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What are the biggest threats to American national security? Today a Senate committee examines threats from outside as well as some problems within.

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Senators begin a debate on immigration today. And, Steve, this could sort of be a free for all, right?

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Kate Bowler's new memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I've Loved, is a funny, intimate portrait of living in that nether space between life and death. In it, she shares her experiences with incurable stage 4 cancer and gives advice on what not to say to those who are terminally ill.

Bowler is also the host of Everything Happens, a new podcast.

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After a record point drop on Monday, investors were nervous as the stock market opened this morning. Joining us now, NPR business reporter Jim Zarroli. Hey, Jim.

JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Good morning.

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Up until just the other day, the stock market had been on a roll.

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Yeah, we're talking about record highs. And President Trump has been taking credit.

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Depending on who you ask, this is a battle over the public's right to know or a battle over whether information is even worth knowing.

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Earlier today a strong earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean caused a tsunami warning in Alaska. Here's the voice of an officer from the Kodiak, Alaska, police force.

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After three days, the government shutdown ended. Democrats and Republicans joined hands and made peace. And all was good in the land.

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(Laughter) Promise I'm not laughing at that. That did not happen. All they actually...

Imagine having one of the worst days of your professional life play out in front of 5 million people.

ABC News anchor Dan Harris doesn't have to. In 2004, he had a panic attack on live TV after years of working in war zones and using drugs to cope with the stress. But that mortifying moment led him to take up meditation.

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And we start with new developments concerning how the Russia investigation began.

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It is day six of anti-government protests in Iran, and the death toll there is rising.

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We begin this morning with North Korea...

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...Where Kim Jong Un began the new year with a speech broadcast on national television.

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SUPREME LEADER KIM JONG UN: (Speaking Korean).

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Michigan Democrat John Conyers has announced his retirement. He spoke with Mildred Gaddis, a local Detroit radio host this morning.

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More Republicans are opposing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore - opposing him, but they're still not entirely sure if they can vote for a Democrat.

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President Trump is going to take the short trip down Pennsylvania Avenue today. He's going over to the Capitol, and I'm pretty sure he's hoping to do a victory lap of sorts when he gets there.

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Let's get started in China this morning.

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All right. We will start there because that's where President Trump is. And he's on what the Chinese are calling his state visit-plus...

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We begin today with this horrific shooting in Sutherlands Springs, Texas.

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It was 100 years ago this week that Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1917. Considered by many to be one of the greatest violinists in history, he was just 16 years old at the time. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with commentator Miles Hoffman about that appearance and the career that followed.

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