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World's Regard For U.S. Leadership Hits Record Low In Gallup Poll

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 10:32am

The global approval rating for U.S. leadership fell to 30 percent — lower in President Trump's first year in office than under former President George W. Bush, and a sharp fall from the Obama era.

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Daniel Ellsberg Explains Why He Leaked The Pentagon Papers

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 10:25am

In 1971, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in the hope that they would help end the Vietnam War. His story is portrayed in the new film The Post. Originally broadcast Dec. 4, 2017.

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A Peas Offering For The Dairy Aisle: Can This Milk Alternative Rival The Real Deal?

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 9:34am

Yellow-pea milk might sound odd, but the founders of Ripple Foods think their protein-rich dairy alternatives could give cow's milk a run for its money and open the door to more plant-based products.

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Missouri Faces Costly Dilemma: How To Treat Inmates With Hepatitis C?

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 9:04am

Civil liberties groups in Missouri and at least five other states are suing to get more inmates treated with hepatitis drugs that are highly effective but quite expensive.

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Trump Appointee Resigns After Bigoted Comments Surface

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 8:51am

Carl Higbie, appointed by President Trump to serve in the agency that runs AmericCorps, has apologized for remarks that derided black people, Muslims and other groups.

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Top Stories: Pope Angers Chileans; Turnover In Trump White House

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 8:14am

Also: A government shutdown looms as Congress can't agree on a spending bill; a powerful storm roars through Europe; and former CIA Director Stansfield Turner dies.

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Open Or Closed? Here's What Happens In A Partial Government Shutdown

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 7:40am

The mail will get delivered, Social Security checks will go out, and the National Park Service says it will try to keep parks accessible if there is a shutdown. But most federal agencies would close.

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Self-Immolation Rises As Desperate Tunisians Seek Escape From Poverty

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 7:10am

When a fruit seller set himself on fire, it helped spark a revolution in Tunisia seven years ago. Since then, the suicide method has grown more common, especially among young, unemployed men.

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U.S. Military Advantage Over Russia And China 'Eroding,' Pentagon Says

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 7:00am

In the first update of the National Defense Strategy since 2014, the Pentagon is putting more focus on Russia and China, the "primary concern in U.S. national security," as opposed to terrorism.

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Schumer Heads To The White House As Shutdown Looms

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 6:34am

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was invited to the White House Friday to meet with President Trump to discuss a plan to avert a government shutdown.

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Pope Francis Accuses Bishop's Critics Of Slander, Riling Sex Abuse Victims In Chile

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 6:25am

On the last day of his visit to Chile, Pope Francis set the simmering resentment that some hold against the Catholic Church to a full boil.

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Stansfield Turner, Who Headed CIA Under Carter, Dies At 94

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 4:32am

The Navy admiral tapped by President Carter to lead the spy agency conducted a controversial downsizing of risky clandestine operations — a move that angered many in the intelligence community.

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Turnover In Trump's White House Is 'Record-Setting,' And It Isn't Even Close

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 2:00am

In Trump's first year in office 34 percent of top aides have either resigned, been fired or moved to different positions. That level of turmoil is off the charts compared with recent presidencies.

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'You Love Every Child': President Trump Addresses March For Life

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 1:53am

Despite his history of previously expressing support for abortion rights, Trump carefully courted social conservatives and became an unlikely champion of the anti-abortion-rights movement.

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Women's Marches Across The Country Will Focus On The Vote

NPR Top Stories - January 19, 2018 - 1:52am

On the anniversary of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., organizers say marches this year are less about outrage and more about political organizing.

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Drone Used To Save Two Teens Caught In Dangerous Australian Waves

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 11:03am

The full rescue was caught on the drone's camera, as it flew out over crashing surf, dropped a floating device and hovered over the boys as they swam to shore.

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In Italy, #MeToo Falters Amid Public Scorn

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 10:54am

Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to go public with accusations against Harvey Weinstein. But in Italy, "the culture of support for women is nonexistent," says an Italian screenwriter.

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A Former Neo-Nazi Explains Why Hate Drew Him In — And How He Got Out

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 10:34am

Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help former extremists disengage.

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Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 9:44am

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

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India Tests Long-Range Missile, Lauding 'Major Boost' To Military Capability

NPR Top Stories - January 18, 2018 - 9:23am

The intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of some 3,100 miles. Its launch Thursday comes at a particularly fraught time in India's relationship with neighbors Pakistan and China.

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