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The White House will honor economist Art Laffer with a Medal of Freedom. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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From A Napkin To A White House Medal — The Path Of A Controversial Economic Idea

Art Laffer receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday. For decades, Laffer has promoted the idea that tax cuts pay for themselves, against all evidence to the contrary.

From A Napkin To A White House Medal — The Path Of A Controversial Economic Idea

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Congressional Hearing On Slavery Reparations Set For Wednesday

A proposal to create a commission to study reparations for African Americans comes as the presidential election season is kicking into gear. Some Democratic hopefuls support reparations.

Fanny Law, seen in a 2017 interview with The South China Morning Post, is a member of Hong Kong's Executive Council. She apologized on Wednesday for underestimating the backlash to a controversial now-withdrawn extradition bill. K. Y. Cheng/South China Morning Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Hong Kong Leaders Apologize For Extradition Bill As They Brace For More Protests

A day after Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered her mea culpa, two top advisers followed suit. But the apologies are unlikely to be enough to placate protesters.

Rohingya refugees gather in the "no man's land" behind Myanmar's barbed-wire-lined border in Maungdaw district, Rakhine state, in 2018. Some 700,000 refugees fled into Bangladesh following a brutal crackdown by the Myanmar military in 2017. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly 71 Million People Forcibly Displaced Worldwide In 2018, U.N. Report Says

The record number headlined the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees' annual "Global Trends" report published Wednesday, just a day before World Refugee Day.

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California Utility PG&E To Pay $1 Billion To Local Governments For Wildfire Damage

Attorneys for a group of counties and cities announced the proposed settlement Tuesday to help cover taxpayer losses from wildfires dating back to 2015.

California Utility PG&E To Pay $1 Billion To Local Governments For Wildfire Damage

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The container ship MSC Gayane on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, on Tuesday. U.S. authorities have seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine from a ship, reportedly the Gayane, at a Philadelphia port. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Feds Seize Estimated $1 Billion In Cocaine From Ship In Philadelphia

The drugs were reportedly found in seven containers aboard the MSC Gayane at Philadelphia's Packer Marine Terminal. Authorities say it is one of the biggest-ever drug busts in the U.S.

A tugboat operator secures a floating razor wire security fence during an emergency response exercise at the Kinder Morgan Inc. Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, last September. A new expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline would significantly expand tanker traffic in the region. Darryl Dyck/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Canada's Trudeau Approves Controversial Pipeline Expansion

The prime minister first approved the project, which is opposed by many environmental groups, in 2016, but Tuesday's announcement means construction can begin later this year.

Alex Jones, pictured in 2018, was sanctioned by a Connecticut judge on Tuesday after railing on the attorney representing victims' families in a defamation suit against the Internet provocateur. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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Sandy Hook Victim's Father Wins Defamation Suit; Alex Jones Sanctioned

"Mr. Pozner has sought for years to try to get these conspiracy theorists to understand that his son really was a person and that his son really did die," attorney Jake Zimmerman told NPR.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. at a news conference with recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA) during a 2017 news conference. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Kushner Meets With Bipartisan Architects Of Dreamer Legislation

Jared Kushner met privately with Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin, the two architects of plans to provide citizenship for those brought to the country illegally as children.

Poncho Via stands on a field of grass in Clay County Alabama at the Green Acres Farm in 2017. The steer currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest set of horns ever. The Pope Family hide caption

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Humongous Horns: Texas Longhorn From Alabama Sets Guinness World Record

This steer isn't much different from other Texas longhorns except it holds a world record. Poncho Via's horns were measured at nearly 11-feet wide, that's longer than the Statue of Liberty's face.

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Summer Memories: Share Yours As A Haiku

NPR and poet Kwame Alexander are asking for haikus — that don't include the word "summer" — for an upcoming story. Write a poem inspired by your favorite summertime memories in just three lines.

Summer Memories: Share Yours As A Haiku

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William Portwood, who died less than two weeks after NPR confirmed his involvement in the 1965 murder of Boston minister James Reeb, poses for a photograph in front of his home. Chip Brantley/NPR hide caption

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NPR Identifies 4th Attacker In Civil Rights-Era Cold Case

A fourth man was involved in the 1965 attack on civil rights worker and minister James Reeb, but that man was never identified or charged in Reeb's murder, an NPR investigation revealed.

Boaty McBoatface, an autonomous submarine vehicle, had a successful first mission taking measurements deep in the Southern Ocean. Povl Abrahamsen, British Antarctic Survey hide caption

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Boaty McBoatface, Internet-Adored Sub, Makes Deep-Sea Discovery On Climate Change

Since the delightful snafu that led to the research vessel's goofy moniker, the autonomous submarine has been off gathering deep-sea data on the effects of Antarctic winds.

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