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secretary of the navy is out. The Pentagon says Richard. Spencer broke the chain of command over a navy. Seal accused of war crimes. Spencer says his understanding of quote good order and discipline is different than the president's. I'm Steve inskeep with Rachel Martin and this is up I from NPR news People who favor democracy in Hong Kong used democracy to make their point how to local elections challenge China's national government and another Democrat. Democrat joins the two thousand twenty race this time. It's the billionaire who served as mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg. His opponents came fast. Maybe they argument is have got more money within the guy in the White House. I don't think they're gonNA buy that with less than three months until Iowa wire new candidates still emerging stay with us. We'll give you the news. You need to start your day. The support up first and the following message come from Capitol reimagining banking. They offer fee free accounts that can be opened from anywhere in five minutes. That's less time than it takes to listen to up first capital one. What's in your wallet? Capital one in a support also comes from vanguard the vanguard was built around a radical idea. That when you put people first we all benefit together vanguards. Thirty million investors are changing the way the world invests visit. Dan Guard DOT COM or talk to your financial adviser. The civilian head of the navy is out of a job. Richard v Spencer is his name. He was caught between the president above him and the people in uniform billow now. The original dispute here is clear. The Navy wanted to discipline. Eddie Gallagher who was a navy. ABC L. Accused of warcrimes President Trump wrote on twitter that gallagher should escape that discipline but the resolution here is confusing mark asper. He's another another top civilian. The Secretary of Defense. Richard Spencer's boss Mark Esper- alleges that. The Navy secretary interfered with the military process. He says Spencer tried to work out a compromise with the president and that was wrong so spencer has been dismissed but having done that mark asper himself decided in favor of the President and said Eddie Gallagher will remain in the service. Okay we've got. NPR's Pentagon correspondent. Tom Bowman with us to help us understand what's going on here because it is confusing. Tom Can you just start off by explaining based on what Steve Just outlined did the secretary of the Navy lose his job because he publicly disagreed about how to hold. Eddie Gallagher heard this disgrace navy seal accountable or did he lose his job because he broke the chain of command in boxing the Secretary of defense out or both. I think it's probably both and it's really not clear again. Experts said he lost faith in the Navy Secretary Spencer again. He said he talked publicly. About having a Review Board to determine whether gallagher would remain sealed but but then told the White House it was a way out he could retire and keep his seal insignia. But what folks are saying that Spencer talked to experts reviewed Duda other similar cases including cases of marines urinating on dead Taliban essentially found a compromise out of this. So it's hard to say if it's a chain of command issue or this this compromise. What's interesting though is Spencer's letter to trump? Basically says to the president deserves a Navy secretary who is aligned with his views on the future of our force which is similar. You may remember to a letter former defense secretary. Jim Mattis that is wrote the president nearly a year ago right but he this one even goes further. I would argue. I mean Spencer's writing here. The rule of law is what sets US apart from our or adversaries. Good Order and discipline is what is enabled our victory against foreign tyranny time and goes on. Unfortunately it's become apparent that in this respect I no longer share the same understanding with the commander in chief. What has been the response to all this Tom? Well that echoes. What other officials are saying? There's a great deal of concern in the special operations community about there have been a number of these cases. So what's going on here. Is it after eighteen years of war. The standards of being lowered are junior officers and noncommissioned officers looking the other way for wrongdoing. So the head of the Special Operations Command General Rich Clarke even before all of this. This mess decided to put together advisory board looking at those questions. Do you have a problem in the special operations community and they expect to you come up with a report in the next few months whereas gallagher and all this clearly. He's feeling probably pretty good well. Yeah we'll gallagher always said he wanted to retire with his honors and here he is speaking on Fox News yesterday. I just WANNA retire peacefully with with all the honors earned. Get back to my family and you know I don't know how many times I think the president he keeps stepping in and doing the right thing And I just wanted to let him know that the rest of the seal community is is not about this right now they they all respect the president and the ad was doing com showing complete. Insubordination is not a good example of AH good order and discipline in again. As per is saying is it's curious because he's allowing gallagher to keep his insignia and that's she's GonNa out here right and there are plenty of other Military officials who would argue the opposite that it was Spencer who is upholding the military's a conception adoption of good order and discipline. NPR's Tom Bowman. Thanks Tom we appreciate it. You're welcome all right. In Hong Kong Elections Pro Democracy voters turned out in record numbers to deliver a message to China. Yeah Pro Democracy candidates defeated longtime occupants of local local council seats throughout Hong Kong. This was seen as a symbolic referendum for the anti-government movement. We should say the Anti Central Government Movement now in a statement today. Hong Kong's leader who is backed by Beijing by the National Government in China said the government will respect the results of the election. Carrie Lam said the Hong Kong government will quote listen to the opinions of members of the public humbly and seriously reflect all right. We've got NPR's Emily Emily Fang on the line from Hong Kong. Emily you are out in the world. Tell me where you are. First of all. We're right outside Polytechnic University. Where about about sixty? Some newly elected pro Democratic district councillors are trying to go. She access to this campus since Sunday. Dozens of protesters have barricaded themselves inside and refuse to come out and district councillor. Say Their First Acting Office is to negotiate their way in and bring these people out So just talk about the results votes here. I mean this is this is a huge surprise is not wasn't a huge surprise but definitely exceeded expectations of pro Democrats. Now have eighty six percent of district council seats if you look at the map of Hong Kong right now. It is all pro-democratic set for the very fringes of Hong Kong voter turnout with a highest ever has been in any election in Hong History at seventy one percent and so now everyone's looking to twenty twenty two which is when committee chooses. The city's next leader district councillors. Don't make policy. But they do have one important unsponsored -bility they make up just one tenth of that committee that chooses the leader but there's a lot of excitement overhanging. That excitement is that a handful of protestors are still trapped on his campus. And I'm standing right outside of and so today District Councillors side. I went to a lunchtime protest and I spoke to a twenty six zero financial analysts Jackson. Awesome Chang who said he elections him were a bittersweet victory. I was happy owned by the time of what we have paid for for for such. We're paying a lot of such without so we deserve. That's so that's that's that shouldn't be an expense visit surprise. He's saying that they've I paid a lot for such results That they paid in terms of the lives of these protesters were trapped inside this campus. Now and that's why hundreds are here trying to rescue them. So what what. What is the official reaction from Beijing from China's central government? If anything at this point while there's been no official state response but state media has not been pleased. They've accused choose the quote West for meddling in the election for the results. Harry lamb notably Hong Kong's chief. Executive has not come out and made a live statement. She released a statement saying that she would reflect on the election results But what the elections show was the collective power of the Hong Kong people is is quite unified and this is my Hong Kong and Beijing are an impasse. As for Hong Kong. They think democracy works yesterday. Elections were incredibly orderly. They were no protests but the results were surprising they were open ended and stunning and Beijing. Just can't at tolerate that kind of political uncertainty. NPR's Emily Fang in Hong Kong. Emily thanks for your reporting. We appreciate it. Thank you uh Michael. Bloomberg says he's in the former mayor of New York is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's a former Republican. Also a former independent also businessman media executive and billionaire at age. Seventy seven Bloomberg is talked running for president for many years. Now he says he really will run and that he will use his estimated fifty eight billion dollar personal fortune to finance his run. That means he doesn't qualify for the next debate which does require voter fundraising as a sign of support. Bloomberg will also skipped the early primaries and instead set his sights on Super Tuesday in March when a large number of delegates will be in play. He explains his run in an ad. This way Mike Bloomberg for President Jobs Creator leader. problem-solver Kim solver. It's going to take all three to build back country we've got NPR's Mara Liasson with us. This morning so Mara. Tell me if I'm wrong but I seem to recall that Michael Michael Bloomberg had already gone down this road and had decided that if Joe Biden was gonNA run he wasn't GonNa do it. So what changed. I think for Michael Bloomberg his theory of the cases that both both leading candidates of the centrist and left wing lanes in the Democratic Party have been disappointing. And they're both unelectable Elizabeth Warren too far to the left Joe Biden having trouble performing and raising money. And that's really the impetus for Bloomberg's entry. I think for many Democrats he he thinks. The idea of Joe Biden was appealing but the reality of Joe Biden has been disappointing and Biden. Of course is the biggest Target for Bloomberg. He's the one that Bloomberg's entry threatens. The most Bloomberg comes in self-funding centrist billionaire Democrat so his strategy. Just skip the early states. Because it's too late and he's not GonNa make the primary debates. Is that a good idea. Well we don't know it's very unorthodox it's never been done before are but he has many billions of dollars in that could be a real factor especially in the primaries after Iowa New Hampshire South Carolina. And Vada where it's less about visiting every county and meeting a lot of voters one on one more about how much you can afford to spend on TV and he's already spending more than thirty million dollars in television ADS right right. So it's all about Super Tuesday for him so I guess my question is what what is a Michael Bloomberg voter. Look like I mean who would be his base of well. That is really a good question. Because he's not registering in the polls right now he does have a lot of detractors. Of course other candidates are saying. He's just a billionaire trying to buy his way to the nomination and he's also taken some controversial positions in the past like stop and Frisk New York City police departments policy which a federal judge determined in in two thousand thirteen violated the constitutional rights of racial minorities and he is apologizing for that. Here's what he said. I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong. I didn't understand that back them. The full impact that stocks were having on the black and Latino communities. I was totally focused on saving lives but as we know good intentions aren't good enough a big reversal for him. Wasn't it big reversal reversal. He said I got something wrong. I didn't understand back then. The full impact that stop-and-frisk was having on the black and Latino community all right. NPR's Mara Liasson with the latest entry into the already very crowded Democratic nomination process Mara. Thanks we appreciate it. Thank you Also watching this story today. Uber has lost its licence to operate in London. The transport regulator there is citing passenger safety fifty as the reason. London is one of the biggest markets for the ride sharing company for more coverage of this story check out. NPR Dot Org And that is I this Monday November twenty fifth. I'm Rachel Martin and I'm Steve. 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