Capitol Hill

Trump Plans To Invite Putin For Autumn Visit, Top Spy Boss Coats Caught Off Guard

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET President Trump wants to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin for a visit to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump and Putin had agreed at their summit on Monday in Finland that their security staffs would have an "ongoing working-level dialogue" and as part of that, Trump told national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to the United States. That came as news to Director of National...

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Seeking Personal Data, Cafe Lures College Students With Free Beverages

A Japanese company is developing a novel way to connect college students to corporate recruiters: offer free coffee at its cafes in exchange for giving up some personal information.

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Immigrant Advocates Call The State's Budget 'A Big Win' For Gov. Baker -- But Not For Immigrants

After months of organizing rallies and lobbying legislators, immigration rights advocates were hopeful their efforts would lead to legislation that would protect immigrants in the state. Just last month, a large group of protesters stormed Gov. Charlie Bakers office, demanding that he sign off on the so-called Safe Communities amendment and threatening to vote him out of office if he refused. But the House and Senate failed to reach a consensus on the amendment, keeping it out of the...

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A Miami traffic jam.
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In most road-trip novels, characters walk or drive or sail as they look for answers to sometimes unanswerable questions.

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Six states, including Massachusetts, along with New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds.

Fresh produce at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
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Now that summer is in full swing and farmers markets are abundant with fresh, local produce, the technology that enables people to use food stamps to buy that food faces a major snag. 

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Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, in July 2018.
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Springfield City Councilor Defends MGM's Las Vegas Legal Strategy

A month before MGM opens a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, city officials are either defending or staying quiet about the company's attempt to block lawsuits from shooting victims in Las Vegas.

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Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions

Rachael McRae, a fifth-grade teacher in central Illinois, was sitting on the couch the other day with her 4-month-old when she saw the email. "He was having a fussy day," she says, "so I was bouncing him in one arm, and started going through my emails on my phone, just to feel like I was getting something done." In her spam folder, she found an email from an organization called My Pay, My Say, urging her to drop her union membership. Last month, the Supreme Court in Janus v. AFCSME dealt a...

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Republicans Force Democrats To Go On Record Over Immigration Agency

House Republicans claimed a political victory Wednesday after the House voted 244-35 in favor of officially supporting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a vote intended to force Democrats to take a position amid calls from progressives to abolish the agency. But Democrats largely avoided taking any position at all. Instead, they tried to refocus the immigration debate away from ICE and toward the ongoing controversy over President Trump's policies for handling asylum claims...

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Climate Change

Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure

The dense network of cables that make up the Internet is likely to be inundated with saltwater as sea levels rise, a new analysis suggests, putting thousands of miles of critical infrastructure along U.S. coastlines underwater in the next 15 years. "It is actually the wires and the hardware that make the Internet run," explains Ramakrishnan Durairajan , a computer scientist at the University of Oregon and an author of the research. The analysis estimates under the most severe model for sea...

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News Now Podcast

Marijuana in a bloom room at the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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The Slow March To Fully Legal Marijuana In Massachusetts

This episode, we focus on a single plant. Weed, cannabis, marijuana, pot -- whatever you call it, Massachusetts is on a slow march to full legalization.

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From Legislation to Legalization

Learn about the local impacts of the cannabis industry.

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We’re back with a brand new Valley Voices podcast!

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The Summer Tradition Continues

New England Public Radio brings listeners music from Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in Lenox, Massachusetts every weekend of the season.

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What Makes Us Stronger

Episode 11 of Media Lab explores real-life challenges in college, relationships and choices.


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Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

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A scene from a May 2017 event on Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
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Push For Transportation Funding In Massachusetts Includes Local Tax Option

There’s a last-minute push on Beacon Hill to allow local communities in Massachusetts to vote on new regional taxes to pay for their own transportation projects, an option available in most other states.

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