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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump has made another Cabinet announcement. This morning he appointed Dr. Ben Carson as his secretary of Housing and Urban Development. For more on the latest member of the new Trump administration, we're joined now by a longtime adviser and friend of Ben Carson. He is conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams. Mr. Williams, thanks for being with us. ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS: Yes, good...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: OK, for more on the politics of the pipeline, we're going to talk now with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley. He's on the line. Hi, Scott. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Rachel. MARTIN: We just heard how some are criticizing the Obama administration for in some ways overreaching in this decision. Can you clarify how much do we know about what the White House involvement was? HORSLEY: Well,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Protesters in North Dakota celebrated yesterday when the Army Corps of Engineers blocked - at least for now - a pipeline over the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Our next guest did not celebrate. North Dakota Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer spoke of a, quote, "lawless president" and vowed to fight on for the pipeline. He joins us now by phone. Congressman, welcome to the program. KEVIN CRAMER: Thanks for...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. An old commercial features a cop who ends a story with the words, you can't make this stuff up. This may have occurred to sheriff's deputies in Maryland who responded to a disturbance at a dollar store. A customer was misbehaving - OK, not exactly a customer. Actually, a beaver had slipped inside to the holiday aisle of the store. The animal knocked over some decorations before...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with the story of the world's largest metaphor. A company in China is building a replica of the Titanic. It's a full-sized reproduction of the giant ocean liner that sank in 1912. Tourists can stay in faithfully reproduced first class cabins and eat in the dining hall like Leo DiCaprio in that movie. One difference - this Titanic will be permanently docked in a landlocked Chinese...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: I'm Steve Inskeep here to help you argue about something other than politics - college football. On Sunday, we find out who's in and who's out of all the big bowl games. The selection process always gets people riled up because the big prize here is the college football playoff, now in its third year. Four teams get picked. They play. The winner is the national champion. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Derek Jeter retired from the New York Yankees but hasn't given up sports. The one-time baseball star took up golf. He says he's addicted to the game and played the other day with Tiger Woods. But as golfers know, it's a tricky game. Jeter says it's probably the most frustrating thing he's ever done. The Yankee shortstop, who once hit Randy Johnson's 95-mph fastballs, is now...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Declan McLean-Pauley had a request for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Australian is 12 and has leukemia. And here's the wish he made - he wanted to blow stuff up. The Australian Federal Police like to blow things up too, so they staged an event for him. His two-day extravaganza included a mock hostage crisis. He rode in an armored vehicle, and he was allowed to do what many of us...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Colombian authorities say a plane ran out of fuel before it crashed on Monday. It went down near the Colombian city of Medellin, killing nearly all the members of a Brazilian soccer team. Colombian media have released dramatic audio between air traffic controllers and the plane's pilot. Reporter John Otis has more. JOHN OTIS, BYLINE: The audio is of the Bolivian pilot of the charter aircraft, Miguel Quiroga, and...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: House Democrats have just re-elected Nancy Pelosi to serve as their leader in the next Congress. Pelosi has been the House's top Democrat since 2003, but she did not win this without a fight this morning. There's lingering frustration in the Democratic Party after their poor showing up and down the ballot on Election Day. Joining us now to talk about this, NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Good morning,...

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