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6 Washington Fisheries Receive Disaster Designation

Jan 20, 2017

Unusual ocean and climate conditions have significantly reduced the number of fish available for American Indian tribes and commercial fleets to catch. That's led to the federal government's declaration that six fisheries in the state can now seek assistance to help bring things back to normal.

When the transition from President Obama to President Trump happened officially at noon ET, a lot changed, including the White House website.

Waiting on the new website were six priority areas laid out, including on foreign policy. The entire foreign policy section is literally just 220 words, so it's hard to draw more than a thumbnail sketch about Trump's foreign policy. But it gives the first hint of something of a Trump doctrine.

Maria Murriel

The Women’s March on Washington will take to the streets of DC this weekend to call on the American people to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights.”

With more than 200,000 people expected to attend, it's set to be the largest US presidential inauguration demonstration in history. That's larger than both Vietnam War-related protests at Richard Nixon's inaugurations in the 1969 and 1973.


Shortly after Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, all mentions of the phrase “climate change” disappeared from the official White House website,

The site now outlines Trump’s “America First Energy Plan,” which promises to roll back clean water rules and efforts to fight climate change.

The plan echoes pledges Trump made during his campaign and after his election.

Rick Wilking / Reuters

Donald Trump’s first inaugural address contained more mentions of the word “America” than any other inaugural address in history. It was a speech that was in line with his tone on the campaign trail: short, simple, and strongly worded.

We took the first inaugural addresses of every president and compared them to Trump's speech. (Presidents who took office after a resignation or death of a sitting president were not included.)

President Donald Trump has taken office, and in his inaugural speech he called for loyalty — to the United States, and to one another.

After an evening of protests Friday, Portland police used crowd-control devices to disperse lingering demonstrators near Pioneer Courthouse Square and six people were arrested.

The use of flash-bangs and tear gas came after police told protesters that the march, which began at 5 p.m., was unlawful. Police also warned the group that those who did not leave the area would be arrested.

By the end of the night, five people were charged with second-degree disorderly conduct:

With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in office, Congressional Republicans who’ve long wanted to defund Planned Parenthood see their best chance yet.

Earlier this month, House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a CNN town hall, “We don’t want to commit taxpayer funding for abortion. And Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider.”

Planned Parenthood gets more than 40% of its funding from federal, state and local governments — most of it through Medicaid reimbursements.

The Clown Who Spouted Shakespeare and Traveled the World

Jan 20, 2017

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The Asian Football Confederation says it found out that a dozen Brazilian-born soccer players playing for East Timor were registered using phony birth or baptism certificates.

Now, it has booted the East Timor team out of the 2023 Asian Cup. The players involved in the scheme played in 29 matches, which included World Cup qualifying games.

'Spinster’ – And Loving It

Jan 20, 2017

This program was originally broadcast on April 25, 2015.

With over 50% of American women unmarried— we’ll look at the push to reclaim the word “spinster” – to be single and proud of it.

Indivisible is public radio’s national show about America in a time of change. For the first 100 days of the new presidential administration hosts including Charlie Sykes, Brian Lehrer, Kerri Miller, and Kai Wright will be live on public radio stations across the country taking calls from listeners everywhere.

Oregon Clown Brings Laughter Where It's Needed

Jan 20, 2017

The Northwest has its share of international aid organizations. Medical Teams International and Mercy Corps provide healthcare and disaster response all over the world. But it’s not just medicine and shelter that are needed after disasters.

Portlander Michael O’Neill is a part of a different kind of relief organization. It’s called Clowns Without Borders, and it’s just what it sounds like: an organization that aims to bring a little bit of laughter to places in need of just about everything.

Every week, The Thread checks in with booksellers around the country about their favorite books of the moment. This week, we spoke with Tom Lagasse at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, Conn.

The best part of asking booksellers for a recommendation is that they always have more than one. Here, Lagasse shares two of his recent favorites:

On Ottessa Moshfegh's short story collection "Homesick for Another World"

As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president, protests, demonstrations — and a few celebrations — were underway in cities around the world.

In London, demonstrators holding anti-Trump signs gathered outside the U.S. Embassy on Friday evening. Earlier in the day, huge banners saying "Build Bridges Not Walls" were hung across the city's bridges, part of a U.K. campaign that that began after Trump was elected in November.