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Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue talks with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York in November 2016. He's Trump's choice for agriculture secretary. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Trump To Nominate Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue To Head Agriculture Department

Perdue is popular with farmer groups and establishment Republicans. If he is confirmed, he will be in charge of food aid to the poor and other programs that some members of Congress want to cut.

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Parallels - World News

After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

President Obama is the first president to serve eight years with the U.S. at war nonstop, from beginning to end. Donald Trump now inherits ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

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Politics

Tom Price, HHS Nominee, Grilled On Stock Deals And Obamacare

In the first of two separate Senate hearings, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Health And Human Services defended stock transactions he made as a member of Congress as "above board."

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Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

Fresh Air

Writer Mat Johnson reflects on what the Obama presidency meant to his biracial family. "I didn't always agree with Obama," he says. "But I always respected — and will always respect — that man."

Looking Back With Gratitude On Obama, And His Optimistic Vision Of America

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The train, which began its journey in Yiwu, China, pulls into a rail freight terminal on Wednesday in London, after traveling for 16 days — across about 7,456 miles and nine countries. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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China's First Freight Train To The U.K. Rolls Into London

The train, which traveled nearly 7,500 miles, marks a milestone in China's intended revival of the centuries-old Silk Road trade routes linking East and West.

Former President George H.W. Bush flipped the coin for the kickoff between the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston on Oct. 30, 2016. Bob Levey/Getty Images hide caption

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George H.W. Bush In Intensive Care; Barbara Bush Also Hospitalized

A spokesman for Bush says the former president, hospitalized on Saturday, has been admitted to the ICU with an acute respiratory problem. His wife has been admitted "as a precaution" after coughing.

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Scientists Troubled That 'Identical' Cancer Studies Produce Different Results

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why, but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

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Unclear Role Of Trump's Special Advisers Has Some Concerned

President-elect Donald Trump has named some well-known figures as special advisers. But what that title might mean and how much power the positions might hold remains to be seen.

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Thomas Graham, a former U.S. diplomat and the managing director of Kissinger Associates, Inc., says the focus when dealing with the Kremlin should be on "opening diplomatic channels and reducing the risk of unwanted confrontation." Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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How To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert's Take

"At this point, we're being manipulated by the Russians at very little cost to them. Things pop up, and we go into a frenzy," Thomas Graham of Kissinger Associates tells NPR in a rare interview.

Face masks were placed on stone monkeys at the Beijing Zoo on Dec. 19 to protest heavy air pollution in northeast China. A week earlier, riot police cracked down after artists put similar masks on human figures in Chengdu. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, Pollution Fears Are Both Literal And Metaphorical

Fears of contagion shape politics in today's China. A protest by artists against smog was met with swift repression. That's because authorities fear a different kind of pollution: destabilizing ideas.