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Connecticut Governors Race: Who's Taking Public Funding?

For the first time since 2010 the Democratic candidate for governor in Connecticut will likely not receive state money to campaign this year.

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Preview: Long Island Primary Day

Tuesday is primary day in New York State. Among the races: the Democratic Primary to select a candidate to face incumbent Lee Zeldin in New York’s 1st Congressional District in Suffolk and Peter King in New York’s 2 nd Congressional District, which includes portions of Suffolk and Nassau Counties.

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Getting Your Laughs Where You Can In The Wide World Of Stand-Up

How's your week going so far? That well, huh? We understand. Over on our show, Pop Culture Happy Hour , we recently spent an episode talking all about comedy specials , which play a unique role for us in helping hard times feel a little less taxing. Stephen Thompson of NPR Music, Glen Weldon of the NPR arts desk, Mike Katzif of Ask Me Another and I chose two specials each to highlight from the last couple of years. For a long time, the primary source of stand-up on television was basic cable,...

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Lawmakers busily passed bills on the final day of the 2018 legislative session in New York, but as the final evening approached they were unable to reach agreement on many major issues.

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There was a private lobbying force behind President Trump's change of heart on his controversial policy that resulted in thousands of family separations at the southern U.S. border: first lady Melania Trump.

A White House official confirmed to NPR's Sarah McCammon that Mrs. Trump pressed her husband to act to keep undocumented immigrant families together.

The battle lines are being drawn five months ahead of the midterms, with more Americans than at any point in at least the last two decades saying they're enthusiastic about voting — and record numbers of voters say President Trump and which party controls Congress are big factors in their vote, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order.

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.

Principal Mary Ann Hale dreads weekends.

By the time Fridays roll around, 74-year-old Hale, a principal at West Elementary School in McArthur, Ohio, is overcome with worry, wondering whether her students will survive the couple of days away from school.

Too many children in this part of Ohio's Appalachian country live in unstable homes with a parent facing addiction. For years, the community has struggled with opioids. Ohio had the second-highest number of drug overdose deaths per capita in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scientists have uncovered a pit of human bones at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia. The remains are the amputated limbs of wounded Union soldiers.

It's the first "limb pit" from a Civil War battlefield to be excavated, and experts say it opens a new window on what is often overlooked in Civil War history: the aftermath of battle, the agony of survivors and the trials of early combat surgeons.

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Governor Cuomo says he plans within the next several days to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the treatment of immigrant children separated from their parents. He says around 70 children are being held at facilities in New York.

Updated at 4:40 a.m. ET Wednesday

Since early May, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order reversing his policy of separating families — and replacing it with a policy of detaining entire families together, including children, but ignoring legal time limits on the detention of minors.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has responded to the head of Homeland Security’s claim that there is no policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

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