Democrats at the statehouse say they’re fed up with Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s partisan games. Two lawmakers plan to introduce legislation next session to try and rein him in. As Bente Birkeland reports, this is just one of several controversies surrounding the high profile official.

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · Fighting extreme poverty and failing crops caused by a three-year drought, United Nations food agencies are struggling to keep the region’s population from succumbing to starvation.
 

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · President-elect Trump announced he’s appointing Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Rachel Martin talks with Carson adviser Armstrong Williams, a conservative talk show host.
 

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · It’s a regular event for TV critics to gather in Los Angeles for press conferences with networks and cable companies. But this year, top executives won’t hold question and answer sessions.
 

December 5, 2016 | NPR · Actor Al Pacino, along with singers Mavis Staples and James Taylor, pianist Martha Argerich and The Eagles are recognized at the 39th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday.
 

December 4, 2016 | NPR · In the early 1970s surrealist icon Salvador Dalí published a lavish cookbook called Les Dîners de Gala. Decades later, the book is being republished for a new and much wider audience.
 

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December 5, 2016 | WXPN · The natural-born fiddler performs songs from a new album born just a few days before her daughter.
 

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