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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a press conference today in Berlin, and she took a lot of questions about President Trump. NPR's Martin Kaste was there. He's with me now. Hi, Martin.

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The NATO summit in Brussels hadn't even officially started yet, and President Trump started lashing out at NATO allies.

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We've been debating in the newsroom - is this really a trade war with China? Should we really be using that metaphor yet? Well, now we pretty much can. At 12:01 Eastern Time today, the United States fired the first shots in the trade war by imposing tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.

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President Trump is undoing another act of his predecessor. President Obama offered advice on how schools could use affirmative action within the law.

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We don't know yet who President Trump is going to nominate to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Mexicans have overwhelmingly elected a new president.

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Fired FBI Director James Comey has given his first big interview.

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Yesterday tens of millions of people woke up to a message from Facebook.

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When Martin Luther King, Jr. flew from Atlanta to Memphis on the morning of April 3, 1968, he was not in a particularly good state of mind.

"While the plane was about to take off, there was a bomb threat that was specifically targeted at King and that delayed the departure of the flight," says Joseph Rosenbloom, author of the new book Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours. "They brought dogs onto the plane, they evacuated the passengers. And so the plane arrived an hour or so late in Memphis."

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The United States kicked out 60 Russian diplomats and closed a Russian Consulate. Russian officials were saying that they were going to respond with a reciprocal move.

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Feels like it has become a weekly ritual - firings and resignations from the Trump administration. But last night, the firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin still came as a bit of a shock.

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Dozens of Russian intelligence officers now have less than a week to leave the country. The White House has told 60 Russian diplomats to get out.

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And we are watching the death toll rise after a vicious attack this morning in the capital of Afghanistan.

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This is part two of a two part series. Listen to part one here.

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There's a running joke in Maringouin, Louisiana, a town of 1,100, that everyone is related. It's funny because, as people in Maringouin will tell you, it's true. Everyone calls each other 'cuz' or 'cousin,' and they mean it. People run into each other on the street, recognize a last name, start talking about people they know in common, then discover they're related.

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On today's show: stories about what happens when you actually read the fine print.

The fine print sends a Midwestern family on a two-thousand-mile road trip to open dozens of bank accounts.

It leads to a multi-million-dollar fight over the essence of the Snuggie. (Blanket? Or robe?)

And the fine print starts a fight over printer toner that goes all the way to the Supreme Court.

Also: cold beer. Via a loophole.

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