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For Sen. Tim Kaine Of Virginia, Presidential Power Has Gone Too Far

In an interview with NPR's Michel Martin, the Democratic senator laments the imbalance in power between the branches of government. He says he hopes Congress will reassert its authority.

‘Shocking, Heartbreaking’ Coronavirus Outbreak In Calif. Prison Alarms Health Experts

Doctors warn that a fast-moving outbreak at San Quentin, California's oldest prison, may hurt the wider community and health care system.

Opinion: Remembering Michael Hawley, Remarkable Polymath And Exceptional Friend

Scott Simon remembers his friend, Michael Hawley, who died this past week.

Gravediggers Give Glimpse To The Severity Of COVID-19 In Kabul

Kabul's cemeteries are hiring more grave diggers and they're preparing burial spots in advance to deal with a rush of COVID-19 victims.

‘A Most Beautiful Thing’ Tells Of The First U.S. All-Black High School Rowing Team

In A Most Beautiful Thing, Arshay Cooper shares the story of how he, and others from rival gang neighborhoods on Chicago's West Side, found their way to crew — and each other.

Some Longtime D.C. Residents Still Vote In Other States. Is That … Legal?

Washington's lack of congressional representation has prompted some residents — even those who've called the district home for years — to maintain voting registration elsewhere.


New York City Celebrates 50 Years Of Pride Parades

The city's first parade celebrating LGBTQ identity took place a year after the Stonewall Uprising. Due to COVID-19, this year's event is virtual, featuring a 24-hour line up of global performances.

Judge Orders ICE To Free Detained Immigrant Children Because Of COVID-19

The scathing order issued Friday said the Trump administration had failed to provide even the most basic health protections for children and their families.

Minneapolis Council Moves To Defund Police, Establish ‘Holistic’ Public Safety Force

Under the plan, the existing police would be largely replaced with "a department of community safety and violence prevention," which will prioritize a "public health-oriented approach."

Lockdown In Lockup: A Prisoner At Sing Sing On Life During The COVID-19 Crisis

Mohammed Monsuri, who is incarcerated at the New York prison, describes how he learned about the pandemic and the challenges of staying safe. The coronavirus has hit prisons across the U.S. hard.

Planned Parenthood Elevates Interim CEO Alexis McGill Johnson To Permanent Status

McGill Johnson has been the group's interim leader for almost a year, taking up the position after the abrupt removal of its former president, Leana Wen.

Immigrant Warehouse Workers Are Crammed In Vans Despite Virus Danger

The ride to work puts some temporary workers in danger of contracting Coronavirus.

A Town In N.D. Is Facing Hard Times As Oil Prices Plummet

Williston, N.D., had doubled in size during the oil boom a decade ago — oil companies rushed in to drill, creating thousands of jobs. Now, oil prices have fallen, and the town is facing hard times.

After Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing, Georgia Governor Signs Hate Crimes Legislation

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery prompted calls for the state to pass a hate crimes law. Until Friday, Georgia had been one of just four states without one on the books.

Federal Agency Tells Employees ‘No Reference To Anything COVID Related’

In an internal memo this week, the National Marine Fisheries Service bars references to the coronavirus pandemic without preapproval. It suggests alternatives such as "in these extraordinary times."

A Look At Where The U.S. Is In The Pandemic

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with Ed Yong, a staff writer for The Atlantic, about why the U.S. is seeing a spike in coronavirus cases after months of fighting the pandemic.

Government Accountability Office Says State Department Lacks Diversity

The U.S. Department of State has been vowing for years to make its workforce look like the country itself. But the Government Accountability Office says State Department lacks diversity.

5 Years After Same-Sex Marriage Decision, Equality Fight Continues

Since the legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, the LGBTQ rights movement has expanded its vision. This year's celebration comes after another big Supreme Court decision last week.

Poland To Hold Presidential Election On June 28

Cancellation of the presidential election by Poland's ruling party on May 10 and plans for a new all-postal ballot are raising concerns about the state of Polish democracy.

New Research Shows People Are Not As Divided Along Political Lines As They Think

It is no secret that the U.S. citizens are deeply divided along political lines. But a new study has found that Americans are not nearly as divided as they might think.

Houston Hospitals Seeing Surge In Coronavirus Admissions

Dr. Marc Boom, the president and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital, says "the time is now" for people to change their behavior to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Mississippi Lawmakers Face Pressure To Change State’s Official Flag

Momentum is increasing to change Mississippi's official flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag's saltire.

Colorado’s Governor Appoints A Special Prosecutor To Look Into Elijah McClain’s Death

The death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain after his arrest in Aurora, Colo., last August is receiving renewed scrutiny. Colorado's governor has appointed a special prosecutor to look into the case.

Nancy Pelosi Calls Trump ‘Cowardly’ For Not Wearing Mask, Supports Federal Mandate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she agrees with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden that masks should be a federal mandate as the country grapples with a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases.

Report On Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak At Holyoke Soldiers’ Home: ‘Gut-Wrenching’

Since mid-March, at least 76 veterans in the 247-bed home have died from coronavirus. It is one of the deadliest examples of how the pandemic has devastated long-term care facilities.

Indy 500 Will Run In August, With Its Massive Grandstands At 50% Capacity

The track normally accommodates hundreds of thousands of spectators. Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles says the race will be held on Aug. 23, with fans on hand.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: ‘I’m Well Aware How Fragile Life Is’

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

Why Were Some Nursing Homes Spared The Devastation of COVID-19? Depends Who You Ask

Researchers want answers to help combat the spread and prevent more infections. But conflicting opinions make that more challenging.

Florida Smashes Coronavirus Case Record: Nearly 9,000 Positive Cases On Thursday

Florida suspends consumption of alcohol at bars as the state's daily count of coronavirus infections reaches nearly 9,000 — smashing the earlier record set on Wednesday of 5,000.

These Are The Minneapolis Activists Leading The Push To Abolish The Police

It took less than two weeks after George Floyd's killing for Minneapolis City Council members to pledge to end the police department. But activists had been laying the groundwork for years.

Montana Tribe Hoping To Finally Increase Coronavirus Testing

The pandemic has exposed disparities in healthcare among people of color, and tribal communities are among the hardest hit. The state is trying to change that with free mass testing.

Someone Finally Remembered William Dawson’s ‘Negro Folk Symphony’

Broadcast nationwide in 1934 and praised by listeners and critics alike, a masterful symphony soon fell silent. A new recording hopes to help revive an American treasure.