There is much hype around a potential El Nino that could help ease the drought on the West Coast. But there are concerns that a deluge of rain could do more harm than good for the long term drought outlook.

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A series of sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood is raising questions about the field of fetal tissue research. Companies who buy and sell such tissue defend their work.

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More than 11,000 dams across the U.S. have protected lives and property from flooding for decades. But age is catching up to them, and many need repairs. Record rain hasn't helped matters this year.

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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss presidential candidate reactions to the Black Lives vs. All Lives Matter slogans, courting minority groups for votes, the Planned Parenthood crisis, and a preview to the upcoming Republican presidential debate.

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Presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley addressed the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday morning.

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