NPR1 min lettiPolitics
Without DHS Witnesses In Hearing, Whistleblower Claims Likely Go Unaddressed
Members of Congress have no one to ask in Thursday's hearing about reports of mistreatment against ICE detainees and an alleged push to alter intelligence.
NPR1 min lettiPolitics
Secretary Wolf's Absence From Hearing Should 'Appall' Congress, Panel Chairman Says
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., says that in failing to appear in response to a House subpoena, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has expressed a dangerous contempt for congressional oversight.
NPR4 min lettiPolitics
Students Accused Of Breaking College COVID-19 Rules Fight Their Punishments
As colleges crack down on students accused of violating strict pandemic safety rules, students are lawyering up to fight their punishments.
NPR2 min lettiSociety
Child Positive For Coronavirus Was Sent To School Anyway. Others Quarantining Now
Nearly 30 Massachusetts high school students are quarantining after parents sent their child to school despite receiving a positive diagnosis days before.
NPR2 min lettiSociety
Nursing Homes Given Federal Go-Ahead To Allow More Visitors
Nursing homes visitors have been banned since March because of COVID-19. Now the federal agency that regulates the facilities has outlined terms for resuming visits immediately.
NPR2 min lettiPolitics
Trump Dismisses Complaints About Coronavirus Response From Former Pence Aide
Olivia Troye said President Trump prioritized his re-election over concern for people getting sick. Trump said Thursday she was a "lower-level person" who was terminated.
NPR4 min letti
Yusuf Revisits 'Tea For The Tillerman,' His Landmark Album As Cat Stevens
Known as Yusuf since becoming a Muslim in the late '70s, the man who was Cat Stevens discusses Tea for the Tillerman 2, a reimagining of his now-50-year-old masterpiece.
NPR2 min lettiWellness
'A Very Serious Situation': WHO Says Coronavirus Cases Are Rising In Europe Again
The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that weekly increases have reached a higher rate than during the pandemic's peak in March, with "alarming rates of transmission across the region."
NPR4 min letti
Why Can't America Make Enough N95 Masks? 6 Months Into Pandemic, Shortages Persist
There's just not enough PPE to satisfy demand. Medics are re-using masks and small practices can't even find supplies they can afford. Some domestic manufacturers could help, but it's a risky move.
NPR2 min lettiSociety
Governor Says Most Of Texas Can Loosen Limits On Businesses, But Bars Must Stay Shut
Gov. Greg Abbott is relaxing restrictions on hospitals, nursing homes and certain industries in much of the state, citing an improvement in COVID-19 metrics.
NPR2 min lettiPolitics
Some, Not All, Intel And Security Officials To Appear In House Threats Hearing
The FBI director and other national security officials are scheduled to appear on Thursday morning to talk about threats to the U.S., but the director of national intelligence isn't expected.
NPR3 min lettiSociety
Millions Of Gig Workers Rely On A New Federal Lifeline. They Now Fear It Will End
Gig workers are now relying on a safety net program that didn't even exist six months ago. It provides unemployment benefits to the growing number who don't have a traditional payroll job.
NPR3 min lettiPolitics
In 'Tense' Call, DeJoy Tells Election Officials That USPS Can Handle Mail Ballots
The postmaster general spoke to dozens of the nation's top election officials Thursday, ahead of an election season that will see record numbers of mail ballots.
NPR3 min letti
Barr Blasts His Own Prosecutors: 'All Power Is Vested In The Attorney General'
In remarks Wednesday, the attorney general also said restrictions imposed during the coronavirus are "the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history" since slavery.
NPR3 min letti
If You Have To Wear A Mask, It Might As Well Be A Masterpiece
Many museums are still closed, but their gift shops are doing lively face mask business. You can mask up with a Monet, a van Gogh or, perhaps best suited to These Times: Edvard Munch's The Scream.
NPR3 min lettiPolitics
Trump Announces 'Patriotic Education' Commission, A Largely Political Move
Trump decries what he says are a "twisted web of lies" being taught in U.S. classrooms about systemic racism in America. But the federal government does not have jurisdiction over school curriculum.
NPR2 min lettiPolitics
Biggest Worry On Election Security Is Americans' Loss Of Confidence, Wray Says
The FBI director told members of Congress his greatest fear isn't so much that a foreign nation might achieve some coup, but that too many citizens might no longer trust their own democratic process.
NPR3 min letti
'Here We Are' Conjures Magic From Ordinary Lives
Graham Smith's new novel seems at first to be a light little story about a seaside love triangle in Brighton, England in the 1950s — but it turns out to be about something far deeper.
NPR3 min lettiPolitics
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Vote By Mail Deadline, Allows Drop Boxes
The decisions come just seven weeks before Election Day and as a flurry of election-related lawsuits heat up around the country.
NPR3 min letti
As Pandemic Stretches On, Revealing Possible Exposure Can Be Costly To Workers
COVID-19 is still spreading in many communities. Test results can be slow. And quarantines are often unpaid. This leaves workers with tough decisions about what to disclose and when to stay home.
NPR7 min lettiRelationships & Parenting
'I'm Only 1 Person': Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids
Educators around the U.S. told us they're facing heartbreaking choices between the needs of their students and the needs of their own children.
NPR2 min lettiSociety
Wray: Russian Interference Heavy On Agitation, Less So State Cyberattacks
FBI Director Christopher Wray says that Russian influence-mongers are trying to agitate the body politic in the same way they did in 2016, but not attacking state election systems in the same way.
NPR3 min lettiPolitics
Lawmakers Tussle Over Role Of Extremists In Protest-Related Violence
The debate in Thursday's House homeland security hearing mirrored a broader national political argument over the demonstrations that followed the police killing of George Floyd earlier this year.
NPR3 min lettiSociety
Coronavirus Maps: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak?
View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.
NPR3 min letti
Sally Brings 'Widespread' Flash Floods To Inland Areas After Causing Havoc On Coast
"Widespread flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding is likely" in parts of Georgia and South Carolina, forecasters say. They're tracking a new potential storm in the Gulf of Mexico.
NPR2 min letti
India On Track To Surpass U.S. As Country Worst Affected By COVID-19
With more than 5 million coronavirus infections and the world's highest daily tally of new cases, India is expected to become the world's worst-affected country within weeks.
NPR2 min letti
Wray Touts Feds' Often-And-Early Strategy To Thwart Disinformation
The FBI director told members of Congress the bureau wants to act quickly with Big Tech companies to root out and clear disinformation efforts so they don't take hold and develop momentum.
NPR1 min lettiPolitics
Greatest Domestic Threat Is Lone Actors Self-Radicalizing Online, Wray Says
FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that terrorism dangers in the United States have evolved from those with foreign plotters abroad to those involving homegrown extremists.
NPR4 min lettiPolitics
2020 Electoral Map Ratings: Landscape Tightens Some, But Biden Is Still Ahead
The big change is that Florida has gone from leaning in Joe Biden's direction back to its traditional spot as a toss-up state.
NPR2 min letti
Nubya Garcia: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
One of the British jazz scene's rising stars performs a quarantine concert on the River Thames.
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