Seven Democratic presidential candidates qualified for next week's debate in Los Angeles. Now there's a chance that zero of them will show up. There's a labor dispute between food services workers and the contractor who employs them at Loyola Marymount University, which is hosting the debate. NPR political reporter Juana Summers is following the story and is here in the studio.

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SHAPIRO: Start by explaining the labor dispute at the heart of this. What's going on?

In the new Showtime comedy series Work in Progress, Abby McEnany joins a long tradition of comedians playing a version of themselves on TV.

She's playing a "45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke" who is depressed, anxious and self-conscious.

McEnany has spent decades in Chicago's improv comedy scene. She says she dealt with a long string of rejections and failed auditions. Then her pilot got picked up and greenlit for a full series.

She still can't quite believe it.

South Carolina received approval from the Trump administration on Thursday to impose Medicaid work requirements, a move likely to trigger a challenge in federal court.

Under the new rules, most adults who qualify for Medicaid coverage will be required to prove they work at least 80 hours a month, or are doing other activities like volunteering or hunting for a job.

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The U.S. Supreme Court said late Friday that it will review three lower court decisions upholding congressional and grand jury subpoenas for financial records from President Trump's longtime personal accountants and from banks he did business with.

The high court's order sets the stage for a constitutional battle over the limits of presidential power.

It's billed as one of the most livable places in the country with its good schools, leafy streets and safe neighborhoods. That's what makes Boise, Idaho, an odd backdrop for a heated legal fight around homelessness that is reverberating across the western United States and may soon be taken up by the Supreme Court.

Algerians have elected a new president following the ouster of longtime ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika. In the controversial election that saw huge protests and a boycott, five candidates with links to the Bouteflika regime squared off and former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune came out ahead.

The sixth Democratic primary debate has shaped up to be the smallest — and least diverse — so far of the 2020 campaign.

Just seven candidates have qualified per Democratic National Committee requirements: former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; billionaire businessman Tom Steyer; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and nonprofit executive Andrew Yang.

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Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd checks in with Femi Oke (@FemiOke), host of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English, for our regular look at what’s trending on social media this week, including reaction to the impeachment debate and the vote in the House Judiciary Committee.

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French union leaders say they’re prepared to strike through Christmas if President Emmanuel Macron does not back down on his new pension plan, which among other things, will make people work two years longer before retiring with a full pension.

Macron says he wants to simplify France’s pension system and make it more fair, but his plan has sparked the country’s biggest strike in decades.

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Amid a labor dispute at the site of next week's presidential primary debate, all seven Democratic candidates who made the stage are siding with unions and threatening not to participate in the event.

Candidates are scheduled to meet for the Democratic presidential debate on the Loyola Marymount University campus in Los Angeles on Dec. 19.

Friday marks the last day of the 25th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP25.

World leaders gathered in Madrid to negotiate carbon emissions and the Paris Agreement. Last year, a U.N. International Panel on Climate Change report warned the global community it only has 12 years to avoid the threat of more severe floods, droughts, extreme heat and poverty.

But instead of collaborating to find solutions, COP25 has been defined by protests and frustration.

Kentucky's new governor has restored voting rights to felons in the state, in an executive order signed days after he took office.

With Thursday's order, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear returned the right to vote and hold public office to more than 140,000 nonviolent offenders who have completed their sentences.

After weeks of teasing snippets, Lil Uzi Vert has released "Futsal Shuffle 2020," the single that he's "going with" from his long-awaited album Eternal Atake.

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Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin departed the governor's mansion three days ago, but the reverberations of some of his final actions are still being felt across the state.

Bevin, a Republican who narrowly lost a bid for a second term last month, issued pardons to hundreds of people, including convicted rapists, murderers and drug offenders.

It's a lesson you learn as early as grade school: If you find yourself injured, threatened or otherwise in harm's way, just break out your phone and dial a simple, three-digit number: 911. After more than five decades, the 911 emergency call system has become so memorable and ubiquitously known, it even has its own network TV adaptation.

But what if the danger is rooted less in the physical, and more in one's mental health?

Megan Rapinoe’s banner year isn’t over yet.

Just this week, the 34-year-old was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year,” making her only the fourth woman to win the award unaccompanied in more than six decades.

FIFA named the Redding, California, native as the world’s top female soccer player of 2019.

We talk about the Fox News harassment scandals, the movie “Bombshell” and the aftermath.


Jay Roach, director of the new movie “Bombshell,” about Roger Ailes’ downfall at Fox News and the women who spoke out against him.

ABC political director Rick Klein (@RickKlein) and NPR political reporter Juana Summers (@jmsummers) join Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley and Peter O’Dowd to discuss what happens next in the impeachment trial of President Trump.

Conservatives Pound Labour In UK Election

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party pounded the opposition Labour Party in Thursday’s early election.

Johnson met the Queen this morning to form a new government with the majority he needs to get his Brexit deal through Parliament.

Inmates Grow Sagebrush In Wyoming

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Sagebrush is a keystone species in Western states. It’s critical to hundreds of plants and animals — providing habitat, nutrients and shade.

But it’s not doing well. Wyoming has been using the same method for decades to try and regrow sagebrush with minimal success. Experts are now trying a new strategy and it’s one that also benefits the state’s prisons.

On Thursday, the president signaled an initial trade deal with China is imminent.

The deal, yet to be formalized, would lower tariffs on $360 billion of Chinese goods in exchange for China upping its purchase of U.S. farm products.

Host Peter O’Dowd talks to Mike Regan (@Reganonymous), senior editor at Bloomberg News.

The Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska is the largest national forest in the country and the largest temperate rainforest in the world.

The Trump administration is proposing to loosen rules protecting the Tongass by allowing new road building that will likely lead to logging in the forest for the first time in decades.

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Earlier this week, House Democrats submitted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The draft was then subjected to a markup by the House Judiciary committee, where both Republicans and Democrats were able to suggest amendments.

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This week, a new report said that the past six years in the Arctic were the warmest on record. It is yet another report that warns of alarming changes to the planet due to climate change.

Zee Martín bought her first firearm — a shotgun — in the late 1970s. After her home near Springfield, Mo., was burglarized. Over the years, she began buying more firearms, eventually collecting handguns and participating in gun competitions. In fact, that's how she met her second husband.

Martín has been a member of the NRA for decades. A little over a year ago, she joined another group — the United States Concealed Carry Association. The West Bend, Wis.-based group offers a similar product as the NRA, but the message is very different.

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