Week In Politics: Trump Defends Call To Gold Star Family, Gives Puerto Rico Response An 'A Plus'

This week President Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly defended Trumps call to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger. And Trump gave high marks to his administrations hurricane response in Puerto Rico. MSNBCs José Díaz-Balart  ( @jdbalart ) and NPRs  Domenico Montanaro   ( @DomenicoNPR ) join Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to review the week in politics. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are one game away from securing an appearance in the World Series.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues a new series of segments we started last week comparing and contrasting economic activity in Riverside County with San Bernardino County.  In this segment, Dr. Husing busts popular myths that most Inland workers have to commute west or south out of the IE to their jobs.

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Firefighters in Southern California are battling a new wildfire; this one in the San Gabriel Mountains just west of the Inland Empire, on Mount Wilson.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


More evacuation orders in Northern California are now lifted, after a week of devastating wildfires that left 41 people dead.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, crews have to stay ready around the state, because fire season is far from over.


California has more than 800 new laws on the books this year, after Governor Jerry Brown finished signing legislation last weekend.  Brown also vetoed more than 100 measures.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports state lawmakers know how the governor will act on their bills.

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Authorities say the bodies of two adults have been found in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a Southern California couple vanished while hiking nearly three months ago.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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In a segment aired this morning (Monday) in "The California Report," Los Angeles-area state Senator Kevin De Leon talks about why he's mounting a primary challenge against fellow Democrat, longtime California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.


California is leading a lawsuit by 18 states against the Trump administration.  That's after the President suspended a key component of the health care law last week.  Capital public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


A government program that provides insurance for low and middle income kids might not receive a federal boost this year.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains what that would mean for California families enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program - or CHIP.


The Canyon Fire 2, still considered active in the Anaheim Hills as of yesterday afternoon (Monday), is "nearing full containment with no further threats to neighborhoods," according to Anaheim Fire & Rescue's latest statement this morning.


'Our Democracy Is At Stake,' Obama Says Of Virginia Race For Governor

Former President Obama returned to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving office Thursday campaigning for the Democratic candidates for governor in New Jersey and Virginia. He put the Virginia race, where he was campaigning for Ralph Northam, in the starkest terms. "We need you to take this seriously, because our democracy is at stake," Obama told a crowd of 7,500 at a packed convention center, "and it's at stake right here in Virginia." The former president bemoaned the divisive...

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Why It's So Hard To Turn The Lights Back On In Puerto Rico

Nearly a month after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, almost 80 percent of the territory is still without power. While nobody expected a quick restoration of Puerto Rico's badly outdated power grid , officials have estimated that it could take at least six months . Puerto Rico's slow restoration is in stark contrast to Florida after Hurricane Irma hit. Within 24 hours, 20 percent of the power that had been knocked out by Hurricane Irma in Florida had been restored. Nearly half had...

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Tokyo Governor Hopes Her New 'Party Of Hope' Will Shake Up Japanese Politics

Japanese voters have just days left to decide who they will support in a snap general election set for Sunday. Japanese politics are usually tame. But this time around, the charismatic governor of Tokyo is adding unexpected elements to the race. Yuriko Koike is keeping a nonstop schedule these days — dashing from one campaign event to another. Last Friday, rain didn't keep her from revving up crowds at rush hour in Shibuya, the Tokyo district renowned for the giant crush of people at its...

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George W. Bush Slams 'Bigotry,' Politics Of Populism That Led To Trump, Sanders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x01BQe7r5Wg You might say George W. Bush wants to make America great again. In remarks Thursday , he criticized the kind of politics, sentiment and populism that led to President Trump's rise and election — though he never named Trump explicitly. "Bigotry seems emboldened," Bush said in New York at a forum put on by the George W. Bush Institute. "Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication." He slammed a discourse that...

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Virginia Statehouse Race Pits 'Bathroom Bill' Author Against Transgender Woman

State legislative races don't usually draw a lot of national attention – but Virginia's House District 13 race is: it pits a Republican incumbent known for unsuccessfully sponsoring a so-called " bathroom bill " against a transgender woman. If she succeeds in unseating Delegate Bob Marshall , Democrat Danica Roem would be the country's first openly transgender state lawmaker. Roem's background may set her apart as a political candidate, but her message to voters in this district, in the outer...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark. "Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker says. "Many people walk through their lives in an underslept state, not realizing it." Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He...

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Education From NPR

Switching To Middle School Can Be Hard On Kids, But There Are Ways To Make It Better

"I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." That's harsh language from the downtrodden sixth-grade narrator of Diary of A Wimpy Kid, a blockbuster series of graphic novels. But it speaks to a broader truth. A large body of research suggests that students who go to middle school or junior high do worse academically, socially and emotionally, compared to the young teenagers who get to be the oldest students at schools with grades K-8. A new paper in...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

Actress Gabrielle Union started off playing teenagers on TV in the 1990s. Now, she stars in the BET show Being Mary Jane , as a powerful cable news anchor who's equally fierce in her personal life. She's also an advocate for rape survivors and an outspoken voice on many issues. And she's just written her first book, a collection of essays called We're Going to Need More Wine . Union says she's always loved regaling her friends about her adventures and misadventures — hence the title of her...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

At some point or another, we've all cringed at the videos: lame cows struggling to stand; egg-laying hens squeezed into small, stacked cages; hogs confined to gestation crates, unable to walk or turn. Over the past decade, animal advocates have made great strides informing us of some of the problems with how many of our favorite proteins are raised. They've also made progress bringing change to the industry by pressuring large-scale retailers — from Target to McDonald's — to commit to...

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The Day A Texas School Held A Funeral For The Spanish Language

Maggie Marquez and Jessi Silva grew up in the desert town of Marfa, Texas, in the 1950s, when schools were segregated. Latino children were sent to Blackwell Elementary School, and for many of them, Spanish was their first language. Maggie, 73, and Jessi, 69, were students there, and at StoryCorps, they remember the day their school banned students from speaking Spanish — in a ceremony called the "burial of Mr. Spanish." "I walked into the room and the teacher, she said for us to get a piece...

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