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Hamid Karzai stays on in Afghanistan — hoping for the best, but unable to leave

Monday, August 08, 2022

When the Taliban reclaimed Kabul last August, the U.S.-backed government collapsed and hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled the country. Former president Hamid Karzai was not one of them.

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What Biden's low approval ratings and high-profile wins could mean for the midterms

Friday, August 05, 2022

While midterms are typically a challenge for the party in power, two Democratic strategists say Biden's recent wins — and the threat of Republican control of Congress — could galvanize voters.

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A Russian court sentences WNBA star Brittney Griner to 9 years on drug charges

Thursday, August 04, 2022

The ruling came nearly six months after Griner was detained. Russia has indicated that any potential deal or prisoner swap to secure her release would have to wait until after a verdict in her case.

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Does the killing of al-Zawahiri make Americans safer? It's complicated

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

The State Department warns of potential anti-American violence following the U.S. killing of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Experts say his loss hurts the group, but doesn't erase the threat.

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3 things the strike on al-Zawahiri tell us about the U.S. counterterrorism strategy

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

The U.S. targeted the top al-Qaida leader, showing it could track down and strike against a hard-to-find extremist figure even in a country where the U.S. has no military or diplomatic presence.

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The Senate passed a bill to help sick veterans. Then 25 Republicans reversed course

Friday, July 29, 2022

Veterans groups are slamming GOP senators for blocking a bill that would have given health care and benefits to veterans affected by from toxic chemicals and burn pits in wars dating back to Vietnam.

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Brittney Griner testifies about her medical marijuana prescription and chaotic arrest

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The WNBA star took the stand in Russian court Wednesday to explain why she had vape cartridges in the first place, how they ended up in her luggage and what happened after they were discovered.

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Democrats' push to protect same-sex marriage is personal for Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Baldwin, the first openly gay person elected to the Senate, is leading the charge to secure the 10 Republican votes needed for a filibuster-proof majority to pass a bill codifying marriage equality.

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As monkeypox spreads, know the difference between warning and stigmatizing people

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

While the current monkeypox outbreak appears to mostly affect men who have sex with other men, others are still at risk. History and public health experts say it's dangerous to suggest otherwise.

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It's official: The U.K. will host next year's Eurovision contest on behalf of Ukraine

Monday, July 25, 2022

Officials approached the U.K., this year's runner-up, after concluding that Russia's war makes Ukraine unfit to hold the competition. This isn't the first time the U.K. has stepped in to host.

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How people, pets and infrastructure can respond to extreme heat

Friday, July 22, 2022

Climate change is making heat waves more frequent and intense. With much of the U.S. facing a weekend of extreme temperatures, here are some tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones.

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Music for a college classroom: A Texas school will soon offer a Harry Styles class

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Texas State University professor Louie Dean Valencia spoke with NPR about the creation and aims of the class, which is capped at 20 students. He's one of many who hopes it will eventually reach more.

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Yellen believes U.S. will get on board with global minimum corporate tax — eventually

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spoke to Morning Edition about global efforts to choke off much of Russia's profit from oil sales and the odds of a recession in the U.S.

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The Uvalde shooting shows that gun laws do matter, says official who worked on report

Monday, July 18, 2022

Texas State Rep. Joe Moody, who helped write the report on the shooting, says he hopes the investigation helps lawmakers improve policy going forward — particularly when it comes to gun control.

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How the son of sharecroppers helped send the world's most powerful telescope to space

Friday, July 15, 2022

Gregory Robinson grew up as one of 11 children of tobacco sharecroppers in rural Virginia. He reflects on his journey to NASA, where he directed the groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope program.

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Members of Brittney Griner's Russian team defend her character, on and off the court

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Griner appeared moved by the testimony of her friends, tearing up repeatedly during Thursday's proceedings. Her longtime team doctor added that Griner has never failed a drug test.

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Live updates: Jan. 6 rioter, former Oath Keepers spokesman testify in seventh hearing

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Tuesday's hearing looks at the role of groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack — and the groups' possible connection to former President Donald Trump.

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A new dominant omicron strain in the U.S. is driving up cases — and reinfections

Monday, July 11, 2022

BA.5 is now the dominant omicron strain in the U.S. It's good at evading the immune system, though doesn't appear to cause more serious illness.

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The pandemic pushed people to reevaluate their jobs. Meet 5 who reinvented themselves

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Morning Edition spoke with people who changed their jobs and transformed their lives as a result of the pandemic, from a Broadway actor who entered the tech world to a mom who set more boundaries.

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Abe's assassination shocks Japan, where gun control is strict and shootings are rare

Friday, July 08, 2022

Japan, with famously strict laws, has among the world's lowest rates of gun ownership and gun violence. In 2018 there were just nine firearm deaths reported in Japan, compared with 39,740 in the U.S.

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