Friday, December 27, 2019
Senator Mitch McConnell's planning to coordinate with the White House during the impeachment trial and at least one. Republican is upset. When I heard that I was disturbed will other moderate Republicans? Follow Lisa Murkowski's lead on David Greene with Noel King and this is up I from NPR news. A deadly typhoon hit the Philippines Philippines this week already. The second of the month left at least twenty eight people dead and many more missing with thousand still stranded house the country recovering from this devastation. Also a plane ain't flying out of Kazakhstan's largest city crashed just after takeoff. At least twelve people were killed and dozens of others were injured. What went wrong with this flight? Stick with us. We've got the news. We need to start your day. When president trump's impeachment trial starts senators will serve serve as jurors which means they're supposed to be impartial but Senate Majority Leader Mitch? McConnell said he is not going to be impartial. He plans total coordination with the White House. One moderate Republican is not happy about that. This is what Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told local anchorage. NBC affiliate K.. T. You about McConnell's position. When I heard that I was disturbed Liz Ruskin of Alaska? Public media has covered Senator Murkowski for years. And she's on the line from Anchorage now. Good Morning Hi there good morning. So many Republicans Republicans have lined up behind the president. They don't seem to have a problem. With what McConnell has said or at least. They're not saying they do. Is this out of character for Lisa. Murkowski Hausky I'd have to say no it is not out of character and There are two things about Murkowski that I think are at play here. One is that she is just by nature. She is a centrist the world. Maybe more polarized but she on a lot of issues is on middle ground and then and the second thing is that she loves process Doing things according to the rules tradition. That is her her are her northstar. So she's criticizing McConnell Huron process. She's not saying how she'll vote because senators have to take an oath to deliver impartial partial justice and that's true. That's what the oath says. And it's also true that this is very on brand for Murkowski. It's just just very comfortable for her to take stand on process because you've been covering her for so long. I wonder. Can you tell us about a time. In the past when she's broken with Republicans Republicans and maybe it has surprised people. It's been notable as it. Is this time. There was that famous Vote in two thousand seventeen on healthcare when she was one of three Republicans who killed a bill to repeal the affordable care act Murkowski's objection then was a lot about process that it was you know crafted in secret and then of course the confirmation of Justice Cavenaugh In the end she opposed his confirmation. Asian kind of a last minute thing and she did it on very narrow grounds She said his Behavior at his confirmation hearing that that emotion and bitterness. He showed she said that was not in keeping with the code of judicial conduct but she called him a good man at the time. I'm so that's kind of you know splitting the baby there. And then you know after the final vote she changed From no to present to offset offset the vote of a Republican colleague. Who couldn't be there? He had to go to his daughter's wedding. How does her centrism play with? People in Alaska. Is there chance that making a statement like this will pose a threat to her seat which many Republicans across the country seemed to feel like it would well. She's not up until twenty he twenty two but it's like a large swath of the middle in Alaska really admires her and respects her and unlike Sri independence dependence. You'll recall back in twenty ten. She lost the Republican primary to a tea party. Yeah and then she won on a write in and that was with the help of lots of Democrats and Alaska native groups so her Base of support draws from from Democrats and moderate moderate Republicans and. She's proved that she doesn't need her party. And then you know she aggravates the left and the right alternately gently depending on the particulars of each vote or a politician. Who doesn't need her party? Pretty interesting in this day and age Alaska public media's correspondent Liz Ruskin skin thank you so much l.. Thank you Christmas Day. In the Philippines was a mess of damaged homes flooded roads and packed evacuation centers typhoon with winds gusting up to one hundred twenty one miles. An hour made landfall in the Southeast Asian country. At least twenty eight people died a dozen more are missing. This was actually the second deadly typhoon to hit the Philippines this month and in the twenty first in two thousand nineteen and a Santos is a journalist in Manila. Can you talk about what it looks like in the affected areas. It's almost sounds like this is a really bad storm. Yeah I'll start by giving you an update from the government. The latest was that Tycoon Ursula is no longer directly affecting the Philippines pins but that doesn't mean that we're out of the woods just yet as the typhoon exit. You know it's still dumping rain. In over certain parts of the country and so the authorities are still on watch for areas that will be affected by flash floods and possible landslides currently the government's main focus. As he told me today is that they need to be able to put up `electricity and restore mobile signal in the areas that have been cut off off so that they can properly assess the damage in these areas and also to start bringing back a sense of normalcy to these people that were affected. The typhoon hit during in Christmas. Time and I also spoke to one resident His name is John Reid durant he said that you know it's not only their homes that have been battered but also their spirits g you're saying that He's a resident of Eastern Eastern Samar province that was hit by typhoon. Haiyan six years gold typhoon Haiyan at the time was the strongest typhoon ever recorded. And it's still joe very much in the memory of doddering Doron and his family. He's not been able to reach his family by phone. Mobile Signal continues to be out and he's very sad that at the moment that people are just about to get on their feet six years after it had hit this area there now back to zero again because they're hit by this latest typhoon okay. That is really sad story in area that was recovering and now has been devastated again. Do you have a sense. Based on what we've learned in the past what recovery will look like how long it will take. That's really difficult to answer. Recovery will first of all depend on the extent tint of damage. This particular typhoon fan phone hit the country. Over seven times it made landfall over seven times and it affected different parts of the regions at a different extent. Dant I'll give you an example. I spoke to the governor of Missouri which was one of the most badly hit provinces and he said that Earlier this month they were hit by by another typhoon Typhoon Kamori and in one area where he has about nine thousand residents almost all of them are completely homeless their homes have been wiped out so he was making an appeal for shelter and any kind of shelter building materials. So the rebuilding really be dependent on other valuables to like if an another natural disaster comes in. We'll we'll hope and pray. That doesn't happen. Journalist Anna Santos in Manila. Thanks so much. Thank you alright in Kazakhstan. Today a plane crashed ashed just after takeoff. It's at least twelve. People were killed including the pilot. Dozens more were injured. Here the Beck Air flight carrying ninety eight passengers and crew took off from Almaty international airport. 'cause extends Deputy Prime Minister saying the cause could be pilot error or some kind of technical issues. NPR's Lucian Kim is following destroy from Moscow. He's on the line now. Listen Good Morning. So what else do we know about what happened with this crash when the airline involved as Caldbeck air which bills itself as Kazakhstan's first low cost carrier its website shows has scheduled service to ten cities in Kazakhstan which is a huge country in central Asia's about out four times the size of Texas This particular flight flight twenty one hundred was flying from mit the country's largest city to the capital nor Soltan about six six hundred miles away They're ninety three passengers. Aboard and five crew members. One passenger told local website that the plane took off normally. And then about a minute or two into the fight into the flight. there was a strong shaking Then the plane began to fall. It hit the ground and struck a two story building The fuselage broke apart Airport says there was no fire. which probably accounts for this low death toll Airport posted a list of sixty survivors on facebook. facebook sixty survivors is some good news. I wonder Lucy and do we know anything. Relevant about the type of plane that was involved. Here yes. This is a Dutch built built. Fokker one hundred. It's a commuter jet which is no longer manufactured The company went bankrupt in Nineteen ninety-six. Because it could not compete with Boeing Boeing. Seven three seven Beck air own seven of these planes which are flown by airlines around the world though no longer in the United States what are officials saying about the cause of the crash and about how they plan on investigating it? Well as you already mentioned The prime minister said it could have been pilot error or technical issue The president of the country said that a government commission had already been formed to investigate and he said those responsible would be punished rushed to the full extent of the law Though of course at this point there's no indication of the exact cause or whether laws were violated tomorrow. So in any case has been declared a day of mourning and Kazahkstan. And there's been a call put out for blood donors to step up in El Monte essense very quickly that atten investigation in this part of the world will lead to a real change. Well the short answer is no I mean. Authorities in the former Soviet Union typically pledge to get to the bottom of things but there's this lingering lingering Soviet tradition of inference parents and a lack of accountability unfortunately. NPR's Lucian Kim in Moscow. Lucy thanks so much. Thank you and that is up. 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