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Replaces Angela Merkel in his starting out by appointing women to several of the top national security posts in his cabinet Also NPR's Debra Amos has a story of an American in a Syrian prison and buck O'Neill makes the baseball Hall of Fame It's Wednesday December 8th to stay in 1949 China's nationalist government retreated to an island escaping communist rebels Today the communist government still wants that island Taiwan The news is next Live from NPR news in Washington I'm Dave Mattingly The house has passed a defense bill that includes pay raises of more than two and a half percent for members of the U.S. Military The bill also overhauls the military justice system and updates diversity training requirements dropped from the $768 billion measure was a proposal to expand the military draft to include women The defense bill also allocates $300 million in aid to Ukraine's military It now heads to the Senate President Biden is warning Russia the U.S. will impose strong economic sanctions if Russian forces invade Ukraine The White House says Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke for about two hours yesterday in a video call Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan says the U.S. is preparing what he calls specific robust and clear responses to an escalation of Russian aggression along Ukraine's border Infrastructure will be the focus today when President Biden travels to Missouri NPR's mar alliance says the president is expected to highlight aspects of the bipartisan infrastructure Bill The president is determined to educate voters about how his administration will help build bridges broadband and clean water pipes in their cities and towns He'll go to the red state of Missouri where hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent from the bipartisan infrastructure Bill on the Kansas City area transportation authority The state will get money to upgrade highways bridges and the Kansas City sewer system The president will also point out that the bill was passed because he followed through on one of his most important campaign promises to bring members of Congress from both parties together to deliver for the American people Although much of the money will be spent over many years The White House is hoping that enough of it is spent quickly to create lots of jobs so that voters notice and reward Democrats at the polls next year NPR news The White House The U.S. Supreme Court here's arguments today in a case involving religious schools and state funding and PRs Nina totenberg says the case could lead to an expansion of aid On one side are proponents of the school choice movement and on the other is the state of Maine which has a unique system for providing a public education in a relatively large rural state with a small population and more than half the districts having no public high school A 175,000 of the state students either go to their local public school or the state contracts with other districts to take them In addition the state pays tuition for 4800 students to attend 11 non sectarian private schools that the state maintains provide substantially the same education as public schools What it does not do is pay tuition for religious private schools and two families are challenging that contending that the state is discriminating against religion in violation of the constitution Nina totenberg NPR news Washington This is NPR news from Washington Germany's parliament has elected Olaf scholz to be the country's next Chancellor He'll be sworn in later today in Berlin to replace outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel After 16 years his Chancellor Merkel decided not to seek the position again in September's election A new report says three out of four students in China's Tibet region are sent to boarding schools where they're cut off from their culture and only talk to speak Chinese and PRs Emily fangs says the findings come amid broader concerns about how China treats ethnic minorities By triaging Chinese state documents and media reports the organization Tibet action estimates that at least 800,000 Tibetan students age 6 to 18 live and study in Chinese boarding schools The group alleges that separated from their families for most of the week in unable to access other schooling options the students are subject to cultural erasure Boarding schools are common across China which has been closing down rural schools and consolidating students into bigger boarding facilities But the report found Tibetan students are sent to boarding schools at rates at least 5 times higher than other students China invaded Tibet in the 1950s and today the region remains largely off limits to journalists and diplomats Emily fang and peer news Beijing Japan is lowering its expectations for economic growth in the final quarter of this year The government in Tokyo cites weakness in consumer spending and trade This follows word that Japan's economy contracted during the third quarter by more than three and a half percent Stocks in Asia closed mostly higher today following a day of sharp gains on Wall Street I'm Dave Mattingly in Washington.

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