concerns about the president's moves toward Ukraine have testified in private. What can they add as they testify this week in public? The impeachment inquiry opens its doors and lets in the the cameras. Demonstrators in Bolivia are not chanting "yes we can" but "yes we could." How did they force President Evo Morales to surrender his job? And in Hong Kong, the authorities show no sign of giving way to protesters. A policeman grappled with one protester before shooting another. What do the demonstrations on two continents say about the push for democracy?

Saturday, November 9th, 2019

Nov 9, 2019 806


We learn more about the last days of closed door testimony in the impeachment inquiry, and look ahead to its TV debut. The Senate is expected to clear the way for Trump's latest acting pick for DHS head. And Brazil's former leftist president is out of prison — what does that mean for the country's far-right government?

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Nov 8, 2019 900


What revelations did a week of newly released impeachment transcripts contain, and what's next as a week of public hearings is set to begin? How close are the U.S. and China to a 'phase one' trade deal? And France's President questions the future of NATO amid waning U.S. commitment.

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Nov 7, 2019 797


The U.S.'s top diplomat to Ukraine will be among the first witnesses to testify in the public impeachment inquiry. What could he say? The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia. And Kentucky's Republican governor has asked for a recanvass of ballots after narrowly losing the governor's race.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Nov 6, 2019 829


The U.S. ambassador to the EU has changed his story on quid pro quo. What else does updated his testimony reveal? Could big wins for Democrats in state-level elections spell trouble for President Trump in 2020? And oral arguments begin for a Supreme Court case that could impact the Clean Water Act.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Nov 5, 2019 791


What could new public transcripts of closed-door testimonies reveal from the impeachment inquiry? As four states hold big elections today, what could the results tell us about 2020? And the road ahead as the U.S. leaves the Paris climate agreement.

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Nov 4, 2019 809


What could House impeachment investigators learn from White House lawyer John Eisenberg? The whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry remains anonymous — will House Republicans accept that person's written testimony? And in New Delhi, air pollution reaches record - and dangerous - levels.

Special report: The Impeachment Inquiry against Donald J. Trump

Nov 2, 2019 3172


NPR's Steve Inskeep hosts a special report on the impeachment inquiry. At the center of the impeachment inquiry is a whistle blower's complaint about the President's actions on a call to the president of Ukraine. Did the president abuse his power when he asked for investigation into a political rival? Inskeep, along with NPR's hosts, correspondents, and producers step through the story as we know it so far - explaining who the key players are and what they knew.

November 1, 2019

Nov 1, 2019 593


What do we know about the man on the other end of that infamous phone conversation that's now led to an impeachment inquiry? His name is Volodymyr Zelenskiy and he's the president of Ukraine. Before entering politics, Zelenskiy had a successful career as a comedian and actor.

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Nov 1, 2019 851


What happens now that the House has approved an impeachment resolution, taking the process into a new, public phase? And what do we know about a central figure in the inquiry, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy? President Trump heads to Mississippi to rally for the state's Republican gubernatorial candidate.

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Oct 31, 2019 854


The White House's top Russia expert is set to resign. The news comes just as he's about to testify in front of House impeachment investigators. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced the platform would ban all political ads. And Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to hundreds of thousands of Californians.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Oct 30, 2019 932


The House is one day away from its vote on whether to formally open impeachment proceedings. What do the latest testimonies in the investigation reveal about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine? Is the Islamic State now operating without a leader — and does that matter? And why has the NCAA changed its policy on allowing college athletes to get paid?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Oct 29, 2019 834


The top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council will be the first White House official to testify in the impeachment inquiry who was on the July 25 call. Firefighters in Northern California continue to try and control the growing Kincade Fire. Also, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg faces Congress in dual hearings.

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Oct 28, 2019 787


President Trump says that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of the Islamic State, has been killed after a U.S. special operations mission targeted him in northwest Syria. Also, California's governor declared a statewide emergency on Sunday as extreme winds continued to fan wildfires, prompting mandatory evacuations of nearly 200,000 residents.

BONUS: The Lynching Of Claude Neal

Oct 26, 2019 1539


In this episode from NPR's Code Switch, a story from eighty-five years ago, when a crowd of several thousand white people gathered in Jackson County, Florida. They were there to participate in the lynching of a man named Claude Neal. The poet L. Lamar Wilson grew up there, but didn't learn about Claude Neal until he was working on a research paper in high school. When he heard the story, he knew he had to do something.

October 25, 2019

Oct 25, 2019 678


Energy Secretary Rick Perry urged President Trump to make that now-infamous July phone call to Ukraine's president asking for help investigating Joe Biden. What's Perry's connection to Ukraine?

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Oct 25, 2019 808


A look back at the 2016 election has become a criminal probe. The Justice Department is examining a matter of interest to the president - the origins of an investigation of his campaign. What's at stake as that investigation changes? Former national security adviser John Bolton was portrayed as unconventional, even dangerous. How did he become the one pushing back against the president and what role did he play as the White House pressed Ukraine? And Iraqi police fire tear gas at protesters. How did so much protest and so much violence grow out of simple demands for a return to "normal life"?

October 24, 2019

Oct 24, 2019 682


How does the arrest of two associates of President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, for campaign finance violations relate to the broader impeachment inquiry?

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Oct 24, 2019 841


Republican lawmakers disrupt an impeachment hearing, using mayhem to make their point. They argue the investigation shouldn't happen behind closed doors. Could their protest make a difference? How did the outgoing Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, become an important figure in this impeachment probe? NPR investigates how he played a key role in facilitating that infamous call between President Trump and Ukraine's leader. And President Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey and says America's role in Syria is finished. Does that leave room for Russia to fill a vacuum left by the departing U.S. forces?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Oct 23, 2019 796


The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine tells lawmakers he saw a definite quid pro quo in President Trump's pressure campaign. Democrats are disturbed but how are Republicans responding? Earlier this month, two business associates of Rudy Giuliani were arrested at an airport as they tried to leave the country. Who are these men and how important are they in this impeachment inquiry? And as the U.S. leaves Syria, the leaders of Russia and Turkey step in. Does their agreement put Syrian Kurds who worked with American forces in greater danger?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Oct 22, 2019 780


A "residual force" of U.S. troops will remain in Syria. The acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine testifies before Congress in the latest impeachment inquiry deposition. Canada's Justin Trudeau narrowly wins a second term as prime minister.

BONUS: What We Know (And Don't) About The Dangers Of Vaping

Oct 19, 2019 629


Amid an outbreak of lung injury cases, there's a new spotlight on the dangers of vaping, a practice that's been marketed as an alternative to smoking. NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey explains, with the story of one teenager whose vaping habit landed her in the ER.

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Oct 18, 2019 826


We bring you the latest on the impeachment inquiry and the significance of the deal that the U.S has secured with Turkey. Turkey has agreed to suspend its incursion in Syria. Also, an intense gunfight breaks out in Mexico and it's connected to one of the sons of "El Chapo."

Special Report: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland Testifies

Oct 17, 2019 770


Who is Gordon Sondland and how could his testimony today jeopardize Trump's presidency?

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Oct 17, 2019 907


Vice President Pence meets with Turkey's President Erdogan in Ankara, trying to convince him to stop the assault on the Kurds in Syria. U.S. ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland testifies in the impeachment inquiry. Britain and the E.U. have reached agreement on a new Brexit deal. And, Representative Elijah Cummings has died.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Oct 16, 2019 817


Democrats vying to be the presidential nominee see Elizabeth Warren as their biggest rival. Testimony continues in the House impeachment inquiry. And, a humanitarian crisis escalates in northeast Syria.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Oct 15, 2019 778


The White House imposes new sanctions against Turkey for its incursion into northern Syria. What's the view from Turkey? A police officer is charged with murder in Fort Worth, Texas and a dozen presidential contenders go head to head in Ohio.

Diplomats' Text Messages on Ukraine, Iraq Protests, James Franco Lawsuits

Oct 4, 2019 791


Six pages of text messages reveal diplomats' conversations as President Trump sought the investigation of a political rival. Protesters in Iraq clash with police and denounce Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. Former acting students are suing actor James Franco for sexually exploiting and defrauding them.

Trump Impeachment Battle, Kurt Volker Deposition, Amber Guyger Sentencing

Oct 3, 2019 815


The battle over impeachment heats up between Congress and the White House. Will the Trump administration comply with Congress' subpoenas? Kurt Volker will be the first official deposed in the inquiry. Who is he and why is he central to Congress' investigation? And in Dallas, former police officer Amber Guyger is sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering Botham Jean.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Oct 2, 2019 819


The Trump administration is defying the demands of House Democrats. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is accusing the impeachment investigators of bullying. Could this resistance prevent key State Department officials from testifying? In a landmark affirmative action case, a judge ruled that Harvard did not intentionally discriminate against Asian American applicants. What are the chances this will end up in the Supreme Court? And it's been one month since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas. Relief workers are focusing on clearing the vast amounts of debris. As residents still flee, is there any hope life will return to normal?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Oct 1, 2019 806


The impeachment inquiry accelerates as Rudy Giuliani is subpoenaed. And President Trump reportedly asked Australia's prime minister to help with a Department of Justice investigation. What did he ask for, exactly? China's Communist Party marked seventy years in power with pageantry. Tanks, drones, and missiles rolled through Beijing. In Hong Kong, people view the same anniversary differently. What is China's president saying to them as they stage demonstrations again? But there are some worries that Beijing might step in and shut it down.

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Sep 30, 2019 819


House Republicans push the Trump administration's message. How's an impeachment inquiry impacting his reelection campaign strategy? Joe Biden may not be the only rival on the minds of the Trump administration. The Washington Post reports the State Department is still investigating Hillary Clinton's emails. Why do some targets of the probe think it's politically motivated? And Hong Kong witnesses one of its most violent weekends of protests. Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons. What makes this week especially sensitive?

Friday, September 27th, 2019

Sep 27, 2019 777


The whistleblower complaint that started an impeachment inquiry is now public. It alleges that the president's allies tried to conceal details of that phone call with the Ukrainian president. Who were those officials? According to the complaint, the records from that call were put into an electronic system used for highly sensitive classified information. What do we know about that computer system and how often is it used? And in Egypt, rare protests against the government. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is tightening his grip with 2,000 people reportedly arrested. Will that be enough to deter protesters from taking to the streets again today?

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Sep 26, 2019 803


President Trump says he didn't pressure Ukraine's leader. Republicans give cover while Democrats say the president used his power to find political dirt. Where does the impeachment investigation go now? Joseph Maguire, the intelligence official near the center of this storm, has now handed a whistleblower's complaint to Congress. What do we know about that complaint? And before that phone call to Ukraine, President Trump held up almost $400 million dollars in military aid to the country. He said he was fighting corruption. So why does a Pentagon letter, obtained by NPR, suggest otherwise?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Sep 25, 2019 791


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launches a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. She's held back for months. So what changed her mind? British politicians return to work after a court rules that the prime minister suspended parliament unlawfully. Can that deeply divided parliament pass a Brexit deal with just a month until Britain crashes out of Europe? And a new UN report says our oceans are getting hotter. Some experts say the effects are not reversible. What does that change look like for marine life?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Sep 24, 2019 946


The U.S. froze military aid to Ukraine this year. Multiple news outlets now say President Trump personally ordered that freeze at least a week before his phone call asking about political dirt. How does this all look in Ukraine's capital? The president spoke of rejecting globalism the last time he addressed the United Nations. What should we expect this time around? And a network of Syrian torture survivors are trying to hold the Assad regime to account. Their work has led to the arrest of a Syrian military officer. Could their efforts lead to government officials prosecuted for war crimes?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Sep 23, 2019 776


President Trump confirms that he raised corruption allegations against Joe Biden with the president of Ukraine. Congress has demanded information from the administration by Thursday. Is the House moving closer to impeachment? Facing U.S. pressure, Iran's foreign minister sounds defiant in an interview with NPR. But what can diplomats do after an attack on Saudi Arabia? And the Secretary General of the United Nations is calling on world leaders to address the issue of climate change at a summit today. Will protests around the world persuade heads of state to do more?

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Sep 20, 2019 783


President Trump denies saying anything inappropriate to a foreign leader. But House Democrats push the intelligence community for information on a whistleblower complaint that allegedly accuses him of that. Will they get that information? Students across the world are marching for action on climate change today. Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg leads the cause. How did she create this movement and what are the demands? And catastrophic floods have hit large parts of southeast Texas. A state of disaster has been declared in 13 counties.

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Sep 19, 2019 788


Saudi Arabia presents bits of wreckage as evidence. They're blaming Iran for the attack on their oil facilities. How could the administrations in Washington and Riyadh respond? An old photo shows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed in brownface. What are the circumstances surrounding that picture? Also, the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates for the second time this year. It's a move the Fed typically makes to ward off recession. What's the move suggest about the near future of the economy?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Sep 18, 2019 1058


Results are too close to call in Israel's elections. Is Benjamin Netanyahu's political future in peril? Two defense department officials tell NPR they have images of Iran setting up drones and missiles. How certain can they be that those weapons were used to strike a Saudi oil facility? The governor of California warns the president to back off. But the Trump administration is set to revoke the state's power to set auto emission standards.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Sep 17, 2019 870


Evidence from the attacks on Saudi oil facilities has Iran analysts worried. So what might the Trump administration do if Iran is found responsible? We haven't heard much about the Mueller report since Robert Mueller's testimony in July. But today the president's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski goes before a house committee. What questions do lawmakers have? And Benjamin Netanyahu's political future is at stake today. Israelis vote again after the prime minister failed to form a government in April. What message will voters send today?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Sep 16, 2019 780


Tens of thousands of General Motors auto workers nationwide joined the picket line this morning. Union leaders say a deal is not close. So what demands aren't being met? Drone attacks on a massive oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia have sent the price of oil surging. President Trump says the United States is "locked and loaded." But it's not clear who is behind the attack. What happens next as tensions in the gulf remain high? And Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy. How might this impact people who got addicted to the drug they produced?

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Sep 13, 2019 852


Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the debate stage in Houston. How did they distinguish themselves? Biden continues to tout his partnership with President Obama. How are the other candidates shifting their views on the former president's record? And that administration Biden was part of has another part of its legacy unraveled. The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era protections for America's waterways. What impact could that have on your drinking water?

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Sep 12, 2019 842


The Supreme Court hands a victory to President Trump on immigration and getting asylum into the United States just became a whole lot more difficult. What will the ruling mean for migrants waiting at the U.S.-Mexico border? America and China have hit pause on the trade war, if just for a fleeting moment. Both sides have held off on new tariffs. Why are Washington and Beijing pulling back? And at least six people have died because of lung disease connected with vaping and now the Trump administration says it's time to ban flavored e-cigarettes that are directly marketed to kids.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Sep 11, 2019 790


The president's third national security adviser is out. What did the president want to do that John Bolton did not and what happens now? An NPR investigation reveals allegations of gross mismanagement at Guantanamo Bay. How much money do whistle blowers say is being wasted to keep the military prison and a court running? And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to annex specific parts of the West Bank. How could an election promise shift the landscape of the Middle East?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Sep 10, 2019 849


President Trump says Afghanistan peace talks are dead. And the head of U.S. Central Command vows not to sit still amid an escalation of Taliban attacks. Is the U.S. ramping up in Afghanistan or drawing down? We've got exclusive information on the settlement involving Purdue Pharma - the makers of Oxycontin. What did an email from the company, sent to one of our journalists, reveal about the huge private fortune amassed by selling opioids? And maybe you've had enough of the story about the President, Alabama and a sharpie. But new developments raise questions about the lengths the administration will go to protect the president from himself.

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Sep 9, 2019 859


President Trump said he had planned a meeting with Taliban leaders this weekend to work towards a peace deal. It was set in secret, scheduled to take place at Camp David after months of negotiations. So why did he cancel it via tweet the day before? A nationwide settlement deal over Purdue Pharma's role in the opioid crisis has stalled. With bankruptcy now looking inevitable, what would that mean for the thousands of lawsuits filed against the makers of Oxycontin? And evacuations continue on the Abaco Islands, a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas. Will those residents ever be able to return home?

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Sep 6, 2019 956


Great Abaco Island residents who survived the hurricane speak of dead bodies in the contaminated water and how they're desperate to escape. More than 200 people have come down with mysterious lung illnesses after vaping. What do health officials know about what's causing this? And a new investigation finds a troubling pattern in major American cities - poor neighborhoods are hotter than wealthy neighborhoods and climate change is widening the gap. What does that mean for these communities?

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Sep 5, 2019 793


As Hurricane Dorian approaches, officials in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina prepare. How much danger do those three states face? Public servants were told their student loans would be forgiven. And now they're realizing they were misled. Why are 99% of applicants being rejected? And Vice President Pence is offering support to the British prime minister. He reaches London just after Boris Johnson plunged parliament into chaos. How can Pence help?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Sep 4, 2019 801


Satellite images show large parts of the Bahamas underwater as aid agencies ready for the challenge ahead. Why is it proving almost impossible to reach people in need? Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, confirms she's withdrawing the controversial extradition bill which has been the catalyst for the protest movement. Will this be enough to meet the protester's demands? And British parliament is descending into more chaos. One-time allies of Boris Johnson are now rebelling against the prime minister. What could their actions mean for the likelihood of an orderly Brexit?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Sep 3, 2019 813


Communications in the Bahamas are so bad that it's hard for us to know how many people Hurricane Dorian has affected. But one thing is clear - the devastation is unprecedented and extensive. A rescue mission off the coast of California continues after fire engulfed a scuba diving boat. Of thirty-nine people on board, rescuers have found only a few. And Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden tells NPR that President Trump has changed everything about America's relationship with the world. He's in Iowa campaigning to be the next president. How's he making his case?

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Sep 2, 2019 727


Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a catastrophic Category 5 storm, reaching the Bahamas as the strongest hurricane in modern records. What made it so powerful? A Chinese state news agency delivers a warning to Hong Kong protesters, quote: "The end is coming." What inspired thousands of students to boycott class anyway? Texans respond after a second mass shooting in less than a month. Why is this the moment the state is loosening gun restrictions?

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Aug 30, 2019 837


Three prominent student activists from Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement are under arrest. Will this deter protesters from taking to the streets this weekend? And the Trump administration wants to roll back regulations on methane emissions. Why is this happening when many large oil and gas companies are on board with Obama-era regulations? Plus, people in the UK are outraged over Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament. Can a legal challenge stop Johnson?

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Aug 29, 2019 753


Hurricane Dorian grazed past Puerto Rico and is now headed for the U.S. How bad could it get for Florida? And the field of Democratic presidential candidates is shrinking. Who made the cut for the third debate? Plus, Britain's border with Ireland has been a key part of Brexit negotiations. Where does it stand now that the U.K.'s parliament will be suspended?

Breaking News Update: Queen Will Suspend U.K. Parliament At Prime Minister's Request

Aug 28, 2019 673


The move would shorten the time lawmakers have to organize an opposition vote to a no-deal Brexit. Critics accuse Boris Johnson of circumventing the democratic process.