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"Online at melvilletrust dot org and on Twitter at melvilletrust. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Talks between the US and China have ended without any agreement on trade. President Trump said in a tweet this afternoon that negotiations were candid and constructive. He also said the talks will continue into the future. But he didn't say when meanwhile, the Trump administration has made good on its threat to raise tariffs on another two hundred billion dollars worth of Chinese imports. The US says it's taking this step because China renamed on commitments it had made an earlier negotiations to explain what impact all these tariffs will have we turn now to NPR's gyms Rowley. Hey, jim. Hi, also, just remind what kinds of products are affected by these tariffs. Well, this applies to about two hundred billion dollars in imported products from China. Now only about a quarter of those are consumer goods on. They do not include things like toys and footwear that were exempted by the Trump administration. They do include. Dude, things like bicycles pet food certain kinds of building supplies. These products can still come into the United States from China. Just like they always have. But they will face a a tariff or a tax of twenty five percent. Instead of the the ten percent they pay now. And this will have to be paid by the company that imports them at the port where they're brought in right importers now have to pay this big tariff. But how how exactly will they pay it? Well, anyone of three things can happen. I the importers can call their manufacturing China and try to persuade them to give them a price cut. The menu, right? The manufacturers in China. Forced don't wanna lose business. So AB, though agree to that. Maybe not the second thing is they can they can have that can happen is that the importers just agree to absorb the tariffs themselves, which means of course, they make less money on which they are obviously reluctant to do the only other option they have those to pass the increase onto their customers. In in other words, prices will go up. So my be one of these or it could be some combination of the three we don't really know. But I did speak to Jennifer Hillman who is a professor at Georgetown Law Center. And she says President Trump imposed an earlier round of broader tariffs last year. And she says economists have studied the impact of those tariffs almost all of it close to one hundred percent of it has been paid by US importers and then passed along in various degrees to US customers. So President Trump argues that these tariffs are good for the economy. They bring in money to the treasure US treasury, but home and says. You know, these are ultimately passed on to consumers. So what Trump says may be true. But make no mistake importers are going to try to pass them onto to you. And me. Yeah. And when can you and I expect prices to start rising? Well, they're two points here. First tariffs. They only apply the products that were shipped from China after last night if something was shipped before that, and it's still out there on a freighter heading toward an American port right now, it won't have to pay this higher tariff, and it typically takes two to three weeks of four cargo ships from China to get to the United States. So we have kind of a grace period little wiggle room. The other point is about half the Chinese imports. Are that are facing these intermediate goods that go into making other products? These these are shipped to the United States and used in the manufacture of other products. Something like auto parts or electrical components buttons for coats, the manufacturing process takes awhile. So it will take time for the items to show up in stores, and it will take time for customers to see price increases. All right. That's NPR's. Jim zarroli? Thanks, jim. You're welcome. Okay. Let's continue the conversation about Chinese tariffs with our regular Friday political chat. Our guest this week our JD on of the Washington Post in the Brookings Institution. EJ good to be with you and Bethany Mandel who writes for publications, including the Jewish daily forward and acculturated. Hi bethany. So the tariffs went from ten to twenty five percent on a bunch of Chinese goods just after midnight. So far, the trade war has not really been felt by most American consumers. Yes. Soybean farmers carmakers. But EJ, do you think that it could be felt more widely? If these hires tariffs stay in place. I think the short answer is. Yes, I mean, President Trump is not wrong to say that China engages in unfair trade practices, and he's not wrong to go after them. But he should not take steps as part of a pressure campaign that may well have higher costs to us than to China, and he should certainly not lie and say that these tariffs will be paid by China. No. As Jim zarroli piece just suggested the tariffs are regressive tax that at the end of the line usually end up being paid for by consumers, and they could have a negative effect on the economy and create inflation. I still hope he gets a good deal. But so far, it doesn't look like his great job of it Bethany. What do you think of this, tactically? The trade talks seemed to have been moving in a positive direction before President Trump raised the terrace from ten to twenty five percent, you think that was a smart move. No, I think that from what I'm hearing sort of among people who have been have been following the story is that this this end of negotiations kind of caught the administration by surprise. And that they didn't necessarily realize that they were they were pretty much out of time. And what is worrisome is not necessarily this round of tariffs, but subsequent rounds of tariffs that really will hit the American consumer quite hard and potentially President Trump's base voters, absolutely. There are studies that show that Republican areas getting hit harder by his policies democratic areas. So yes, voters another big standoff in Washington this week is between congress and the White House over special counsel, Robert Muller's report testimony documents. Let's listen to the voices of the top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell house speaker Nancy Pelosi and also House Judiciary committee chairman, Jerry, Nadler, all speaking this week case closed case closed some coding.

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08:38 min | 3 years ago

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"Thanks for being with us. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. As US north. Korea talks have been stalling the regime begins launching short range missiles, Kim Jong UN observed and guided the drills Ron is threatening to restart nuclear activity and the president is sending the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN closer to Iran shores, taking all the appropriate actions, and they met this fish actually, take place and efforts to oust Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro are floundering call this latest insurgency attempt operation freedom, but any hope that he could top Madero quickly seems to be fading. These are just some of the foreign policy challenges facing President Trump in the last seventy two hours president who has promised to elevate the status of the US around the world as president world as president of the United States. I will always put America first if Iran threatens us in any way, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid. Frankly, I think will end up being very good friends with German Kim and with North Korea. I think they have tremendous potential. I've been telling everybody they have tremendous potential, so what he's foreign policy challenges all have in common, and are the US President Trump making progress on solving some of the most vexing diplomatic issues to talk more about all of this. We're joined now by Richard Haass. He's the president of the council on foreign relations and he worked on foreign policy for several Republican presidents. Welcome good to be back. So as one zero in on those three countries, we've just mentioned North Korea, Iran Venezuela, there three very different places. But what does this administration's approach to each of those countries have in common? You think you're right. The very different situations. But the common thread is the degree of ambition that the administration is articulate and we want to say regime change in Venezuela. We wanna see what's tantamount to regime change in Iran, and we wanna see completing clears ation in North Korea. Essentially, we want to as we see it solve all three situ. Nations, and what are the events of the last week tell you about the administration's effectiveness in solving. These problems will alas effectiveness is not the word that comes to mind in the case of Venezuela. The aborted coup was just that it was a aboard enduro appears to be a strong as ever in the case of Iran. We now have a nuclear crisis on our hands and that had been the one area of the relationship that was not an active crisis. And in the case of North Korea diplomacy simply hasn't yielded any any benefits. And meantime, North Korea continues to improve its nuclear missile capabilities. We sent ships to the Persian Gulf region to send a signal to Iran. There's been talk of military intervention in Venezuela. But this is a president who ran on the value of decreasing military entanglements around the world, what is going on? Now. To be an enormous gap between the time to threats of military force made by this president and his willingness to actually do it. If you recall, the North Korea situation several years ago was defined by presidential threats of fire and fury. Then things. Fortunately, never came to that. We're now seeing the threats with Iran. He talked about the possible use of military force in Venezuela. But my sense, you probably looked at it or heard about Venezuela is twice the size of rock. And there are tens, and tens of thousands of people on the ground with guns and like the case in Iraq. You would not simply have the challenge of removing the government. But then you'd have the even bigger challenge putting something better in its place afterwards. So the challenge in Venezuela, even if we succeed in regime change could be enormous that segues into my next question. And that is how does this administration course, correct? At this point with each of these three players that we're talking about again, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. It's the right question in the case of North Korea. I would say we need to jettison all or nothing diplomacy for denuclearization on the back burner and essentially have a serious conversation, which is what does North Korea have to do to reduce its nuclear missile capabilities. And what are we prepared to do in terms of giving them some economic helping return with the case of Iran? I think the real question again is. Would we be prepared to reenter a changed an amended nuclear agreement with Venezuela? It's tougher there. I think the pressure has to be on figuring out a way to shoehorn Mr. Maduro out of there. My guess is it's through some combination of sanctions economic incentives for some of the people around him, and may be persuading the Chinese that they ought to rethink some of their economic largesse towards government. Well, you've just laid out a lot of policy ideas. But do you actually see this administration implementing each of these ideas, this is the most top heavy administration? I've ever seen. What matters is not the terrain. She processed because there isn't one. But really matters is what Donald Trump decides to do and what Donald Trump decides to tweet Richard Haass is the president of the council on foreign relations. Thank you very much for joining us today. Thanks for having. The Trump administration is considering changing the way the government defines poverty that could mean lower benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid for millions of low income. Ericans anti-poverty groups are already up in arms over this NPR's. Pam fess lawyer is covering the issue and is here with us in the studio. Hi, pam. Hi, ari. Why is the administration considering these changes? Well, the way the government measures poverty has always been very controversial. And are a lot of people who think that the current method isn't very good at describing what low income families are actually going through and part of this measure is what's called the poverty line. If you fall below it considered poor right now, it's about twenty six thousand dollars for a family of four. But each year the line is unjust. But is justed for inflation. And what the Trump administration is considering whether to use a different inflation measure to make that adjustment. When it says would be better. But which is also lower than the current rate that we use if something like this did move forward. How would that change access to government benefits? Well, the poverty line would still go up, but probably not as quickly as it goes up under the current system. And what that means is. Overtime fewer people would be considered poor. And it also means that fewer people with qualify for government benefits that are based on the poverty line such as food stamps, which are also called supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits, Medicaid, energy assistance. Head start. There's a whole bunch of programs that low income families rely on the change would be very gradual over time. But the impact could be substantial eventually could affect millions of people who would either see their benefits cut or eliminated. What's the justification? What is supporters as the reason for doing this? Well, the administration's questioning whether the current measure is really that accurate. So it's considering using something instead called the chained consumer price index, and the argument they use for wanting to use potentially wanted to use the chain CPI is that it's a better way to show actual expenses that families face. That's because it assumes that as prices go up people won't keep buying. The same things, but they'll substitute cheaper things. So if the price of state goes up by hop meat instead just to keep their expenses down. And a lot of conham agrees that this is the way to go. In fact, both the Obama administration, and the George W Bush administration tried to do this for some federal programs, but in both cases their proposals never went anywhere because the opposition was so strong from those who stood to lose their benefits and bomb. His case. He wanted to use it for calculating the cost of living increase for social security benefits. So as you can magin that did not go over. Well, and this is still in the proposal stage. It's not an official policy and sense of what will happen with the idea. Right. They just suggest they've posted a notice in the Federal Register that looking for public comment. But right now anti-poverty groups are very opposed to to any change in the poverty rate. It comes at a time. They're already upset over a bunch of other proposals. That the Trump administration has made to cut back on safety net. Programs or to make it more difficult for people to qualify, and they see this part of much bigger fight. So I think those comments a lot of them are going to be very much against this proposal. Ten pairs Pam. Thanks, pam. Thanks. I heard Bernie Dalton last spring. Martinsburg. Dalton.

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"The California coastal commission is comes after the developer was supposed to fix up a pair of lower cost ends. Instead, here's KCRW sterile. Seth men. The coastal commission approved the fine after agreeing that sunshine violated state law that guarantees public access to beach areas, the company didn't physically block anyone from using the beach, but it did violate the terms of a permit that called for refurbishing a pair of moderately priced motels near the Santa Monica. Pier. The company instead built a luxury in the shore hotel where rooms run up to eight hundred dollars a night staffers for the commission also recommend. Added that sunshine pay nearly ten million dollars in what the agency called mitigation fees to make up for the loss of affordable. Accommodations that decision was postponed until the commission can come up with a plan for sunshine to build or fund dozens of replacement rooms part of the coastal Commission's mission is to ensure that people of all income levels have access to coastal accommodations. Commissioners blasted sunshine enterprises before yesterday's vote with one calling its actions, and environmental injustice and governor Gavin Newsom has proposed more than two hundred thirteen billion dollar state government spending plan that boost spending on homelessness while fire prevention and k through twelve education. His proposal announced today is up four and a half billion dollars from his first budget plan released in January support for NPR comes from the Walton family foundation were particularly takes wrote. More information is available at won't family foundation. That Omar g six oh, six KCRW. Thanks for being with us. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. As US north. Korea talks have been stalling the regime begins launching short range missiles,.

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"I'm Ari Shapiro Chang. Tonight's high stakes trade talks between the US and China come just hours before the Trump administration is set to raise the stakes by imposing higher tariffs on two hundred billion dollars worth of Chinese imports. The threat of an all-out trade war has rattled financial markets. The Dow fell again today, though, not nearly as sharply as earlier this week NPR's Scott Horsely joins us now with some perspective. Hey, Scott good to be with us. Now before this week began people were pretty optimistic about a trade deal. But now it looks less likely what is going on. That's just a week ago. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert lighthizer were wrapping up another round of talks in Beijing. And the word we got from the White House was that those talks had been productive. There were hints that the two sides were closing in on a deal. The expectation was that they would be finishing it up. Maybe this week here in Washington. Yeah. But the administration says China started to walk back from commitments it had made earlier in the negotiations and that was confirmed over the weekend and some communications that's when President Trump threatened to increase tariffs as of midnight tonight. Here's how the president put it this afternoon. We were getting very close to a deal, then they started to renegotiate the deal. We can't have that. We can't have that. So our country can take in one hundred twenty billion dollars a year and tariffs paid for mostly by China, by the way, not by us a lot of people try and steer it in a different direction. Really pays ultimately his faith for by largely by China. True. Not really no China might absorb some of the cost of tariffs, but accommodated lion. Shares actually paid by US businesses and consumers and also that figure that Trump's using their one hundred and twenty billion dollars. That's assuming that the US would charge a tariff of twenty five percent on virtually everything we import from China more than five hundred billion dollars worth of goods last year. Now as of midnight tonight, we're only talking about boosting. Tariffs on about half that total. Okay. But if no agreement is reached the president says he's going to add tariffs to everything else. We get from China. So what would that mean for the economy? If Trump follows through on this threat, it would certainly mean a jolt, which is why you're seeing some of this nervousness in the stock market. And we've been on this precipice before tariffs were supposed to go up back in January. Then again, Marsh both times administration held off to give to go. She there's more time. The US is been has been trying to get China to change its behavior on things like protecting intellectual property if the tariffs do go from ten to twenty five percent midnight as scheduled it's going to be higher costs for a lot of Chinese goods. But the real pain would be if Trump follows through on that threat to hit all Chinese imports, including a whole lot of consumer items, the kind of things you find the shelf at WalMart. That's when this would really pinch consumers in the pocket book. Why did China back away from its earlier commitments do we know we don't know for sure? But there seems to be some jock. Talking here over, you know, who's really got the upper hand at the bargaining table. The Wall Street Journal suggests China may have read some of Trump's recent tweets as a sign that Trump is less confident about the US economy, and that would have given Beijing an opening to drive a harder bargain on the other hand Trump might be feeling emboldened by the strong growth, we saw in the first quarter of the good jobs report last week. And that's why he's trying to play hardball here. Of course, both countries economies would suffer a hit. If there is an all out trade war here. Scott horsely. Thanks got your welcome tensions between the US and China are playing out in Europe to Britain plans to let the Chinese company while way, build parts of its five G network, the next generation of wireless technology. The US is lobbying hard against the move yesterday. In London secretary of state, Mike Pompeo suggested Britain could make it easier for China to spy and even control the internet of the future. This is exactly what.

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08:42 min | 3 years ago

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"I'm ari. Shapiro chang. What happens to a city when a whole bunch of its residents get really rich really quickly. A lot of people in San Francisco are worried about that right now the cities in the middle of tech IPO, boom lift and Pinterest went public earlier this year stock in Uber begins trading tomorrow other big names plan to follow. And that means thousands of new millionaires in a city that's already one of the least affordable in the country this week, Gordon Maher who serves on the San Francisco board of supervisors proposed a new payroll tax targeting IPO's. He says the tech boom of the past decade has been good for San Francisco. But there are downsides. We've seen growing traffic congestion and gridlock on our streets due to the huge influx of new workers here in our city, we've seen growing housing crisis. Housing affordability crisis to the point where the median rent right now for one. Veteran apartment is three thousand five hundred a month. Unbelievable. Yeah. And then sort of related to this her homeless crisis. Tens of thousands of our community members continue to live unsheltered on the streets to just to the growing economic divide here in our city how much do the slew of IPO's worsened that situation. That's something about city leaders. And I think most members of our communities are very concerned about there's been a number of studies that have documented how does have a very significant impact increasing the housing costs in the immediate neighborhood. This is an unprecedented situation where we have seven large tech companies going public in the same timeframe all in the same city. So there's a lot of concern about this. So how does your proposed tax address some of those concerns that you've just stated basically just restore attacks on stock compensation income in our city, and this is a tax that actually existed prior to two thousand twelve when we started on granting tax breaks to grow the techs. Sector in our city in the revenue would be used to address the growing inequality crisis in our city to expand affordable housing for working class and middle class residents to support and stabilize or small businesses here in the city that are struggling and haven't benefited from the same tax breaks and just to be clear you've written this proposal. So that this tax would apply to that have already recently happened like lift and Pinterest, and we should note that your proposals still needs to be passed by the San Francisco board of supervisors, and then it would go directly to the voters on the ballot in November. Exactly. I mean, it's still they're still gonna be a lot of public process and debate about this. Okay. Now, one of your colleagues on the board of supervisors told the San Francisco Chronicle that it's quote arrogant to think that tech companies won't leave the city if they are taxed more aggressively. Are you worried about that risk that your tax proposal might drive some tech companies out of San Francisco? I mean, that's something that. I wouldn't say I'm worried about. But it's definitely something about I'm thoughtfully considering as well as I know my colleagues will be so how do you protect against that risk? I do feel like that fear is overstated when it comes to the IPO tax number one. It's a very small tax. We're talking about one point five percent on the immense wealth that will be flowing in when these companies go public, I'm very interested in ensuring that we have a balanced economy here in San Francisco that includes a sector tech sector, but also supports other sectors at haven't benefited from the same tax breaks. Now, San Francisco is a city where a family of four earning one hundred seventeen thousand dollars a year qualifies as low income, according to the department of housing and urban development. That's just a staggering figure is the battle to keep San Francisco. Affordable already a lost battle. That's a very good question. Also on on still optimistic that we can turn things around here. And right the ship in San Francisco, we can't just keep supporting job creation and growth unchecked. And now in two thousand nineteen it's time for us to ask the tech sector to start paying their fair share in taxes so that we can support everybody to be able to live and thrive in our city. San Francisco supervisor Gordon, mar joins us from member station. K Q E D in San Francisco. Thank you very much for speaking with us. Thank you. Also, scientists are about to launch a major study to find out whether a drug can silence. The gene that causes the devastating illness Huntington's disease. This follows the discovery that the experimental drug reduced levels of the damaged protein that causes this mind, robbing disease as NPR science correspondent, Richard Harris reports the new study will determine whether that drug can also stop Huntington's progression. If one of your parents has Huntington's disease. There's a fifty fifty chance you will get it to Ginette Garcia lost her mother to Huntington's. She's one of ten children who get together for huge family reunions with all the usual drama of events like that. But when you throw the word Huntington's disease into that mix. It is all the sudden, this terrifying prospects that were all faced with the disease usually strikes in middle age and can unfold over the course of ten to twenty years the symptoms of HD are like having Alzheimer's. Parkinson's and A-List simultaneously. When it's in its full swing. The fifty seven year old woman from San Jose headed genetic test a decade ago and found out that she was going to develop Huntington's eventually, and she's recently been seeing the first signs, including involuntary movements which she noticed when watching video of herself I saw myself about four months ago for the first time, and I went home. Holy crap. Okay. Here we go. Garcia's disease emerging it what could be a fortunate moment. She's heading off to neurologist to see if she would qualify for a study that is generating a lot of excitement last year drug company. Roche Genentech announced that an experimental drug sharply reduced the amount of illness inducing protein, measured in people's spinal fluid. They are now about to launch a trial involving more than six hundred people with early symptoms of the disease to see if they can slow or stop its progression. So exciting and they're filling it, and I wanna be a part of it. Dr Scott Schoebel who heads the research effort on this drug at Roche says it's been more than twenty five years since the Huntington gene was discovered that's taken that long to translate the genetic discoveries into a tractable therapeutic strategy, scientists developed ways to silence the damage, gene. So the body makes far less of the illness inducing protein, other researchers figured out how to deliver the drug into the brain the solution. There is to inject it into a person's spinal fluid. The drug could actually. Transfer quite readily to the brain, and then sink into the target brain tissue. Roche started recruiting patients for its new study in January, but it halted the trial after discovering the drug didn't need to be injected as often as they'd planned. We're going to get back up and running over the next several weeks to months Huntington's affects about thirty thousand people in the United States, and this drug is the most hopeful news yet, George your Lena, scientists at the Huntington's disease society of America says his main concern is whether the drug will penetrate deeply enough into the brain to stop the disease. If not other treatments are also in the works. He says some with more potential to reach deep into the brain. So lot of different approaches are being worked on in different stages of drug discovery across the world. It's really quite exciting. Janette Garcia says she's all in on this one and not for herself as much as for her four children and six grandchildren. I have a grandson Richard that was born blind whose at risk for HD. I'm just not going to stop because I don't want him to. Have to deal with this Richard Harris, NPR news. You're listening to all things considered on WNYC for years Palestinians who live in Gaza have dealt with extremely high levels of poverty, and unemployment the one thing that has changed recently is that Egypt has actually opened its border. So people are now fleeing Gaza, there's a real exodus coming up stories of those who are leaving and those who are not both after news headlines tonight. We've got a.

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"NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. From its hit show jersey shore to the video music awards. Mtv is all about youth culture in its many forms. And now it's branching out to network has announced a new documentary division, Sheila Nevins will lead it. She is eighty years old, and she is an institution in the world of documentary film, NPR's Elizabeth Blair joins us now with all the details. Hale is so okay for people who may not recognize her name. Tell us more about who Sheila Nevins is Sheila Nevins was the president of HBO documentary films. And she started there in nineteen seventy nine so before MTV was even born she grew up in the city, she went to Barnard and the Yale school of drama in the early sixties and as an executive producer. She's got a very broad palette. She's overseeing documentaries about artists and entertainers. But also serious topics like addiction and global terrorism. Some of her credits include citizen for the Edward Snowden documentary paradise lost about the west, Memphis three and more recently. She produced the true crime drama. The jinx about real estate heir Robert Durst family of Kathleen Durst from the beginning head said, they believed Robert Durst was responsible now that documentary which seemed fairly traditional had an ending that really threw people for a loop. And that unexpected edge is something Nevins is really known for finding subjects that appeal, but also experimenting with the form. Entity already has reality shows has news. So what's the thinking behind adding a whole other documentary division? What's the goal here? Well, first and foremost, they need to attract and keep young viewers on whatever platform they're on while they've made some award winning documentaries over the years. They've been in a rating slump until about a year ago. They're looking for something fresh and ducks are very popular right now MTV has also long projected, it's brand is being very civic minded thank rock the vote and it produced the documentary series sixteen and pregnant which looked at different issues facing a teenager who gets pregnant from Dopp Shen graduating high school. And so now it's looking to Sheila Nevins to bring her gravitas and middle skill to helping a new generation of filmmakers explored different platforms and stories. So I'm just going to say it out loud. Nevins just turned eighty MTV obviously caters to teens. Young adults young people what what is the thinking behind hiring someone like Nevins, she's eighty and she has got a lot of experience. I spoke with Christmas air. I spoke with Chris McCarthy president of MTV about this question. And the fact that Nevins is eighty years old does not seem to concern him in the slightest in fact to hear him tell it her experience is her superpower McCarthy who hired her said, he's admired Nevins ever since. He was a kid watching HBO's taxicab confessions, which is a gritty unscripted series of conversations between cab drivers and their customers. He said he loves that Nevins is committed to stories about the underdog and he wants his team to learn the craft of documentary filmmaking from her firsthand he wants her to help elevate the storytelling to new level on MTV. All right. Well, that's NPR arts. Correspondent Elizabeth Blair. Thanks. Thank you. The one month countdown starts today for soccer fans on June seventh the women's World Cup opens in France, the US. Favored to defend its title from the last tournament in two thousand fifteen if the women do win it would be their fourth World Cup championship. They have never finished lower than third since the women's tournament began in nineteen Ninety-one as NPR's Tom Goldman reports that success is in sharp contrast to the US men's team which struggles internationally. The last time the US women's national team played a month ago in Los Angeles. The Americans thumped Belgium six nail the lopsided win thrilled. The nearly twenty one thousand fans who packed.

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02:25 min | 3 years ago

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"All things considered. I'm Ari Shapiro Chang. If you live in the central part of this country, you don't need us to tell you about the weather. You're having starting in the southwest and spreading to the Great Lakes wind and snow having your daily companions and many of you have lost power. This is the second bomb cyclone to hit the region in a month in whether speak the low strengthened as the system moved east, which actually was the cause of a lot of mischief. David Roth is with the national weather service. He says, although the system was not as bad as the March storm the sudden drop in air pressure was severe recorded. Wind gusts across west Texas is highest seventy eight miles an hour last. I heard over twenty wildfires sending caused by system. K L K photojournalist Larry Rodriguez in Lubbock Texas was driving around the city on assignment Wednesday when he pulled over to take a video of the dust storm. A very sunny day here. And then all of a sudden raid. Gets blown up into the sky, and you can still see the sun. But it's just orange. I've never been to Moore's, but I would imagine what it would be like maybe some of that dirt showed up in tweeted photo posted by Jennifer Everley in Minnesota. It shows the words Texas dust written in thirty snow on the hood of a car part of Minnesota the state patrol took a video of one of their troopers fighting the wind on an ice-covered road in the town of lake field. He slides sideways and finally succumbs falling to the ground to the east snowfall topped previous records in parts of Wisconsin. Late for snow. Hope Kerr win is a public radio. Reporter in southwestern Wisconsin, she pulled her car over in the town of westby to talk to us. She says it wasn't just snow in yesterday. There was thunder snow snowing. But there Sunder and lightning. There were a lot of power outages because of the wind knocking over polls. I know a lot of communities around the lacrosse area were affected by that whole told it was bad enough, but the second bomb cyclone could have been worse for those folks along the Missouri river who got flooded after the last bomb cyclone. There's good news. The weather service says this storm is not expected to cause further flooding because the ground isn't frozen anymore. All right, bad news for those stragglers out there. If you have not started watching game of thrones yet there are literally not enough hours left to catch.

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"I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Today, Julian Assange supporters are calling him a hero London. Judge calls him a narcissist later. President Trump hosts South Korea's leader as the White House to discuss their northern neighbor. We think that North Korea has tremendous potential and. Really potential under the leadership of Kim Jong UN and a deadline tomorrow forces some transgender servicemembers and their families to make tough decisions. I'm scared that now it's easier for someone to change the policy and say, we have the piece of paper that says that you have gender dis fauria, and we don't like that. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Shay Stevens. President Trump says he knows nothing about WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange, who's facing a US hacking conspiracy charge. Trump was responding to reporters questions about the arrest of Assange and the Justice Department's efforts to extradite him from London I've been saying what happened with. And that will be a determination. I would imagine mostly by the attorney general doing an excellent job. So he'll be making a determination. I know nothing really about him. It's not my it's not my deal in life into hundred sixteen candidate Trump often praised WikiLeaks and the group's publication of Hillary Clinton stolen emails. Vice President Mike Pence is once again calling for tougher US immigration laws cage as Michel Marie Cocco reports on Pence's trip to Arizona's border with Mexico yesterday flanked by a group of all of uniform border patrol agents, and what the US Mexico border fence topped and concertina wire as a backdrop Pence column congress to Hardin immigration rules got to continue to build a wall. We got to continue to give these courageous men and women the resources they need to do their job. But congress has got to act ten said, the Trump administration is not considering separating migrant families again, but urged congress to change the floors agree. A court settlement that established rules under which immigrant children could be held and he called for faster deportation proceedings to Central American countries for NPR news, I'm school in Nogales Pope Benedict as released a letter expressing dissenting view on the clergy sexual abuse crisis Benedict who resigned the papacy six years ago is blaming the scandal on cultural change and lacks church teachings NPR's. Tom gjelten reports that the letter is a challenge to pope Francis. It's been six centuries since the Catholic church last had two popes and the prospect of the church not speaking clearly with one voice Benedict has much more conservative than pope Francis. So far it hasn't been an issue because Benedict has kept his views to himself with his new letter. That has now changed and it concerns. The biggest problem. The church faces the clergy abuse crisis. Francis says the church's failure to address it stems from an accent. Deference to clerical authority Benedict sees a breakdown of cultural mores arising from the sexual revolution. And the emergence of what he calls homosexual clicks in Catholic seminaries Catholics will have to decide which pope to listen to Tom gelatin NPR news authorities in southwest Pakistan, say a bomb exploded at an open air market in Quetta today, killing at least sixteen people and wounding dozens more the blast occurred near a Shiite residential area. The city the group no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. You're listening to NPR news. Attorney Michael I have an ATI is facing a sentence of three hundred thirty five years in prison. If convicted on all charges related to tax evasion. Bank fraud and stealing millions of dollars for clients. Charges stemmed from thirty six count federal indictment announce yesterday in Los Angeles at Nadia's also facing wire fraud, extortion and other charges in New York in connection with an alleged attempt to extort money from Nike. He's best known for representing a porn star. Who sued President Trump for denying that they ever had an affair New York state plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for lowering General Electric to start removing PCB contamination from the Hudson river in upstate New York. As w AMC's Lucas Willard reports the says it considers the work complete that further study is needed the EPA Thursday announced to actions regarding General Electric's work to remove toxic PCB's from the upper Hudson, the company polluted the river for decades region to administrator Pete Lopez said EPA issued what he characterized as illegal. Receipt for GE's work to remove contaminated sediment for a forty mile section of the river. But he said GE's work is not complete issuance of a certification of completion of remedial action. Does not let g off the EPA says it will not determine the effectiveness of the remedy until more years of Hudson river fish tissue, data are gathered for NPR news. I'm Lucas Willard in Albany New York on stock markets in Asia shares closed mixed higher Tokyo, I'm.

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"All things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. After seven years inside Ecuador's embassy in London. Julian Assange was thrown out today. British police took him into custody paving the way for his extradition to the US. The Justice department has charged him with conspiracy related to the leak of national security information while some have hailed Assange for exposing government secrets other say he has put US missions and staff at grave risk will hear more about that. In a few minutes at first, let's understand why Assange took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in the first place. We're joined now from London by NPR's ofeibea, Quist arcton. Welcome greetings. So it has been a pretty dramatic day in London for Assange. Can you just briefly describe what has happened today at about ten o'clock local time, the British police arrived at the Ecuador embassy way, you say he's Bayden since two thousand twelve and invited in by the Ecuadorian government. They hung. Lead Khaw carry Julian Assange, who's looking gone frail with a huge white bed out of the embassy. He was shouting this is unlawful this is unlawful and they bundled him into a waiting van. Can we just rewind the clock seven years? I mean what what was the co founder of WikiLeaks doing taking refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London in the first place, Julian Assange was accused of rape and molestation in Sweden, which was seeking his extradition. So in two thousand twelve he was in cold in Britain, and he was out on bail. Now, he jumped bail said to speak, and he literally ducked into the Ecuador's embassy, and he has been there ever since. So he has spent seven years inside an embassy his movements have been restricted for the past. Several years. How did he cope initially pretty well? I mean, we used to see Julian Assange on the balcony all the Ecuadorian embassy. Speaking almost holding court, then he was very confident he was confident because the then president all of Ecuador was a friend of his he made one of these pronouncements from the embassy balcony back into twelve hundred. Jason. Months ago one hundred.

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"From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Attorney general William bar was back on Capitol Hill for a second consecutive day today this time before the Senate bar provided a couple new details related to special counsel Robert Mueller's final report, but the attorney general also said something else that we're going to dig into. Now, he said that the US government spied on the Trump campaign. NPR Justice reporter Ryan Lucas was listening in and he joins us now. Hey, brian. So President Trump has accused the Obama administration before spying on his campaign. Then this comes up at the bar hearing today, what exactly the attorney general say so bar was asked by democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen whether he actually thinks that the US government spied on the Trump campaign, and this is what bar had to say. I think there's spying Kerr. Yes, I think spying that occur. Well, let me. Predicated adequately predicated, and I'm not suggesting it wasn't predicated adequately predicated to translate that out of lawyer speak. What bar sane is that he wants to figure out whether that quote unquote spine was done legally. Now, he said it would be a big deal if the government had indeed a legally spied on a political campaign. He says that he's putting a team together of people at the Justice department look into this. He says it's not a formal investigation. Now, these allegations are actually something that the department's inspector general is already looking at and bar said yesterday actually that that investigation is expected to wrap up in may or June another probe. Okay. So this is an idea that the president's allies in congress have been long pushing for you know, for months, so do you feel like it carries more weight? Now when it comes from the attorney general what's the big deal for the attorney general to say this. He's a very good very experienced lawyer Bill bars, he's usually pretty circumspect with his language in his decision to call this spine, which of course, echoes the president's. Raise a lot of eyebrows. Here's democrat Brian chats. I think the word spying could cause everybody in the. Cable news ecosystem to freak out. Senator Schadt said that it's different when the attorney general uses the words spine in this context. He says it's provocative it's inflammatory, and he gave chance actually a bar to reconsider his word choice. Here's how that exchange went. I'm not sure of all the. Connotations of that were that you're referring to unauthorized surveillance. I wanna make sure there was no rush surveillance. Okay. Thank you is that is that more appropriate in your mind. It sounds a little testy there. So I mean, we do know that there was some surveillance targeting people involved in the Trump campaign did bar get into what his specific concerns are. Right. We know for example, that a court approved surveillance against Trump campaign aide Carter page, this was because the FBI had concerns that page might have been working with the Russian government. We know this because the government's top-secret application to the court to get the authority to conduct that surveillance was actually made public bar said he doesn't have any specific evidence that the FBI or other US intelligence agencies today anything wrong, but he does have concerns about how all of this went down. He said normally law enforcement with Tele campaign if they thought that it was targeted by foreign intelligence. We know that the Trump campaign did receive a counter intelligence briefing in the summer of twenty six sixteen. We just don't know what they were told mom line here, though bar has concerns. He wants to look into it. All right. That's NPR's. Ryan Lucas, thanks Ryan the investigations into the fatal lion air and airlines crash. Che's have revealed troubling details about safety, for example. Boeing was charging extra for a safety feature. One that might have helped the pilots in those flights. Boeing says it will now make that feature standard. We wondered whether the same could be true of safety features in cars. Some new cars have features to avoid collisions or staying Elaine, depending on the make and model features like those could come standard or cost extra. David Friedman was acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and he's now on the policy side of consumer reports. Welcome to the studio. Thanks a lot for having me. Let's start by talking about a feature called automatic emergency. Breaking understand this is a technology that has been really widely adopted largely because of a voluntary agreement where automakers said, they'll make it standard by twenty twenty two. What does this do how important is it? Well, this technology is fantastic. Basically, if you're about to rear end, someone this technology will I warn you. And if you don't act it will hit the brakes for you and the data show that it could reduce rear end crashes by forty percent or more. Said it'll be standard by twenty twenty two. But if I buy a new car today likely to have this feature, honestly, it's fifty fifty if we look at twenty nineteen model year data about half of the automakers sell vehicles where the technology comes standard Toyota, for example, and Honda have been making a lot of this technology standard on their vehicles with the others..

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"Things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Over the past few years Saudi's crown prince has tightened his grasp on power. He's had critics and activists detained reportedly tortured and the CIA believes that he ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal kashogi all the while Saudi Arabia has continued to drop bombs in neighboring Yemen. And during all of this the US has not had an ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Well that change today. The Senate confirmed retired four-star General John Abbas aid to the post to understand what Abbas brings to this daunting task or joined now by Brian catoon of the center for American progress. Welcome great to be with you. Start by visiting an important time in general Abbas aids career. This is the last few months when he was overseeing US central command. It was right before the two thousand seven surge of US troops in Iraq. How did feel about strategy? Opposite was concerned at the time about the focus on military tools. What he tried to do in the debates inside of the Bush administration was broaden discussion to include diplomatic tools. His his essential point was that. We don't need to be throwing more US troops into a problem that essentially is political and he largely arguments largely fell on deaf ears, which is why we did the surge. But I think he was the head of the curvy. Understood the thing that I think many of us now look at the region. No fully from our experiences there that it's how do you motivate whether it's a Rockies or Saudis or others to pull their weight to actually settle their conflicts. And then deliver services to their. People that we can't do that from the US perspective that it's too costly. And it's better for these partners to do it, you know, less effectively and over a longer timescale, perhaps what do you think of his aides fitness for his new role as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia? I mean, which say that he's Lebanese-American. He speaks Arabic, but what additional qualifications? Do you see this, man? I think he's an ideal candidate he's steady. He's practical. He's very knowledgeable of the region. He knows the Saudis very well by virtue of his his past positions. They know him very well. So the Saudis won't be able to pull the wool over his eyes. I think he faces a number of challenges. I he's going to have to figure out how to make sure he's part of the conversation between the Royal palace and Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince you mean because they're such a close relationship all ready between the crown prince and the president son in law, Jared Kushner, that's it. Yeah. This linkage between the Royal palace in the west wing. He's going to have to figure out how to navigate that. And make sure that he's in the loop. Secondly, he arrives in this position at a very heated in hyper partisan moment about US Saudi relations in our politics. There are a lot of understandable and legitimate questions because of Jamaica show cheese, murder and the war and these are concerns that even Republicans have about the White House's approach to Saudi Arabia. Absolutely. It's not simply just a partisan issue. But I think with our elections will become even more. So, you know, the Democrats much more skeptical about Saudi Arabia these days, so he'll have to serve in this position. And try to buffer the working relationship from a lot of those political tensions given those sprawling challenges. What do you think his first priority should be as he ventures forth on this new job as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia? Ho, I I think he's got to work with the Saudis to find a way to resolve the conflict in Yemen, and the US has substantial leverage it can use to help the Saudis defend themselves. But. Then also resolve the conflict second, I think he needs to keep these very important issues of Saudi Arabia's human rights record on the agenda. Even though the Trump administration has downgraded those issues. It's a very important issue for the sake of bilateral relations, democra- show, she their detention of human rights activists all of these things create turbulence in the US Saudi relationship and are of deep moral concern to a lot of Americans. Brian is a senior fellow at the center for American progress. Thanks so much for joining us today. Great, thanks for having me share prices for the British drug maker in divvy or plunge today on the London stock exchange. The drop came on news that the US Justice department indicted, the company on fraud and conspiracy charges interviewer makes the drug suboxone widely used to treat people suffering from opioid addiction. Federal prosecutors now claim the company falsely marketed suboxone as safer and less prone to abuse than cheaper generic. Eric drugs north country. Public radio's Brian man reports the twenty eight count indictment filed in Virginia court claims of your executive lied when they claim dissolve -able suboxone films placed into the tongue would be safer harder to misused generic tablets were about to come on the market government. Investigators say in some cases of yours version of the drug was more risky. The indictment claims taxpayer funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid, cheated out of billions of dollars Justice department officials declined NPR's request for an interview Robert Byrd as professor of business law at the university of Connecticut who follows opioid cases closely he says his criminal indictments has powerful signal to a drug industry already snared the opioid addiction crisis. Not only the companies that are being indicted, but also other organisations competitors who will look at these prosecutions in say, I don't want this to happen to me. And in your executives also declined to be interviewed by NPR, but companies. Jennifer ginther read from a prepared statement denying any wrongdoing and describing federal indictment as misguided. Top. Priority has always been the treatment of patients struggling with opioid addiction. No other company has done more to fight the opioid crisis. This point and central role treating people addicted to opioids represents a fascinating wrinkle. In this case. The Justice department has filed criminal charges against other opioid makers in the past winning a guilty plea in a six hundred million dollar settlement from Purdue pharma, the maker of Oxycontin in two thousand seven but in divvy or doesn't actually make prescription painkillers. It makes drugs like suboxone designed to treat people suffering from opioid dependency so highly effective medication that we endorse in. I report Alan Leshner chaired a panel for the national academies of sciences engineering and medicine released. A new study last month finding that drugs like suboxone are being underutilized he worries that all the bad publicity surrounding drug companies and their products will make it harder. For people struggling with opioid addiction to get treatment drugs. So there's a tremendous amount of stigma surrounding everything related to addiction, and the stigma and misunderstanding has kept a tremendous number people from getting the treatment that they need these recovery. Drugs matter because more than one hundred Americans are still dying from opioid overdoses every day, but like other medications that contain opioids suboxone can be abused. This federal indictment claims that while in divvy or downplayed the risks of their drugs. The company also boosted profits by helping create a black market connecting patients suffering from addiction with doctors writing too many prescriptions for suboxone at too strong adults in its statement video rejected that claim saying the company never deliberately diverted its product to increase sales the states here high if indeed is found guilty. Prosecutors say the company should forfeit at least three billion dollars in penalties and viewer and other big drug makers, including Purdue pharma Johnson and. Johnson already faced hundreds of civil lawsuit.

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"What's happening? Well, the wanna one at Las Virginis it looks like we have a collision there and that's causing quite a bit of a backup. As you make your way into the valley on the north or southbound one one all right? Holly Adams keeping us updated. We move on with the news on KCRW four thirty five. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Over the past few years Saudi's crown prince has tightened his grasp on power. He's had critics and activists detained and reportedly tortured and the CIA believes that he ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal kashogi all the while Saudi Arabia has continued to drop bombs in neighboring Yemen. And during all of this the US has not had an ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Well that changed today. The Senate confirmed retired four-star General John Abbas aid to the post to understand what Abbas brings to this daunting. Task or joined now by Brian catoon of the center for American progress. Welcome great to be with you want to start by visiting an important time in general Abbas aids career. This is the last few months when he was overseeing US central command. It was right before the two thousand seven surge of US troops in Iraq. How did Abbas feel about that strategy? Opposite was concerned at the time about the focus on military tools. What he tried to do in the debates inside of the Bush administration was broaden the discussion to include diplomatic tools. His his essential point was that. We don't need to be throwing more US troops into a problem that essentially is political and he largely his arguments largely fell on deaf ears, which is why we did the surge. But I think he was the head of the curve. Understood the thing that I think many of us now look at the region. No fully from our experiences there that it's how do you motivate whether it's a Rockies or Saudis. Or others to pull their weight to actually settle their conflicts. And then deliver services to their people that we can't do that from the US perspective that it's too costly. And it's better for these partners to do it, you know, less effectively and over a longer timescale, perhaps what do you think of Zaid's fitness for his new role as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia. I mean, we should say that he's Lebanese-American. He speaks Arabic, but what additional qualifications? Do you see this, man? I think he's an ideal candidate he's steady. He's practical. He's very knowledgeable of the region. He knows the Saudis very well by virtue of his his past positions. They know him very well. So the Saudis won't be able to pull the wool over his eyes. I think he faces a number of challenges. I he's going to have to figure out how to make sure he's part of the conversation between the Royal palace and Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince you mean, because they're such a close relationship already between the crown prince and the president's son in law, Jared Kushner, that's it. Yeah. This linkage between the Royal palace in the west wing. He's going to have to figure out how to navigate that. And make sure that he's in the loop. Secondly, he arrives in this position at a very heated, hyper partisan moment about US Saudi relations in our politics. There are a lot of understandable and legitimate questions because of Jamaica show cheese, murder and the war. These are concerns that even Republicans have about the White House's approach to Saudi Arabia. Absolutely. It's not simply just a partisan issue. But I think with our elections it will become even more. So, you know, the Democrats much more skeptical about Saudi Arabia these days, so he'll have to serve in this position and try to buffer the working relationship from a lot of those political tensions. So given those sprawling challenges. What do you think his first priority should be as he ventures forth on this new job as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia? I I think he's got to work with the Saudis to find a way to resolve the conflict in Yemen. And the US has substantial leverage it can use to help the Saudis defend themselves. But then also resolve the conflict second, I think he needs to keep these very important issues of Saudi Arabia's human rights record on the agenda. Even though the Trump administration has downgraded those issues. It's a very important issue for the sake of bilateral relations, the murder of Damascus their detention of human rights activists all of these things create turbulence in the US Audi relationship and are of deep moral concern to a lot of Americans. Brian is a senior fellow at the center for American progress. Thanks so much for joining us today. Great, thanks for having me share prices for the British drug maker in divvy or plunge today on the London stock exchange. The drop came on news that the US Justice department indicted, the company on fraud and conspiracy charges in DVR makes the drug suboxone widely used to treat people suffering from opioid addiction federal prosecute. It is now claim the company falsely marketed suboxone as safer and less prone to abuse than cheaper generic drugs. North country. Public radio's Brian man reports the twenty eight count indictment filed in Virginia court claims your executives lied when they claim dissolve -able suboxone films placed into the tongue would be safe harder to misused generic tablets that were about to come on the market government. Investigators say in some cases, divvy version of the drug was more risky. The indictment claims taxpayer funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid were cheated out of billions of dollars Justice department officials declined NPR's request for an interview Robert Byrd is a professor of business law at the university of Connecticut who follows the opioid cases closely. He says his criminal indictment says a powerful seal to a drug industry already snared in the opioid addiction crisis. Not only the companies that are being indicted, but also other organisations competitors who will look at these prosecutions in say, I don't want this to. Happen to make interviewer executives also declined to be interviewed by NPR. But company spokesperson, Jennifer ginther read from a prepared statement denying any wrongdoing and describing the federal indictment as misguided. Top priority is always been the treatment of patients struggling with opioid addiction. No other company has done more to fight the opioid crisis. This point in DVR central role, treating people addicted to opioids represents a fascinating wrinkle. In this case. The Justice department has filed criminal charges against other opioid makers in the past winning a guilty plea in six hundred million dollar settlement. From Purdue pharma, the maker of Oxycontin in two thousand seven but in divvy doesn't actually make prescription painkillers. It makes drugs like suboxone designed to treat people suffering from opioid dependency so highly effective medication that we endorse in. I report Alan Leshner chaired a panel for the national academies of sciences engineering and medicine they're released. A new study last month finding that drugs like suboxone are being underutilized he worries that all the bad publicity surrounding drug companies and their products will make it harder. For people struggling with opioid addiction to get treatment drugs. So there's a tremendous amount of stigma surrounding everything related to dick. And the stigma and misunderstanding has kept a tremendous number people getting the treatment that they need these recovery. Drugs matter because more than one hundred Americans are still dying from opioid overdoses every day, but like other medications that contain opioids suboxone can be abused. This federal indictment claims that while in divvy or downplayed the risks of their drugs. The company also boosted profits by helping create a black market connecting patients suffering from addiction with doctors writing too many prescriptions for suboxone at too strong dose in its statement divvy or rejected that claim saying the company never deliberately diverted its product to increase sales the states here high if indeed you're is found guilty. Prosecutors say the company should forfeit at least three billion dollars in penalties in DVR and other big drug makers, including.

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"This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Over the past few years Saudi's crown prince has tightened his grasp on power. He's had critics and activists detained and reportedly tortured and the CIA believes that he ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal kashogi all the wild Saudi Arabia has continued to drop bombs in neighboring. And during all of this. The US has not had an ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Well that change today. The Senate confirmed retired four-star General John Abbas aid to the post to understand what Abbas brings to this daunting task or joined now by Brian catoon of the center for American progress. Welcome great to be with you. So I'm to start by visiting an important time in general Zaid's career. This is the last few months when he was overseeing US central command. It was right before the two thousand seven surge of US troops in Iraq. How did Abbas eight feel about that strategy? Opposite was concerned at the time about the focus on military tools. What he tried to do in the debates inside of the Bush administration was broaden discussion to include diplomatic tools. His his essential point was that. We don't need to be throwing more US troops into a problem that essentially is political and he largely his argument. Largely fell on deaf ears, which is why we did the surge. But I think he was the head of the curvy. Understood the thing that I think many of us now look at the region. No fully from our experiences there that it's how do you motivate whether it's a Rockies or Saudis or others to pull their weight to actually settle their conflicts. And then deliver services to their people that we can't do that from the US perspective that it's too costly. And it's better for these partners to do it, you know, less effectively and over a longer timescale perhaps. So what do you think of Zaid's fitness for his new role as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia? I mean, which say that he's Lebanese-American. He speaks Arabic, but what additional qualifications? Do you see this, man? I think he's an ideal candidate he's steady. He's practical. He's very knowledgeable of the region. He knows the Saudis very well by virtue of his his past positions. They know him very well. So the Saudis won't be able to pull the wool over his eyes. I think he faces a number of. Challenges. I he's going to have to figure out how to make sure he's part of the conversation between the Royal palace and Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince you mean because they're such a close relationship all ready between the crown prince and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, that's it. Yeah. This linkage between the Royal palace in the west wing. He's going to have to figure out how to navigate that. And make sure that he's in the loop. Secondly, he arrives in this position at a very heated and hyper partisan moment about US Saudi relations in our politics. There are a lot of understandable and legitimate questions because of Jamaica show cheese murder and the war concerns that even Republicans have about the White House's approach to Saudi Arabia, absolutely simply just a partisan issue. But I think with our elections it will become even more. So, you know, the Democrats much more skeptical about Saudi Arabia these days, so he'll have to serve in this position. And try to buffer the working relationship from a lot of those political tensions. So given those sprawling challenges, what do you think his first priority should be as he ventures forth on this new job as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia? Ho, I I think he's got to work with the Saudis to find a way to resolve the conflict in Yemen, and the US has substantial leverage it can use to help the Saudis defend themselves. But then also resolve the conflict second, I think he needs to keep these very important issues of Saudi Arabia's human rights record on the agenda. Even though the Trump administration has downgraded those issues. It's a very important issue for the sake of bilateral relations in the murder of democracy. Their detention of human rights activists all of these things creek turbulence in the US Saudi relationship in our of deep moral concern to a lot of Americans. Brian is a senior fellow at the center for American progress. Thanks so much for joining us today. Great, thanks for having me share prices for the British drug maker. Divvy or plunge today on the London stock exchange. The drop came on news that the US Justice department indicted, the company on fraud and conspiracy charges in DVR makes the drug suboxone widely used to treat people suffering from opioid addiction. Federal prosecutors now claim the company falsely marketed suboxone as safer and less prone to abuse than cheaper generic drugs. North country. Public radio's Brian man reports the twenty eight count indictment filed in Virginia court claims your executives lied when they claim dissolve -able suboxone films placed into the tongue would be safe harder to misused generic tablets were about to come on the market government. Investigators say in some cases and divvy version of the drug was more risky. The indictment claims taxpayer funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid were cheated out of billions of dollars Justice department officials declined NPR's request for an interview Robert Byrd is a professor of business law at the university of Connecticut who follows opioid cases closely. He says it's criminal indictments has. Powerful single to a drug industry already snared in the opioid addiction crisis. Not only the companies that are being guided, but also other organisations competitors who will look at these prosecutions in say, I don't want this to happen to make India executives also declined to be interviewed by NPR, but company spokesperson, Jennifer ginther read from a prepared statement denying any wrongdoing and describing the federal indictment as misguided. Individuals. Top priority is always in the treatment of patients struggling with opioid addiction. No other company has done more to fight the opioid crisis. This point in devere central role, treating people addicted to opioids represents a fascinating wrinkle. In this case. The Justice department has filed criminal charges against other opioid makers in the past winning a guilty plea in six hundred million dollar settlement from Purdue pharma, the maker of Oxycontin into thousand seven but in divvy or doesn't actually make prescription painkillers. It makes drugs like suboxone. Designed to treat people suffering from opioid dependency. So highly effective medication that we endorse in report. Alan Leshner chaired a panel for the national academies of sciences engineering medicine that released a new study last month finding that drugs like suboxone are being underutilized. He worries all the bad publicity surrounding drug companies in their products will make it harder for people struggling with opioid addiction to get treatment drugs. So there's a tremendous amount of stigma surrounding everything related to ditch. And the stigma and misunderstanding has kept a tremendous number people getting the treat built that. They need these recovery drugs matter because more than one hundred Americans are still dying from opioid overdoses every day. Like other medications that contain opioids suboxone can be abused. This federal indictment claims that while in divvy or downplayed the risks of their drugs. The company also boosted profits by helping create a black market connecting patients suffering from addiction with doctors writing too many prescriptions for suboxone too strong, a dose in its statement rejected that claim saying the company never deliberately diverted its product to increase sales the states here high if you're is found guilty. Prosecutors say the company should forfeit at least three billion dollars in penalties in.

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"This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo was on Capitol Hill today defending the Trump administration's decision to cut aid to Central America Pompeo, tried to convince lawmakers that money to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras should be withheld until those countries do more to stop their citizens from coming to the US. Some lawmakers said that is backwards thinking as NPR's Michele Keleman reports. The ranking democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations committee Robert Menendez says USA decentral America is meant to address the root causes of migration. Why are people fleeing they're fleeing because of violent crime, their choices stare or flee and have a chance at living or sees stay see my daughter raped or stay see my son forcibly put into a gang. We need to fight at the very essence of that. And the very essence of that is not at our border. It's in Central America, but argues that US aid programs in El Salvador. Doris in Guatemala are not working his evidence the situation at the US southern border. You can see if they fact of this crisis that it has not been affective. And so we are endeavouring to change that right? This is that we deal in reality. Not enough to take taxpayer money and spend it there you need to get something for that. And that's what we are engaged in. Now secretary told Senate appropriators Tuesday that the US has stopped allocating new funds until those countries take seriously the need to control their own borders. Some lawmakers see this as a major departure Congressman, Tom Mellano sqi. A former State Department official says it's one thing to help these countries deal with the causes of migration. It's another to demand that they stop people from leaving can you think of any precedent historical precedent in which the United States has urged another country to stop people from leaving. I mean, we urge the Soviet Union to allow Soviet Druce to leave. We we would we have condemned North Korea from stopping people. From leaving its country. We would be outraged if the Madero regime were to stop people from leaving. He was addressing his mostly rhetorical questions to the head of the US agency for international development at a hearing Tuesday. I would this even work are we advising the Honduran police to arrest or shoot people if they try to leave their country, fellow democrat Brad, Sherman, raise similar doubts pointing out that the US has seen a dramatic decline in my Gration from Mexico because things are better there. Now, he says the same could be true for Central America. If aid is used well secretary peyot, though has a different priority. He's urging lawmakers to change asylum laws so that central Americans can stay in Mexico. I worked on an agreement where we would allow those with proper asylum claims to wait for their asylum here and the numbers are overwhelming to wait Mexico. We had a court fundamentally misread the law and the Nias the ability. Do that. We need your help today. Senator Tom udall pressed him on. Why do you believe our country is quote full as the president said that we should not accept any more asylum seekers or immigrants to the United States. This is the most generous nation in the history of civilization. Just the this the case secretary of state carefully avoids answering the question or showing any daylight with the president determined to stem the flow of migrants from Central America. Michele Kelemen, NPR news, the State Department as we just heard Central American migrants who arrive at the US border often talk about violence and poverty, driving them north. Jonathan Blitzer writes in the New Yorker about another big factor in this crisis climate change. He spent time in Guatemala reporting on how the changing climate is helping to drive people to leave Jonathan Blitzer. Welcome Paul things considered. Thank you. Tell me about one of the small towns Guatemala visited where the impact of climate change is really apparent. There was a small town about nine thousand feet above sea level called clemen doto. And basically the way you begin to feel the impact of climate change sometimes feel so vast as to almost be impossible to fully survey is in the form of first of all how few young men were visible in the streets of this town. Most of the young men in this town had already left for the US. And the reason specifically is a community that consists almost entirely of substance farmers who grow potatoes maize few other vegetables, it's hard to grow things of that altitude under the best of circumstances. It's hard to grow things at that altitude. Exactly exactly in recent years, in whatever said almost to a person that over the last six or seven years things really began to change the weather patterns started to become a Radic the rains didn't come when they were supposed to come and increasingly it became impossible for people to grow their staple crops to grow potatoes to grow maize. And as a result they had. Not only nothing to eat. But also nothing to survive on to sell. And so as a result, increasingly people were abandoning their land and heading north in the Senate Clinton, tore you say there were almost no young men of working age. But the migration crisis at the border is a lot of parents with young children. And you saw evidence of those departures to tell us about that. That's true. The new dynamic as you say is that increasingly families are coming to the US seeking asylum. And you you saw that to a lot of these communities. People would say, for example that look we're gonna leave anyway. But if we go as a family, we at least have a better shot of making it across the US border. A lot of these subsistence farmers were barely scraping by anyway, how do you know that the struggles are having today are result of climate change to good question? I think for one thing there's a general stipulation that has to be made which is that climate change on its own is in the single thing that drugging people north but seriously exacerbates the existing problems in the region. But concretely the descriptions of how weather. Patterns were changing the increasing spikes and then drops in temperature. People spoke extremely specifically about how crops were so people. For example, planting potatoes would say look now, we have new funguses that are growing that were in here for years ago to invest more money in pesticides to kill some of these new funguses that are that are growing as a result of increased humidity. Now, it's impossible for us to make any profit on our crops all of this stuff was identifiable as being a a new force new phenomenon in the last few years. Well, this makes me think about what we hear from the US government that countries like what needs to do more to address the migration crisis. And generally, they're referring to problems of instability and violence, but problems of climate change can't be addressed by the government of Guatemala, right? That's right. I in fact, all of the problems really that that are affecting this region. And that are forcing people to leave everything from violence to to to massive interest corruption two years of poverty, all of these things are too big and too complex for any. Single government on its own to solve a policy matter. The US needs to take the lead on this. And the fact that the Trump administration seems to be moving in the exact opposite direction that is to say planning to cut aid seeming to penalize these governments basically for the desperation of their situation is just obviously kind of productive. There was a US funded program to help some of the farmers who are struggling with the change in climate. And it sounds from your reporting it actually had a positive impact tell us about it. There was a small tiny hamlet called Leone where beginning in around twenty fifteen the community received help from a group of local NGOs that had money from the US. We're talking about tiny sums of money hundred ninety thousand dollars of the course of three year period, and this community, basically had agronomists and forestry experts. Come to the community instruct them how to diversify their crops. Help them begin to. Respond to some of these acute pressures wrought by climate change and more and more people decided they did not need to leave because they saw a viable future in this community. This funding stream ended in two thousand seventeen because of the Trump administration's hostility climate change as a force in the region. And as a problem that needed to be solved. And so everyone was very much buoy by the money that came through and the opportunities that presented for them. And now that money is gone. And that some of those opportunities have been taken away, it's harder. I think for many of them to imagine stain. Donovan blitzer. Thank you for sharing your reporting with us. Thanks much reported for the New Yorker on how climate change is helping to fuel the US border crisis..

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"This is all things considered. I'm Ari Shapiro Chang. And you report out today takes a deeper look at how Latinos experienced discrimination in the US if Latinos with darker skin tones are more likely than those with lighter skin to say that they have been discriminated against NPR's Lewan reports on the results of this national survey by the Pew Research Center, and we should note there is one scene in the story that some listeners might find upsetting in Lleida Diaz family. There's diversity in skin tones, the lightest one of my siblings. We come from the darkest of the latest, my mom is dark, and my father is very light skin tone and with red hair freckles D as lives in Queens, New York and identifies as Puerto Rican and afro Latino sometimes though she says other people overlook her Latino identity including during a recent shopping trip and this lady was asking for help. But she was saying in Spanish. She was with a friend as she goes ask her. She goes, oh, she doesn't speak Spanish like yoga, the others. Have also judged her brothers by their appearance their black Hispanic Modano as they would say, so. Oh, watch them. What I know. He might steal says Joseph Latino. And then all Saudi oh, hey, like now, you try to play at all just walked in. And you just classified me as a thief. It's a kind of discrimination that the Pew Research Center says some Latinos and Latinas are more likely than others to say they've experienced because of their race or ethnicity Latinos and Latinas with darker skin tones are more likely than those with lighter skin to say that they've been subject to slurs or jokes in that people acted as if they were suspicious of them Juliana Horowitz is one of the co authors have fused new report is something I talk about. But it hasn't really necessarily been part of the more public debate about race and experiences with racial discrimination in the US. These new survey results could help deepen that debate. According to Margaret hunter, she's a sociologist at mills college in California where she studies color ISM hundred says in the Latino community discussion about discrimination based on skin tone, usually takes place within families behind closed doors. You'll hear people say sometime don't air dirty. VM public. But I don't think we have to think about it that way. I mean, we're all being influenced by the unconscious bias of racism, white supremacy, a white privilege doesn't really have one country. An international thing guest near ho sway Betty is director of programs and communications for the Dino effort Latino forum, it's organization based in New York City that's trying to raise awareness of Latinos. And let Dina's of African descent in the US. There's a myth in community that we are this rainbow multicolored ethnic group that there's no racism in Tino communities because we all mixed. This not true. There's a lot of this nation in many different ways. Stephanie pause of Brooklyn says sometimes she feels that from within the Latino community, fair skin light eyes have long hair. I was told never today a Latino specific countries or anyone darker them. You know, I was encouraged to ten says she thinks her appearance has helped her dance. Her career as a wardrobe stylist, Christina Gomez, a sociologist at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago says addressing ISM begins with more open conversation about the problem, and she's noticing a generational shift. Our young people today are really talking about this on college campuses and making it literally visual to all of us. And so they talk about afro Matt next people in a way that twenty years ago, we weren't talking about it Gomez when we talk about discrimination. It's not enough to know that someone is Latino or Latina she says we also have to knowledge what someone looks like Honsi long and Jerry news New York today. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency to fight an outbreak of measles.

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"Employers and individuals to T Rowe price. Invest with confidence. Holly Adams right now, helping you with the drive. Hello, holly. Hello right now in Huntington beach, northbound four zero five at beach boulevard, we have a stalled vehicle blocking the left lane. It's already pretty tough driving. That's not helping at all also in downtown LA westbound ten at Hoover and earlier. Car-crash moved out of lanes, your stop and go from Alameda street and earn. Holly keeps us updated. Six thirty five right now NPR news. This is all things considered Ari. Shapiro chang. The Senate finance committee has been digging into the high costs of prescription drugs in the committee's third hearing on the topic tomorrow senators will cross examine executives from companies known as pharmacy benefit managers. Some of them are familiar CBS care, Mark, for example, and Express Scripts. These are companies that manage the prescription drug insurance plans for most insurance companies and employers and some senators and many others say pharmacy benefit managers. Carry a lot of blame for high drug prices NPR's Alison kodjak joins us now. Hey, Alison, high also. So what are the senators on the finance committee hoping to learn tomorrow? Well, there are a couple of big things. The first is they wanna show how secretive this system is this pharmacy benefit manager system. And how that secrecy can breed trouble. So the way the. System. Works is drug companies what they called this list price for their medication really high. Then they negotiate price breaks with this with the PB M's, and they control the drug benefit for millions of millions of customers. So those discounts come in the form of secret rebates that drug companies pay back after the fact the whole system is fried in secrecy and that breeds mistrust. So I talked with Senator Chuck Grassley today. He's the Republican chairman of the committee, and he called the PBS a secret organization. Let's hear what else to say. When you have a list price up here. And I'm raising my hand, and then you have rebates in between. And then you have a price down here for the consumer. How come we don't have everybody pay that that prices down here? What do you expect the pharmacy benefit managers these PBS? What do you say to defend themselves? Well, they've been defending themselves a lot recently. So I'm expecting me here the similar thing, which is in the end they actually reduce overall drug spending because they can control what drugs are millions of customers by and so they can demand. These discounts a lot of economists and analysts I talked to say there's no question they've reduced spending mostly by directing consumers to generic drugs, which are far cheaper than brand name drugs. But in areas where there are no generics. The benefits less clear, they say they save loads of money off those list prices, but many experts, including the secretary of health and human services argue the rebate system drives that initial list price artificially, high the say that's the pharmaceutical manufacturers because they're the ones setting that price. We'll are they correct about that well to some extent. Yes. Drug companies choose their initial price, and they raise those lists prices every year even on drugs that are the same. They say they have to do this. So they can offer PBS better rebates. So there's this big blame game going on. And Senator Grassley even noted it when I talked with him, the pharmaceutical companies pointed their finger at the PB M'S, the PB M's point their finger at the pharmaceuticals, and then both of those are pointing their fingers at the health insurance companies. So Senator Grassley is really frustrated here he actually sort of threatened that he would call another hearing bringing all three groups together because he wants to get them all at the same table and figure out what's going on. So what happens next at this point? I mean, do you expect anything to actually change? Well, there's a lot of action out there on drug prices. And particularly in this rebate issue. There's legislation in the house and the Senate both Democrats and Republicans Senator Grassley says he's going to craft a Bill, but even more immediately. The Trump administration has proposed making these after the fact rebates illegal. They would. Require PM's instead to negotiate for discounts up front, which being customers would pay the lower price. Even if they haven't met a deductible, but those discounts at no longer be confidential. All right. That's NPR's. Alison kodjak. Thanks. Thanks. Elsa turnout was way up in the two thousand eighteen midterms. And in the southwest that translated into gains for Democrats now. Republicans in south western states are pushing bills that changed the rules around voting. Critics say these changes are designed to reduce turnout in future elections from Phoenix cage as es Brett Jaspers reports on how it's playing out in Arizona. Republicans had full control of Arizona's politics until last fall. Then after democratic turnout surged they lost four out of nine statewide races, including a US Senate seat. Now. Republicans in the legislature are proposing new voting rules that could make it more complicated to cast a ballot one change would remove some people from the permanent early voting list. It's says permanent early voting lists. I don't know why everyone being the operative word which is early. That's the Bill sponsor Republican state. Senator Michele Eugene t Rita people on the permanent early voting list. Get ballots mailed to them so that they can mail them back or drop them off on election day. You Rita wants counties to purge people from that list, if they don't vote using an early ballot in two consecutive election cycles, we wanna make sure that the lists are up to date. That's just good practice. That makes sense. On frankly, any kind of database that you have that you really communicating with those who want to be communicated with and are using the service is a service. It's a convenience local election officials say they already have ways to maintain clean voting rolls. The secretary of state's office estimates two hundred thousand voters currently on the permanent early voting list. Didn't vote in both twenty sixteen and twenty eighteen but the office also says the bill's language is unclear making it hard to estimate the impact democratic Representative FINA Solomon calls it voter suppression to purge the permanent early voting lists known as pebble or people. There is a creek debates around whether or not in his pebble or people. But I find it fitting that if this Bill passes the list will no longer be permanence. And so one might call it evil. Republicans dispute this is an attempt to make voting more difficult. The Bill doesn't remove people from the registration rolls. Just the mailing list for early ballots. Some local officials say it will create more confusion. Republican lawmakers have proposed other bills this legislative session that have drawn criticism from voting rights groups, including one that bands paying workers for each voter registration for them. They turn in are seeing both the good and bad side of the fall out of the twenty eighteen election. Danielle Lang is an attorney with the campaign legal center, which works with voting rights groups across the country, including in Arizona. She says lawmakers often reexamined voting laws after an election. For example. There's a push from Iowa's Republican governor to make it easier for convicted felons to. Restore their right to vote after release that effort is BI partisan. Unlike Arizona's Bill, which has advanced along party lines all Americans care about election integrity, and yet these issues get framed in very unhelpful partisan ways, Republicans control the Zona legislature, the Bill to purge the permanent early voting list still has to pass the full house GOP governor Doug ducey's office says it doesn't comment on pending legislation for NPR news. I'm Brett Jaspers in Phoenix..

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"Confidence. Hello, holly. What's happening on the roads right now in van Nuys? On the northbound four zero five Sherman way, we have a collision there that's blocking the carpool in two left lanes. And that has you backed up from Ventura boulevard. Is he day on a Monday as we move on with the news KCRW? It's four thirty five from NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Ari Shapiro Chang. The Senate finance committee has been digging into the high cost of prescription drugs in the committee's third hearing on the topic tomorrow senators will cross examine executives from companies known as pharmacy benefit managers. Some of them are familiar CBS care, Mark, for example, and Express Scripts. These are companies that manage the prescription drug insurance plans for most insurance companies and employers and some senators and many others say pharmacy benefit managers. Carry a lot of blame for hydrog prices NPR's Alison kodjak joins us now. Hey, alison. Hi, also, what are the senators on the finance committee hoping to learn tomorrow? Well, there are couple of big things. The first is they wanna show how secretive this system is pharmacy benefit managers system. And how that secrecy can. Trouble. So the way the system works is drug company said what they called this list price for their medication really high. Then they negotiate price breaks this with the PB and they control the drug benefit for millions of millions of customers. So those discounts come in the form of secret rebates that drug companies pay back after the fact the whole system is try to secrecy in that breeds mistrust. So I talked with Senator Chuck Grassley today, he's the Republican chairman of the committee, and he called the PB a secret organization. Let's hear what to say. When you have a list price up here. And I'm raising my hand, and then you have rebates in between. And then you have a price down here for the consumer. How come we don't have everybody pay that that prices down here? What do you expect the pharmacy benefit managers, these PM's what to say to defend themselves? Well, they've been defending themselves a lot recently. So I'm expecting me here the similar thing, which is in the end they actually reduce overall drug spending because they can control what drugs are millions of customers by and so they can demand. These discounts a lot of communist and analyst I talked to say there's no question they've reduced spending mostly by directing consumers to generic drugs, which are cheaper than brand name drugs. But in areas where there are no generics. Benefits less clear. They say they save loads of money off the list prices, but many expert, including the secretary of health and human services. Are you the rebate system drives that initial list price artificially, high the PBS say that's the pharmaceutical manufacturers fault because they're the ones setting that price. Will are they correct about that well to some extent? Yes. Drug companies choose their initial price, and they raise those list prices every year even on drugs that are the same. They say they have to do this. So they can offer PBMR's better rebates. So there's this big blame game going on. And Senator Grassley even noted it when I talked with him, the pharmaceutical companies pointed their figure at the PBS, the PB M's pointer finger at the pharmaceuticals, and then both of those are pointing their fingers at the health insurance companies. So aggressively is really frustrated here he actually sort of threatened that he would call another hearing bring all these three groups together because he wants to get them all at the same table and figure out what's going on. So what happens next at this point? Do you expect anything to actually change? Well, there's a lot of action out there on drug prices, and particularly in this report issue legislation in the house and the Senate both Democrats and Republicans Senator Grassley says he's going to craft a Bill, but even more immediately. The Trump administration has proposed making these after the factory Bates illegal that they would. Require PM's instead to negotiate for discounts up front, which being customers would pay the lower price. Even if they haven't met a deductible, but those discounts and no longer be confidential. All right. That's NPR's. Alison kodjak. Thanks. Thanks turn out was way up in the two thousand eighteen midterms. And in the southwest that translated into gains for Democrats now. Republicans in south western states are pushing bills the change the rules around voting. Critics say these changes are designed to reduce turnout in future elections from Phoenix cage. As e Brett Jaspers reports on how it's playing out in Arizona. Republicans had full control of Arizona's politics until last fall. Then after democratic turnout surged they lost four out of nine statewide races, including a US Senate seat. Now. Republicans in the legislature are proposing new voting rules that could make it more complicated to cast a ballot one change would remove some people from the permanent early voting list. It says permanent early voting lists. I don't know why everyone morning the operative word which is early. That's the Bill sponsor Republican state. Senator Michele Eugene t Rita people on the permanent early voting list. Get ballots mailed to them so that they can mail them back or drop them off on election day. You Rita wants counties to purge people from that list, if they don't vote using an early ballot into consecutive election cycles, we wanna make sure that the lists are up to date. That's just good practice. That makes sense. On frankly, any kind of database that you have that you're really communicating with those who want to be communicated with that are using the service is a service. It's a convenience local election officials say they already have ways to maintain clean voting rolls. The secretary of state's office estimates two hundred thousand voters currently on the permanent early voting list. Didn't vote in both twenty sixteen and twenty eighteen but the office also says the bill's language is unclear making it hard to estimate the impact democratic Representative the Solomon calls it voter suppression to purge the permanent early voting list known as pebble or people. There is a creek debates around whether or not it is pebble or people. But I find it fitting that if this Bill passes the list will no longer be permanent. And so one might call it evil. Republicans dispute this is an attempt to make voting more difficult. The Bill doesn't remove people from the registration rolls. Just the mailing list for early ballots. Some local officials say it will create more confusion. Republican lawmakers have proposed other bills this legislative session that have drawn criticism from voting rights groups, including one that bans paying workers for each voter registration form, they turn in both the good and bad side of the fall out of the twenty eight teen election. Danielle Lang is an attorney with the campaign legal center, which works with voting rights groups across the country, including in Arizona. She says lawmakers often reexamined voting laws after an election. For example. There's a push from Iowa Republican governor to make it easier for convicted felons to. Restore their right to vote after release that effort is by partisan unlike zone as Bill which has advanced along party lines all Americans care about election integrity, and yet these issues get framed in very unhelpful partisan ways, Republicans control the Zona legislature, the Bill to purge the permanent early voting list still has to pass the full house GOP governor Doug ducey's office says it doesn't come on pending legislation for NPR news. I'm Brent Jaspers in Phoenix..

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