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by Korva Coleman and Suzette Lohmeyer
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Here’s what we’re following today.
Surprising and dramatic are two words that describe President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. From the president awarding popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripping up her copy of the speech, here are six of the highlights.
With 71% of results released from the Iowa Democratic caucuses, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is barely leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.As Democratic Party officials and election security experts dissect how the system failed Monday in Iowa, concerns are growing that similar failures could occur elsewhere.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe,” citing violent conflict, instability, global warming and faltering economic conditions. He lamented countries who disrespect U.N. resolutions “before the ink is dry.”
In quarantined Wuhan, China, admission to a hospital requires a diagnosis of the new coronavirus. But screening kits are in short supply and hospitals are short of beds.
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Trixie Mattel, the 2018 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, talks with NPR’s Ari Shapiro about changing up her style and the influence of Barbie dolls on her album and life story. (Listening time, 8:03 or read the story)
Businesses that specialize in disaster preparedness are booming in response to coronavirus fears. (Listening time, 2:22)
The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest is here! We can’t wait to discover even more great music this year and look forward to meeting our winner. Could it be you? (Listening time, 3:13 or read the story)
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Among devout Orthodox Jews, the intense study of the Talmud is no longer just a man’s world. Women are increasingly delving into this central religious work, and American expats in Israel are at the forefront of the trend.
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Merchandise featuring basketball icon Kobe Bryant is selling fast, following his death in a helicopter crash. Not everyone who can is cashing in.