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Here & Now

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  • Hosted by Robin Young, Jeremy Hobson

At the Pentagon Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence lays out the Trump administration’s plan to create the first new branch of the U.S. military in more than 70 years: a “space force.”

Here & Now’s Robin Young checks in with space journalist and Alabama Public Radio news director Pat Duggins (@PatDuggins).

A federal judge in Seattle has blocked a Texas group from publishing blueprints for 3D-printed guns. The ruling, which came down Tuesday night, was in response to a lawsuit from eight states and the District of Columbia. Their suit called the release of the gun blueprints “a bell that cannot be un-rung.”

No matter where you live in North America, someone has lived there before you. Now, there’s an app to tell you who.

The app, called Native Land, started with one goal: help right the wrongs of injustice experienced by indigenous people of North America. The Northwest News Network’s Emily Schwing (@EmilySchwing) has more.

Facebook announced that it has identified a coordinated and inauthentic political influence campaign ahead of the November midterm elections. The company said it removed at least 32 accounts and pages after an initial investigation.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Kurt Wagner (@KurtWagner8), senior editor of social media at Recode, about the announcement.

The Senate on Tuesday voted to renew the National Flood Insurance Program hours before it was set to expire during the height of hurricane season. The House passed a temporary extension for the program last week, authorizing it only through November, and the Senate followed suit Tuesday. Critics of the National Flood Insurance Program say it needs structural changes, not short-term extensions.

A female killer whale off the coast of Washington state appears to be grieving her dead calf. The endangered orca, given the name Tahlequah, gave birth a week ago and the calf died shortly afterward.

The mother has been keeping its body afloat ever since.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jenny Atkinson, executive director of The Whale Museum on San Juan Island. The group has a boat on the water and is monitoring the mother from a distance.

The equipment manufacturer Caterpillar reported record profits per share in the second quarter, but the company also said it will have to raise prices because of new tariffs.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses the latest with CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off.”

Parents whose children who are addicted to drugs are routinely advised to be tough with their kids — even cut them off, if necessary. But a new video produced by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids promotes compassion and understanding instead of punishment.

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger (@mbebinger) reports.

The Substation fire in northern Oregon burned more than 78,000 acres, most of it prime farmland for wheat. As Molly Solomon (@solomonout) of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports, it’s often farmers who are on the front lines fighting the blaze.

A group called Restore Hetch Hetchy met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Sunday to discuss draining the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, located in Yosemite National Park. The reservoir supplies water to San Francisco.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Spreck Rosekrans, executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy.

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