NPR News Newsletter: Congressional Contempt Resolution; David Ortiz Recovering; Drugmaker Files For Bankruptcy

Published by NPR News on June 11th, 2019 12:16pm. 18 views.

Plus, the history of the NBA’s three-point line.
by Korva Coleman and Jill Hudson
First Up
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on June 5. The House is debating Tuesday on a resolution to authorize lawsuits to obtain information on the Mueller investigation.
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Here’s what we’re following today.

The House Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice have made a deal on who can see documents related to the Russia probe. Some congressional lawmakers are still considering contempt litigation for Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Former Boston Red Sox All-Star David Ortiz was flown from the Dominican Republic to Boston overnight for gunshot wound treatment. The 43-year-old athlete remains in stable condition after doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine.

Kim Jong Nam, the slain half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was reportedly a CIA informant. According to The Wall Street Journal and a new book by a Washington Post reporter, Kim Jong Nam was in Malaysia in 2017 to meet with his CIA handler when he was attacked with a deadly nerve agent at an airport.

Drugmaker Insys Therapeutics has filed for bankruptcy protection five days after agreeing to pay $225 million to settle opioid lawsuits. It was the latest fallout from the nation's prescription opioid epidemic, which has killed more than 200,000 Americans and triggered hundreds of lawsuits against Big Pharma.

The Daily Good
For remote communities in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, mobile libraries are a lifeline.
The mobile library arrives in Hushinish, which lies at the end of a 12-mile, single-track road. When school is not in session, public transport is only available on Fridays.
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These aging library vans travel the island’s lonely roads to deliver books, including works in Gaelic, to hundreds of isolated residents. Seeing the mobile librarian is sometimes the only human contact they will have for days.

Digging Deeper
What’s the status of Trump’s plan to limit aid for low-income Americans?
Harlem residents choose free groceries at the Food Bank For New York City in 2013. A number of new rules and actions proposed by the Trump administration could affect poor or low-income people who take advantage of government safety net programs.
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President Trump wants to get more people off government aid and into the workforce so they can become self-sufficient. To help do that, he issued an executive order last year that calls on federal agencies to streamline existing welfare programs, strengthen work requirements and make sure that taxpayer money is spent on "those who are truly in need."

But anti-poverty advocates say the administration's proposals would hurt, rather than help, poor Americans. They say it will make it more difficult for those trying to become self-sufficient by denying them food, housing and medical assistance when they need it most. Here are some of the main proposals and their status.

Today's Listen
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The three-point line was introduced by the NBA in 1979, in part to give shorter players a better chance to compete with the tall players who had been dominating the sport. The Indicator from Planet Money looks at the story of the three-point shot's takeover of basketball, the economic lessons of how it changed the game and why it is now having unintended effects that could be a problem for the sport’s future. (Listening time, 9:52)

An inside look at the tech giant Huawei.
The U.S. is waging a global campaign to stop companies from working with the Chinese tech company Huawei to keep it out of the next generation of digital networks for fear of China's government hacking. The conflict is also a symbol of the wider conflict between the U.S. and China. (Listening time, 8:00)

The Picture Show
The powerful faces of women who faced danger.
Fatima Dahiru, now 17, lives with her sister and mother in an internally displaced persons camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Her village was attacked two years ago.
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Women in conflict zones are often perceived as victims. They may be in many cases, but they also hold multiple and sometimes conflicting identities: as fighters, breadwinners and leaders. Photographer Robin Hammond sought to capture the many roles they play in his series of portraits, "Making the Invisible Visible," which had its first public showing this past week at the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Before You Go
An engraving shows Galla Placidia (390-450), daughter of Roman Emperor Theodosius I, in captivity. New research shows that in some cases, we are drinking almost the exact same wine that Roman emperors did — our pinot noir and syrah grapes are "siblings" of the ancient Roman varieties.
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  • We drink basically the same wine as ancient Romans — and that’s not such a great thing.
  • The U.S. plays its first match of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday against Thailand in Reims, France.
  • Why does a $790 Balenciaga hoodie have a United Nations World Food Programme logo? Some in the humanitarian community think it's a risky, “tone-deaf” deal.

  • NPR's Life Kit wants to hear your stories about making friends as an adult. Follow this link to tell us what makes grown-up friendship so difficult.
  • Our Summer Reader Poll is back, and this year we're celebrating funny books. Follow this link to tell us what makes you laugh — or giggle, or even just snicker quietly.

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