Rumors are continuing to circle that President Trump may oust his Secretary of State in the coming weeks. This at a time when his administration is sending mixed messages on North Korea and other big challenges.
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Ash Carter, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, former Secretary of Defense, and expert on missile defense, about North Korea's latest missile launch.
Pressure is mounting on Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., to resign following sexual harassment allegations. On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Conyers should step aside. The 88-year-old congressman who has been in his home district for most of the week has been hospitalized due to stress.
Facebook says it has an edge in fighting back against influence campaigns like the one Russia waged against the U.S. in 2016. The company says it requires users' real names, but an NPR reporter tested it and signed up for an account under a fake name in about 1 minute. Experts say that feature is not a silver bullet.
One of the sticking points among Republicans debating their tax bill is whether to make an expanded child tax credit refundable. The decision could greatly impact whether the change helps lower and middle income families.
Dictionary.com announced that "complicit" is its 2017 Word of the Year. It's based on search data. Lexicographer Jane Solomon says overall searches for "complicit" were up 300 percent this year compared to last year.
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has stepped-down as head of his businesses Def Jam Recordings and Rush Communications following accusations of sexual assault in 1991 from actress and screenwriter Jenny Lumet. Lumet is the second woman to accuse Simmons in recent weeks.
The viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began in 2014 when a golfer in Sarasota, Fla., nominated his cousin in Pelham, N.Y. Her husband had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, His name was Anthony Senerchia Jr., and he lost his 14-year battle with the disease on Nov. 25.