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Jul 16, 2021

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Morning News Brief

Jul 16, 2021

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Has the United States just taken a step toward a universal basic income?

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Updated July 15, 2021 at 12:05 PM ET

Iranian American journalist Masih Alinejad says she is the target of an alleged kidnapping plot that was foiled by the FBI and recently laid out in a federal indictment.

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The European Union has a sweeping plan to tackle climate change, and that plan has the potential to reshape the continent's economy. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the case for it yesterday.

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And let's discuss this more with Haiti's ambassador to the United States. Bocchit Edmond is on the line from Maryland. Welcome to the program, sir.

BOCCHIT EDMOND: Good morning to you, Steven.

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U.S. forces and their allies may have largely left Afghanistan. But the country's four-decade-long war continues. NPR's Diaa Hadid reports.

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Updated July 14, 2021 at 1:03 PM ET

Criminal courthouses across the United States are confronting massive case backlogs as they begin slowly reopening after long pandemic shutdowns. It has some prosecutors preparing to drop so-called "low-level cases" because they will not be able to handle the expected crush of speedy trial demands.

Prosecutors in Chicago, for example, are preparing to drop a large number of criminal cases when the courts fully reopen later this year.

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