Author: Bill Chappell

RT America Firm Registers As Foreign Agent In U.S.; Russia Looks To Retaliate

NPR Enlarge this image Russian lawmakers are reportedly preparing to retaliate for the U.S. approach to the state-funded RT’s operations in America. In this photo from 2015, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan (right) is seen with Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and Kremlin’s first deputy chief of staff, Alexei Gromov, as they marked RT’s 10th anniversary in Moscow. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption toggle caption Mikhail Klimentyev/AP Bowing to pressure from the U.S. Justice Department, the production company behind media outlet RT America registered as a foreign agent on Monday. Russian leaders are criticizing the move, and lawmakers in Moscow are...

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Supreme Court Takes On Case About Free Speech And Abortion

NPR Enlarge this image After California passed the Reproductive FACT Act in 2015, a number of anti-abortion pregnancy clinics filed lawsuits. The Supreme Court says it will consider the law in its upcoming session. One of the clinics was the East County Pregnancy Care Clinic in El Cajon, Calif., seen here in a file photo. Becky Sullivan/NPR hide caption toggle caption Becky Sullivan/NPR Does a California law violate the Constitution by requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform clients about free or low-cost abortion and contraception services? That’s the question the Supreme Court is taking on, in a new case...

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Lawyer For Rand Paul’s Neighbor Says ‘Trivial’ Dispute Led To Assault

NPR Enlarge this image Rene Boucher’s address in Bowling Green is listed in police records as 582 Rivergreen Lane. He lives next to Sen. Rand Paul, with whom he’s had a long-running dispute, according to Boucher’s attorney. Google Maps hide caption toggle caption Google Maps Days after Sen. Rand Paul suffered five broken ribs, the lawyer for the man who’s been charged with assaulting Paul says politics are not involved — and that it was a case of “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.” The new details shed...

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‘I’m The Only One That Matters,’ Trump Says Of State Dept. Job Vacancies

NPR Enlarge this image President Donald Trump says of job vacancies in his administration, I tell my people, ‘Where you don’t need to fill slots, don’t fill them.'” He’s seen here at a White House event Thursday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP President Trump says “I’m the only one that matters” in setting U.S. foreign policy, downplaying the importance of high-level jobs such as the assistant secretary of state, which is currently vacant. “Let me tell you, the one that matters is me,” Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News Thursday night. “I’m...

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Paul Manafort Has Surrendered To Federal Agents

NPR Enlarge this image Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, seen here leaving his home in Alexandria, Va., early Monday, was reportedly told to report to an FBI field office. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, surrendered himself to federal law enforcement authorities on Monday morning, a Justice Department source tells NPR’s Ryan Lucas, representing a new phase of the investigations into figures from Trump’s inner circle. Both Manafort and Rick Gates, his former deputy, were told to surrender, The New York Times reports. Over the summer, the pair registered...

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Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Attempt

NPR Enlarge this image Omar Jadwat, center, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, speaks at a news conference outside a federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption toggle caption Patrick Semansky/AP A federal judge in Maryland has blocked parts of President Trump’s most recent attempt to impose broad limits on who can enter the U.S., granting a motion for a preliminary injunction that was filed by plaintiffs led by the International Refugee Assistance Project. The plaintiffs “have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits,” District Judge Theodore Chuang wrote in dealing another setback...

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Tom Marino, Trump’s Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report

NPR Enlarge this image Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., was blamed in media reports for sponsoring a bill that the Drug Enforcement Administration had warned would hamper its ability to limit America’s deadly opioid crisis. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption toggle caption Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as America’s drug czar, President Trump said Tuesday. Marino is stepping back days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis. Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from...

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Las Vegas Massacre Prompts Musician To Call For Gun Control: ‘Enough Is Enough’ – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image After a gunman fired from windows in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, guitarist Caleb Keeter, who was on stage Sunday, is calling for gun control — “RIGHT. NOW.” Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history has renewed conversations about America’s gun laws, after one man strafed a country music festival from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday. The attack prompted a musician who played at the festival to say he’s...

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