Thursday, July 4th, 2019


it's president trump getting ready fringe independence day speech for a campaign rally had not become politically until this week critics say the president gets part is that it could be a legal problem i'm noel king here with rachel martin and this is up first from npr news in twenty twenty census forms are being printed now but president trump is still fighting to include a question about citizenship even though the supreme court said no kennedy administration try again and getting out of gaza is difficult but things there are so bad people are finding away you cannot start a new life you will hear what people told npr's corresponding there about what is driving them away stay with us for the news you need to start this independence day this message comes from npr sponsor pinero a listener of your caliber has signed taste taste that favors at smoked chipotle lay chicken wrap with a new cold brew from their get them on the go with rapid pickup breakfast that's bad not fast food from era food as it should be patriotism or partisanship that's the question surrounding president trump's plans for the fourth of july celebration here in washington dc that's right today the president plans to given independence day speech from the lincoln memorial on monday a reporter asked him if he thinks this speech will be for all americans and the president said yes but then seventeen seconds later he started talking about healthcare policy what the democrats plan is gonna destroy the country's gonna be horrible horrible so not exactly nonpartisan but if he gives a political speech today that could cause some legal problems with the white house npr white house correspondent tamra keith is with us this morning she is also host of npr politics podcast happy fourth of july my friend how low happy fourth of july so president trump has a history of going to events at are not supposed to be political and then sort of making unpolitical a what do we know about the content of speech today well and as you say he has gone to places that are really not supposed to be politically lake like in iraq the day after christmas talking to the troops where he started attacking democrats in the middle of his speech a white house official who declined to be named a says they spoke on background said that the speech today will be all about celebrating america eric at the flag members of the military specifically said it will not be politically it is eight salute to america that is that is what event is being called but you know all assurances about what president trump will do or say have to be taken with a grain of salt and critic sorority objecting to the fact that the white house gave vip tickets to the trump reelection campaign and the republican party the handout to supporters now they defend that saying well this is a pretty common thing if if it was on the south lawn of the white house we'd be doing that and they also say that members of the military and their families thousands of them have also gotten these vip tickets so we mentioned that there could be some legal jeopardy for for the white house if the president makes overtly political speech what might those problems be their laws preventing the spending of government resources for political purposes so if the president's starts attacking democrats are talking about his reelection campaign that could be a problem i spoke with brennan fisher of the campaign legal center he says that a the the campaign might have to reimburse if if this turns politically if this does become a political event then the president's campaign pain or rnc should certainly reimbursed treasury for those costs and this is already shaping up to be a much more expensive fourth of july celebration then passed celebrations and i think there's at least be appearance that the costs are going to benefit president trump's campaign so be interior department has been organizing this end a congress could bring the interior department in for hearings and try to collect a if if this were to happen at someone familiar with the matter told me that the white house is well aware that some people may accused the president of making this a politically event and the ethics specialist with in the white house and lawyers have been looking at this closely end that the plan is for the president's act within all applicable ethics rules just fast would this be the first time a sitting president gives us national addressed like this on the fourth of july well harry truman did it on the hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of the declaration of independence a end there hasn't been one since then though remarks from richard nixon were piped in nineteen seventy a and it was a big mess it ended in teargassed will end the weather report isn't so awesome for washington dc tonight civil thunderstorms denver keith thank you appreciate it you're welcome all right the fight to keep a controversial citizenship question off the twenty twenty census seemed all but over this time yesterday we were telling you about how the justice department confirms it forms were were already being printed without question without the question but now a justice department official says they have orders to keep looking for a way to ask the question on the census now those orders apparently came in the form of a tweet from president trump once again npr tells you the long joins us to talk about all things census hardly i don't think we're gonna see a for a while and now here you are because there is another unexpected development here i am this was also unexpected apparently a from unexpected by the justice department attorneys representing ministration in these cases what happened what happened essentially was that they realize that a the position that they thought they were representing administration that they were ready to move forward with the twenty twenty census without a citizenship question ashley president trump doesn't necessarily agree with that and that he wants a judge justice department and the commerce department to try to figure out is there is another way to ask for citizenship question on the twenty twenty census a in time for it to be added how how could this even happened in the supreme court saying no you can't include the question for now the supreme court also allow the administration to make another case in court essentially the supreme court said we if you can give us another reason if you could explain another reason that is not the reason the administration originally game which is that this question could help veteran force the voting rights act that could better protect the voting rights of racial minorities majority the supreme court said that that reasoning quote seems to have been contrived contrived so they didn't buy the administration's justification for the question but at the same time they open the door they're like okay if you could make a better argument you can come back end end try to do that what what critics say is the real reason for the question there a lot of series that plaintiffs in these multiple lawsuits over the citizenship question the most recent that's come up is that this question a through files of the geo pd redistricting strategists they believe that this question could ultimately be used to help politically benefit republicans and non hispanic white people by redrawing political districts after the twenty twenty census based on the number of u s it is old enough to vote not on the number of total residents in any given area that could ultimately benefit republicans so that's one theory another one is that is this a way to use the responses so that these census numbers on that and determined how many congressional seats each state gets yeah after the census if that number could exclude noncitizens but that would be problematic for the court we would assume unsettled count these would be a legal questions i would certainly be challenged in court so what happens next i mean who knows but what's your best guess well these a job of station is facing a deadline friday two pm eastern is when a federal judge in maryland says the justice department attorneys have to represent whether or not the trump administration is going to try to fight for a new reason for the citizenship question and and if they do the judges ready to reconsider allegations that adding the question was a form of discrimination and also the conspiracy amongst ministration officials meanwhile the census keeps getting printed exactly without a citizenship question as far as we know all right impaired honey lo wong 'em maybe will see said maybe okay thank you appreciate it you're not gonna hear from people in the gaza strip about why they say they won't be there for much longer years years of conflict in blockades have made life in the gaza strip very hard now the white house has this new proposal to invest billions of dollars in both closet and the palestinian territories but that's not gonna happen anytime soon and thousands of gardens in the meantime have been leaving despite the fact that it is very difficult to do that all right npr's daniel estrin has been covering the story and joins us now from jerusalem so daniel this is something you just noticed right as you were going back and forth to the gaza strip you just seized on the fact that there were fewer people that right well yeah it's it's really been a major topic of conversation in gaza and every time i visited recently more and more people i have gotten to know in recent years were gone or they were packing their suitcases it's been really hard to leave gaza in recent years it's been under blockade by egypt and by israel's because hamas the militant group is in control there but now what's what you have is is a rare window of opportunity to leave because egypt opened its border last year it was a kind of goodwill gesture and so now we're seeing a real brain drain doctors surgeons web developers my own journalists colleagues who have left when you go to be gyp shin border it's really noisy and busy and authorities are calling out travelers names on loudspeakers and i want you to meet one of travelers a twenty five year old college graduate data coordi and he was about to say goodbye to his family and you see these are my brother is a really bad for me to leave them and also a really bad to leave my mother and my father but the epicenter for seek a better future because i mean if i might be estimates are that of at least thirty five thousand people maybe a lot more has left a godsend mostly for europe i mean free of her more than a generation life in gaza has been difficult almost unbearable bearable what is what is changed now well i i think life keeps getting worse i mean there were the things that we've heard about for years the wars the violence between israel and hamas the spotty electricity the bad drinking water 'em recently hamas moss's crackdown on people pro testing them but a big factor now that's driving people out is economic there's no real economy in gaza israel restrict certain goods for security reasons the palestinian government in the west bank is also cutting money to gaza and you've got this booming population of young people with college degrees in newark youth unemployment is about seventy percent so people were saying we have to build our live somewhere else but there is this plan rights jared kushner the president's son in law and the guy who's heading up kind of trying to fix the middle east went to the region led this conference in bahrain and end ruled out this plan that has been geared towards reviving gaza remind us what's in there and how people are responding to it yeah it's it's a multibillion dollar plan offer infrastructure for trade jared kushner wants to create a million new jobs he wants to open up the palestinian territories to the world but up palestinians don't see any hoping this a cushion her says very clearly none of the plan will go forward without progress on a peace deal and guns don't see that happening anytime soon and so godless just be latest chapter in this great exodus of people fleeing the middle east npr's daniel estrin force from jerusalem daniel thanks appreciate it gerson yorker and that's a first round this fourth of july happy independence day everyone i'm rachel martin and i'm noel king uppers will be back tomorrow but in the meantime you should check out the indicator from planet money it's npr's daily podcast about money work and human behavior on the latest episode the united states has roughly one point nine billion acres in land mass indicator looks at how that land is divided up in white makes american look a lot like mcdonald's no matter what you got planned you need a song of the summer this week on npr's pop culture happy hour we are rounding up experts from npr music we will play a ton of songs

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