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President Trump speaks on the phone Jan. 28 with Russia's Putin, flanked by top aides, from left, Reince Priebus, Vice President Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn. Only Pence remains. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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What Trump's Increasing Isolation Could Mean For His Presidency

The president has completed a full purge of top White House aides instrumental in his election. Their ouster could be a big gamble, as Trump finds himself with fewer and fewer allies.

Left: A partial solar eclipse, as viewed from the Cotswolds, United Kingdom, March 2015. Right: A total solar eclipse, as viewed from Longyearbyen, Norway, March 2015. Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.

President John F. Kennedy makes a nationwide televised broadcast on civil rights in the White House, June 11, 1963. Americans often look to presidents for moral clarity in critical moments. Charles Gorry/AP hide caption

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Fathers Of Our Country: How U.S. Presidents Exercised Moral Leadership In Crisis

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Barbara Perry, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia, about how presidents have exercised moral leadership in critical moments.

Fathers Of Our Country: How U.S. Presidents Exercised Moral Leadership In Crisis

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The Eclipse Magic Cone features a black waffle cone made with coconut ash and tipped with edible gold, and an interior filled with spiced marshmallow fluff and a golden-yellow ice cream flavored with ginger and turmeric. Courtesy of Salt & Straw hide caption

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Total Eclipse Of The Stomach: A Stellar Menu Of Gastronomic Delights

What can you do when the Earth plunges into total darkness on Aug. 21? Eat, of course! And there are many space-themed treats to keep the skywatching party going.

Protesters shout anti-Nazi chants after chasing alt-right blogger Jason Kessler from a news conference on Aug. 13 in Charlottesville. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Explaining, Again, The Nazis' True Evil

NPR's Scott Simon tackles the painful legacy of the Nazi party and the enduring symbols of hatred used throughout history's atrocities against humanity, recently on display in Charlottesville.

Explaining, Again, The Nazis' True Evil

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An English couple on vacation in Greece composed this note, rolled it up in a bottle and, on July 4, tossed it into the Mediterranean Sea. A Palestinian fisherman caught it in his net this week. He says it's the first piece of mail he has ever received. Photo Courtesy of Wael Al Soltan hide caption

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From Greece, A Message In A Bottle Reaches Isolated Gaza

Vacationers from England tossed the bottle into the Mediterranean. It floated nearly 500 miles and into the net of a Palestinian fisherman. He said it was the first piece of mail he had ever received.

An undated handout photo sourced from social media of 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaquoub, the suspected driver of the vehicle that killed 13 people in the Las Ramblas thoroughfare. Authorities in Spain and France pressed their search Saturday. AP hide caption

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Spanish Authorities Continue Hunt For Suspects In Attacks

Officials say they have dismantled the jihadi cell responsible for the vehicle attacks that killed 14 people but are continuing a manhunt for three suspects still at large.

Congressmen Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., Kevin Brady of Texas, Peter Roskam, R-Ill. and Dave Schweikert R-Ariz., stand outside Rancho del Cielo in California, where they were crafting a tax overhaul. Susan Davis/NPR hide caption

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Republicans Plead With Trump To Get On, And Stay On, Message To Pass A Tax Overhaul

While the president was laying blame on "both sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Republicans were meeting to hammer out a tax overhaul. But they worry about whether Trump can make the sale.

Vice President Pence holds a press conference at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago on Wednesday. Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Delicate Dance, Pence Translates For Trump Abroad

After more than a year by Trump's side, Vice President Pence has made an art of sanding off the rough edges of the president's remarks.

In Delicate Dance, Pence Translates For Trump Abroad

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Santana And The Isley Brothers Come Together For 'Power Of Peace'

For this new collaborative album, the icons aimed for timelessness — a sound "frozen in immortality, eternity and infinity," Santana says. Power Of Peace was released July 28.

Santana And The Isley Brothers Come Together For 'Power Of Peace'

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Edward French, 71, was killed in San Francisco on July 11. One of the murder suspects was arrested two weeks before his death for gun possession and parole violations. The suspect was released based on a "public-safety assessment score" — a computer generated score that helps calculate whether a suspect is a flight risk or likely to return to court. Courtesy of Brian Higginbotham hide caption

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Did A Bail Reform Algorithm Contribute To This San Francisco Man's Murder?

The July murder of photographer Ed French is raising questions and concerns about a pretrial risk assessment computer tool used by a growing number of county and city courts.

NPR national desk reporter Kirk Siegler's family lived and worked on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the 1970s before settling permanently in Montana. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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A Return To The Rosebud Reservation Finds Tough Times Have Gotten Tougher

NPR's Kirk Siegler travels back to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in rural South Dakota, where his parents worked when he was born.

A Return To The Rosebud Reservation Finds Tough Times Have Gotten Tougher

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Perceptions of discrimination track closely with voting against Trump, a survey found. Public Religion Research Institute, David Wasserman, Cook Political Report/Danielle Kurtzleben/NPR hide caption

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CHART: The Relationship Between Seeing Discrimination And Voting For Trump

There is an apparent correlation between a state's likelihood of having voted for Trump and whether residents think black, immigrant, and gay and lesbian communities face "a lot of discrimination."

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that's what's expected of them.

'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

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A Hologram Husband Keeps Lois Smith Company In 'Marjorie Prime'

Smith has been acting for more than 60 years, and she's earned rave reviews for her performance in Marjorie Prime. How does she explain her continued success? "I'm very lucky," she says.

A Hologram Husband Keeps Lois Smith Company In 'Marjorie Prime'

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald returns to port after colliding with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. MC1 Peter Burghart/U.S. Navy hide caption

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USS Fitzgerald Leaders Punished; Crew Is Praised After Collision With Cargo Ship

"Through their swift and in many cases heroic actions, members of the crew saved lives," the Navy said. It also blamed an avoidable crash on inadequate leadership and flawed teamwork.