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  1. White House To Provide Ethics Agency With Info On Waivers For Ex-Lobbyists

    05.27 / 18:52 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The Trump administration agreed late Friday to disclose records regarding former lobbyists it has hired, and the ethics rules it has waived for them. The move defuses a brewing conflict between the White House and one of Washington's smallest agencies, the tiny, 71-worker Office of Government Ethics. OGE Director Walter Shaub Jr. had set a deadline of June 1 — next Thursday — for federal agencies to send OGE copies of their ethics waivers. The White House challenged OGE's legal authority to…
  2. Fresh Air Weekend: Aziz Ansari; Harry Styles And Dan Auerbach Go Solo; Pamela Paul

    05.27 / 18:52 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: Aziz Ansari On 'Master Of None' And How His Parents Feel About Acting: Now that the second season of his Netflix series is out, the comic is looking forward to some down time. "Forget season three…
  3. 5 Takeaways From Trump's First Foreign Trip As President

    05.27 / 17:58 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    President Trump has had, according to the White House, a successful maiden trip outside the U.S. But the bad news is he has to come home. Back in Washington, the ongoing Russia investigations await him along with another appeals court setback for his travel ban . So, before Air Force One is wheels down at Andrews Air Force Base late Saturday, here are 5 takeaways from Trump's first foreign trip since becoming president. (1) Trump harangues NATO In Trump's speech at the NATO summit in…
  4. G7 Summit Ends Without U.S. Joining Consensus On Climate Change

    05.27 / 15:48 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    At the end of a G7 summit, it's customary for the nations to release a communiqué that conveys areas of consensus among the nations. Last year, when America was represented by President Obama, the missive was 32 pages long and outlined many subjects of "common values and principles." Among other things, the group committed to take the lead on the implementation of the Paris Climate Accord. This year, as with so much else, things are different: Today's communiqué is just six pages long. And …
  5. 2 Dead, 1 Injured, After Stabbing In Portland, Ore.

    05.27 / 13:56 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEX0J-1b_JI Two people are dead and one was injured after a stabbing on a train in Portland, Ore., on Friday afternoon. Police say the disturbance began when a man on a light-rail train "began yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions." Among the subjects of his diatribe were two young women who appeared to be Muslim; one was wearing a hijab. "In the midst of his ranting and raving,…
  6. 'Man Weaves' Offer Cover For Balding Men, Cash For Black Hair Care Industry

    05.27 / 12:59 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Robert Jenkins was only 21 when he started balding. It was a condition he'd expected given that his dad had been bald for as long as he could remember. What Jenkins did not expect, however, is that he'd have to deal with hair loss at such a young age. He wasn't prepared for it. "I had a lot of low self-esteem, I started to get depressed," Jenkins, now 28, says. "I wouldn't go to events. I would stay in the house because I was just embarrassed." About two years ago, Jenkins's wife, Jayniece…
  7. Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

    05.27 / 12:59 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    It's planting time in America. Farmers are spending long days on their tractors, pulling massive planters across millions of acres of farmland, dropping corn and soybean seeds into the ground. Most of those seeds have been coated with pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. And despite attempts by pesticide makers to reduce this, some of that coating is getting rubbed off the seeds and blown into the air. That dust is settling on the ground, on ponds, and on vegetation…
  8. Former High School Dropout Joins Peace Corps, Helps New Dropouts

    05.27 / 12:04 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Back when Stefani McCoy was 17, she felt isolated and depressed. Her mother was raising her solo while her father battled drug addiction. One day, she decided she was done with going to school. "No one could talk me out of it," says McCoy, who soon ended up living out of her car. Eleven years later, she's in the Peace Corps, trying to help dropouts in Namibia in a similar situation. As McCoy says, "They're me in African form." McCoy is stationed in Rundu, on the northern border of the…
  9. Education Department Faces Deep Cuts; DeVos Faces Tough Questions

    05.27 / 10:11 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    What a week it's been for education news. Let's begin NPR Ed's weekly roundup as the week began, on Monday ... DeVos talks choice in Indianapolis It was expected to be an important speech, perhaps the unveiling of President Trump's long-awaited, $20 billion plan to expand school choice nationally. But that didn't happen. Instead, when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took the stage in Indianapolis at the American Federation For Children's National Policy Summit, she talked philosophy. "It's…
  10. Foreign Policy Thinker Zbigniew Brzezinski Dies At 89

    05.27 / 10:11 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter and a noted foreign policy expert and thinker, died Friday at the age of 89. His daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, announced his death on Twitter and Instagram : One of his most well-known accomplishments came in 1978, when Brzezinski helped President Carter reach an agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to secure the Camp David peace accords between the two…
  11. Two Sisters Try To Tackle Drug Use At A Montana Indian Reservation

    05.27 / 10:11 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    There's a narrative about the methamphetamine epidemic in Montana that says the state tackled it in the 2000s, yet now it's back with a vengeance because of super labs and drug cartels in Mexico . But here on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, it never really went away. "Getting high in your car in front of the store; that ain't a big deal," says Miranda Kirk. Kirk works on the reservation, which is about 40 miles south of the Canadian border. She says no one even bothers to hide their…
  12. Report: Kushner Discussed Setting Up Secret Communications With Russia

    05.27 / 03:17 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Updated at 10:09 p.m. ET Jared Kushner discussed the possibility of Trump's transition team secretly communicating with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports . Kushner, the president's son-in-law and adviser, spoke with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in early December of last year about setting up a "secure communications channel ... using Russian diplomatic facilities" in the U.S., according to the report. Intercepts of Russian communications reportedly found that…
  13. After A Terrorist Attack, Social Media Can Cause More Harm Than Good

    05.27 / 03:17 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Many of us learned about the Manchester attack by looking at our phones. We got news alerts, saw videos posted to Facebook and tweets on Twitter. Perhaps you even sent a few of your own. But that might not be the best thing to do. EMILY DREYFUSS: Social media, because it's where everyone's sharing information, it's where law enforcement goes to find out what's going on, and it's where the media goes to find out what's going on. So…
  14. In Mexico, A Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Vaquita, On The Verge Of Extinction

    05.27 / 01:26 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    In Mexico, the race is on to save a small, gray porpoise that is on the brink of extinction. It's called the vaquita , which is Spanish for "small cow." Scientists believe only 30 remain in the warm, shallow waters of the Gulf of California, between Baja California's peninsula and mainland Mexico — the only place they live in the world. Twenty years ago, more than 600 vaquitas lived in the Gulf of California. In recent years, Mexico put forth an unprecedented and expensive effort to try a…
  15. Military Mortuary Employee Allegedly Offered Peek At John Glenn's Remains

    05.26 / 23:33 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    The Air Force says it will investigate an incident in which an employee at the Dover Air Force Base mortuary allegedly offered to show John Glenn's remains to Defense Department inspectors. As part of a new policy, an inspection team completed a weeklong review of the mortuary at Dover in March. During the inspection, according to an Air Force spokesmsn, "someone reportedly offered to show the remains of Sen. John Glenn to DoD inspectors." "According to DoD, the inspectors declined the…
  16. Confessed Killer Pleads Guilty To 7 Murders Over A Dozen Years In South Carolina

    05.26 / 22:31 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    In a South Carolina courtroom Friday, Todd Kohlhepp stood before a judge and pleaded guilty to murdering seven people. The plea was part of a deal he worked out with prosecutors, whereby Kohlhepp would avoid the death penalty and receive seven consecutive life sentences for killings committed across a span of approximately 13 years. He was also sentenced to 60 years in prison for an assortment of other crimes, including kidnapping and sexual assault. The real estate agent confessed to the…
  17. Beaches, Bathing Suits, And Finally On The Big Screen, 'Baywatch'

    05.26 / 22:31 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    It's a beach in Florida this time — I know you care because we're all here for the plot, right? — and head lifeguard Mitch Buchannon is now The Rock not The Hoff. "Our team is the elite of the elite," Dwayne Johnson's Mitch tells his Baywatch recruits, "the heart and soul of this very beach." Also the pecs, glutes, and washboard abs of this very beach, of course. A beach that is apparently in peril, though you'd hardly guess from the less-than-rigorous lifeguard-tryouts Mitch is holding. Or…
  18. Brand New Coaster Replaces One Tossed Into The Waves By Superstorm Sandy

    05.26 / 22:31 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    With a gleaming new roller coaster towering above the boardwalk, one Jersey Shore amusement park is hoping this Memorial Day weekend will herald a new beginning. Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged Casino Pier and dumped its old coaster into the ocean, the park in Seaside Heights, N.J., has big hopes for its Hydrus ride, which opened earlier this month. "It's going to bring so many people and families back and that's what Seaside needs," Casino Pier spokeswoman Maria Mastoris…
  19. Boehner Says Apart From Foreign Policy, Trump Has Been 'A Complete Disaster'

    05.26 / 22:31 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    Everything President Trump has done in office, apart from international affairs and foreign policy, has been a "complete disaster," says former House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner was speaking at an energy conference Wednesday, and praised the president's willingness to dedicate more resources to combat ISIS. "Everything else he's done [in office] has been a complete disaster," Boehner said. "He's still learning how to be president." The comments were made at a Q&A lunch event, and were…
  20. TGIF: 22 Things To Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

    05.26 / 21:17 ripr.org Ripr.org - Media
    If you come to a fork in the road, take it. So said Yogi Berra, and the expression seems fitting given recent news. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome , and you can follow me through the week via the twitters . Here we go. 1. One week after the PawSox unveiled their latest stadium proposal, state Senate President Dominick Ruggerio sealed its fate Tuesday when he said there there wasn't enough a time left in the legislative session…