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Rural Trump Voters Embrace The Sacrifices That Come With Support

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President Trump has proposed spending cuts to programs that prop up rural areas that voted for him. While some policy experts bemoan the cuts, there are rural voters who fully support them.

Rural Trump Voters Embrace The Sacrifices That Come With Support

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House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., outside the White House on March 23, the day before GOP leaders pulled a health care bill from the House floor. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

The group led GOP opposition in the Obama years, but after torpedoing efforts to overhaul health care led by President Trump, the Freedom Caucus is sorting out how to work with fellow Republicans.

After Health Care Fight, House Freedom Caucus Considers Next Steps

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China's President Xi Jinping will visit President Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6 and 7. Xi is seen here during meetings in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this week. Lintao Zhang/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Trump Will Host China's President Xi In Florida On April 6

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit President Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., next week, for talks that will reportedly center on economic and other issues.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

The private company plans to launch a satellite Thursday using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.

Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

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Parallels - World News

In A Bullet-Riddled Mansion, A Beirut Architect Envisions A Museum Of Memory

Beirut is peaceful now, but political divisions still run deep — and people are still hesitant to look back on the civil war years of the 1970s and 1980s.

In A Bullet-Riddled Mansion, A Beirut Architect Envisions A Museum Of Memory

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Parallels - World News

Indonesia's Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Not As Much As They Used To

Clearing peat land by fire is illegal but remains widespread, since it's the cheapest way to clear land for farming and industry. Still, peat fires were down by more than 80 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Indonesia's Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Not As Much As They Used To

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin is working with Congress to renew the Veterans Choice program, which allows some veterans to get medical care outside the VA system, and provides money for medical staff. Marian Carrasquero /NPR hide caption

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Shots - Health News

'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin says preventing suicide among military veterans is his "number one clinical priority," and that he is working to fill some 45,000 open jobs in the agency.

'The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,' Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says

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The Salt

In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists

A new report highlights victims of human trafficking in the food industry, from farm workers to restaurant cooks and wait staff. Some victims are exploited for both sex and labor.

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Parallels - World News

With Brexit Triggered, Uncertainty Continues Over What's To Come

The British are known for understatement, but political observers speak of Brexit in superlatives. They say it could prove transformational for the country — either for good or ill.

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Politics

#BlackWomenAtWork: Women Speak Out After Criticism Of Journalist, Congresswoman

Incidents like the ones involving veteran reporter April Ryan and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters this week are not a rarity for black women in the workplace, says activist Brittany Packnett.

#BlackWomenAtWork: Women Speak Out After Criticism Of Journalist, Congresswoman

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Eddie Salmeron of the California Ghetto Carping club holds the 50-pound carp he caught in Los Angeles' MacArthur Park. Eddie Salmeron hide caption

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Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

MacArthur Park in Los Angeles is not the most picturesque location, but it is where the California Ghetto Carping Club caught a fish "so massive, it was huggable."

Fishermen Catch 50-Pound Carp In The Middle Of Los Angeles

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Canadians Report More Scrutiny And Rejection At U.S. Border Checkpoints

Immigration lawyers say they've seen a spike in the number of Canadians turned back at the U.S. border since January. But federal officials insist that no policies have changed on the American side.

Canadians Report More Scrutiny And Rejection At U.S. Border Checkpoints

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The Salt

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

The EPA says it's reversing course and keeping chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on produce, on the market. The agency previously said the chemical could pose risks to consumers.

EPA Decides Not To Ban A Pesticide, Despite Its Own Evidence Of Risk

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Michael Sharp visited Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, home to displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo, during his time in the country. When he was killed, he was part of a U.N. mission. Jana Asenbrennerova/Courtesy of MCC hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Remembering Michael Sharp: He Risked His Life To Make Peace

The death of the 34-year-old Kansan was confirmed this week. Correspondent Gregory Warner met him by chance on a boat and found out how he managed to forge a dialogue with violent rebels.