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U.S. Announces Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan as Respite From Violence Ends
"U. S. defense secretary mark esper says that U. S. troops can begin withdrawing from Afghanistan within days as NPR's David welna reports the US agreed to draw down some four thousand troops by mid July under a deal signed with the Taliban secretary Esther says under the terms of the agreement signed Saturday with the Taliban U. S. forces soon will start leaving Afghanistan and that drawdown would begin in the first ten days but you know my instruction to the commander was let's get moving let's say show our full faith and effort to do that the U. S. has agreed to remove all troops within fourteen months as per says he expects fighting will start tapering off joint chiefs chairman general mark Milley agrees but to think that it's gonna go to zero immediately that probably is not going to be the case the Taliban's as a week long truce is over and it's resuming attacks on Afghan
NPR host says Pompeo shouted and swore at her after interview
"Secretary of State. Mike pompeo added a new salvo today to an angry scolding he delivered yesterday. Ten pairs all things considered host Mary. Louise Kelley League claiming she lied to him and David Welna has more pompeo whom Kelly interviewed yesterday accuses. Her in a statement of having quote lied to me twice. He says she did so in setting heading up the interview which he claims was only to be about Iran. Kelly says she advised pompeo eight and writing beforehand that she intended to discuss Ukraine as well as Iran on Pompeo also claims that what he refers to as our post interview conversation was off the record. Kelly did report on what she described. As pompeo shouting expletives at her in his private quarters and says she was not told it was off the record. NPR Senior Vice President for news. Nancy Barnes says Kelly quote has always conducted acted herself with the utmost integrity. And we stand behind this report David Wohl NPR news Washington
NPR host says Pompeo shouted and swore at her after interview
"Secretary of state. Mike pompeo added a new salvo today in an angry scolding he delivered yesterday to. NPR's all all things considered host Mary Louise Kelley as NPR's David Welna reports. POMPEII was issued an official statement. Asserting Kelly lied to him Pompeo whom Kelly the interview yesterday accuses her in a statement of having quote lied to me twice. He says she did so in setting up the interview which he claims was only to be about Iran. Kelly says she. He advised the pompeo eight and writing beforehand that she intended to discuss Ukraine as well as Iran Pompeo also claims what he refers to as our post interview. Conversation was off the record. Kelly did report on what she described. As pompeo shouting expletives at her in his private quarters and said she was not told it was off the record. NPR Senior Vice President for news. Nancy Barnes says Kelly quote has always conducted herself with the utmost integrity. And we stand behind this report
US Still In Open Skies Treaty, Needs Evidence To Support Exit
"The open skies treaty basically says to Russia you show me yours and I'll show you mine for the past seventeen years that treaty has left Washington and Moscow take aerial photos openly of one another's military installations nearly all the NATO allies take part in the treaty as does Ukraine but there are increasing signs that the trump administration is ready to close the American skies and bail out of this treaty and yours David welna has the story it was president Dwight Eisenhower who first proposed the US and the Soviet Union fly over each other's territory and exchange their photos the first President Bush revive that idea after the Soviet Union collapsed and it was early in his son's administration one such flights actually began under the open skies treaty its proponents say that even in the age of satellites the treaty offers distinct advantages and gives you access to things that even if you have a satellite network you might not be able to see the old girl liquor she directs the your program at the international crisis group in Brussels via Skype she says it's not just that surveillance planes can fly below clouds blocking the view of satellites they also help prevent dangerous miscalculations or wait for the parties to be on the same page about who has watched where on Wednesday the Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for deputy secretary of state John Sullivan nominee for the empty ambassadors post in Moscow Massachusetts Democrat ed Markey press Sullivan about signs the U. S. may be pulling the plug on the open skies treaty I have received information that before John Bolton resign president trump may have made a decision to exit the open skies treaty Sullivan neither confirmed nor denied reports trump had signed a document stating his intent to withdraw from the treaty I inquired as to whether we had withdrawn from the treaty and was assured we had not if the US were to pull out of the treaty Solomon added there would need to be substantial evidence to support the national security interests for withdrawal from that treaty that would be a mistake it's really hard to see what we can with Dr we actually conduct many more flights of the Russian in Russia conducts of the United States Stephen Piper is a former US ambassador to Ukraine he says the US has conducted nearly three times more surveillance flights over Russia and Russia has over the US Washington has done similar flights over Ukraine it's a good way to monitor what Russian and Russian proxy forces are doing in eastern Ukraine and and that's a good way to peace order and my guess is the Ukrainians would be unhappy abusing that still opponents say Russia has repeatedly denied American overflights of key military installations one such critic is Arkansas Republican senator Tom cotton perhaps rather than calling this the open skies treaty maybe it should be called the open skies over America and the clothes guys over Russia treaty cotton was speaking at a recent confirmation hearing for admiral Charles Richard nominated to head the US strategic command notably Richard defended the treaty we do derive some benefit from it vertically with our allies we would need to make the appropriate resource and operational command must utilize the full provisions of the treaty if we were to remain that's because Moscow has modernized its surveillance planes but all occur says the US has not yet the United States is it needs to modernize our place that aircraft if it doesn't then it really just talking is getting any value from the treaty not because the treaty has no value because America's airplanes don't work pulling out of the open skies treaty would require six months notice and that hasn't happened not yet
Former Pompeo Adviser Michael McKinley To Testify In Impeach Probe
"A former US ambassador is testifying behind closed doors on Capitol Hill today Michael McKinley's testimony is part of the houses democratic let impeachment inquiry of president trump in Pierce David welna reports this comes five days after McKinley resigned as a senior adviser to secretary of state might compare no subpoena was necessary for Michael McKinley to appear today before the impeachment inquiry although he wrote his colleagues that his decision to quit as Pompey owes top adviser was personal a colleague who knows him well says the timing of his departure is striking like McKinley Dennis Jett is himself a former US ambassador it's very hard for any career officer to testify declare a senior level sticking around under this administration this is an assault on American diplomacy that hasn't been seen since the McCarthy era McKinley's testimony comes a day before garden Sunland the trump administration's ambassador to the European Union has to testify as well
San Juan Puerto Rico, Ricardo And NPR discussed on All Things Considered
"The streets of San Juan Puerto Rico were again filled with protesters today just hours after that island's governor Ricardo what sale announced he will see to their demands and stepped down as NPR's David welna reports someone amount immediately governor Rosales says he'll leave office August second that's not good enough for business woman so whiny Gonzalez I would prefer that he would leave right now today because what he's is doing is just helping his party get everything on there so I organize and what's beneficial
"david welna" Discussed on KQED Radio
"These prudence kicked off after some offensive text messages that the governor exchanged with his inner circle became public and here's David welna is in San Juan is on the line good morning David good morning awhile so what else did governor Rosales say in this statement where he said he's he's resigning so he said he had fully intended to serve out the remaining two years of his term in fact just a few days ago he said he would do just that but not seek reelection but that he now saw that all he's accomplished during his first two years as governor could be damaged if he remained in office interestingly he did not mention the fact that Porter because Congress was planning to begin impeachment proceedings against him this afternoon if he did not resign or that he'd been served with a search warrant this week and that many of his cabinet members as well as his chief of staff had already stepped down and as as for his plan to step down next Friday it's not clear how that delay is going to go over with all the folks here who are demanding that he leave office immediately let me ask you about those folks because this protested in these kind of protests were unprecedented for Porter Rico they were and they were colorful they were loud there a lot of people what was their reaction when he made this announcement well they they reacted as people who had just won a a big fight they rejoice from the governor confirmed what had been rumored throughout the day yesterday that he had had a change of heart and had decided to step down there's been a lot of anxiety earlier in the evening after Rossio failed to make a promise announcement about his plans late in the afternoon and things look like they could get quite nasty when squads of police in full riot gear appeared outside the fortress as the governor's palace here is known but once it became official he's leaving people danced in the streets and people honk a car horn throughout the night another celebrating what was really a grass roots driven uprising that had no clear leaders and no party affiliation either this is the first time in modern Porter Rican history that the governor has resigned and had he stayed it would have been the first impeachment ever undertaken by the Congress curiously it was on this day one hundred and twenty one years ago that the U. S. invaded Puerto Rico during the Spanish American war it's now known as constitution day and it's being celebrated today by a lot of people who feel that by winning this drive to push out this governor who was a big proponent of statehood they're finally taking charge of this island's destiny now that's some very interesting timing David it was the offensive text messages that with the match but there was some other stuff going on in port Rico to that made people upset with the governor right yes one of them is corruption just three days before these chats were leaked to of Rosales former cabinet members were charged by federal officials with pocketing money through contracts but this island has been through a lot more travails in the past dozen years or so it's had to file for bankruptcy was hit by two devastating hurricanes two years ago and even though the US Congress has approved some forty two billion dollars in disaster assistance less than a third of that has actually been dispersed and a lot of people here blame the governor for that and what money has come has had lots of austerity measures attached to it at a time when many Porter Ricans have been leaving the island for the mainland because it's just so hard to get by here so who's gonna replace for sale well Porter Rico has no lieutenant governor so the secretary of the interior is the next in line to replace for sale but that secretary resigned after those chats relate and he has not been replaced so the next in line is the secretary of justice Wanda Vasquez and it would appear that she will fill this vacancy but she's widely seen here as tainted by her association with this governor and could lack of legitimacy needed to do this job people here are still planning to go ahead with street demonstrations this morning in more protests are planned over the next few days they'll be celebrating Rosales resignation but it's likely they'll also be demanding someone else take over NPR's David welna in San Juan thanks David you're welcome.
"david welna" Discussed on KQED Radio
"These prudence kicked off after some offensive text messages that the governor exchanged with his inner circle became public and here's David welna is in San Juan is on the line good morning David good morning awhile so what else did governor say say in this statement where he said he's he's resigning so he said he had fully intended to serve out the remaining two years of his term in fact just a few days ago he said he would do just that but not seek reelection but that he now saw that all he's accomplished during his first two years as governor could be damaged if he remained in office interestingly he did not mention the fact that Porter because Congress was planning to begin impeachment proceedings against him this afternoon if he did not resign or that he'd been served with a search warrant this week and that many of his cabinet members as well as his chief of staff had already stepped down and as as for his plan to step down next Friday it's not clear how that delay is going to go over with all the folks here who are demanding that he leave office immediately let me ask you about those folks because this protest it is been kind of protests were unprecedented for Porter Rico they were and they were colorful they were loud there a lot of people what was their reaction when he made this announcement well they they reacted as people who had just won a a big fight they rejoice when the governor confirmed what had been rumored throughout the day yesterday that he had had a change of heart and had decided to step down there's been a lot of anxiety earlier in the evening after Rossio failed to make a promise announcement about his plans late in the afternoon and things look like they could get quite nasty when squads of police in full riot gear appeared outside the fortress as the governor's palace here is known but once it became official he's leaving people danced in the streets and people honk a car horn throughout the night other celebrating what was really a grass roots driven uprising that had no clear leaders and no party affiliation either this is the first time in modern Porter Rican history the governor has resigned and had he stayed it would have been the first impeachment ever undertaken by the Congress curiously it was on this day one hundred and twenty one years ago that the US invaded Puerto Rico during the Spanish American war it's now known as constitution day and it's being celebrated today by a lot of people who feel that by winning this drive to push out this governor who was a big proponent of statehood they're finally taking charge of this island's destiny now that's some very interesting timing David it was the offensive text messages that with the match but there was some other stuff going on in port Rico to that made people upset with the governor right yes one of them is corruption just three days before these chats were late to of Rosales former cabinet members were charged by federal officials with pocketing money through contracts but this island has been through a lot more travails in the past dozen years or so it's had to file for bankruptcy was hit by two devastating hurricanes two years ago and even though the US Congress has approved some forty two billion dollars in disaster assistance less than a third of that has actually been dispersed and a lot of people here blame the governor for that and what money has come has had lots of austerity measures attached to it at a time when many Porter Ricans have been leaving the island for the mainland because it's just so hard to get by here so who's gonna replace for sale well Porter Rico has no lieutenant governors of the secretary of the interior is the next in line to replace for sale but that secretary resigned after those chaps relate and he has not been replaced so the next in line is the secretary of justice Wanda Vasquez and it would appear that she will fill this vacancy but she's widely seen here as tainted by her association with this governor and could lack legitimacy needed to do this job people here are still planning to go ahead with street demonstrations this morning and more protests are planned over the next few days they'll be celebrating Rosales resignation but it's likely they'll also be demanding someone else take over NPR's David welna in San Juan thanks David you're welcome.
What Is the S-400? The Russian Missile System in Turkey That Irks the Pentagon
"Has twenty me to talk about what may or may not happen next in this standoff is NPR national security correspondent David welna will come to the studio what kinds of consequences has the US said Turkey could face if it did acquire Russians the Russians as four hundred missile system well the most likely immediate consequences that the U. S. kicks Turkey out of the international consortium that's been manufacturing Lockheed Martin's F. thirty five stealth jet fighter it's about the most advanced sophisticated and versatile jet fighter out there Turkey's already bought four of these planes and it plans to buy at least a hundred more but none of them has actually been delivered to Turkey and it now appears that none will be he's also been making a lot of the F. thirty fives components it's had dozens of pilots in the U. S. training to fly the plane and was supposed to have a major F. thirty five engine maintenance facility that would have brought a lot of money into Turkey all that would be canceled in fact the trainings already been suspended in the Turkish pilots have until the end of this month to leave the US and added to that our financial sanctions required by US law for buying major weaponry from Russia why is the U. S. so opposed to Turkey getting this Russian anti aircraft system well first Turkey has turned to a major US adversary for a big arms purchase Turkey repeatedly rejected offers to buy the US made hatred missile system which unlike rushes as four hundred missile system is interoperable with other NATO weaponry in Turkey and beyond that there's considerable concern at the Pentagon that having the Russian air defense system installed in Turkey will allow that systems radars to collect a lot of very sensitive information about the F. thirty five sin that could be used to undercut the plane's stealth technology which is both its greatest defense and its biggest selling point but now the turkeys made good on its vows to go through with this purchase what's the US going to do about it well up to now as far as we can tell not much there does there doesn't seem to be a lot of conflicting signals going on Pentagon brass were supposed to have a press conference this morning they had prepared pre approve statements responding to Turkey's acquisition of that's four hundred system and that crap got pushed back to this afternoon and now it's been postponed indefinitely now acting defense secretary mark asper did say this morning that the Pentagon's position on canceling the F. thirty five for Turkey has not changed so that cut off could still happen the big debate within the administration now appears to be what happens with the congressionally mandated sanctions against Turkey a law enacted two years ago requires them for significant transactions with the Russians I'm sector and the white house's National Security Council would have to certify that's in fact what's happened and then recommend which sanctions president trump should impose an ID there's no time limit for him to do that remember comes a big self proclaimed friend of Turkey and just two weeks ago in Japan from actually defended turkeys this isn't a by the Russians defense system so I guess the question now is will the US actually blank in the face of Turkey's defiance national security correspondent David
Turkey, Pentagon And David Welna discussed on All Things Considered
"At the sound of six massive trucks part of a Russian missile air defense system as they rolled off a cargo jet this morning in Turkey for weeks top officials in the trump administration and the Pentagon have been warning Turkey a long time NATO ally not to take delivery of that Russian as four hundred system Turkey was told there would be big consequences if it defied that warning and now it has twenty me to talk about what may or may not happen next in this standoff is NPR national security correspondent David welna will come to the studio a RD what kinds of consequences has the US said Turkey could face if it did acquire Russians the Russians as four hundred missile system well the most likely immediate consequences that the US kicks Turkey out of the international consortium that's been manufacturing Lockheed Martin's F. thirty five stealth jet fighter it's about the most advanced sophisticated and versatile jet fighter out there Turkey's already bought four of these planes and it plans to buy at least a hundred more but none of them has actually been delivered to Turkey and it now appears that none will be he's also been making a lot of the F. thirty fives components it's had dozens of pilots in the U. S. training to fly the plane and was supposed to have a major F. thirty five engine maintenance facility that would have brought a lot of money into Turkey all that would be canceled in fact the trainings already been suspended in the Turkish pilots have until the end of this month to leave the US and added to that our financial sanctions
"david welna" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Russia. Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm Janine Herbst. The Pentagon is disputing a series of claims made by a Ron about it's dawning yesterday of a military drone of the straight of Hormuz and veers. David welna reports in a statement tonight, they also conclude there included corrected map of what the Pentagon says was the flight path in what's becoming something of a war of words. US central command spokesman disputes, Iran's claim that an American spy plane with thirty five people aboard was flying near the down grown and that it too could have been shot down for invading Iranian airspace. The spokesman says American aircraft never left, the international airspace, about the straight of Hormuz and noted that the spy plan can only carry a maximum of twenty eight people. He says the US failed to find any debris from the down drone because it was scattered widely amid high winds and heavy seas NPR's David welna. This court is throwing out the murder conviction of Mississippi man who didn't get a fair trial. While when the state locked potential jurors from hearing the case. And here's Brian Naylor says the high court also struck down his death sentence, the man Curtis flowers as an African American who was tried six times for the murder of four people in a furniture store in each trial. The prosecutor in the case trying to block African American jurors from serving all told he struck forty one out of forty two possible African American jurors Justice. Brad Kavanagh wrote the majority opinion saying, quote the numbers, speak loudly Justice Thomas and Gorsuch to Senate. Thomas writing that lawyers for flowers. Presented no evidence whatsoever of purposeful race discrimination, by the state flowers is currently on death row. It's possible Mississippi could try him a seventh time. Brian Naylor, NPR news Washington Spain's supreme court sentenced five men to fifteen years in prison for raping an eighteen year old woman at took place during the country's famous running of the bulls festival in two thousand sixteen. Gene, the men call themselves the wolf pack and filmed the attack on their cell phones. The has the latest to lower courts had initially sentenced the men to nine years in jail for the lesser crime of sexual abuse. That verdict sparked outrage among women's rights groups in Spain prompting its own metoo movement, and a review of Spain's rape loss. Prosecutors had called on Spain's highest court to upgrade the conviction to rape. The defendants had also appealed, the ruling saying they were not guilty because the victim had consented on Friday, the judges ruled the attack could be classified as rape, which was aggravated by being committed in a group for NPR news..
Turkey won't bow to US 'ultimatums' on Russia missile system
"Days after the United States warned Turkey that it will not receive at thirty five jet fighters. If it installs an advance Russian air defense system comes at defiant response from president, Rachel type air one as NPR's David welna reports aired one has told his ruling party that Russia's S four hundred missile batteries are on the way. Turkey's state run news agency, quotes, president one is saying, Russia's S four hundred missile defense system is coming in short time. I'm not saying Turkey will by the four hundred defense systems. He's quoted as saying it has already bought them, we've closed the deal. Reuters is agency. Further quotes everyone's saying Turkey will hold to account anyone who excludes his nation from the F thirty five jet fighter program last week acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan informed, his Turkish counterpart that have Turkey gets the Russian system. It will be cut out of the f thirty five program Turkey manufacturers, nearly a thousand f thirty five components and had plans to buy. A hundred of the jet fighters for which it's had pilots training in the
"david welna" Discussed on KCRW
"Seventh and this is all things considered. I'm Mary Louise Kelley ahead this hour first big floods, then tornadoes, wallop Oklahoma this brief tornado tossed these trailer homes like tin cans, and there was one woman that said that she had felt her bed bouncing, also we ask them arena, corvette how he came to stand at attention every Memorial Day weekend, saluting, the bikers rolling thunder. They just jumped off the Qurban puffed up the salute and I saw tears rolling by on their faces. And that's what kept me driving throughout that salute. And we'll get your French Open tennis fix from Paris for news. Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm Jack Speer. President Donald Trump as part of his ongoing visit to Japan told prime minister Shinzo obey today he would like to see the trade imbalance between their two countries lasts end with barriers on both sides coming down. We are currently negotiating a bilateral trade agreement that would benefit both of our economies. Our goal is to reduce our trade deficit with Japan, remove trade barriers, and barriers of all kinds, so that US exports will really have a fair and very profound footing. Another matter Trump told the Japanese leader, he is happy with how things are going with North Korea. And there's no rush to reach a peace deal. Trump said he hoped to have more to announce soon that he and prime minister Ave had also agreed to expand cooperation in human space exploration born leaving town for the Memorial Day, recess. The Republican controlled Senate Armed, sir. Services committee, authorized seven hundred fifty billion dollars worth of defense spending for the coming fiscal year. NPR's David welna explains that amount exactly matches what the Trump administration requested, the Senate panel approved a defense budget that significantly exceed spending caps congress imposed on itself eight years ago, even with seventy six billion dollars of that in a wartime emergency account, not subject to those caps. The defense spending would still surpass statutory limits by sixty six billion dollars no agreement has yet been reached to suspend or abolish the spending caps. The Senate Bill includes measures blocking any removal of US troops from Europe or South Korea. It also blocks delivery of advanced f thirty five jet fighters to Turkey unless that NATO ally. Drops plans to acquire a Russian-Made air defense system. David welna NPR news. Washington today is the final day of the eighty six taxes legislature, the bi-annual greeting of lawmaker. Offers inside the red granite state capitol building, in Austin, then PR's John Burnett reports. Here's what they may be remembered for if governor Greg, Abbott signs the bills into law Texans will be able to carry handguns for a week after a declared natural disaster. Young Texans can operate their own lemonade stands without interference from fussy city regulators the biggest accomplishment of the session in the notoriously parsimonious, Texas, ledge was earmarking six and a half billion dollars for public education and teacher raises and nearly two billion dollars to pay.
Trump presents Medal of Honor to family of fallen soldier
"A US soldier killed in Iraq twelve years ago is now being recognized for his bravery army staff sergeant Travis Atkins died while protecting his combo. Pads from a suicide bomber NPR's. David welna reports on Wednesdays White House ceremony to honor him staff sergeant Atkins actions. Earning the medal of honor were officially described as gallantry Intrepidity beyond the call of duty on his second tour of duty in Iraq Atkins, spotted a suspected insurgent while securing road outside Baghdad with three other soldiers, he got out of his humvee, and as the two tussled, he realized the suspect had a suicide vest and had a finger on its trigger by holding the man in a bear hug as the bomb went off Atkins died instantly, but saved others President Trump praised his valor. He did not hesitate. He rose to the highest calling. He laid down his life to save the lives of his fellow warriors Trump presented the medal of honor to Atkinson Trevor was eleven when his father
"david welna" Discussed on KQED Radio
"One of the contractor employees was autrey Murray. I work eight hours for the Smithsonian. I've been furlough since January. I also were for contractor at stake department. I am man a single mother. I lost my husband last year. I bought me a house in the process, man. I'm worried about hammer pay my mortgage the Bill to make whole people like Audrey Murray is backed so far by fourteen senators all on the democratic side of the aisle. Maryland's Chris van Holland is one of them. We're not talking about compensation going to people at high salaries what it would do in. Its current form is cap the total reimbursement at people who are making. Fifty thousand a year. Our concern is that it's pretty hard to tell where to draw the line of who's deserves this, and who doesn't that's David berto. He heads the professional services council a trade group for federal contractors within the federal government civilians. There's no half. It says if you make above this level, you don't get your money back. You get your money back at any level at which you operating for the federal government. We think the same should apply for contract workers who are putting on page status. And federal contractor Hannah says while the congressional fix sound simple. It would effectively be paying contractors for having done. Nothing. It's not quite clear, how those payments would actually work under the procurement rules that we all have to work under. But I mean, I'm sure favor over there able to do it. It's never been done before. But then no other shutdowns hit contractors like this one has David welna NPR news, Washington. You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. Coming on the program. We'll look at a docudrama about several thousand Jews who survived the holocaust and were in Berlin. More on that story. Other news is well ahead on all things considered. I K Q E D public radio. I'm Michael state time late on a Friday night is eleven forty eight. The president said I.
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"Still have a job whenever the shutdown ends. But NYU's light says it's a different matter for those employed by smaller contractors, and that's where you would expect to see some pretty significant impacts of even a two week shut down even a week shutdown because the smaller the business the likely it is to lay off workers at the first sign that there might be a delay payment. Take for example, Celeste. Void f for people who decides myself are out of work. Void who's legally blind has a vending concession to sell hot meals at two federal workplaces in South Dakota. She all four of for employees have been idled by the shutdown, and she fears they'll be forced to find work. Elsewhere. Congress. She says should do something about that. I think they should reimburse me as a business. So that I can pay my employees because I cannot buy insurance like anybody else if this is not a natural disaster. It isn't because I am not responsible enough to run a business or I've done something wrong. It's like I'm getting punished because I'm working trying to help provide for the government workers that are in the building the Cording to President Trump people likes less. Void who've been idled by the shutdown may be getting something else. A wall along the Mexican border. Many of those workers have said to me and communicated stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall. I don't know who he's talking to. So what am I going to say about that again, small federal contractor Celeste Foy? Apparently, he doesn't understand any time. There's a government shutdown whatever the reason, it's not appropriate. I guess we're holding ourselves hostage. That's how I. By we. Void says she means the entire nation, but she and the thousands of other furloughed federal contractors may be paying the greatest price as shutdown continues. David welna, NPR news, Washington..
Trump Mattis, President Trump And President discussed on Q
"Jim Mattis and a letter of resignation to President Trump today saying he'll step down as Pentagon chief. At the end of February is NPR's, David welna explains Mattis cited as his reason for leaving views differing from those of the president medicines resignation comes the day after President Trump's surprise claim that ISIS has been defeated in Syria, and that US troops. There are coming home. The Defense Secretary who's a retired four-star marine. General was said by allies to be unhappy with the president's decision in his resignation letter to Trump Mattis stressed, the need for strong international alliances and standing up to China and Russia he went on to say quote because you have the right to a secretary of defense. Who's a few are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. Trump for his part tweeted that Mattis quote will retire. Hiring with distinction. David NPR
In Shift, Trump Orders US Troops Out of Syria
"Some members of congress disagree with President Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says ISIS has not been defeated in that country. As the president claims, here's NPR's David welna. Lawmakers have been funding military action there for the past four years, and they feel that they should be consulted about things like pulling more than two thousand troops out of Syria. France says it will keep its troops in northern Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he welcomes US
Russia's 2016 Election Meddling More Comprehensive Than Realized
"Focused on developing an audience and even recruiting asset so people to act in the real world to say stage rallies. Now, one of the report says that a main message that was pushed to African American voters was that it was best to sit out the election to boycott the election. The press turn out, right? And then one example of a fake persona. That was created by the IRA that got a lot of traction is an Instagram account set up with the username of that blacks to Graham, and it had more than three hundred thousand followers. It is worth pointing out that much of the focus up until now has been on Facebook and Twitter. But these researchers are saying that the Russians also use Instagram and other social media platforms. Right, right. One of the things that these reports made clear is that the Russians leveraged every major social media platform Instagram had largely stayed under the radar. That's no longer. The case. These reports say that Instagram was actually a huge part of Russia's efforts online. For example, one of the report says that fake Russian content on Facebook received seventy six point five million engagements on Instagram fake, Russian content earned more than two times as many engagements is that researchers say importantly, looking ahead that the Russians have shifted a lot of their activity to Instagram since the election, which is an important point the Russians are still using social media. Try to influence Americans. That's absolutely, right. And it's a really important point to make that Russians continue to use fake accounts on these platforms for nefarious purposes. So you mentioned that the Senate supplied the data. These researchers used is congress planning to do anything more to stop Russia or any other country from using social media to influence US voters. Well, there's certainly been chatter from lawmakers about possible legislation social media companies would prefer to deal with this without any sort of legislation regulation, of course, one of the reasons that we are talking about this. And this report is out is it puts the public's attention on material online, and with the hope that Americans will be more judicious about what they're engaging with online. That's NPR's. Ryan lucas. Thanks, ryan. Thank you. Thirty one years ago this month. Ronald Reagan turned to Mikhail Gorbachev and spoke these words dove, no provi trust. But verify the occasion was the White House signing of the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty. The I n f as it's known the treaty bans. Both the US and Russia from having land launched missiles that can fly from three hundred to thirty four hundred miles. Washington says Russia has been cheating on the treaty. And now the US is threatening to pull out that could spell the end of what has been considered one of the most successful, Cold War era, arms, control, treaties, more. We're going to take a few minutes here to lay out what is going on. And why it matters here in the studio to help with that our national security correspondent, David welna? Hi there, Mary Louise and our in house nuclear expert. Jeff Brumfield, welcome to you. Hi, David you start. What is the US beef here? What why does the US wanna pull out? Well, the US says that since the end of the last Bush admin. Station. Russia has been out of compliance with the treaty that Russia has been not only developing but also fielding cruise missiles that are in violation of the treaty and the Obama administration this publicly for the first time four years ago. So this isn't just the Trump administration. Leveling these complaints. This goes back, but President Trump in October said that the US was going to pull out of the treaty. And then earlier this month secretary of state, Mike Pompeo went to Brussels, and he said Russia would have sixty days to come back into compliance with the treaty or the US would begin the formal six-month notification process for pulling out of the treaty. Here's what Tom PEO said Russia admits it's violations and fully and verifiably comes back into compliance. We will of course, welcome. That course of action and just to keep the clock straight here. David Pompeo was talking you said earlier this month he gives Russia sixty days to come back into compliance. So that means the US is looking for something by what February by February for them to come back into compliance. And if they don't by early August, the US would no longer be a party to the treaty and just briefly what does Moscow say today acknowledged that they're cheating on the treaty Moscow. At first denied that they even had
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"Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm korva Coleman. President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen says President Trump is not telling the truth when he claims he had nothing to do with hush money paid to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump Cohen says that Trump directed him to arrange the payments. So the women's stories wouldn't hurt his chances in the twenty sixteen presidential election. Cohen has been sentenced to serve three years in prison on federal convictions Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis is not fully endorsing President Trump's assertion that the US military can build a wall on the border with Mexico, especially if congress won't fund one NPR's, David welna has more. I ran into Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the capitol yesterday. And I asked him about the military building the wall. And and what were his first public remarks that I know of in response to Trump's threat Mattis toll made the role of the military at the border is doing things like stringing concertina wire or doing crowd control or putting up jersey barrier. NPR's David welna Democrats are calling for enhanced border equipment such as the use of cameras and drones Turkish president register Thai air to one is doubling down on his threats for military action in Syria during brisk Karen reports from Istanbul this potentially pits. Turkish troops against US backed forces in his latest speech aired on got specific if the US does not remove the Kurdish forces it supports in northern Syria. Turkish forces will enter the town of mom bitch. This growing tension between two NATO allies stems from the US decision to support Kurdish. Why PG militias in Syria to combat ISIS in Turkey. They are thought to be affiliated with Kurdish separatists who have carried out violent attacks in Turkey. The State Department says unilateral military action into northern Syria is of grave concern, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity for NPR news. I'm Daria boost Garin in Istanbul. French police say they have shot dead the Christmas market gunman who. Who killed three people and wounded a dozen others this week. Jake sagana reports from Strasbourg authorities have arrested seven people in connection to the terrorism investigation..
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"Kelemen, NPR news. The State Department secretary Jim Madison his counterparts from a dozen other top contributing nations in the global coalition to defeat. Isis met today in Ottawa is NPR's David welna reports they declared their seventy nine member. Coalition to be stronger than ever that ISIS is headed toward a lasting defeat the defeat. Isis coalition says it's liberated more than ninety nine percent of the territory. Isis once held aboard his plane secretary Mattis says that fight continues in a lot of success, but you've seen it slowdown to
Stuck In Tijuana, Many Central American Migrants Opt For A Job
"Support for this podcast and the following message. Come from e-verify supporting employers with secure employment eligibility verification moving at the speed of your business. So you can confirm with confidence. Let's go higher at e-verify dot gov slash go. Now to wanna where it's been raining for two days. That's made a dismal situation even more miserable for the central Americans camped out near the US border. And yet, even though the migrants entered Mexico illegally, the country is offering them jobs. More and more migrants are taking up the offer NPR's David welna reports. At the edge of the mud-filled loopless sports complex where some six thousand Central American migrants shelter under tents and tarps five minute. Underwear? Bathed under a stream of cold water waiting his journey as a twenty year old Honduran named ho sway Pineda. This camp may be full of sick and discouraged refugees. He says, but people still have their dreams that might come up. But as yet. Yeah. Lucky? Most people here dream of America opinion says, but if there's a chance to get a job here in Mexico. He's willing to take it. There's our own thin thousand open jobs available in the monkey Laura industry. That's netto. Lopez. The alderman who represents this part of Tijuana the assembly plants known as mucky Lleras that surround the city says are hurting for workers, a problem locals blame on low wages. Those are the factor that work for big name plug Sony by ear and stuff like that here at the Benetton. Ick. Samsung. In a large covered courtyard about a twenty minute walk from the migrant shelter scores of scruffy, looking men and women take numbers and lineup. For job interviews this jobs. Fair was organized by federal and state officials. Neider kale is the fares coordinator, she says so far more than two thousand migrants nearly half the adults in the camp of signed up for one year humanitarian work visas necessity that they got dilemma no, we need human capitals. He says the company's here. Keep asking for more workers and were short on what we can supply them with these migrants and that demand. She says make a very good match. What happened is apartment this when get on the Timberlake Mira Denison university. Those representing the maquiladora industry at the jobs. Fair is Esther Leiva poor te'o. She says the company she works with have fifteen thousand job openings, maybe operations area. Visit where they're looking. More persons employees, and you can't find Mexican workers to do that job Salita heart. Zillow they're looking all the options on the street outside the jobs. Fair is a forty two year old Honduran clutching a sheaf of papers. Rene Castille is happy. He begins a new job at seven o'clock the next morning at an assembly plant where he'll get the equivalent of a dollar eighty eight an hour you'd I say. Die the Puerto hierarchy medical. Thank god. We've been given a chance to work here in Mexico. He says I ask if he's given up on getting into the US, no Wyndham on then so positive for your sake. Or celebrate that guy. No way am I giving up. He says, I'm a positive person. I'll just have to give it a little more time. Cloudy Nonda's mother of four with another on the way is another hundred who's just landed a job. She says she likes Mexico. Mitha news. But the goal is getting to the US. She says, adding it's what every hunter and dreams of this jobs fair. Make some here on easy watching this parade of Central American job. Applicants is a ninety year old. Mexican Roberto Sandoval things. Mexico is doing the US a big favor by giving these people jobs. Glued basic truth. Protect these people that these people become fired countries whom to help migrants are Mexicans. It's a dilemma the new government taking office here. Tomorrow will soon be facing David woman. Pure news who wanna Mexico.
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"Saying such a move would set a terrible precedent Sarah mccamman. NPR news the. White House newly released commercial satellite images indicate that North Korea has started dismantling key. Space launch and rocket engine testing complex as NPR's David welna reports it's the first sign. That the north ruler Kim Jong UN is keeping a promise he made during a meeting with President Trump last month. The satellite photos were published, by thirty eight north of, respected independent website that analyzes, developments in North Korea they show, before and after shots, of, the so, high satellite launch site with the, partial this, math of. A rail mounted structure where space launch vehicles are assembled it also, appears to show the. Complete dismantlement of a rocket engine vertical. Test stand six weeks ago President Trump declared North Korea was destroying the site the website however says the demolition work seems to have begun only in the. Past two weeks other reports indicate North Korea Is actually ramping up its nuclear weapons program David welna. NPR news Washington a, Georgia state lawmaker is facing pressure to resign after yelling a racial slur and dropping his pants on cable TV show Sam white head of. Member station w.. A. b. e. has that story from Atlanta Republican state Representative Jason Spencer appeared on an episode of Sasha baron Cohen's Showtime program who is. America that aired Sunday in one segment Spencer is shown shouting the inward exposing his buttocks are participating in what he believed was anti-terrorism training now the Republicans speaker of the Georgia house and other prominent state Republicans say Spencer should resign Spencer says he was tricked by. The makers of the television program and has threatened legal action the Republican lawmaker from coastal Georgia is, set to leave office in January he won't be. Up for, reelection, this November after losing in a primary election earlier this year Sam Whitehead in. Atlanta this is NPR news From news I mean it Kim is Superior Court Judge today ordered the city of Santa. Clara to proceed with, city, council elections using six different districts equities Peter Jon Shuler reports that nixes the at large election that a judge previously ruled diluted the votes of the city's large Asian American population civil rights attorney Robert Rubin brought the suit, on behalf of five local voters using the California. Voting Rights Act it's unfortunate that it's taken this long for the, city it's fun we, do this, and of course it's corridors for that to happen that a Santa. Clara, Representative says the city has turned over data on district boundaries to the county registrar and compliance with the court order the city is waiting for clarification from the court on exactly when. District elections would take place I'm Peter Jon Shuler k. q. e. d.. News the operator.
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"Live from NPR news in. Washington I'm Janine Herbst White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is refusing to say, whether President, Trump consulted. With national security aides before sending a late night tweet that. Appeared to, threaten war with Ron the tweet came in response to, remarks from Iran's president Hassan Rohani warning that, war with Iran would be the mother of all war NPR ceremony Kevin has. More from the White House Trump's tweet and all caps warned Iran's president to quote. Never ever, threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences, the likes of which few throughout history have suffered before questioned about the tweet White House press secretary Sarah Sanders pointed to the Iranian leaders remarks the president's been I think pretty strong since day one in his. Language towards Iran he was. Responding to comments made from. Them and he's going to continue to focus on. The, safety insecurity of American people senators declined to give details on what it would take for Trump to negotiate directly she. Said the goal is to? Keep nuclear weapons out of Iran Hands Trump recently pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal over the objections of many US allies Serra mccamman NPR news the White House newly released. Commercial satellite images indicate North Korea has started making good, on its pledge to dismantle a space launch rocket engine testing complex as NPR's. David welna reports it's the first sign that Kim Jong UN is fulfilling what President. Trump says he promised, to do in their meeting last month, in Singapore the satellite photos. Were published by thirty eight north of respected independent website that analyzes developments North, Korea they, show before. And after shots of the so high satellite launch site with. The partial, dismantlement of a rail mountain structure where space launch vehicles, are assembled it also appears to show the, complete dismantlement of a rocket engine vertical test stand six weeks ago President Trump. Declared North Korea was destroying the site the website however says the demolition work seems. To have, begun only in the past two weeks other reports indicate North Korea is actually ramping up its nuclear. Weapons program David welna, NPR news Washington in Toronto an investigation continues into why twenty nine year old Fazle Hussain opened fire and the busy greektown section of the city Sunday night killing, two people and. Wounding thirteen others he was found dead after exchanging gunfire with police but it's unclear if he died from the shootout or a self inflicted. Wound Toronto police detective sergeant Terry Brown we have control of the city this is an, incident that has occurred is tragic incident there are many many many moving parts and victims to this incident but we will get through this family says he suffered from. Mental severe mental health problems but they could never have imagined this happening Wall Street ending the day, in mixed territory the Dow down thirteen points the. NASDAQ up, twenty, one the s. and p. five hundred up five points you're listening to NPR. News from Washington And I'm Jamie Floyd for WNYC in New York former New York state legislative employees who say they've experienced sexual harassment, while working in the capital are calling. On the state attorney general Andy elected officials to, release them from nondisclosure agreements members of the sexual harassment working group say the state, utilizes NDA's to keep victim. Silent by threatening monetary penalties attorney. General candidate zephyr teach out says this contributes to a. Culture of silence, around, investigating and punishing harassers at the state level, nobody understands who and how and where they should go to get a final result and, no one is finally responsible teach out is calling on, the state's ethics commission to be, more transparent about investigating harassment, and project witnesses who do come forward after some setbacks the fifteen month old. Pilot program to clean up the Ghana's Canal is in its final stages. EPA regional administrator Pete Lopez said today it took longer than expected. To figure out how to dredge the canal problem, started when crews began to install steel plates along the sides of the canal initial approach was a little too vigorous for the canal. Was creating some some vibration that was causing some, problems with the Jason building so we. Had to rethink that the vibrations even caused the promenade of the whole foods in Ghana's to sink slightly into the canal the says the pilot which focused on only small portions of the canal is, six months behind schedule full dredging on the rest of the waterway won't begin until..
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"News i'm steve inskeep and i'm no king warning secretary of state mike pompeo is headed to north korea today it's his first trip there since north korean leader kim jong un committed to working toward denuclearization of the korean peninsula npr's david welna has the story as she announced secretary pompeo's trip to beyond young white house press secretary sarah sanders got a barrage of questions about reports that north korea is expanding sites tied to its nuclear weapons program and that us intelligence officials don't think kim jong un intends to relinquish his nuclear arsenal sanders said while she could neither confirm nor deny those reports great progress continues to be made there's a great moment of right now for positive change and we're moving together for further negotiations others are a bit less upbeat about this next round of talks going into pyongyang with a very difficult task that's abraham denmark he'd wrecks the asia program at the w wilson center denmark was a senior pentagon official in the obama administration and he worries with president trump's suspension of a major military exercise with south korea next month north korea's already gotten a lot and given up very little kim jong hoon did not make any new commitments in singapore and so the secretary of state is now forced to go into pyongyang trying to secure something that the president was not able to the real question is whether kim jong un is genuinely interested in denuclearization trump for one apparently thinks he is here's what the president said on sunday when fox news.
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"Call it semantics splitting hairs over which word applies but words matter which is why npr is referred to the trump administration policy of separating families at the us border at a white house meeting today of the national space council president trump unexpectedly announced a new directive for the pentagon the creation of new branch of the military trump is calling it a space force npr's david welna explains it would take more than a presidential order to make that happen a space force did not figure at all in the presidential decree that trump signed today that was mainly about dealing with all the space junk that's orbiting this planet but trump told an audience of big defense contractors lawmakers and the military then in american presence in space is not enough what's needed is american dominance in space very importantly i'm here by directing the department of defense and pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces that's a big statement trump then borrowed a phrase once used to justify racial segregation we are going to have the air force and we are going to have the space force separate but equal but if there's going to be a space force it would i need the approval of congress last year air force secretary heather wilson acknowledged a senate panel that warfare is indeed going into orbit we expect space to be contested domain and our adversaries are moving forward very quickly and they see that we are vulnerable in space and we need to an ticipant that any future conflict will involve conflict in space but wilson also argued against expanding the pentagon's military branches something that was last on seventy one years ago with the creation of the air force todd harrison directs the aerospace security project at the center for strategic and international studies he says congress last year ordered a study on the viability of space force after the house and the senate failed to agree on creating one harrison expects things will start moving faster with trump's directive today main opponents to creating a space spores have been the pentagon and particularly the air force now but the president has given this order they're not going to be able to oppose it.
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"Nats npr culture critic glenn weldon and national security correspondent david welna you're listening to all things considered from npr news it's been a long time coming next week house republicans will take up to immigration bills to address the legal status of people brought to the us as children it's the first time the house will attempt to tackle the contentious immigration legislation since president trump took office npr congressional correspondent susan davis reports on the latest chapter in a longrunning struggle inside the gop to find unity on this issue house republicans know what they're about to do could come at a price this november well i think there is a political risk but i think the greater risk would have been to do nothing that's oklahoma congressman tom cole and on that point most republicans agree after the senate failed to act on immigration back in february house leaders were happy to ignore the immigration debate ahead of this year's elections but in recent weeks pushback from conservatives and moderates who want to go on record on this forced house speaker paul ryan's hand with some conditions lashing wanna do bring a bill out of here that i know the president won't support well we've been working hand in glove with you administration on this to make sure that we're bringing a bill that represents the president's four pillars so that we can come together have the votes that everybody's looking for the votes republicans are now looking at our onto competing proposals one is expected to be more conservative the other more moderate both are aimed at providing legal certainty to people brought to the us as children often.
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"That's npr culture critic glenn weldon and national security correspondent david welna you're listening to all things considered from npr news it's been a long time coming next week house republicans will take up to immigration bills to address the legal status of people brought to the us as children it's the first time the house will attempt to tackle the contentious immigration legislation since president trump took office npr congressional correspondent susan davis reports on the latest chapter in a longrunning struggle inside the gop to find unity on this issue house republicans know what they're about to do could come at a price this november i think there is a greater risk would have been to do nothing that's oklahoma congressman tom cole and on that point most republicans agree after the senate failed to act on immigration back in february house leaders were happy to ignore the immigration debate ahead of this year's elections but in recent weeks pushback from conservatives and moderates who want to go on record on this forced house speaker paul ryan's hand with some conditions lasting i want to do is bring a bill out of here that i know the president won't support well we've been working hand in glove with you administration on this to make sure that we're bringing a bill that represents the president's four pillars so that we can come together have the votes that everybody's looking for the votes republicans are now looking at our onto competing proposals one is expected to be more conservative the other more moderate both are aimed at providing legal certainty to people brought to the us as children often.
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"Of the us naval war college says his own view is that north korea could simply hide what it wants to keep the north koreans are very good at tunneling and putting things below ground a lesson they learned from the korean war when they were bombed heavily so they have buried a lot of facilities and it's not just those facilities that matters says the asia society's for they're going to be folks still in north korea who know and could restart this type of program covertly if they wanted to removing that nuclear braintrust from north korea says former diplomat wit quite simply is not an option you can't be absurd and ask for ten thousand scientists to be shipped out you could ask for them to be redirected into civilian work and have some assurance that that's working by having an on the ground presence to make sure that's what they're doing stanford's hecker says even if north korea agrees to abandon its nuclear program that would be an enormous undertaking content during the fact that it's taken at least twenty five years to really put this nuclear arsenal in place the thought of turning it around and denuclearizing so to speak in a short period of time of the year or two is simply not possible the just published report hacker estimates it could take a decade to denuclearize north korea david welna npr news washington.
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"Support for this npr podcast and the following message come from the ups store who knows that small business owners can't afford to take days off so they'll be open to on may twenty fifth and twenty six for all your small business needs visit the ups store dot com for details live from npr news in washington i'm jim hawk several top administration officials including president trump are suggesting that the summit he abruptly cancelled thursday with north korea could still take place as npr's david welna reports among those officials as secretary of defense jim mattis speaking to reporters outside the pentagon secretary mattis said he had possibly some good news on the korea summit the it off may have it back on even north korea expert sung yoon lee at tufts fletcher school of law and diplomacy says trump's cancelling the summit was a big snub this is a momentum increase leverage for president trump right now but the question remains will president trump go wobbly and concede to meeting kim jong and soon lease says the longer north korea feels the bite of sanctions the more willing it will be to curtail its nuclear program david welna npr news washington a student is in custody after a shooting inside a middle school in the northeastern indianapolis suburb of noblesville eric weddell of member station w f y says a teacher is being hailed as a hero for tackling the gunman students then with great science class at noblesville west middle school where finishing up a test just after nine am that's when fellow student allegedly walked in the classroom with two handguns and shot.
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"Support for this npr podcast and the following message come from the ups store who knows that small business owners can't afford to take days off so they'll be open to on may twenty fifth and twenty six for all your small business needs visit the ups store dot com for details live from npr news in washington i'm jim hawk several top administration officials including president trump are suggesting that the summit he abruptly cancelled thursday with north korea could still take place as npr's david welna reports among those officials is secretary of defense joe mattis speaking to reporters outside the pentagon secretary mattis said he had possibly good news on the korea summit with the diplomats off may have it back on even north korea experts sung yoon lee at tufts fletcher school of law and diplomacy says trump's cancelling the summit was the big snub this is a momentum increase leverage for president trump right now but the question remains will president trump go wobbly and concede to meeting kim jong and soon lease says the longer north korea feels the bite of sanctions the more willing it will be to curtail its nuclear program david welna npr news washington the president of the union of border patrol agents says that appointment of the national guard the us mexico border as a quote colossal waste of resources npr's richard gonzales reports the head of the union brandon judd said he seen no benefit to having the national guard on the scene according to a report by the los angeles times judd is quoted as saying initially he supported the decision to bring in the national guard but the troops have not been allowed to be in lookout or observation posts thus freeing up border agents for other duties like when the guard was deployed under presidents bush and obama a spokeswoman for the department of homeland security katy waldman said the deployment of the guard has been an unquestionable success netting millions of dollars in illegal drugs and thousands of pretensions of border crossers richard gonzales npr news former movie producer harvey weinstein surrendered to police in new york friday to phase rape and criminal sex act charges wine.
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"News washington because of growing concern about russia's activities in the north atlantic the pentagon has announced it's offered to host a new nato naval command in norfolk virginia npr's david welna reports a navy second fleet will also be revived and base there the new nato joint force command is being created as the pentagon puts it to strengthen nato's deterrence and defense posture and its ability to protect stability beyond its borders this comes as russian submarines increasingly prowled the waters of the north atlantic they're seen as a potential threat not just to vessels on that ocean but to shipping lanes and communications cables that cross the atlantic this week navy secretary richard spencer signed a memo reestablishing the navy's second fleet it's to better respond as he put it to the changing security environment that fleet was disbanded seven years ago in a cost saving measure it's due to be stood up july first norfolk david welna npr news washington and this is npr larger than life statue of karl marx's being unveiled today and the german town of trio to mark the two hundred anniversary of his birth a statue a gift from china but the bbc's mike saunders reports demonstrators are protesting the chinese leader xi jinping this held karl marx is the greatest thinker of modern times but hecklers made their objections heard the leader of the farright alternative for germany pasi alexander garland has said they should be no monument to communism as it had brought so much suffering to so many people the campaign group penn deutscheland had called for the unveiling ceremony to be delayed until china freed the put lucia from house arrest she's the widow of the nobel peace prize winner louche shall bow who died of cancer last july on the god in chinese hospital technology shares helped push wall street stocks into positive territory at the end of the trading weeks st becca reports of market finished strong after a shaky week after a long.
Inspectors from the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to begin work in Syria
"Desmond's new project the vision lab is the first national database collecting vixen records from around the country also kentucky reviews john heinz first album of new songs and thirteen years that's on fresh air first news live from npr news in washington i'm jack speer the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons says its inspectors will begin work in syria on saturday the watchdog group could provide the first confirmation of whether chemical agents were used against syrian rebels last weekend more from npr's david welna the opcw chemical weapons inspectors are traveling to syria at the invitation of that country's government which insists it did not carry out a chemical weapons tack and the damascus suburb of douma in an appearance before congress defense secretary jim mattis said he believed there was such an attack and the occ w could provide the evidence we will not know who did it they can only say that they found evidence or did not and at each day goes biogenetics a non persistent gas so it becomes more and more difficult to confirm it medicine sister that no decision has yet been made about how to respond to the suspected chemical weapons attack david welna npr news washington cia heading secretary of state designate mike palm pale was on capitol hill today for confirmation hearings before a senate committee palm peyot agreeing with a democratic lawmaker who said it would be quote catastrophic if the us were to initiate an attack against north korea and going on to say despite public comments about his hawkish nece he believes in measured response story is i'm hawk i'm hardliner you know i i read that and there's no one as you just heard in what i described there's no one who served in uniform who understands the value of display missy and the terror and tragedy that is war like someone who served in uniform it's the last resort it must always be so pompeo whoever also said he could foresee a situation where the us might have to move past diplomacy for example of north korean leader kim jong un were to directly threaten the.
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"Live from npr news in washington i'm jack speer defense secretary jim mattis told lawmakers on capitol hill today that no decision has yet been made about launching military attacks on syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack there last weekend is npr's david welna reports matter spoke shortly before going to the white house to brief president trump on his options secretary mattis told the house armed services committee there should be a response to the suspected chemical attacks in syria i don't wanna talk about a specific attack that is not yet in the offing knowing that we either decision this would be pre decisional again the president not made that decision klay democrat tulsi gabbard said any action risks confronting russia as this action is considered can you justify for the american people how going to war with russia over syria serves the interests of the american people know congresswoman i can't answer that question mattis did express concern about keeping things from escalating out of control in syria david welna npr news washington lawmakers have approved a former coal industry lobbyists to the number two job at the environmental protection agency senate moving to confirm andrew wheeler wheeler would be next in line of embattled epa administrator scott pruitt were to be forced out democrats joined with republicans to move that nomination epa's inspector general's conducting at least five audit scrutinizing pruitt's spending on areas including travel and accommodations the union leading the oklahoma teacher walkout has called it off today citing dwindling support from union members and legislative roadblocks and they went through in oklahoma city has more the president of the oklahoma education association alicia priest says despite thousands of people filling the capital and calling on lawmakers to increase school funding for nearly two weeks educators have seen no significant legislative movement since last friday there comes a time when if what you're doing is not getting the results you seek there is wisdom in shifting focus she says the union will turn its attention toward electing more pro education candidates in november priest says the union does not speak for all teachers in the.
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"The victory will be a political records show we gatien david explain what that looks like what does he mean by political reconciliation well mattis thinks peace will only come when the afghan government and the taliban sit down and work out a political settlement and he's quite enthusiastic about a proposal that afghan president ashraf ghani made last week to hold talks with the taliban with no preconditions this follows an open letter the taliban wrote last month to the american people urging the us to hold talks with them on ending the war madison says it's the afghans who have to own this process and so he says they have to meet with the taliban not the us the taliban hasn't responded to the afghan president's invitation to talk yet but what incentive would the taliban have to hold peace talks when they control parts of the country and they've actually increased their attacks on kabul capital american officers i spoke with see these attacks as a shift from trying to take territory to resorting to terrorism which they consider a sign of weakness i spoke this morning with the american who commands all us forces their general john nicholson he points to the arrival of the new american training brigade as well as stepped up air attacks by both american and afghan forces as evidence things are getting a lot harder for the taliban as afghan forces keep getting better you're seeing a real growing by showing the taliban my they see what's coming and these capabilities are only going to get a greater there's going to be double the number of commanders going to be more and more air force year on year and so this really is probably their best time to attempt to negotiation because it's only gonna get worse for them and yet when i asked nicholson if afghanistan is still the stalemate that he called it in in november he just smiled and ended the discussion with a thank you npr's david welna traveling with defense secretary mattis thanks david you're welcome.