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After spending 15 years in prison for a drug offense, Randy Rader had almost lost hope that he might get out of prison before his release date in 2023.

If Rader's conviction for 5 grams of crack cocaine — his third drug offense — had happened after 2010, he would have received a much shorter sentence. But the 2010 Fair Sentencing Act, which cut down on the disparity between penalties for crack cocaine and powder cocaine, did not apply to those already serving time.

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And I want to bring in Ayesha Rascoe - covers the White House for NPR. Hi, Ayesha.

AYESHA RASCOE, BYLINE: Good morning.

GREENE: You were listening there. What stood out to you?

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We want to turn now to reaction from the White House. President Trump has spent the weekend in Florida at one of his estates. He spoke not long ago before stepping on Marine One.

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AYESHA RASCOE, BYLINE: Hello.

CHANG: So what's been the White House reaction so far? Are you hearing anything there?

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President Trump will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un this week in Vietnam, as he attempts to get Pyongyang to move toward what has been an elusive goal: complete denuclearization.

Trump has maintained that his ultimate goal is to get Kim to relinquish the regime's nuclear program. But, in the lead up to this second summit, he has repeatedly stressed that he's not setting a deadline for North Korea to act.

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Sticking with the State of the Union, President Trump used it to announce a date and a place for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They will meet February 27 and 28 in Vietnam. As NPR's Ayesha Rascoe reports, the stakes are high.

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With negotiations over reopening the government at a standstill, President Trump offered to back temporary protections for some immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, many of whom are now adults, in exchange for funding for a wall on the Southern border.

In a White House speech on Saturday, Trump also offered to extend the Temporary Protected Status program that blocks deportation of certain immigrants fleeing civil unrest or natural disasters.

In its quest to blunt the effects of the partial government shutdown, the Trump administration is using broad legal interpretations to continue providing certain services.

Critics argue that the administration is stretching — and possibly breaking — the law to help bolster President Trump's position in his fight with Democrats over funding for a border wall.

Even with the creative use of loopholes and existing funds, though, the actions the administration is taking will be hard to sustain if the shutdown continues to drag on.

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