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NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.




Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sri Lanka's president admits that critical intelligence never reached the highest parts of government ahead of the Easter Sunday attacks. He's promising an overhaul. But what changes could prevent a similar attack? Robert Mueller wrote that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Presidential adviser Jared Kushner meanwhile is dismissing it as a couple of Facebook ads. How extensive was the Russian interference? And Kim Jong Un's armored...


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In Sri Lanka, survivors of those killed on Easter are not just dealing with grief. They're also dealing with the reality that there were warnings ahead of these attacks. Could the government have done more? Some Democrats are pushing for impeachment, saying that members of Congress should have to go on record about President Trump's behavior. Why are other Democrats urging caution? And the Supreme Court today considers whether it's constitutional for the census to ask if you're a citizen....


Monday, April 22, 2019

Church leaders in Sri Lanka demand retribution after attacks on Easter Sunday left hundreds dead. Were there warning signs of the danger? President Trump's personal lawyer gives yet another take on the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016, claiming that there's nothing wrong with taking information from the Russians. House Democrats think otherwise and the Judiciary Chairman says at this point, he won't rule out impeachment. And on this Earth Day, a new NPR poll reveals that most Americans...



Fed up with government inaction, young people start rebuilding Mosul on their own. But in post-ISIS Iraq, volunteering can quickly become an act of rebellion. We're sharing a bonus episode of NPR's Rough Translation.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Robert Mueller's report did not indict the president but detailed efforts to derail an investigation. What do Democrats do as the president claims victory? And protesters finally forced Sudan's president from power last week. But their demonstrations haven't stopped. What do they want next?


Key Findings And Analysis From The Mueller Report

The 448-page document, released today after a nearly two-year-long inquiry, says Mueller's investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russian interference effort, which was described as "sweeping and systematic." The NPR Politics Podcast breaks down everything you need to know about what's in the report.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

We don't know what's in the Mueller report, but people already have opinions. What bothers Democrats about the timing of today's release? President Trump sounded optimistic even after his last meeting with Kim Jong Un broke down. So why is North Korea now testing new tactical weapons? And life after death? Scientists gathered pig brains from a slaughterhouse to see if they could be revived. It seemed to work. So what are the ethical implications?


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pledges of hundreds of millions of euros are rolling in to pay for the planned reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral. What are the biggest challenges when it comes to this rebuilding project? President Trump has proclaimed his distaste for the system that allows asylum seekers to claim the legal right to be in the United States. He objects that some are released as they await asylum hearings. Is it legal for the U.S. to keep them in detention instead? And the world's most populous...


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

It took generations to build the Notre Dame Cathedral. Yesterday its spire burned and fell within hours. How much of the building beneath that spire survived? Some 2020 democratic contenders are releasing their tax returns. How much money do candidates like Bernie Sanders have and how's it impact his critique of the wealthy? And public health officials warn of a significant rise in measles cases. What's driving the resurgence of a virus that seemed wiped out in the U.S. two decades ago?


Monday, April 15, 2019

The leaders of so-called sanctuary cities are rebuking a proposal floated within the White House to drop off asylum seekers in their communities. What triggered the president to promote an idea lawyers rejected? The White House also generated news coverage by promoting a fight with a Minnesota member of Congress. Republicans highlighted Rep. Ilhan Omar's remarks about the aftermath of 9/11. How are Democrats defending her? And it's the beginning of the end for Game of Thrones. This is not a...


Friday, April 12, 2019

The president surprised many in 2016 by cracking the so-called blue wall, winning the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. How are 2020 Democrats planning to build that wall back up again? Three historically black churches burned in Louisiana over the course of 10 days. A 21-year-old man is now in custody, charged with arson. What impact is this having on the community? And Omar al-Bashir has ruled Sudan, often callously, for three decades. After months of protests, he's been...


Breaking News Update: Julian Assange Arrested

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London Thursday, British police said, ending the long tenure of the anti-secrecy activist in Ecuador's embassy. The U.S. Justice Department announced they have charged him with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Attorney General makes a bold claim about the 2016 presidential election, saying that he believes spying did occur on the Trump campaign. William Barr says he now wants to investigate the origins of the special counsel. One of the biggest tabloid names, recently embroiled in controversy, is up for sale. The National Enquirer has been the subject of federal investigations connected to President Trump and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Were the negative headlines too much for the purveyor of...


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Presidential adviser, Stephen Miller, is known for his hard line on immigration. How big a role does he play in shaping President Trump's border policies? Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to cling on to power in Israel. Both he and his rival claimed victory in yesterday's election. The question is, who can form a coalition government? And British Prime Minister Theresa May is headed back to the European continent once again today to ask for another short-term Brexit extension. What are her...


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security is facing a leadership void. With Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out, the number of Trump officials serving in an acting capacity grows. What are the consequences of temp help at the top? The United States has designated a branch of Iran's military as a terrorist organization. How's the government in Tehran responding? And thirteen wealthy parents agree to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal. Is there a broader reckoning afoot about class, privilege...


Monday, April 8, 2019

It's not like the Secretary of Homeland Security hasn't been busy. So why is Kirstjen Nielsen resigning from the Trump administration and why now? Ahead of a big election in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has touted Israel's right to self-defense. Can the prime minister galvanize his nationalist base and secure another term? And there are fears of an urban war in Libya's capital. A militia is advancing on Tripoli as the U.S. evacuates troops. What does this mean for a country that's been in...


Friday, April 5, 2019

The family of an Ethiopian Air crash victim has filed a lawsuit. How much legal trouble does the aircraft maker face? Having backed away from his latest threat to close the border, President Trump shifts to threatening Mexico's auto industry. What's he willing to do to a Mexican industry so closely connected with companies in America? And what difference does almost half a billion dollars make? We may find out by the money's absence, as the U.S. cuts help to Central America.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Investigators have released their findings on the Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max plane crash. They say the crew followed all the manufacturer's instructions. So how much blame does Boeing bear? Did the attorney general fail to portray some of the key findings of the Mueller probe? Newspapers report that some on a special counsel's team think a summary omitted vital information. And ICE officials target a technology company in Texas. 280 suspected undocumented immigrants were arrested during a...


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Some migrants who overcrowded federal facilities on the southern border are simply released on the street. What drives families to make a dangerous journey? Chicago's newly elected mayor wants people born in poor neighborhoods not to become poor adults. What's Lori Lightfoot's plan for the Midwest metropolis? And Democratic presidential candidates are announcing early fundraising. Among others, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris raised millions. What's it mean that Pete Buttigieg has too?


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How did the Trump Administration respond to concerns over security clearances? A House committee cites a whistle-blower who says the White House overrode concerns dozens of times. She also says they found ways to humiliate her. President Trump is threatening to close down the border with Mexico, and businesses there are worried. We'll look at the potential economic impact at the border and beyond. And Turkey is helping the United States develop the most expensive fighter jet in history but...