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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: House Democrats have just re-elected Nancy Pelosi to serve as their leader in the next Congress. Pelosi has been the House's top Democrat since 2003, but she did not win this without a fight this morning. There's lingering frustration in the Democratic Party after their poor showing up and down the ballot on Election Day. Joining us now to talk about this, NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Good morning,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You are not supposed to make a personal profit from a government job. That's just a fact. And authorities say it definitely applies to a Canadian border guard who accepted free concert tickets from Elton John. He helped the singer through customs in Alberta and accepted the offer of free tickets, and he was suspended. In his defense, he says he did ask two supervisors if he could...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We're learning a bit more about President-elect Trump's approach to trade with Latin America. Of course, he campaigned on a pledge to improve or cancel trade deals like NAFTA. Now, he's promising to block the U.S. opening to Cuba, unless it becomes more democratic. In the United States, he pushed Carrier to keep Indiana jobs that it was moving to Mexico, and the company now says it will preserve some of those...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. An Ohio couple had just gotten married and they were on their way to the reception in downtown Dayton. Short drive, except an accident snarled traffic for two hours. The couple could have cursed the world, but instead... (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL") ALISON KRAUSS: (Singing) When you say nothing at all. GREENE: ...They turned Highway 35 into a dance floor. Their...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Trump made his choice for the nation's top health official. Representative Tom Price of Georgia goes to the Department of Health and Human Services, if confirmed. He's a doctor and a congressman who led efforts to repeal Obamacare. Tevi Troy knows him. In the George W. Bush administration, Troy worked in the department that Price would lead. He comes to us via Skype from Israel. Welcome to the...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. Russia's government has been accused of controlling elections, the media and now Christmas. It is offering guidelines for how kids should write their letters to Russia's version of Santa. The BBC reports the government worried kids were giving up too many personal details, so they've suggested bland text like this year I've been studying very well. Please give me and my parents...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. This mistake could happen to anyone who's a princess. Britain's Princess Beatrice threw a party. Pop stars Ed Sheeran and James Blunt attended. And Blunt jokingly asked if he could be knighted. She agreed to touch him on the shoulder with a sword, but when getting into position, she accidentally reached back and slashed Ed Sheeran's face. Guests tell The Sun that the cut wasn't so...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's get the latest that we know about a shooting on campus at Ohio State University today. We do not know the cause of this shooting. We do not know the identity of the shooter. We do know, according to local officials in Columbus, Ohio, that nine people have been taken to the hospital. We don't know if that means nine people shot but nine people taken to the hospital at Ohio State University. And we have local...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Belgium is seeking global recognition of its ability to consume beer. UNESCO, a United Nations agency, meets soon to discuss its intangible cultural heritage list. What's that? Well, the UN recognizes cultural practices in need of safeguarding, like bagpipe culture in Slovakia, the drinking of Arabic coffee, copper craftsmanship, poetry. Belgium now wants in on this act, saying...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. If you're lonely, Finland's postal service can help. To supplement declining mail business, the state-owned company is offering buddy walks for the elderly. For roughly $73, customers can order an outdoor buddy who will talk with them and help them walk in slippery winter conditions. Now, this is not the first time the service has tried to diversify. Last April, Finland's postal...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's get a look at the fight to retake the city of Mosul in Iraq from the Islamic State. Iraqi forces have been waging that fight for some weeks with U.S. help. And NPR's Peter Kenyon is in Erbil, a city in northern Iraq not far away. Hi, Peter. PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. INSKEEP: How's the Iraqi offensive going? KENYON: Slowly but it's still an advance. There's a brigadier general from the Iraqi Army who...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A British grocery chain faces a lawsuit. The store called Iceland is challenged over the trademark for its name by the country of Iceland. Iceland-the-store registered its name across Europe and blocked companies from Iceland-the-country from including Iceland in their names, which is why Iceland the country is suing. It says the overly broad trademark prevents Icelandic firms...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. This day, Black Friday, is when stores offer deals to draw you in. In Japan, local authorities are offering a deal, too, a deal to keep senior citizens off the roads. The area south of Tokyo responded to a hike in accidents. People 75 years and older can now make a trade. If they give up driving, they get discounts on taxi fares. The taxis can take passengers to get discounts at a...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Here's one sign of a changing world - an adviser to President-elect Trump met with Republicans in Congress and, according to news reports of that private meeting, he told them it's not the party of Ronald Reagan anymore. If true, that would be a startling statement for a party whose candidates have invoked Reagan's name for decades. Trump himself harkened back to Reagan's time and copied parts of his approach....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A British Member of Parliament insists on his right to a tarantula. Gavin Williamson defied Parliament's ban on pets. He keeps the spider at his desk where it apparently intimidates people. He says he will not even consider removing the tarantula until somebody removes all the mice in the old building. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Oh, that's a pretty good line. But while we're talking...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. If you are Catholic and have sinned, well, there's an app for that. A Scottish archbishop designed it. It helps you find the closest spot to go to confession and holy mass. The head of the Vatican's secretariat for communication called the app imaginative and said it's helping bring the mercy of God to modern society. Now, the location-based technology has led some to compare this...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: There was a time when some African-Americans, frustrated by segregation in the United States, found greater freedom in France. Times have changed, but there is this connection, a resonance, between France and black Americans. And now, Paris is the location of a new exhibit of the works of black American artists, like Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold. When you hear about their work in this story,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We've learned a bit more about President-elect Donald Trump's expected foreign policy team. Trump will nominate South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. She's a Republican, considered a rising star in the party and had been very, very critical of Donald Trump. Let's talk about this with NPR's Domenico Montanaro, who's our political editor. Domenico, good morning....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump shifted positions on several issues yesterday. But in a talk with The New York Times, he avoided placing many limits on his opportunity to profit while in office. DAVID GREENE, HOST: The president-elect, who has worldwide business interests, admits that he, quote, "might have requested a business favor from visiting British politicians." His staff had previously denied that. INSKEEP:...

Museum's 1770s Artifact Smells Of Rum

Nov 23, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with the smell of history. Philadelphia's Museum of the American Revolution opens next year. It has an earthenware mug from the 1770s which still smells of rum poured by some revolutionary drinker. Luckily, other early American smells cannot be recaptured. A book on the country's early years says before running water, even the most fastidious people bathed only once a week. Some...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. Howard Brookins, an alderman in Chicago, declared war on squirrels. He said they were aggressive and making a mess eating their way through garbage cans. He was probably just trying to improve his neighborhood, but then came his freak bicycle accident. A squirrel jumped in front of him, got caught in his spokes, causing Brookins to flip and fracture his skull. The squirrel did not...

Little Rock director Jeff Nichols’ movie Loving, about the Supreme Court case that extirpated anti-miscegenation laws in 1967, opens nationwide today. But what does that mean for folks in Arkansas City, where the nearest movie theater is the Hollywood in Monticello, about 50 miles away, where it's not playing anyway?

For more than a hundred years, Vigo County, Indiana has consistently voted for the winning president. It chose Barack Obama twice, and then picked Donald Trump this November. In fact, the county is a remarkably accurate bellwether; it's only been wrong two times since the 1890s. Why does Vigo County almost always predict the winner? There are many hypotheses, none of which fully explain this quirky mystery of why a small region in southwest Indiana (a reliably Republican...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a homeowner who would not give up. Westgate Resorts bought all the properties in a townhome community in Florida, all of them except one. Julieta Corredor declined to sell and remains in place even as the rest of the neighborhood was torn down around her. Now, she's suing to keep the house from being surrounded by a new timeshare development. Her son tells the Orlando Sentinel...

Where Is America's Best Bathroom?

Nov 22, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. Next time you're taking a bathroom break at the airport in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, you might want to appreciate the surroundings. Voters in an online poll have declared the airport to have America's best restroom. The poll was run by Cintas, a company that makes bathroom products. Finalists include a restaurant in Chicago and also an ice cream shop in Baltimore. The airport...

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