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Emmanuel Macron has a photo taken with fans in the southern town of Carpentras, where he campaigned earlier this month. Macron has bucked the two-party system to run as an independent. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Political Outsider Emmanuel Macron Campaigns To 'Make France Daring Again'

The presidential campaign has brought an unlikely candidate to the fore. Macron, a former banker and former economy minister, is surging in the polls. His message: Embrace innovation and risk.

Political Outsider Emmanuel Macron Campaigns To 'Make France Daring Again'

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President Trump addresses a crowd during the debut of the new Dreamliner 787 at Boeing's South Carolina facilities on Feb. 17 in North Charleston. Trump uses Boeing as an example of his "America First" policies, but the plane parts come from all over. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's 'America First' Agenda Marks Sharp Break In U.S. Economic Policy

President Trump's plans, a rebuke of the prevailing push toward globalization, may overlook what's under the hood when it comes to manufacturing.

Trump's 'America First' Agenda Marks Sharp Break In U.S. Economic Policy

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This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

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The health law just needs a tuneup, says the CEO of Molina Healthcare, which operates in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The California-based insurer has seen profits, while Humana and Aetna struggled.

This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

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Almost 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate the northern California town after a hole in the emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. Climate change could be a factor of extreme flooding in California. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images hide caption

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Environment

With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

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Dams and levees across California are straining to handle winter storms. The state's water system was designed a century ago, before climate change was an issue. Now, it's being rethought.

With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

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Ross Confirmed As Commerce Secretary

Wilbur Ross, 79, made his fortune buying distressed companies and restoring them to health. Criticized by some as a "vulture capitalist," Ross received the support of the United Steelworkers union.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 photo, a shipyard worker walks to his car at the end of the workday at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. With Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet potential threats from Russia and China. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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The Impact of War

Trump's Budget Proposal Doesn't Cover Major Military Expansion

The $54 billion President Trump's seeking to increase the Defense Department budget this year would represent a funding boost — but not one that would pay for an expansion on the scale he endorsed on the campaign trail.

Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive for the Donald Trump's inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20. On Monday, Bush weighed in on developments in the nascent Trump presidency. Getty Images hide caption

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Bush Calls Press 'Indispensable To Democracy'

Former President George W. Bush stopped short of direct and blunt criticism of President Trump, but he did discuss some of the issues facing the current occupant of the Oval Office.

From field to bakery, a loaf of bread packs a measurable environmental punch. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

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Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

An emotional Facebook post in the wake of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager became a hashtag, a rallying cry and eventually a protest movement. Co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors discusses what lies ahead.

Black Lives Matter Finds 'Renewed Focus' 5 Years After Trayvon Martin

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Lester "J.R." Packingham speaks Monday on the front steps of the Supreme Court. He was convicted of statutory rape in 2002, and arrested years later under a law barring sex offenders from social media platforms. Lauren Russell/NPR hide caption

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Law

Can Sex Offenders Be Barred From Social Media? Justices Lean Toward No

The court heard two cases today: One on whether the government can deport a resident for a statutory rape conviction, and another on whether a state can criminalize social media use for sex offenders.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at his swearing in earlier this month. He said Monday he will focus on issues such as violent crime and police morale. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

In First On-The-Record Briefing, Jeff Sessions Focuses On Violent Crime

The attorney general praised police and sheriffs' deputies as "front-line soldiers" in the mission to protect public safety. He also vowed more consistent prosecution of criminals who carry guns in the course of their crimes.

President Donald Trump signs a bill repealing a rule passed last July that required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to overseas governments. The rule was meant to promote transparency. Critics of the repeal argue it served as an important national security tool since corruption often leads to violence, instability and terrorism. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

The repealed Securities and Exchange Commission rule required oil, gas and mining companies to disclose overseas payments. It was meant to promote transparency in countries riddled with corruption.

Repeal Of Anti-Corruption Rule May Hurt National Security, Critics Warn

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Music News

The National Symphony Orchestra: NPR's House Band For A Day

NSO conductor Steven Reineke led some 70 musicians in performing the interludes you hear between All Things Considered stories.

The National Symphony Orchestra: NPR's House Band For A Day

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