NEWS

The House OKs a bipartisan defense policy bill that includes servicemember pay boost
NATIONAL
Caitlyn Kim | December 7, 2021
The House has passed the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill negotiated between both parties and both chambers.Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images The House on Tuesday night passed a $768 billion defense bill, negotiated between both parties and both chambers, by a vote of 363-70. The National Defense Authorization Act ...
After Senate leaders broker a deal, the House takes a first step to avoid default
POLITICS
Kelsey Snell | December 7, 2021
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have agreed on a plan to try to avoid a federal default without GOP votes.J. Scott Applewhite | AP The House voted 222-212 Tuesday night to approve a Senate-hatched plan that could allow Congress to avoid a ...
Chile’s Congress approves same-sex marriage by an overwhelming majority
WORLD
Vanessa Romo | December 7, 2021
Members of the Movilh — Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation — celebrate after lawmakers approved legislation legalizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, in Santiago, Chile, on Tuesday.Esteban Felix | AP Chile approved marriage equality legislation in a landslide vote on Tuesday, after four years of inaction. Both houses ...
Kellogg to hire replacements for striking workers who rejected a proposed contract
NATIONAL
Jonathan Franklin | December 7, 2021
Kellogg announced plans to permanently replace striking workers who rejected a proposed contract. The walkout started Oct. 5.Josh Funk | AP The Kellogg Company announced Tuesday that a majority of its U.S. workers have voted against a proposed five-year contract, and that the company would hire permanent replacements for the ...
Biden’s pick to become a key banking regulator withdraws after ugly nomination fight
POLITICS
David Gura | December 7, 2021
Saule Omarova addresses the Senate Banking Committee during her nomination hearing on Nov. 18 to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Omarova withdrew her nomination on Tuesday after facing opposition from Republicans and some moderate Democrats.Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images Saule Omarova has withdrawn her nomination to ...
MetroFocus: December 7, 2021
LOCAL
MetroFocus | December 7, 2021
A new short film, presented by "The New Yorker", titled, “The Interview,” examines the parole interview process and how it’s gotten much more difficult over time. One of the directors, Jonathan Miller, joins us along with two men featured in the film who went through this parole interview process and ...
Opinion: I’m shocked by the racist cartoons and travel bans sparked by omicron
WORLD
Ifeanyi Nsofor | December 7, 2021
An excerpt of an apology made by Bangkok Post on Dec. 4. The Thai media outlet apologized for using racist language in a headline on a Dec. 2 story about the omicron variant. The headline read, "Government hunts for African visitors."Screenshot by NPR Editor's Note: Warning, some of these images ...
Greg Tate, a powerful chronicler and critic of Black life and culture, has died at 64
ARTS
Andrew Limbong | December 7, 2021
Greg Tate, in 2016.Nisha Sondhe | Duke University Press Greg Tate, the essential music writer, cultural critic and journalist, has died. He was 64. The news was confirmed by a spokesperson at Duke University Press, his publisher. No further details were provided. Starting in 1987, Tate was a longtime staff ...
Biden pledged to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt. Here’s what he’s done so far
NATIONAL
Cory Turner | December 7, 2021
President Biden walks to Marine One outside the White House on Dec. 2.Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images When President-elect Joe Biden was asked whether student loan cancellation figured into his economic recovery plan, he declared, "It should be done immediately." "[Student debt is] holding people up," Biden said on Nov. ...
Omicron boosters are in the works, but will they be needed?
HEALTH
Sydney Lupkin | December 7, 2021
People line up outside a free COVID-19 vaccination site that opened Friday in Washington, D.C. The local health department is stepping up vaccination and booster shots as more cases of the omicron variant are being identified in the United States.Samuel Corum | Getty Images Moncef Slaoui, the former head of ...