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On Friday, nine federal judges in Chicago will continue a rare joint hearing to decide whether discrimination is the reason why U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents stage phony drug stash house stings in mostly black neighborhoods in Chicago.

The judges decided to get together instead of hearing 12 cases they were overseeing separately.

One attorney says while he's never seen anything like the judges' panel before, the phony drug stash house sting operation aimed at suspects is not new.

'The Atlantic': What Putin Really Wants

Dec 15, 2017

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A new study finds that a lot of money is flowing into races for state Supreme Court. Millions of dollars are coming from sometimes mysterious donors, and a lot of it goes to negative advertising. Here's NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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President Trump, nearing the end of his first year in office, appears close to a big win in Congress. He is urging lawmakers to move quickly now that House and Senate Republicans say they have agreed on a tax plan.

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President Trump, near the end of his first year in office, is finally close to a big win in Congress.

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A Father's Pregnancy Photo Shoot

Dec 14, 2017

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. An expectant father came up with a perfect gift for the mom. Nick Roberts surprised his girlfriend, Brianna, with a pregnancy photo shoot.

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This is where the mom bares her belly and kind of shows off the bump?

A Hippo For Christmas, At Last

Dec 14, 2017

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Good morning. I'm David Greene.

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GAYLA PEEVEY: (Singing) I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.

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In Tanzania today, a solemn ceremony.

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Democrat Pushes For New Party Leaders

Dec 14, 2017

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CVS Health CEO On Aetna Deal

Dec 14, 2017

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A CVS Pharmacy commercial from 1990 portrays the pharmacist as a friend, a confidant.

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTRESS #1: (As Gail) Judy, I'm so embarrassed. The school nurse sent Lisa home today with this note.

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RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: Yeah, so one of the themes of Republican Roy Moore's campaign has been that he's never going to stop fighting, right? He's said that time and again. Now he says he is not going to concede.

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Right Won Over Wrong In Alabama, Perez Says

Dec 13, 2017

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Alabama's election result caught even the winner, Democrat Doug Jones, off guard.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is ready to talk about talking to North Korea.

"We're ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk. And we're ready to have the first meeting without precondition," he said, in remarks Tuesday at the Atlantic Council, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. Not a great time for Philadelphia Eagles fans. You were dominating this season, but now you've lost your quarterback to injury. This may cheer you up. It's your fight song.

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