NPR Daily, 13 Feb 2019

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by Korva Coleman and Jill Hudson
First Up
President Trump said he is not
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Here’s what we’re following today.

President Trump said on Tuesday that he’s “not happy” with a potential budget deal being worked out by Congress but added that he doesn’t think there will be another partial government shutdown. The funding proposal includes nearly $1.4 billion for 55 miles of border barriers, far short of what the president wanted.

A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence agent has been indicted for allegedly giving national defense secrets to Iran. Justice Department officials say Monica Witt provided Iranian security officials with the code name and classified mission of a U.S. Defense Department special access program. Witt defected to Iran in 2013.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants the Senate to vote on a massive plan to fight climate change, boost jobs and worker rights. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., unveiled the controversial “Green New Deal” framework last week. Putting the resolution to a vote will force Democrats in the Senate to take a stand on the matter.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is refusing to step down from political office as fallout continues after two women recently accused him of sexual assault.Fairfax is on leave at his full-time employer, an international law firm, as it pursues an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him.

The Daily Good
Finding love on the lift.
Michelle Kamke of Madison, Wis., at Wilmot Ski Resort's speed dating event.
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Online matchmaking emphasizes appearance over shared interests and connection. So now a ski resort in Wisconsin is trying a new tack: speed dating on a chairlift.
A historic black church donates $100,000 to pay off students’ debts.
Marc Lavarin, an assistant minister at Alfred Street Baptist Church, hugs Howard University student Mya Thompson after she learns the church's members have paid the $2,500 she owed the university.
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The idea that bridging small financial shortfalls for students can make a big impact is starting to gain attention. For 34 students at Howard University, a Virginia church’s donation has eased the burden.

Digging Deeper
The Southern Baptist church promises change after sex abuse scandal.
Explosive stories published in two Texas newspapers revealed that hundreds of Southern Baptist clergy and church workers have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News report that church leaders failed to investigate abuse allegations and even let known offenders move around to different congregations. The Southern Baptist Convention is powerless to force churches to track sex abusers, but they are nonetheless under fire for rejecting efforts to establish a sex offender registry that local churches could consult.

Former sex crimes prosecutor Boz Tchividjian, the grandson of late Christian evangelist Billy Graham, leads GRACE, a group devoted to stopping child sexual abuse in Christian organizations. He says Southern Baptist church officials cannot credibly investigate themselves. “The [church] power structure will circle the wagons around the one who’s been accused, because they’re seen as a representative of God. And how dare you destroy the career of God’s representative?” Tchividjian says.

Today’s Listen
A year after Parkland.
A memorial garden for the 17 people killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
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Morning Edition host David Greene talks to Parkland survivor David Hogg, one of the most recognizable students to emerge from the mass shooting tragedy. Hogg and his classmate, Emma Gonzalez, are two of organizers of the March For Our Lives movement, the group that has worked closely with young activists around the country to end gun violence. (Listening time, 7:45)

History Lesson
The wreckage of a WWII aircraft carrier is found in the South Pacific Ocean.
More than 75 years after the aircraft carrier USS Hornet sank in a World War II battle, researchers have uncovered its wreckage 3 miles under the South Pacific Ocean. The Hornet played a role in several key events in the war — including the Doolittle Raid on Japan and the Battle of Midway.

Before You Go
King, a wire fox terrier, poses for photographs after winning Best in Show at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday. It's the 15th time a wire fox terrier has taken the top spot.
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