Alabama, Donald Trump, Senate discussed on Morning Edition
It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm no. Well King. Good morning, Jeff Sessions is out of the Alabama Senate race. Former football coach Tommy Tub Orville beat him in a runoff race. That means Tuberville will challenge Democrat Doug Jones in the fall, and it may be the Republican Party's best chance to take a Senate seat. NPR's Debbie Elliot has been covering the race. Good morning, Debbie. Morning sessions used to be pretty popular in Alabama, but it looks like this will be not just the loss but a pretty substantial one. What happened right? More than double digits, reflecting what the Poles had indicated, was goingto happen Throughout much of the campaign, you know, Tommy Taber Ville was really able to capitalize on President Trump's endorsement. Making his allegiance to trump his number one selling point. He promised that unlike Jeff Sessions, he won't let the president down when the going gets tough, you know session struggled to overcome being ousted his attorney general after he recused himself from special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Something that Trump went to great lengths to berate sessions for time and time again. He even made this robo call the night before the election in support of Tuberville. He's gonna have a cold direct line into my office. And I couldn't tell you because, you know, we had the Jeff Sessions thing. We gave it a shot. I had no idea it could be as bad as it was, but he had no clue. No love lost between Trump and sessions. That's a parent sessions, though, did hold that Senate seat for 20 years before he joined the Trump administration. What's he saying this morning or last night? Right. He was certainly a fixture in Alabama politics. He was a former attorney general of the state had been a U. S attorney in Mobile. He made a somber speech from the Hampton Inn in Mobile last night. Hey 73 years old now and said he ends his political career with no regrets and his integrity intact. I was honored to serve the people of Alabama in the Senate, and I was extraordinarily proud of the accomplish that accomplishments we had as attorney general. On recusal followed the law. I did the right thing, and I say the president's bacon in the process saving his bacon, meaning he maintains that He If he had done anything to somehow squashed the investigation, Things would have turned out much worse, but he didn't take that tone against the president until pretty late in the campaign on DH. I think that hurt him. He largely ran a campaign up until the very end, based on his alignment with Trump's agenda. Making the case that he was all about tougher immigration laws and some of the same issues that Trump pushes long before Trump even got into politics. Tommy Tub Orville the winner. He does not have a long history and politics. What do we know about him? Right. He is new to this game, but he generally gets the celebrity treatment anywhere. He goes in Alabama. He is the former football coach at Auburn University. Early in his coaching career. He earned this nickname the riverboat gambler for Risky play calling, But he took very few risks in this runoff campaign, especially after the vote got pushed from March until yesterday because of the Corona virus pandemic. Taber Bill had refused to debate he largely avoided the media. His ads would hit these familiar themes that resonate with conservative Republican voters here in Alabama religious freedom, border security law and order gun rights. Andi came back to those issues and his victory speech last night from Montgomery as he turned his attention to his next opponent, the Democratic incumbent, Doug Jones. And Doug Jones, Alabama. The Second Amendment is a dream. It's just a thought. It's not in the Constitution of them. I got there not taking our guns. So just a little for shattering of what's to come in this Alabama Senate rice. It's going to pull a lot of attention and probably a lot of money from both national parties. NPR's Debbie Elliott. Thanks, Toby. You're welcome. This country founded on the idea of equality commonly offers its opinions of human rights abroad in that sense of special commissions draft report, due out this week is normal. The Secretary of state will release that report on how the United States should approach human rights. But how might the administration try to alter that approach? NPR's Jackie Northam reports. Secretary Pompeo admits that creating the commission on a nail you noble rights was going to stir controversy. The goal was to re examine the role of human rights in U. S foreign policy. Pompeo says that human rights has become an industry and that a proliferation of claims dilutes the original meaning and impact of human rights. Here he is last year. We want to go back to first principles backto our founding documents, our declaration of independence. Our bill of rights. Focus on those things that are central to the understanding of rights here in America. The makeup of the Special Commission set off alarm bells. It's headed by Mary Ann Glendon Ah Harvard Law School professor known for her strong opposition to abortion and equality for same sex marriage. Mark Bromley, with the Council for Global Equality, says there's concern about the 10 other members of the panel as well. If you look at their academic work, if you look at their ideological perspectives, their very monolithic They all champion religious freedom, often to the detriment of other communities, particularly the LGBT community and women and girls who seek to exercise their sexual reproductive health. There were five public hearings where the panel had input from experts. Jayne Huckerby, director of the International Human Rights Clinic, a Duke University law school, and her colleagues attended the hearings. She said. They felt frozen in time. Very limited, anachronistic visions of human rights were discussed and really rejecting the dynamic approach to human rights. That emphasizes the need for evolution to extend human rights to previously marginalized groups. Others are concerned about the plans to release the draft report before a large crowd at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center during a pandemic. And Bromley, with the Council for Global Equality, says it's tone deaf to release a report based on the works of the founding Fathers. While many Americans they're focused on equality and the black lives matter movement, I believe that Secretary Pompeo's personal views his professed religious beliefs and his political ambitions are driving this And from the moment this was created until the moment that the report is delivered with great fanfare in Philadelphia. This has been Secretary Pompeo's pet project. But Pompeo says countries like China and Cuba have taken advantage of the expanded definitions of human rights, and he wants to go back to the basics. Like diplomats promoting religious freedoms as a tour the world When we get this right, we'll we'll have done something good. Not just I think for the United States, but for the world there will be a two week public comment period before a final document is issued. Jackie Northam. NPR NEWS Washington This is NPR news..