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The head of the Transportation Security Administration is promising the agency will do a better job of staffing enough officers at airport security checkpoints to reduce long lines. But he says those long lines are likely to continue through the peak summer travel season.

Travelers at some airports have been waiting two to three hours or more to get through screening. As a result, thousands have missed their flights in recent weeks.

The problem has been particularly bad at Chicago's airports.

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, unless it is to save the life of the mother. If Governor Mary Fallin signs the bill, Oklahoma would become the first state in the nation to effectively ban abortion. The bill would punish doctors who provide abortions with a year or more in prison and revoke their medical license. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Joseph Thai, Presidential Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law, about whether the bill is constitutional.

Networks are realizing an easy source of ratings and income, capitalizing on television they’ve already made. They’re called After Shows. Bravo TV and ABC have delved into the territory. And NPR’s Eric Deggans tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, HBO and AMC are airing talk shows about their successful franchises, “Games of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead.”

Two stories involving lawmakers are trending on social media today: One is from the U.S. House, where lawmakers yesterday voted against a measure that would have protected LGBT employees working for military contractors from discrimination. Republicans voted against the bill, and Democrats shouted “shame” on the House floor in response to the Republican votes.

The border city of El Paso, Texas has a policy that allows the city to jail people who cannot pay their traffic fines. Now a lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging the practice, saying it violates citizens’ constitutional right of equal protection under the law. Lorne Matalon from Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk at Marfa Public Radio reports.

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump raised eyebrows yesterday for an early tweet calling the EgyptAir crash terrorism, before much was known about the accident. Likely Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton then called Trump unqualified to be president.

Univision’s Enrique Acevedo and NPR’s Domenico Montanaro join Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young to review the news from the week in presidential politics.

In January, LGBT Latinos in Miami held their first ever gay pride event. The GayOcho! Festival was held on one of the city’s most famous streets, Calle Ocho. It was a big moment for gay Latinos, who hail from a socially conservative culture. And it was especially meaningful for the thousands of gays and lesbians who’ve come to Miami to escape often violent harassment in Latin America. Tim Padgett from Here & Now contributor WLRN reports.

Olympic athletes from around the world are outraged at the latest doping allegations out of Russia. Earlier this week the International Olympic Committee said it retested 454 urine samples from the 2008 games in Beijing and discovered suspicious results from 31 athletes. The announcement came after an investigation from the New York Times, which showed the former head of Russia’s anti-doping lab tampered with samples to help the country’s top Olympic athletes beat drug tests.

As American consumers swipe and scan their credit cards more often, card debt is climbing back towards its pre-recession peak of $1.02 trillion. U.S. credit card balances are headed for $1 trillion this year, a sign perhaps that the economic recovery has soothed consumers’ concerns about carrying debt.

KCRW DJ Anne Litt brings us new music, including one piece from the Haitian-Canadian electronic musician Kaytranada and a song off a new Grateful Dead tribute album. Litt tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson what caught her ear about this music.

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A new assessment shows that eighth grade girls are more proficient in technology and engineering literacy tests than boys. The National Assessment of Educational Progress was administered in 2014 to more than 21,000 students in 800 public and private schools across the United States. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Peggy Carr, acting commissioner of The National Center for Education Statistics about the surprise results of the assessment.

Sometimes astronomy can be challenging, but spotting Mars this weekend should be a breeze.

Step 1: Head outside right after sunset and look toward the southeastern sky.

Step 2: Find the full moon. (So far, so good, right?)

Step 3: Look up and to the right, and find what looks like a bright red star.

That's Mars, our planetary neighbor — getting up close and personal.

For the second time this month, demonstrators stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to Iraq's parliament, government buildings and embassies.

NPR's Alison Meuse reports the Iraqi Interior Ministry confirmed that "indirect fire and tear gas were used to quell today's protests." The government also declared a citywide curfew.

"Riot police are dealing with anyone trying to damage state institutions in accordance with the law," Iraq's military says, according to Reuters.

The legislative committee that oversees the Maine Warden Service will hold a hearing about a poaching sting in Allagash that triggered complaints from residents and raised questions about the conduct of an undercover agent.

Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau said Inland Fisheries and Wildlife chief Chandler Woodcock and Col. Joel Wilkinson, head of the warden service, are expected to attend.

In the next few weeks Donald Trump is expected to hire a campaign manager for Maine and start to set up a statewide campaign organization.

Maine is one of 15 states that traditionally lean Democrat that the Trump campaign plans to target this year.

On Wednesday, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and 26 other Democratic senators sent a letter to President Obama expressing their deep concern about "the slow pace of admissions for Syrian refugees" and encouraged him to step up the process. 

The National Rifle Association endorsed Donald Trump on Friday, just before the apparent Republican nominee addressed its annual conference in Louisville, Ky.

"To get the endorsement, believe me, is a fantastic honor," Trump said, adding that he and his sons are members of the NRA. "They're much better shooters than I am," he said.

"They have so many rifles and so many guns, I tell you, sometimes even I get a little concerned," Trump said.

A new label on some of the steaks in your grocery store highlights a production process you may never have heard of: mechanical tenderizing.

This means the beef has been punctured with blades or needles to break down the muscle fibers and make it easier to chew. But it also means the meat has a greater chance of being contaminated and making you sick.

The labels are a requirement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that went into effect this week.

Aristotle wrote that imitation is natural to human beings from childhood, and he observed that this is one of our advantages over the so-called lower animals.

A human being is "the most imitative creature in the world, and learns at first by imitation," he said.

In the last two millennia, we have learned very little that would contradict Aristotle's believe that imitation — the ability to see others and do what they do — is critical for human learning and development. But is it true that we learn "at first" by imitation?

Doctors Without Borders says it is suspending its work in areas the Central African Republic after gunmen ambushed a convoy and killed one of the aid group's drivers.

The attack near the border with Chad is one of many recent attacks on the group's staff members, highlighting the risks they are exposed to while treating patients in many of the world's most dangerous conflict zones.

A city in India has recorded the highest temperature in the country's history — 51 degrees Celsius, or 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Murari Lal Thanvi told the BBC it was so hot in the city of Phalodi on Friday that his cellphone stopped working. "I was able to switch my mobile phone on after putting a wet cloth on it for about 20-25 minutes."

The World Humanitarian Summit begins this Monday in Istanbul. But one prominent group won't be in attendance. Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, withdrew from its role in the summit in early May, after 18 months of active involvement in preparations. The group's main reason for pulling out was that governments around the world won't be bound to any initiatives put forth.

The new, redesigned "Nutrition Facts" label is coming. The Food and Drug Administration has announced that the new label will be required on most packaged food by July 2018.

The politics team is back to discuss the state of the race on the GOP and Democratic side, and this time it's in front of a live studio audience. Listen along as your favorite political nerds talk about what happened this week in the campaign, look ahead to the conventions, and share their own stories from the campaign trail.

On the podcast:

  • Campaign Reporter Sam Sanders
  • Campaign Reporter Sarah McCammon
  • Campaign Reporter Asma Khalid

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