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NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET, with hosts Rachel Martin, Noel King, David Greene and Steve Inskeep. Now available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with hosts Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Scott Simon. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.
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The President is refusing to say he'll accept the results of the election, casting doubts about the legitimacy of the ballots. Also, protesters marched for a second night in Louisville, Kentucky calling for justice in the Breonna Taylor case. Kentucky's governor and Louisville's mayor have called on the attorney general to release the grand jury's evidence. And, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans says the pandemic is causing more people to reach out for help, reversing decades of progress with homelessness among vets.
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

2020-09-2401:00:518

Protest continue in cities around the country after a grand jury ruled that the actions of two police officers who shot at Breonna Taylor were justified. A third officer is charged with endangering her neighbors. Two officers were shot during protests in Louisville, KY. Also, President Trump says the White House can overrule the FDA's guidelines for a COVID vaccine. While the CDC is releasing new data showing young people are spreading the virus. And, the Trump administration is threatening to cut funding to hospitals who fail to report data about COVID-19 to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Calculations have changed for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as GOP Senators rally to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also, an NPR and Harvard University poll shows nearly half of Americans say they are facing "serious financial problems" as the global pandemic drags on. And, regardless of who wins the election, the U-S will still formally exit the Paris climate agreement on November 4. It's the only country of the nearly 200 who signed to withdraw.
President Trump said he's likely to announce his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the weekend. Also, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting today to decide who will be first to get a COVID vaccine when it becomes available. And, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary during the pandemic. World leaders will be attending virtually.
The election is just 43 days away, President Trump and Senate Republicans are in a hurry to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And, COVID cases are spiking again as the U.S. approaches the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths.
We're spending today remembering a titan of the law. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Friday, leaving behind a towering legacy — and big questions about what comes next for the highest court in the land.
The leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, and a champion of equal rights for women, has died from complications from pancreatic cancer. Many are mourning her death as both Republicans and Democrats prepare for a political battle over her replacement.
President Trump says left-wing indoctrination in American schools is teaching kids to hate their country. He will sign an executive order to establish a commission promoting "patriotic education." The move is a reaction to a growing push by some academics for schools to teach an American history that better acknowledges systemic racism. Also, the race in Florida is tightening and Latino voters there are being targeted by alarming messages and conspiracy theories on social media. And, the attack on Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has revived a feud over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.
President Trump disputes the CDC director's testimony to congressional leaders on a coronavirus vaccine timeline and masks. Also, the spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence after he falsely accused government scientists of engaging in "sedition" and "sacrificing lives" for political gain. And, tropical depression Sally is slowly moving inland after it smashed into the coast of Alabama and Florida as a Category 2 Hurricane. Torrential rain brought historic flooding leaving half a million people without power.
Six months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the US still doesn't have enough personal protective equipment. Also, a whistleblower complaint alleges that medical staff at an ICE detention center sterilized women without their informed consent. And, congressional report into two Boeing 737 MAX plane crashes that killed a total of 346 people finds damning evidence of failures by Boeing and the FAA.
More than three million acres are burning in over twenty separate fires across the state of California. President Trump denies climate change is involved, despite warnings from climate experts that the worst is yet to come. Also, there are four storms brewing in the Atlantic Basin as communities along the Gulf of Mexico brace for the impact of Hurricane Sally. And, Israeli's Prime Minister will be at the White House today to sign deals to formally establish diplomatic relations with both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. President Trump is toting it as diplomatic breakthrough.
Wildfires have burned millions of acres in California, Oregon and Washington state, killing at least 30 people. Also, All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly sat down with journalist Bob Woodward about his new book about President Trump entitled Rage. And, Pennsylvania was key to Trump 2016 victory. With 50 days util the election, polls show Biden leading there.
BONUS: No Compromise

BONUS: No Compromise

2020-09-1336:046

Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions of likes, follows, and dollars. From Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Haxel of KCUR expose how three brothers from the most uncompromising corner of the gun debate are turning hot-button issues into donations and controversy.
Half a million people in Oregon are under evacuation orders as fires advance to the suburbs of Portland and Salem. Campaign season is in full swing despite the pandemic, with one candidate is still holding rallies. Brexit talks look close to collapsing.
Plumes of smoke clouds and bright red spots can be seen from space as deadly West Coast wildfires force hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Also, the stalemate over a relief bill is dragging on in Congress as Democrats block a Republican-backed relief package. And, the same Russian group involved in the 2016 hack of Hillary Clinton's campaign is at it again. Microsoft reveals hackers with ties to Russia, China and Iran are attempting to influence the 2020 election.
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020

2020-09-1001:06:244

Extreme heat and 50 mile per hour wind gusts are fueling major fires across 11 Western States. Two towns in Oregon are completely burned down. Also, the president told famous Watergate journalist Bob Woodward in early February that he believed coronavirus was "deadly" despite offering reassuring public statements. And, a whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security says he was ordered to alter intelligence reports on white supremacists, Russia and China, all to please the president.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

2020-09-0901:09:045

The Justice Department intervenes to help the president in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who accused Trump of sexually assaulting her in the 90's. Also, the need for a coronavirus vaccine has become a key issue in the presidential race. President Trump is on the campaign trail toting the arrival of a vaccine before the end of the year. And, the police chief and entire command staff of the police department in Rochester, New York, resigned on Tuesday amid outrage over the death of Daniel Prude in police custody.
The Chair of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, says economic recovery is stronger than expected, but it'll only get harder as we learn to control the spread of the coronavirus. Also, rescue operations continue as firefighters in California are scrambling to contain at least two dozen wildfires that are raging out of control. And, the President's former lawyer Michael Cohen has written a tell-all book calling his former boss is "a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man," while serving a prison sentence from home.
Health experts are warning that with Labor Day celebrations in full swing, the US could see another COVID-19 spike. Also, rescue operations continue after a record heat wave in California intensifies wildfires trapping campers in the Sierra National Forest this weekend. And, Beirut's search for survivors ends as the country continues to recover one month after a massive blast tore through the city.
President Trump denies he ever called those who served in the military "losers" and "suckers." Protests hit the 100-day mark in Portland, Ore., with more clashes expected this weekend. And a research group says nearly three million people could die of COVID-19 by the end of the year.
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alli lent

any PA ballots that were already cast were thrown out because the courts just voted to change things on the ballot so those are outdated.

Sep 25th
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The Rabbit Hole

Joe Biden is a hypocrite and liar for asking the Senate to not confirm a supreme court nominee when Obama and tried the same thing in 2016.

Sep 21st
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mari arana

I'm disappointed NPR. No, they haven't always made that argument. They only recently started making it when it was conveniently fitting their circumstances. 😠

Sep 21st
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Drey Scalf

I'm normally very proud of NPR being able to contribute a report that gives mainly facts and some opinions, but this podcast seems way more bias than what I'm used to. I subscribed to get a general daily report of what's going on and news worthy info, not hear constant specific thrashing. There were a couple episodes that did well, but I will now be unsubscribing from UpFirst because this is just not my cup of tea. I need a news source without trying to gain popular opinion or to please just certain people.

Sep 20th
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Mett Mackley

please don't advocate for teaching critical race theory in schools NPR

Sep 18th
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SleepySlowPoke

The whole issue of misinformation and conspiracies has grabbed nearly every baby boomer I know. It makes me sad. Doesn't mean every baby boomer is believing these but this is just what happened to me. Understanding how to parse information and determine which is true or false doesn't seem to be important to the people I've known. Even one church that people I know attend is spreading lies too. On social media. God help us all.

Sep 18th
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SleepySlowPoke

Denying the word of his own staff again.

Sep 17th
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alli lent

as an ACTUAL Pennsylvanian, governor Wolf has done an INCREDIBLE job keeping Americans safe in a way that Trump has not even attempted.

Sep 16th
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SleepySlowPoke

200,000 deaths and downplaying this pandemic ppe shortage. How can you still support this administration??

Sep 16th
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Adrian Shan

This would be so much easier to listen to without her voice crackle

Sep 13th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Fantastic episode, as usual! Thank you, NPR, for your excellent reporting. I love starting each day with your updates!

Sep 12th
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Jamie Kelly

Does this podcast even attempt to be partisan? I mean, as a publicly funded entity, don't you have an obligation to report news in a factual, unbiased way? I guess the fact that there are no posts here means no one is listening anyway. I'll throw this into the overflowing bin of trash media.

Sep 11th
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Vicky Riddle

Please don't say Joe Biden & "Far left" in same sentence. it makes him out to be an extremest & he really isn't.

Sep 5th
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mc

thanks up first for telling us simpletons why you used the word "allegedly" 🧐🙄😒

Sep 4th
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alli lent

you want an argument for "Defund the Police"? a man dying in police custody when his brother called for help. why did police need to show up for someone having mental issues? it should have been trained medical professionals instead of the police who showed up.

Sep 3rd
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The Rabbit Hole

Every troll is gonna be purged as a Russian bot now

Sep 3rd
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Vicky Riddle

Why does Russa prefer the Republican party over the Democratic party?

Sep 2nd
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AlecJay

lefty lieeess

Sep 1st
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mari arana

That's not Lulu speaking with the broken voice, it's Noel King.

Aug 31st
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Karen Schultz

Who made Lulu come to work today? Her voice is more cracked than ancient ruins. She needs her couch and a hot cup of tea, not a mic

Aug 31st
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