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In this early stage of the campaign for president, the focus has been more on atmospherics and platitudes than issues. But expected action on a trade bill is forcing candidates to get involved.
Italy is considering targeted interventions against smugglers as the toll of those dying in the Mediterranean continues to rise. The weekend shipwreck off the Libyan coast may have claimed 800 lives.
Leaked Sony emails reveal that actor Ben Affleck asked the PBS program Finding Your Roots not to disclose he had a slave-owning ancestor. PBS says it is conducting an internal review of the episode.
Thousands of migrants risk their lives trying to get asylum in Europe by boarding rickety boats to cross the Mediterranean. Renee Montagne talks Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.
Republican leaders say the Senate is nearing a vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. Lynch isn't very controversial, yet she's waited more than 5 months for a confirmation vote.
Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to author and historian James Bradley, about his his new book, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of the American Disaster in Asia.