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A dad in Mexico who planned an epic party for his daughter Rubi's 15th birthday. He made a video talking about the festivities - three bands, a horse race and at the end, he said, "everyone is cordially invited!" The video went viral and more than a million people said they would come to Rubi's party. It spawned all kinds of internet memes. Rubi's favorite? The one about Donald Trump allowing undocumented Mexican migrants in the U.S. to return to Mexico so they can go to her party. Copyright...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: OK, for more on the politics of the pipeline, we're going to talk now with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley. He's on the line. Hi, Scott. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Rachel. MARTIN: We just heard how some are criticizing the Obama administration for in some ways overreaching in this decision. Can you clarify how much do we know about what the White House involvement was? HORSLEY: Well,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: The French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo now has a foreign edition in Germany. The weekly became known around the world after two brothers attacked its Paris offices and killed 12 people. That was almost two years ago, and it wasn't clear at that point that the magazine could continue publishing, let alone expand. We're joined now by Minka Schneider. She's the editor of Charlie Hebdo's new German edition. She's...

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The 2016 presidential campaign has in many ways become a question of character. Even though Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have incredibly loyal supporters, the two candidates also inspire some intensely negative feelings among voters. Clinton and Trump are the two most unpopular candidates since modern polling began. NPR's Rachel Martin hosts an hour-long special that digs into key moments over the decades that helped cement their reputations and looks at character traits that have...

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The armed standoff between anti-government militants and law enforcement in Oregon has lasted more than four weeks. After the arrest of 11 people last week, it was expected that the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge would come to an end, but the killing of the group's spokesman in an encounter with police has re-energized protesters. We have been here before. Back in the 1990s, there were several showdowns between armed anti-government extremists and the federal government....

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer in Washington. RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: And I'm Rachel Martin in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It's a country that, because of its vast oil reserves and political monarchy, has enjoyed a certain level of stability in a very turbulent part of the world. But in the past year, Saudi Arabia has found itself in new territory facing new threats. It's...

The definition of postpartum depression is broad. The symptoms can range anywhere from feeling exhausted and disconnected from your baby to paranoia that someone else might hurt your child or, even worse, that you yourself might do your baby harm. While this wide-ranging spectrum makes it hard to diagnose, the CDC says between 8 percent and 19 percent of women suffer from postpartum depression. A decade ago, Brooke Shields kicked off a national conversation when she talked publicly about her...

We could start this story as we usually do with reminding of you of all the recent school shootings — including one just Thursday night at Tennessee State University — reporting how many people were killed, what inspired the shooter. We could hear local leaders condemning the acts of violence. But this narrative is so much a part of our culture and our politics right now that we don't need to remind you how we got here. Instead, let's meet a couple of people who have dedicated much of their...

It used to be a given: When your kids reached school age, they'd strap on their backpacks and head for the neighborhood elementary school. Or, you'd pay a hefty tuition to send them to private school. In the last two decades, a third option has emerged. Today, there are more than 6,000 charter schools in the country. And lately, they've been the subject of passionate and often acrimonious debate about the right way to fix public education in America. Charters are publicly funded and privately...

Taliban forces stormed the Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday; after several days of fighting, Afghan forces claimed to have retaken the city. But fighting continued, and on Saturday, a U.S.-led airstrike appears to have struck and badly damaged a Doctors Without Borders hospital , killing doctors, staff members and patients. The week of violence has put the city back in the headlines. But the region's struggles aren't new. Over the past 12 years, the U.S. and NATO spent hundreds of millions of...

It's a phrase you hear everywhere now: work-life balance. How can women and men navigate the demands of a career and a family? In 2010, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg started telling working moms to "lean in." The conversation about work-life balance took on new heat when foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote an article for The Atlantic about her own trade-offs. And women from all corners of industry have weighed in since. Slaughter's viral article chronicled her own choice to...

Thousands of migrants fleeing war in their home countries have have made it into Germany and to Berlin. Once they arrive here, they begin the waiting game. Germany is expecting at least 800,000 migrants this year alone, and Germans are struggling with the changes they bring. At Berlin's main processing center for migrants, at a social service ministry, people are handed a number on a slip of paper. They crowd around a digital screen in the ministry courtyard to watch for their number to flash...

Last week was supposed to be the first week of school for students in Seattle, Washington. Instead it was the beginning of a teachers' strike. Negotiators are at a standoff over wages and performance evaluations. In 2012, Chicago's public school teachers went on strike, leaving the city's 350,000 kids out of school for eight days. There is tension in our education system. Teachers say they aren't valued enough, not given the respect, wages or resources they deserve. Others think teachers aren...

A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man on a Sunday last month in Cincinnati. The campus police officer was charged with murder for fatally shooting Samuel Debose after pulling him over for a missing license plate. By now we know the string of other similar events that have brought deep-seated racial tensions to the surface. Cincinnati has been confronting its own racial divisions for a long time. In 2001, an unarmed black teenager named Timothy Thomas was shot and killed by...

Indiana was hit with an outbreak of HIV/AIDS this spring, and it got a lot of attention because it is so exceptional. Our perception of HIV/AIDS has changed since the disease emerged in the early 1980s. There are all kinds of treatments and resources — things that simply didn't exist when the epidemic began. In the U.S., an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV, according to the CDC . New infections are down from the peak in the 1980s, but the epidemic is nowhere near over. HIV...

The National Football League held its annual hall of fame induction ceremony Saturday night, in Canton, Ohio. Eight players were given football's highest honor, including a posthumous induction for Junior Seau, the former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers who killed himself in 2012. After his death, Seau's brain showed signs of chronic damage — the same kind of damage that has been found in dozens of other former NFL players. Scientific studies have shown that the kind of repeated hits...

Ten years ago this month, the monster storm Hurricane Katrina thundered through New Orleans and coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Many who survived the storm and its aftermath are still feeling its terrible impact. This week on For the Record : Hurricane Katrina's mark on one family, 10 years later. In 2005, sisters Regina and Talitha Halley had just moved out of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans into a new house on Spain Street. Regina, now 33, took care of her sister full time while their...


Silicon Valley is a place that operates on data — hard facts and numbers. Last month, the tech giant Facebook released a report on diversity among its workers — and the numbers weren't good. The company reported that nearly 70 percent of its employees are men; 57 percent are white; Hispanics represent just 4 percent. Black employees comprised just 2 percent of their workforce. Facebook is hardly the only Silicon Valley firm struggling to diversify. Diversity reports from Google, Yahoo,...

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Transcript RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Professional video gaming is big business. This year, according to The New York Times, the e-ports industry, as it's known, has more than 100 million fans worldwide and is expected to surpass $250 million in revenue. But this past week, gamers crossed the threshold into the realm of true elite sports, like baseball, football and bike racing. The Electronic Sports League announced it would begin testing...

In a speech last week, President Obama made a case for overhauling the criminal justice system. "Mass incarceration makes our country worse off, and we need to do something about it," he said. Then he took his message to the people his proposals could affect most. On Thursday, he met with six inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla. — all convicted of nonviolent drug offenses — and became the first sitting president to ever visit a federal prison. Earlier he commuted...

In cities with high crime rates, like Newark, N.J., figuring out the right balance of police engagement is especially hard. In 2013, Newark had 40 homicides per 100,000 residents, the third-highest homicide rate in the country. Last fall, the new mayor, Ras Baraka, announced a plan to tackle the crime and neglect that have plagued the city's worst neighborhoods. He started by focusing on two of the toughest: Clinton Hill and the Lower West Ward. I asked him in January how he'll know the...

There is a grim kind of math that comes with war. Most of the troops who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were flown to Dover Air Force base in Delaware. And for most of the wars, those dignified transfers were off limits to the press. That changed in 2009, when President Obama lifted the media ban and paid a visit to Dover himself. From 2009 to the end of 2014, there were more than 2,400 dignified transfers at Dover. While the numbers are far smaller today, the planes are still...

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