How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx
How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

NATO Summit; Dueling Impeachment Reports; Best Books Of 2019

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President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron aired their differences on the sidelines of a NATO leaders' summit in London.
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Here's what we're following today.

During a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in London, President Trump voiced optimism that the U.S. would settle a trade dispute with France. The president has kept up his criticism of NATO allies, whom he claims don’t spend enough on defense. U.S. stock markets fell at the open after Trump said he liked the idea of delaying a trade deal with China until after the 2020 election. The president also said next year’s G-7 summit will be held at Camp David, the U.S. presidential retreat.  

Americans will get to see opposing House Intelligence Committee reports on the impeachment inquiry today. Republicans issued their minority report contradicting the majority Democrats’ impeachment inquiry of President Trump, saying they failed to show “evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.”

Britain’s Prince Andrew is facing new questions about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein. One of Epstein’s accusers told the BBC that she was trafficked by Epstein and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, who denies the claim.

Rep. Duncan Hunter announced Monday that he plans to plead guilty to federal campaign finance charges. It’s a dramatic downfall for the California Republican, who’s likely to serve prison time.

Several legal groups and the American Medical Association are coming out against a Louisiana abortion law to be heard next year by the Supreme Court. They say the law, requiring doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, is medically unnecessary and harms patients

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday fired the city’s police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, weeks before his retirement. Lightfoot accused Johnson of intentionally lying about falling asleep at the wheel of his running car after having drinks on a mid-October night.

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to a Georgia hospital over the weekend to receive treatment for a urinary tract infection. The 39th president has had a string of recent health challenges

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NPR's Best Books Of 2019

Debris and cars clog the Patapsco River in Ellicott City, Md., after flooding in 2018 that killed one person and destroyed much of the town's Main Street.

The Book Concierge is back with 350+ great reads, hand-picked by NPR staff and trusted critics. This year, for the first time, you can explore seven years of recommendations all in one place – that’s more than 2,000 titles. Mix and match search tags like Book Club Ideas and Eye-Opening Reads to find your next favorite book.

Today's Listens

How Netflix is upending the TV industry in Mexico. 
Legend has it that some University of Michigan fans defaced the statue sometime in the 1960s, and that led to members of the Michigan State University band and other students, sitting vigil.

Netflix has a big production push in Mexico. In 2020, the online streaming network says it will spend $200 million on in-country production, part of its growing international expansion strategy. (Listening time, 4:54)

A new study jolts assumptions made about life in America. 
NPR’s David Greene talks to Dr. Steven Woolf, lead author of a study that finds U.S. life expectancy is declining — especially in the Midwest — and is not keeping pace with other wealthy countries. (Listening time, 4:55)

Before You Go

  • Singer Sheryl Crow headlined NPR’s recent Tiny Desk Fest with hits including “All I Wanna Do.”
  • Actress Shelley Morrison, best known as Rosario, the scrappy maid on the TV sitcom Will & Grace, died Sunday at the age of 83. The veteran actress played a proud, undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, making her original guest starring role a core part of the sitcom. (Listening time: 2:00)

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