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Biden Declassifies Secret FBI Report Detailing Saudi Nationals' Connections to 9/11

NPR News Now

01:00 min | 2 months ago

Biden Declassifies Secret FBI Report Detailing Saudi Nationals' Connections to 9/11

"By the administration has declassified a report. The ties the nine eleven hijackers to saudi nationals. Living in the us victims families have wanted to see the sixteen page report for years. Npr's laura sullivan has more. The newly released report was written by. Fbi agents at the end of an investigation called operation. Encore it examined possible ties between the hijackers and the saudi arabian government. The report does not dry any conclusions about government involvement but it does link to saudi nationals one with diplomatic status to the hijackers far more closely than has been previously known. The report found the two men helped or tasks others to help some of the hijackers and found both men had ties to well-known extremists. The saudi government has maintained that any ties are coincidental and says that it had no previous knowledge of the attacks. The biden administration meanwhile has promised to release more documents. In coming

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:59 min | 2 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on KCRW

"Live from NPR news. I'm Janine Herbst. The Biden administration has declassified a report that ties the 9 11 hijackers to Saudi nationals living in the United States. Victims. Families have wanted to see the 16 page report. For years, NPR's Laura Sullivan has more. The newly released report was written by FBI agents at the end of an investigation called Operation On Core. It examined possible ties between the hijackers and the Saudi Arabian government. The report does not draw any conclusions about government involvement. But it does link to Saudi nationals one with diplomatic status to the hijackers, far more closely than has been previously known. The report found the two men helped or test others to help some of the hijackers and found both men had ties to well known extremists. The Saudi government has maintained that any ties or coincidental and says that it had no previous knowledge of the attacks. The body administration, meanwhile, has promised to release more documents in coming months. Laura Sullivan. NPR NEWS Iran says the UN's nuclear watchdog can continue to recording activities at sensitive nuclear sites as Kerry skyrim reports from Vienna. The announcement came after talks with I A chief Rafael Grossi. Iran says new memory cards can be installed in surveillance cameras and monitoring will continue. The International Atomic Energy Agency chief described the result as constructive while Iran stopped, nuclear officials said This was a technical result with no room for politics. But it is unclear if the data from those cameras will be made available to the A or if this concession will head off a showdown between Iran and the West at this week's meeting of nuclear diplomats in Vienna. At stake is the revival of the 2000 and 15 nuclear deal in which Iran agreed to limit nuclear activities in return for sanctions. Relief for NPR news. I'm Carrie squiring in Vienna. Britain's health minister says the UK government won't require proof of vaccination to attend large events and it's doubtful therapy further lockdowns Villa Marks has more just days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson said to announce possible measures to combat a winter surge in Covid 19. His health minister, Sajid Javid, said another lockdown was very unlikely. Yeah, but also told the BBC interview that proof of vaccination would not be required to attend large venues after several high profile experiments that concert and sports events showed testing measures were sufficient. Bill marks reporting from London. One of the biggest Christian denominations in the country. This weekend installed its first openly transgender bishop, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, installed the Reverend Megan Rohrer in a service in San Francisco. They will observe, oversee rather nearly 200 congregations in northern California and northern Nevada. They were elected and made a service six year term As bishop..

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on NPR News Now

NPR News Now

04:23 min | 2 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on NPR News Now

"Report for years. Npr's laura sullivan has more. The newly released report was written by. Fbi agents at the end of an investigation called operation. Encore it examined possible ties between the hijackers and the saudi arabian government. The report does not draw any conclusions about government involvement but it does link to saudi nationals one with diplomatic status to the hijackers far more closely than has been previously known. The report found the two men helped or tasks others to help some of the hijackers and found both men had ties to well-known extremists. The saudi government has maintained that any ties are coincidental and says that it had no previous knowledge of the attacks the by administration meanwhile has promised to release more documents. In coming months laura sullivan. Npr news iran says the un's nuclear watchdog can continue to recording activities at sensitive nuclear sites as carrie skyring reports from vienna. The announcement came after talks with i e h eve rafael grassi. Iran says new memory cards can be installed in surveillance cameras and monitoring will continue the international atomic energy agency. Chief described the result as constructive while around stop. Nuclear officials said. This was a technical result with no room for politics but it is unclear. If the data from those cameras will be made available to the ira or if this concession will head off a showdown between iran and the west at this week's meeting of nuclear diplomats in vienna at stake is the revival of the two thousand fifteen nuclear deal in which iran agreed to limit nuclear activities in return for sanctions. Relief for npr. News i'm kerry skyring in vienna. Britain's health minister says the government won't require proof of vaccination to attend large events and the steinfeldt. There'll be further lockdowns. Villa marks has more just days before prime minister boris johnson set to announce possible measures to combat a winter surgeon covert nineteen. His health minister. Sergey javid said another lockdown was very unlikely javid also told the bbc interviewer that proof of vaccination would not be required to attend large venues after several high-profile experiments at concerts and sports events showed testing measures. Worse efficient ila marks reporting from london one of the biggest christian denominations in the country. This weekend installed its first openly. Transgender bishop the evangelical lutheran church in america installed the reverend megan rohrer in a service in san francisco. They will observe oversee rather nearly two hundred congregations in northern california and northern nevada. They were elected a made a sort of a six year term as bishop this is. Npr pope francis paid a brief visit to hungary today celebrating the closing mass of a church congress in budapest before a crowd of tens of thousands and is npr. Silvio pohjola reports in an apparent rabou rebuke to the country's prime minister francis urged hungary to open its arms to everyone in his homily. Pope francis called on hungarians to hold onto their religious roots but not by closing themselves off from the rest of the world and the needs of others. The cross francis said planted in the ground not only invites us to be well rooted. It also raises at extends its arms toward everyone. This was in sharp contrast to hungary's nationalist. Prime minister viktor. Orban who presents himself as a defender of christian europe and is opposed to migrants and multiculturalism. The vatican said the pope met for forty minutes with or bun. Along with hungarian. President janos odder at the meeting was cordial after only seven hours in budapest. The pope left for slovakia where he will visit four cities before returning to rome on wednesday. Sylvia poggioli npr news on mainland china authorities have issued typhoon warnings for the city of shanghai and are warning for the potential for torrential rains. The typhoon already drenched taiwan with up to five inches of rain officials have suspended airline and train service on the island and media reports. Say that more than two thousand. People had to be evacuated from some of the flood-prone areas. I'm janine herbst and you're listening to npr news..

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on NPR News Now

NPR News Now

04:35 min | 2 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on NPR News Now

"Barbara klein. The biden administration has declassified a report that ties the nine eleven hijackers to saudi nationals. Living in the us victims families of wanted to see the sixteen page report for years. Npr's laura sullivan has details. The newly released report was written by. Fbi agents at the end of an investigation called operation. Encore it examined possible ties between the hijackers and the saudi arabian government. The report does not draw any conclusions about government involvement but it does link to saudi nationals one with diplomatic status to the hijackers far more closely than has been previously known. The report found the two men helped or task others to help some of the hijackers and found both men had ties to well-known extremists. The saudi government has maintained that any ties are coincidental and says that it had no previous knowledge of the attacks. The biden administration meanwhile has promised to release more documents. In coming months laura sullivan. Npr news the delta variant is sending a record number of kids to the hospital just as they return to school. The fda is promising to move quickly on vaccine guidance. But npr's amy held reports it still awaiting data from pfizer and modern on vaccinating children younger than twelve. It's the question top of mind for many parents. When can my child get vaccinated. Dr john dean of the brown university school of public health says the data is driving the answer. I think it'll be soon but my hope is will see that data in the next month and shots will be available to go in by the end of october surgeon. General dr vivek murthy tells. Cnn vaccinating kids is the fda's top priority already. As soon as the companies finished their trials and get the data to them to process that quickly to review it and make sure our kids have a vaccine. That is both safe and effective. In the meantime experts. Say testing masking and distancing can keep kids in school safely. Amy held npr news. Britain's health minister says the uk government will not require proof of vaccination to attend large events and says further lockdowns doubtful. Villa marks has more from london. Health minister such javid said he did not expect. There would be more locked down than the uk as the government prepares to announce potential measures. It may take in the coming months to combat future corona virus outbreaks. Javid told the bbc quote irresponsible to take every option off the table. But he just couldn't see the country going into another lockdown. He'll said certificates vaccination dubbed vaccine passports in the british press would not be necessary for those attending concerts festivals and sporting events over the summer authorities conducted several high profile experiments around testing and vaccinations at such events including the european soccer championship. At london's wembley stadium. Npr news on bill marks in london. This is npr. The head of iran's civilian nuclear program says u. n. Nuclear inspectors will be allowed to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at tehran. Sensitive sites to. Ron is holding previous footage. The move follows a meeting in tehran today. With the head of the un's nuclear watchdog. Iran has restricted. I a inspectors from accessing surveillance footage since february as its nuclear deal with world powers has all but collapsed and talks on reviving. It are stalled wall. Street is preparing for a slew of important economic data after losses last week. Npr's rafael nam reports traders say. They're deeply uncertain about the outlook for the economy. It's an uncertain time it was read as the delta variant continues to spread for many traders. Too key. question is how much an actual impact is a virus having on the economy. We could get more clarity this week when we get some important data i will get inflation. Data on tuesday. Inflation has surged a thirteen year high but there are signs that inflation may be peaking will then get industrial production on wednesday. Many manufacturers are suffering because of supply chain problems and we'll run that the week with retail sales data and thirsty another critical barometer on the economy rafael numb. Npr news forecasters are monitoring a new tropical storm named nicholas. That's formed in the gulf of mexico. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for much of the texas coast. Texas and southwest. Louisiana are expected to get heavy potentially flooding rains. I'm barbara klein npr news..

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM

WABE 90.1 FM

02:09 min | 2 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM

"I'm Bill Kurtis and I'm Peter Sagal. This was a week in which the president announced bold initiatives telling us that this is America. There's nothing we can do if we work together, which is something he has to say. Every time we fail to work together to do something We'll ask about the latest way. We're going to disappoint him. Plus Anthony Petrovsky from Queer on tries to help us become tastier. And Bill Kurtis tells us about his latest invention. The one piece zip up the back news anchor suit first, they thank you crazy. Then they fight you. Have venue change the world. We'll ask who really changed the world but in an unintended direction on our quiz coming up right after this hour's news Live from NPR news. I'm Barbara Klein. The Biden administration has declassified report that ties the 9 11 hijackers to Saudi nationals living in the U. S. Victims. Families have wanted to see the 16 page report for years. NPR's Laura Sullivan has details. The newly released report was written by FBI agents at the end of an investigation called Operation On Core. It examined possible ties between the hijackers and the Saudi Arabian government. The report does not draw any conclusions about government involvement. But it does link to Saudi nationals one with diplomatic status to the hijackers, far more closely than has been previously known. The report found the two men helped or test others to help some of the hijackers and found both men had ties to well known extremists. The Saudi government has maintained that any ties are coincidental and says that it had no previous knowledge of the attacks. The Biden administration, meanwhile, has promised to release more documents in coming months. Laura Sullivan NPR news Several Republican governors are threatening to sue the federal government over President Biden's new vaccine mandates and testing requirements. NPR's Mara Liasson reports President Biden's new rules could affect two thirds of American workers. But the White House is confident that it has the authority to require large employers to either.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on WBUR

WBUR

01:36 min | 2 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on WBUR

"Frame. That's NPR's Laura Sullivan. Thank you very much. Thanks so much, Lulu. Floods are becoming severe as a result of climate change. They're happening more frequently, with higher waters, causing more destruction to communities. And while millions are being spent to move people out of flood zones and NPR investigation has found that a federal housing agency is selling flood prone homes to families without fully disclosing the risk. You can hear more about that tomorrow on morning edition Tune in by telling your smart speaker to play NPR William member station by name. Okay. Right now. States are going through there. Once every 10 year process of redrawing congressional districts and in Missouri Republicans have most of the map making power. But to preserve the state's only African American district. The GOP there has worked side by side with black Democrats for decades. ST Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum reports. Cori Bush delivered shockwaves throughout the national political world last year when she wanted Democratic primary in Missouri's first congressional district. She would be the third African American in a row to represent the district. But she was all but assured to be the first black woman to go to Congress from the state. And saying hours after she vanquished 20 year, Congressman Lacy Clay Bush stood in front of the ST Louis arch with other victorious candidates. We are here right now showing all.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast

Boston Public Radio Podcast

05:42 min | 3 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast

"Thin back to boston public radio. I'm jim brady. She is margery eagan. Latest earthquake in haiti is rekindling. The anger and frustration locals experience in the aftermath of the two thousand. Ten earthquake of the billions of dollars in foreign aid was coming in little. Reach the people who needed it most this time around actress urging the public to donate money to local organizations and groups rather than give the large disconnected organizations in twenty fifteen. Npr's laura sullivan concert with propublica reported extensively on the red cross. Charity raised almost half a billion dollars for haiti. In the aftermath of the twenty ten quake it was one of the most successful fundraising efforts ever for them. But it didn't turn out to be a success story. For haiti laura sullivan. Welcome back to boston public radio. It's great dock you for having me or pleasure. Thank you so much for joining us. Laura so many people are wanted to try to help pay. We've had a lot of local efforts here sending supplies. But it's clear from your reporting if we wanna help. We shouldn't send our money to the red cross so so tell people why the cross them off the list. So there's been you know when we actually look into the half a billion dollars that the red cross raise for the two thousand ten earthquake.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

01:49 min | 3 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"I look at it quite frankly, Laura as more of an unsolved homicide, then And anything else. Ken Williams was an FBI agent who wrote The Phoenix memo, which warned that Osama bin Laden was sending students to U. S flight schools. They've got to go back and they need to do more criminal investigation. And they need the present the victims and their families. The information that they're requesting with respect to the stuff that they're declaring to be state secrets. Families have fought for years to get records released from the FBI and other agencies. President Biden has now called on government agencies to release all relevant records over the next six months. Starting this week, families are hoping most of all for 16 page file from an FBI investigation called Operation on Core. Read. Eagleson, whose father died, says they believe it outlines possible connections between the hijackers and Saudi enablers. So we're cautiously optimistic. Well, let's actually see what we get. We've been down this road before. The families want the big questions answered whether someone or some government help get their loved ones killed that sunny morning 20 years ago. Laura Sullivan. NPR news El Salvador this week officially became the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. Tim Padgett of member Station W. Lauren in Miami reports. In June, El Salvador's president, naive Boo Kelly announced in a video message to the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami that his country would adopt Bitcoin Salvador. We are trying to start the design of a country for the future. I believe it could be one of these ideas. Boo Kelly's Bitcoin proposal becomes law this week. That means businesses now have to accept the Cryptocurrency..

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU

90.3 KAZU

01:52 min | 7 months ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU

"It made an already growing trend worse for the past 50 years, they financial disparity across house for those is expanding. So the richer ones become richer and the poor ones become poor safety nets made it through the past year with some federal relief money and local help. But Brad Spell Bergen L. A county, USC says it will take years before safety net hospitals budgets balance out. It is a little unfathomable to me. How a Hospital system could be making a huge profit in the middle of a covert pandemic. But honestly, nothing surprises me anymore. Nobody ever sat down in mapped out. How health care should be delivered. And so you have winners and you have losers. Industry experts expect some safety nets will close in coming years or perhaps be sold to private investors looking to turn them into for profit money makers. And they can be as long as somewhere nearby. There is another safety Net hospital willing to take all the patients they don't want. Laura Sullivan NPR news and you can watch the front line film the Healthcare Divide at PBS dot or g'kar. This'd is NPR news. For decades. There's been bipartisan support in Congress to stand with Israel almost unconditionally. But the latest conflict has some Democrats rethinking that position. There was never this kind of pressure from the left on issues related Israel during the Obama years. How and why progressives are changing the foreign policy conversation about Palestinians tomorrow on morning edition from NPR News. Join us for morning edition.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

05:59 min | 1 year ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Plastic pellets have been spilling into oceans and rivers. The world over where birds and fish eat them. They are the building blocks of all plastic melts 350 of them. You get a yogurt cup 1000 gets you a water bottle. But an NPR and PBS frontline investigation found the oil and plastic industry has long known there an environmental problem. NPR's Laura Sullivan brings us this story about how the oil in plastic industry evaded regulation. Despite decades of spills. You probably haven't spent a lot of time standing on train tracks looking at your feet. We're looking at the edge of a highway outside of plastic manufacturer. If you did, there's a good chance you'll see them little plastic pellets. This is Kocsis Creek, and we're looking at fresh pellets. It has fallen out of the Terps. Ronnie hammering is standing on state Road 35 in Southeast Texas, rising four square miles. Behind him is the petrochemical plant, Formosa Plastics. And they're not just here. There over there. They're important Lakha. You're gonna find him down the road Hand looks not an anti plastic environmentalist. He's a former supervisor who worked to Formosa for 25 years, And while he worked there, he says he was told to cover up spills of classic pallets. I want you to put down a certain number. You know what I'm saying? They want to keep it love. So So you line so would you like That's my job. That's my bread and butter, so I got to do what they think. I got a family. What's striking about standing outside Formosa and finding pellets? 100 yards from the plant's edge is that last year for most agreed to pay $50 million to settle a lawsuit in which it agreed to zero discharge of pellets. And yet, here they are and down in the creek, where the plant drains thousands more. Ah federal judge called Formosa, a serial offender for most of says it's working to improve its containment systems. But Formosa is just one of thousands of companies that either make or use plastic pellets in the United States. The oil and plastic industry says it doesn't have a problem, Officials told me for most of it was simply a quote bad actor, while leading companies like Exxon and Chevron recently told shareholders that at their dozens of facilities worldwide Either lose, not a single pellet or just two sandwich bags full. And here's how they say they've done it. Thanks again for signing on the operation Clean Sweep Operation Clean Sweep is a voluntary program the industry came up with in 1991. Companies that joined watch videos and promised to keep pellets from spilling from plant truck ships and rail cars. There's no data required. No numbers, nothing public. The operation Clean sweep is truly making a difference. Together, we can achieve zero pellet flake and proud of us. The industry says it's been a success. Pellet containment is incredibly important to our members. Steve Russell was until recently the vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, which jointly runs the program, Nobody wants plastic in the environment. And if it still happens, and if we're gonna assume it's an accidental release, then it will be reported and remediation steps could be taken. Formosa is an operation Clean sweep member. So I asked to former workers and Ronnie Hamrick about it. I have no idea what you're even talking about. I've never heard it. There's evidence the industry does, in fact, have a pellet problem. Recent spills on beaches in Louisiana in South Carolina and studies show pellets are contaminating oceans, killing birds and fish and carrying toxins through rivers. There's also evidence the industry has known about this problem all along. In 2005, the industry participated in a study of 10 pellet plants. It found pellets washed away in heavy rain at every single facility and called Operation Clean sweep. Inadequate. But even long before that, there's a memo buried inside thousands of documents left over from old industry lawsuits. It was written in March. 1991 Thean Mysteries Trade Association warns top executives from Exxon, Chevron, Dow DuPont and others. But the EPA have recently found pellets to be quote ubiquitous in the environment. Regulation and permits are likely coming, the memo says. Unless they act quickly, it may still be possible to institute voluntary programs to address the pellet issue, it says. Unless this occurs, it is likely EPA will act independently. Then, just four months later, we developed a program that was called Operation Clean Sweep. Lou Freeman was a vice president at the time for the trade association, then called the Society of the Plastics industry. I don't recall any discussions. But quantitatively measuring the success of the program. It was being measured really about who is participating that what the results were, so it was a voluntary program without any metrics. Yeah, I would like to think that they were also doing it because it was the right thing to do. But I'd also be naive if I didn't think that much of the motivation was was governed by, you know. Keeping the regulators off our back today. The EPA doesn't regulate pellets and in the almost 30 years since, the agency told NPR it has brought just 10 Clean Water Act enforcement cases against facilities accused of spilling pellets. How would anyone really know if pellets were leaking? If you head down to the Gulf of Mexico pellet manufacturers like Chevron Phillips say they're not. I can tell you that. It's not a problem here at Chevron Phillips, we have almost no Let's leaving our sights. Jim Bakker is the

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Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling

All Things Considered

05:59 min | 1 year ago

Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling

"Plastic pellets have been spilling into oceans and rivers. The world over where birds and fish eat them. They are the building blocks of all plastic melts 350 of them. You get a yogurt cup 1000 gets you a water bottle. But an NPR and PBS frontline investigation found the oil and plastic industry has long known there an environmental problem. NPR's Laura Sullivan brings us this story about how the oil in plastic industry evaded regulation. Despite decades of spills. You probably haven't spent a lot of time standing on train tracks looking at your feet. We're looking at the edge of a highway outside of plastic manufacturer. If you did, there's a good chance you'll see them little plastic pellets. This is Kocsis Creek, and we're looking at fresh pellets. It has fallen out of the Terps. Ronnie hammering is standing on state Road 35 in Southeast Texas, rising four square miles. Behind him is the petrochemical plant, Formosa Plastics. And they're not just here. There over there. They're important Lakha. You're gonna find him down the road Hand looks not an anti plastic environmentalist. He's a former supervisor who worked to Formosa for 25 years, And while he worked there, he says he was told to cover up spills of classic pallets. I want you to put down a certain number. You know what I'm saying? They want to keep it love. So So you line so would you like That's my job. That's my bread and butter, so I got to do what they think. I got a family. What's striking about standing outside Formosa and finding pellets? 100 yards from the plant's edge is that last year for most agreed to pay $50 million to settle a lawsuit in which it agreed to zero discharge of pellets. And yet, here they are and down in the creek, where the plant drains thousands more. Ah federal judge called Formosa, a serial offender for most of says it's working to improve its containment systems. But Formosa is just one of thousands of companies that either make or use plastic pellets in the United States. The oil and plastic industry says it doesn't have a problem, Officials told me for most of it was simply a quote bad actor, while leading companies like Exxon and Chevron recently told shareholders that at their dozens of facilities worldwide Either lose, not a single pellet or just two sandwich bags full. And here's how they say they've done it. Thanks again for signing on the operation Clean Sweep Operation Clean Sweep is a voluntary program the industry came up with in 1991. Companies that joined watch videos and promised to keep pellets from spilling from plant truck ships and rail cars. There's no data required. No numbers, nothing public. The operation Clean sweep is truly making a difference. Together, we can achieve zero pellet flake and proud of us. The industry says it's been a success. Pellet containment is incredibly important to our members. Steve Russell was until recently the vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, which jointly runs the program, Nobody wants plastic in the environment. And if it still happens, and if we're gonna assume it's an accidental release, then it will be reported and remediation steps could be taken. Formosa is an operation Clean sweep member. So I asked to former workers and Ronnie Hamrick about it. I have no idea what you're even talking about. I've never heard it. There's evidence the industry does, in fact, have a pellet problem. Recent spills on beaches in Louisiana in South Carolina and studies show pellets are contaminating oceans, killing birds and fish and carrying toxins through rivers. There's also evidence the industry has known about this problem all along. In 2005, the industry participated in a study of 10 pellet plants. It found pellets washed away in heavy rain at every single facility and called Operation Clean sweep. Inadequate. But even long before that, there's a memo buried inside thousands of documents left over from old industry lawsuits. It was written in March. 1991 Thean Mysteries Trade Association warns top executives from Exxon, Chevron, Dow DuPont and others. But the EPA have recently found pellets to be quote ubiquitous in the environment. Regulation and permits are likely coming, the memo says. Unless they act quickly, it may still be possible to institute voluntary programs to address the pellet issue, it says. Unless this occurs, it is likely EPA will act independently. Then, just four months later, we developed a program that was called Operation Clean Sweep. Lou Freeman was a vice president at the time for the trade association, then called the Society of the Plastics industry. I don't recall any discussions. But quantitatively measuring the success of the program. It was being measured really about who is participating that what the results were, so it was a voluntary program without any metrics. Yeah, I would like to think that they were also doing it because it was the right thing to do. But I'd also be naive if I didn't think that much of the motivation was was governed by, you know. Keeping the regulators off our back today. The EPA doesn't regulate pellets and in the almost 30 years since, the agency told NPR it has brought just 10 Clean Water Act enforcement cases against facilities accused of spilling pellets. How would anyone really know if pellets were leaking? If you head down to the Gulf of Mexico pellet manufacturers like Chevron Phillips say they're not. I can tell you that. It's not a problem here at Chevron Phillips, we have almost no Let's leaving our sights. Jim Bakker is the

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Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling

Environment: NPR

08:11 min | 1 year ago

Big Oil Evaded Regulation And Plastic Pellets Kept Spilling

"Of tiny plastic pellets have been spilling into oceans and rivers the world over where birds and fish eat them. They are the building blocks of all plastic melts. Three hundred fifty of them. You get a yogurt cup thousand. Get you a water bottle. But an npr pbs frontline investigation found. The oil and plastic industry has long known there an environmental problem. Npr's laura sullivan brings us this story. About how the oil and plastic industry evaded regulation despite decades spills. You probably haven't spent a lot of time standing on train tracks looking at your feet or looking at the edge of a highway outside a plastic manufacturer. But if you did. There's a good chance you'll see them little plastic pellets. This is kocsis creek. In looking at fresh pellets that has fallen out of the turks. Ronnie hammer is standing on state road. Thirty five in southeast texas rising four square miles behind him as the petrochemical plant formosa plastics. There're not just here. They're over there. They're in portable alaka. You're gonna find them down the road not an anti plastic environmentalist. He's a former supervisor. Who worked at formosa for twenty five years. And while he worked there he says he was told to cover up spills of plastic pellets. I won't do to put down the phone number. You know what i'm saying. They want to keep it low. So so you lie. That's my job. This britain butter so i got to do what they say. You got a family. What's striking about standing outside formosa and finding pellets. A hundred yards from the plants edge. Is that last year. Formosa agreed to pay fifty million dollars to settle a lawsuit in which it agreed to zero discharge of pellets. And yet here they are and down in the creek where the plant drains thousands more a federal judge called formosa a serial offender. Formosa says it's working to improve its containment systems but formosa is just one of thousands of companies that either make or use plastic pellets in the united states. The oil and plastic industry says it doesn't have a problem. Officials told me formosa was simply a quote bad actor while leading companies like exxon and chevron recently told shareholders that their dozens of facilities worldwide the either lose not a single pellet or just to sandwich bags full. And here's how they say they've done thanks again for signing onto operation operation. Clean sweep is a voluntary program. The industry came up with in nineteen ninety-one companies that join watch videos and promised to keep pellets from spilling plants trucks ships and railcars. There's no data required no numbers nothing public. The operation clean sweep is truly making a difference together. We can achieve zero pellet flake and powder the industry says it's been a success. Pellet containment is incredibly important to our members. Steve russell was until recently the vice president of plastics. For the american chemistry council jointly runs the program. Nobody wants plastic in the environment. And if a spill happens and if we're gonna assume it's an accidental release then it will be reported and remediation steps can be taken for most. Isn't clean sweep member. So i asked to former workers an ronnie hammer about it. I have no idea what jeevan talking about. I've never heard of. There's evidence the industry does in fact have appellate problem recent spills on beaches in louisiana and south carolina and studies show pellets are contaminating killing birds and fish and carrying toxins through rivers. There's no evidence. The industry has known about this problem. All along in two thousand five industry participated in a study of ten pellet plance it found pellet washed away in heavy rain at every single facility and called operation clean sweep inadequate but even long before that there's a memo buried inside thousands of documents. Leftover from old industry lawsuits. It was written in march. Nineteen ninety-one the industry's trade association warns top executives from chevron dow dupont and others that the epa had recently found pellets to be quote ubiquitous in the environment regulation. Permits are likely coming. The memo says unless act quickly it may still be possible to institute voluntary programs to address the pellet issue it says unless this occurs. It is likely. Epa will act independently then just four months later. We developed a program that was called operation. Clean sweep lou. Freeman was a vice president at the time for the trade association then called the society of the plastics industry. I don't recall any discussions about quantitatively measuring the success of the program. It was being measured really about who is participating not what the results were. So is a voluntary program. Yes without any metrics. Yeah i would like to think that they were also doing it because it was the right thing to do. But it also be naive. If i didn't think that much of the motivation was was governed by keeping the regulators offer back today the epa doesn't regulate pellets and in the almost thirty years since the agency told npr. It has brought just ten clean water act enforcement cases against facilities accused of spilling pellets. But how would anyone really know if pellets wurley if you head down to the gulf of mexico pellet manufacturers like chevron phillips say they're not I can tell you that it's not a problem here. At chevron phillips we have almost no kellett's leaving our sites. Jim becker is the vice president of sustainability for chevron phillips he met me in a warehouse after plant officials showed me ponds and drains. They said catch all the pellets. You've heard a little bit about operation. Clean sweep we've been practicing that Since the company was formed having no that that you had almost no hell it's leaving your site. I feel i feel confident. We have multiple layers of protection to prevent that without any data. It's hard to know. But then you could go look hacksaw some and if you're gonna hunt pellets a mile up texas bite. You're gonna wanna bring diane wilson the woman who tracked formosa's leaking pellets for five years.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on Fight Boyz: A Pro-Wrestling Podcast

Fight Boyz: A Pro-Wrestling Podcast

03:38 min | 1 year ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on Fight Boyz: A Pro-Wrestling Podcast

"And I think that's one of the ways that the fiend changed Kevin. I'm still kind of curious as to how it's going to play out because now everyone's like how did he change now that he's faced the fiend and if it's just him becoming more brutal, that's good. I wish the Finnish had been Kevin, hitting the stunner and then hitting the pop up power bomb into the table almost showing that he's reverting into his old self I. liked it for a five-match. It seemed more like a spot fest though like Biggie I kept comparing it to Biggie. Versus shameless as the too brutal matches to open the to draft shows, and this one didn't have as much like build behind it. You know it's it's the it's the raw issue. They've done the same thing every week, which means there's no where to build to with shame issue had seen so much build between them. You saw shameless takeout Biggie with the cars when he brought out the car, it had a it had a moment to it. This didn't have that many moments. Now we get around to of drafts raw gets Braun. Strowman Matt Riddle and Jeff Hardy Good for you and then smackdown gets Kevin Owens and Daniel Bryan, which I hope is going to lead to a return on super excited about it. I'd love to see baby-faced Daniel Bryan versus he'll Roman reigns that be really really fun. Now, a MS TV segment with Mandy rose and Dana Brooke, and this would've been a horrible segment if it wasn't for ms and Morrison going so hard in the heel pain, it was so good. They are so beautifully fake and rehearsed but I, kind of love that for them they saved this segment, and of course, it was to promote the main event, which was a battle royal. A multibrand about oil. So Ron smackdown, all the women come together to fight for the opportunity to face Oskar and and things happened in that. But we will get to it when we get to it, and then of course, natty and Lana. Interrupt Lawn is the worst lawn is apparently officially divorced from Bobbie we get a brawl, fuck it commercial break and of segment. This was a segment that happened and Morrison or the only thing that saved it. We come back from commercial break and MS TV is still happening. They're like, well, we booked two segments because that's what we usually do. Right. But then ms says that his special guest is John Morrison and I was excited I was of excited to watch them heal it up with one another. Can Laura Sullivan came out and anyways next segment like the only interesting thing was MS abandoning Morrison to be beat down by Lars? I thought that was a fun note but no Buck Sullivan. Let's move on. We get a recap of the new day being broke up because they wanna make me real sad and then Adam Pearce's backstage like. We can't have the smackdown tag champs on raw in the Raj Champs on smackdown. You guys just WANNA trade. And then they were like, sure sure you have my built I'll have yours. I kind of wish instead, they'd done a unification match because our the tag team pool is so shallow that I wouldn't mind the like having one unified tag title to go between brands much like the women's tag title but no instead, they swapped the titles Rudin ziglar come out, and they're like we we beat the tag champs which not really randy, Orton beat drew McIntyre in a match that involved you in the tag champs. They go that gives us reason to have a title match. Basically, it is a, let's bring the new day in and give them a good title match to start things off. So that's what it was. The new day..

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

07:11 min | 1 year ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on KCRW

"Is press play on Pacer R w I meddle in brand the recycling symbol. You know that triangle of three arrows with number in the middle is reassuring to find it on the bottom of our plastic containers. Sherm. We maybe buying plastic, but we can clean it and toss it in the blue bin. Our conscience reassured. Turns out we're fooling ourselves or more accurately. The plastic industry has been fooling us for years. Insiders knew all along that most plastic cannot be recycled. This has now been revealed after an investigation by NPR's Laura Sullivan and PBS's frontline. Together. They come through thousands of documents and spoke to the people involved in this big container of deception. And we're going to talk now More about this with Laura Sullivan Welcome. Thanks so much for having me great to have you and fantastic reporting. Let's start with the plastic itself. This is produced. With oil right and other chemicals, So it's really an oil industry product. And so therefore it's very difficult to get recycled. I mean, that's right. I mean, at the end, it's base. You know, plastic is made from oil, and that's really where the heart of this problem lies. Oil is very cheap. So you can take something plastic. Anybody can taste mine plastic. I think we've all done. It are microwaves at some point and you can melt it down and you could turn it into something else. But that entire process takes a lot of time. You've got to send a garbage truck to your house. You gotta pay somebody to sort it all out. There's actually hundreds of different kinds of plastic and you can't melt them together because it creates this sort of chemical mess. And so you have to pull them all apart, make giant piles turning and then and then, at that point, you might be ableto make it into something else, once or twice. And then the other problem is the plastic degrades. So it's really just a one or two stop before gets to the landfill, and all of this ends up resulting in a very sort of expensive process that cannot compete with how cheap oil is. It's just cheaper and easier to make plastic. Out of oil than it is to make it out of plastic trash, which remarkable about this is that these problems have existed for decades. These are the same problems that existed in the 19 seventies. But we never knew about any of this, and I think that's what started our reporting into. This was trying to figure out like a lot of people, and I'm sure you two I sort of grew up with these commercials about How great plastic recycling is and how you just put find a blue bin and everything's okay. And I couldn't sort of figure out why I believe that all this plastic could be recycled when in fact, it couldn't be or wouldn't pay. So when we toss it into the blue band, Where does it go? So for the most part, if you look at All of the plastic that's been produced over the past 30 years less than 10% of it has ever been recycled, and by that, I mean, turned into something else. Most of the plastic is buried in landfills. It's burned and incinerators. Or it can wind up in third in countries that don't know what to do with it or in the ocean. And that's why I think you see a lot of the The amount of plastic in the ocean at this point is because We've put, we sent so much of it to China and to Southeast Asia and those countries were overwhelmed with the amount of quote unquote recycling that we were sending them at this point in the United States, especially now that China closed its doors. Even if you turn over those symbols, the three through seven miners will have a giant X through them. There are no U. S markets for 3377, by the way, just means all other plastic. And there may be a market for for soda bottles and milk jugs, which will be in the one in two category. But the rest of the stuff, even the recyclers. You know all the recyclers that I went out and talked to. They don't want you to turn over. And so what's number two? I'm gonna put it in because they can't tell a two from before it all looks the same. So they're saying At this point, there might be markets for soda bottles and milk jugs. But other than that there, most of it at this point in United States is getting land filled. Wow. And so what you're referring to is when you look at the bottom and you see those those arrows inside is a number and we've known for a while now that we can't recycle 33 sevens those numbers But yet, but one through two, we've thought if it has a one or two that will get recycled will put it in there. You saying that I mean, that is a dicey proper even that's a problem for for the recycling centers because a lot of No, there's a there's a red solo cup. That's a number four and there's a red solo cup. That's a number to and someone who's supposed to pick that out and sort that out. They can't do that. They can't it's not cost effective. That symbol on the bottom of the container, by the way, is part of our investigation, and we went and looked at how the symbol came about. And what we found. Was this quiet lobbying campaign that you know, I didn't know anything about Don't think most people in any idea that happened. In the late 19 eighties and early 19 nineties to mandate that 40 states. Almost 40 states put the symbol on the bottom of containers, even though their own documents show that they knew that for the most that, for most of this plastic, there was no way to economically recycle it. And yet they turned around in the 19 nineties, starting in the 19 nineties and told everybody It's you we should recycle. And they did this through school recycling contests and expensive sorting machines and nonprofits. And they launched all these big public relations campaigns about they're gonna recycle all the plastic and national parks and they're going to cycle all the plastic out of New York school lunches. And and when we looked at, you know, 12 of these, you know most high profile projects. We found that all of them shuttered or failed within, you know, five years of being launched, and it was at the same time that you saw this incredible burst of commercial saying, go out and recycle plastic or use plastic. It's so good. It's amazing product. Sort of promoting the benefits of plastic to get out of. What at that time was a huge public outcry. Because the problem the plastic industry in the oil industry has always had And that the public is always sensed is that it's a lot of trash. It's just a lot of trash. So this all started this idea that we have to do something to take the pressure off. This started. When in the late eighties early nineties when the plastic industry said Okay, what are we going to Dio? On day came up with this idea of promoting recycling. Yes. So in the late eighties and nineties, there was a huge public outcry about the amount of trash that all of this plastic was producing. And people said, You know, we need to start banning this. You know, we can't have all this plastic trash and the industry. Was in a panic and some of the documents we found, you know, letters to top officials saying, you know, we need to do something about this one, top officials said, are you know the image of plastics is deteriorating at an alarming rate? And so it was at that point that they got together and decided, as as one top official told me to advertise their way out of the plastic trash problem, And you spoke of a guy named Larry Thomas, who was.

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How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled

Planet Money

11:28 min | 1 year ago

How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled

"How did millions of Americans come to believe that most plastic would be recycled when that's not actually true Laura Sullivan is GonNa take the story from here. Okay, it seemed like a good place to start was the plastic industry they make the stuff. Did they know the truth about recycling plastic? I headed to one of the birthplaces of plastic plastic comes from oil. But really comes from the dupont chemical company and some of the plastic industries old records are housed in the Hagley Library. It's this stone building on the grounds of the first dupont family home in Delaware. This is a place that actually used to store sodium nitrate back when Dupont made gunpowder not plastic. There's an archivist with a bow tie a handlebar moustache named Lucas Clawson, and he looks like someone would make cocktails. Lucas wheeled out a cart of boxes. Thank you. Files that documented the discovery of a chemical marvel that changed the world, a product that looked like glass but break a product that could also look like lightweight fluff but keep things hot called Styrofoam and incredible new film that can preserve food for days called. Saran. Wrap there were a couple of clues about recycling inside the boxes from the industry's most powerful lobby group at the time the Society of the plastics industry their job was to lobby for the big oil and plastic companies. So think Exxon Chevron Dow Dupont. And there's this one memo from one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, three, the. Movement is just being born, and one of the top people in the plastics industry is talking about how the cost of sorting plastic is high but it seemed like a lot of the documents were were missing I find reference to a memo a report, but then I noticed that someone had drawn a line through it Lucas. Can I ask you a question absolute. Okay. Why? In this section are all. These APPS. So many of these. Cross out because those records are no longer. Here anymore day or not where did they go the society of the Plastics Industry Astra them back think they really yes is an unusual. That doesn't happen often. Do you do know why they took them. Did they say? I, do not know. Okay Of course, there are all kinds of reasons why an industry lobbying group might want. It's records back I did call society the plastic folks and ask them if I could see the records they took they said No. So I headed to another library this time at Syracuse University and they're buried in its tax, our boxes of files donated from an industry consultant. Actually the industry consultant died in the why found the boxes and gave them to Syracuse and inside these boxes. I found what I was looking for a report was sent to top oil and plastic executives in nineteen seventy three. It says, recycling plastic is nearly impossible. There is no recovery from obsolete products. It says recycling is costly sorting. It is infeasible plus it says plastic degrades every time you try to reuse it. So the oil in plastic industry new, they've known for almost fifty years. and. Then I found more confidential memos in meetings echoed decades of this knowledge insight thousands of pages of courtroom discovery. There's a speech from an industry insider in nineteen seventy four when it comes to recycling large quantities plastic, it says there is quote serious doubt that it can ever be made viable on an economic basis. Now. Okay. Sure. Anyone can take something plastic melted down and make something else. But what these documents are saying is that it's expensive, it's time consuming it's chemically problematic and it's just cheaper and easier to make plastic out of new oil instead of plastic trash there are all kinds of names in these documents men who have never spoken publicly before and there was one name I kept seeing over and over he. was, giving speeches at fancy hotels, hosting conferences and Berlin. Phoenix, they called him a bigwig. He was the industry's top lobbyist. Larry Thomas this is the man I had to find but do you know how many Larry Thomas's there are in the United? States. Thousands I'd call say are you the Larry Thomas used to work in plastics? Are you leery Thomas who used to be president of the Society of the plastics industry? And then finally, I'll prompt Merrin the plastics industry no getting around it the BIGWIG himself I'll walk. Do that's for sure. Yeah. My personal views certainly didn't always job with. US I had the quake as part of my job. That's the way it was there. He's retired now on the coast of Florida but I told him I've been reading all about his exploits in the world of plastic. Where would the offices the officers were? What would you think they would be K. Street yes. Twenty Five K. Street Casey was the heart of lobbying in Washington and it was in those offices at top executives in the world's most powerful oil and plastic companies met they had meeting after meeting about a little problem they were having there was just too much plastic trash consumers didn't like it. In one of the documents I found from nineteen nine, hundred nine Larry wrote the top oil executives at Exxon Chevron, Amoco Dow Dupont proctor, and gamble in a bunch of others he wrote the image of plastics is deteriorating at an alarming rate. We are approaching a point of no return. The classic. I was under fire. We gotta do. What it takes to take the heat off. Because we want to continue to make classic equality, they wanted to keep making plastic but the more you make the more plastic trash you get and the obvious solution to this is to recycle it but they knew they couldn't remember it's expensive. It's a great. Discussion about how difficult it was to recycle. They knew that the infrastructure wasn't there. So really have recycling amount to a whole lot. So they needed a different plan. Larry Decides to call a bunch of meetings at fancy hotels. He summons the Society of the plastics people executives Larry doesn't remember the specifics of each particular meeting but one of his deputies at the time Lou Freeman he remembers you could. Get. Back all the layers of my brain. Lou, remembers a bunch of meetings the basic question on the table was. You guys you're our trade association in the plastics industry aren't doing enough. We need to do more. This one dupont executive was telling Lou. It's your job to fix plastics imaging problem. So what do you need? You said, I think if we had five million dollars. which seemed like a lot of money. If we had five million dollars we could. We could. We could solve this problem. And My boss said in response. If you add five million dollars, you would know how to spend it effectively. Well, they came up with a way to spend five million dollars that and a lot more I. Remember this. This is one of these exchanges that sticks with me thirty five years later however long it's been. Anna was You know what we need to do is advertise our way out of it. That was the idea thrown out. The industry decided to advertise its way out of a can't recycle it problem. The possibilities off plastics plastics. From dense. Touted the benefits of a product that after it was used for the most part was headed to a landfill incinerator or even ocean. Look empty yet it's anything but trash it's full of potential. These commercials carried an environmentalist message, but they were paid for by the oil and plastic companies eventually leading to fifteen million dollars a year industrywide ad campaign promoting plastic. So I asked Larry why why spend tens of millions of dollars telling people to recycle plastic when the new recycling plastic wasn't going to work? and. That's when he said it. The point of the whole thing if the public thinks so recycling is working. Then they're not going to be concerned about the environment and if they're not concerned about the environment. Though keep buying plastic it wasn't just Larry in lieu who said this I spoke to half a dozen top guys involved in the industry at the time who all said plan was unfolding and it went beyond at the industry funded recycling projects and local neighborhoods expensive sorting machines that didn't make any economic sense school recycling contests. All of this was done with great fanfare. except I decided to go track down almost a dozen of the industry's biggest projects like the one where they were going to recycle plastic and national parks or the one that was going to recycle all the plastic and school lunches in New York they all failed and disappeared quietly but there was one more part of this campaign, the final piece that did stick around. That recycling symbol with the numbers in the middle this symbol has. So. Much confusion about what is and is not recyclable in the plan to stamp it on every plastic item popped up a lot in the documents I learned of a quiet campaign to lobby almost forty states to require that every single plastic item have this symbol stamped on it. Even if there was no way to economically recycle it, I should note that some. Environmental is also supported. The symbol thinking would help, separate and sort plastic but the industry knew the truth the symbols were causing problems. Warm report told executives in July nineteen ninety-three that the symbol is being misused. It's creating quote unrealistic expectations about what plastic people can recycle. It's being used as a green marketing tool, but the executives decided to keep the symbol anyway. I did reach out to plastic industry folks and they said that the symbols were only meant to help sort plastic and that they were not intended to confuse people but the symbol in the ads in the projects, all of this basically convince people Larry says the idea that the vast majority of plastic can be recycled was sinking in. Say that. After a while the atmosphere seems to change I. Don't know whether it was because people thought that recycling has solved the problem. was that they were just so in love with plastic products that they were willing to overlook the environmental concerns that were were mounting up. It's been thirty years now since most of those plans have been put into place and the public's feelings about plastic have started to shift again, people are reading stories about oceans choked with plastic trash and trace amounts of this stuff inside our bodies, and once again, people are wanting to ban plastic and the survival of the oil companies is at stake.

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Massive peaceful protests fill the streets of Washington, D.C.

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00:52 sec | 1 year ago

Massive peaceful protests fill the streets of Washington, D.C.

"Protesters, jam, streets, and cities and towns across the US Saturday demanding an end to racism and police brutality Washington DC C. so one of its largest gatherings since the demonstrations began nearly two weeks ago. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports the protests well to thirty, five thousand into the evening in the city as protesters took over the Capitol streets, gatherings were peaceful with drum circles. Three Barbecue people sporting hand sanitizer passers by the Mayor. Mariel Browser painted Sixteenth Street with yellow letter, saying black lives matter standing here on the letter m. on the newly renamed. Black Lives Matter Plaza. People are sprawled out on the street. Painting signs listening to music dancing. There are police. They are far off to the side. There has been no violence and no arrests

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:16 min | 1 year ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Processing SBA loans but not in this volume with these dollar amounts or over a two week period and even look into it and the dollar amount that you found as I said is about ten billion dollars of gone to bank so far yes when you break down the value of the loans and use the formula government established is adds up to more than ten billion dollars in fees is that went to the banks just in the past two weeks so what is the bank saying of bank saying well look we're doing our job we're supposed to get paid so we reach out to some of the biggest banks involved in the program including PNC JPMorgan bank of America some said they have to pay for thousands of employees that are working twelve an eighteen hour days to get the loans pushed through and are now preparing or hoping for Congress to authorize another round they said while betting might not be as thorough as it would be for a regular bank loan there is still significant document take like document collection and review Wells Fargo says its going to donate its money to charity but it was required to do that as part of a government agreement following problems bank had in two thousand eighteen none of the other banks have said that they intend to follow suit so there's a really interesting question here which is that you know thousands of small businesses said they were shut out they couldn't get loans is there a reason to think that they didn't get loans because the banks knew they could make more in fees if they just worked with clients with really really large loans there are currently five class action lawsuits in California and New York alleging just that and the data does suggest more large loans were processed before smaller loans but banks say that is simply not true JPMorgan's for one says they had different offices handling different loan sizes and there were simply fewer large loans so they were able to get through more of them really interesting stuff and here's Laura Sullivan thanks for thanks so much the corona virus pandemic has triggered a global wave of scapegoating in Europe the target has been the Roma the continent's largest ethnic minority and its most marginalized many Roma are impoverished and lack proper housing running water and sanitation and that makes them especially vulnerable to infection and to discrimination his dramatic is before.

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Small Business Rescue Earned Banks $10 Billion In Fees

NPR's Business Story of the Day

03:53 min | 1 year ago

Small Business Rescue Earned Banks $10 Billion In Fees

"Right now small businesses are desperate for loans. Congress allocated three hundred and forty nine billion dollars for small businesses. That money was gone in less than two weeks but not all of it went to small businesses around. Ten billion dollars went to banks to cover processing fees. Npr's Laura Sullivan has been looking into financial records. Good Morning Laura. Good morning at ten billion dollars is a lot of money. What are banks doing to to earn that money? So banks like J. P. Morgan Chase Bank of America. Pnc and dozens of others are processing the loans. They're essentially the middlemen. They take the applications from their small business clients and they funnel those requests up to the Small Business Administration which approves the loan and what's important to note here. Is that the money the banks are getting for? Their clients isn't their money. I mean this isn't bank money. This is taxpayer money. Taxpayers are funding loans for small businesses to cover things like payroll rent and utilities during the crisis. Okay something for taxpayers to think about. Let me ask you. What's the incentives for the banks to process all these small business loans so fees? We took a deep dive into the public financial records of companies and banks and we found the banks are making billions of dollars in fees. According to the programs rules banks can take anywhere from one to five percent of the entire loan and keep it as a fee depending on how much the loan is worth so any loan up to three hundred fifty thousand dollars. The banks get five percent of that money alone between two million ten million dollars. The banks get one percent of that money so for example the parent company of. Ruth's Chris Steak House. Got A ten million dollar loan from the program J. P. Morgan Chase which according to financial records process that loan thought one hundred thousand dollar fee for this one time transaction and remember these loans. Carry no risk for J. P. Morgan or the other banks. It's taxpayer. Money guaranteed by the small business administration and the loans require less work. The government is required unless vetting compared to WANNA bank lending its own money now banks do normally get fees for processing. Sba loans but not in this volume with these dollar amounts were over a two week period. And you've been looking into it in the dollar amount that you've found as I said is a ten billion dollars have gone to bank so far. Yes bring you break down. The value of the loans and use the formula government established is adds up to more than ten billion dollars in fees that went to the banks just in the past two weeks. So what are the banks saying banks saying? Well look. We're doing our job. We're supposed to get paid. So we reached out to some of the biggest banks involved in the program including PNC JP P. Morgan Bank of America. Some said they have to pay for thousands of employees that are working twelve eighteen hour days to get the loans push through and are now preparing or hoping for Congress to authorize another round. They said while betting might not be as thorough as it would be a regular bank loan. There is still significant document take like document. Collection Review Wells. Fargo says it's going to donate its money to charity but it was required to do that. As part of a government agreement falling problems bank had in two thousand eighteen. None of the other banks have said they intend to follow suit. So there's a really interesting question here. Which is that you know. Thousands of small businesses said. They were shut out. They couldn't get loans. Is there a reason to think that they didn't get loans? Because the banks knew they could make more in fees if they just worked with clients with really really large loans there are currently five class action lawsuits in California and New York alleging. Just that and the data does suggest more large loans were process before smaller loans but bank say that is simply not true. J. P. Morgan for one says they had different offices handling different loan sizes and there were simply fewer large loans so they were able to get through more them.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on Ring Time Pro Wrestling's tracks

Ring Time Pro Wrestling's tracks

14:39 min | 2 years ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on Ring Time Pro Wrestling's tracks

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Did they got jumped afterward by laseyette Baird because we just can't let all right. We'll get to the preview part later at a show but it's like all right <hes> the moves in the usoz defeat the revival in alliance and the two out of three falls match because guess what we do a two or three false matches every week every show for bell if that Wadad. It's like you know if somebody who sister watches as you know what Hebei we have to three falls becher that she worked people's watch that people dug it well. Let's do again. Let's just have to out three falls maxes until we suck the life out of two out of three falls matches. That's what we're good. You don't WanNa know people talk about the W._W._e.. And Day root for downfall and they're like Hey A._W._o._l.. Take over to go beat a fiscal be. This is going to be that and I don't believe that's GonNa happen but I can see how all people have begun to root for the ED believe that because you'll get tired of seeing the save weird shit okay going off right <hes> bobby lasted Ashti defeats Mr Priebus Stereo and Ramos Cheerios come back and he does open challenge. I probably would have had ray cutback just beat up local job or two. There was little game. The random person survey I give you perfect is after they got lost elephants up on the party Gary Record ever but when Ramos field-based to return to bed at him for snap on Jobber the thing you have him wrestle Bobby Lashley by you know Laura Sullivan should have been arrested joggers like I don't really understand why you decide that. This is were good idea this dump right and not only that I've got going to let rape a stereo for return and then have to wrestle provider like Bobby Lashley like it's just it's not there. You know what I'm saying it. Just don't don't make sense. It's like the whole purpose was to make room for Stereo. Look good. I mean I I just need understand like what is doing it right now. I I don't get it if it's like who right there they can as we live at his. You know what it makes them because what the T._V. writers are back their ticket to sweat with a happen outside filled so well you know I don't know I don't know but yeah really thinks we keep watching. That's why did today. That's an wrestler. Fatal places are fall because we keep watching it. Thanks so Zano defeats no way Jose. They'll real complaints there. The biking raiders defeated jobbers good job ricochet defeated Luke Gallows Carl emphasis so we'll have friends right. This is become adulthood man. I think the levels of people oh did he's facing are so high level. It's like hey this. Do don't get for its. We just had conversation last week about good guys and how does it is less out there. You know win win. Navidad guys that all the supporting the world like it is terrible. I don't it's like so if you if you if you a he'll you know you've got all kinds of backup and nudo they do just come to your aid. Stay out there for you the Shitty Popol but if you a good guy don't know probably come out to help you. They don't they don't do for say. They just sit there is they. They said abandoned they what they WANNA be. Cool wishes like six to me. I don't get it. It's like what are we doing. You mean to tell me eight logo somebody Heidi gotta be on your say. Come home like somebody gotTA support you. Renews Itself Point. Is this is ridiculous. I don't know I I don't added. I really don't <hes> but you know like I say Rick Shadow head offerings <hes>. How are you like the Drake Maverick twenty four seven title Roy? 'cause I stick with drake for a little while it w e because I know she's a wrestling if I'm not mistaken I don't have full bio on me. 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"laura sullivan" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

08:19 min | 2 years ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on KCRW

"Imports. US Trade Representative Robert lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that those tariffs will take. Effect. This Friday, if the Chinese backtrack from trade commitments, although the White House appears to be a United front in this moment NPR and the PBS show frontline found that top administration officials spent more than a year deeply divided on this issue top advisors fought bitterly over whether tariffs would help the US economy or devastated, here's NPR's. Laura Sullivan, Steve Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist I met the president in two thousand ten while invited up to a meeting by Dave Bossie says Donald Trump wants to meet and talk about running for president. And I said what country but a few days later. Bannon went and found he and Trump had something important in common shared belief that China pose a grave danger to the United States that he didn't know a lot of details. He knew almost no policy, but what I found. Most extraordinary was when we got to the section on China, which kind of threw out there of two are meeting almost thirty minutes or more was all about China Trump has railed against China and the US trade deficit for more than two decades. In television, interviews, he said tariffs would revive manufacturing jobs by the time. He hit the campaign trail Trump had found his audience, we can't continue to allow Jonah to rape our country. And that's what they're doing and watch from the back when he started talking about trade. He starts China these working class people would lean forward. No, other Republican talk like this. When Trump was elected. He assembled a team of advisers to focus on China pulling in people like Gary Cohn from gold. And sacks a hawkish economists named Peter Navarro his US Trade Representative Robert lighthizer an army general H, R McMaster who became his national security adviser. But this group of advisers quickly splintered deadlocked over whether tariffs would bring China to heal or send the world's two largest economies into turmoil. They broke into two camps the globalist versus the nationalists. Gary Cohn was Trump's top economic advisor, we agreed on what the fundamental issue was we agreed that the force technology transfer the lack of market access. The copyright infringements was all a huge problem would I think we had different methodologies on is how we were going to solve that problem. Cohn was a globalist. He and others like HR McMaster believed. Heavy tariffs would hurt the country that the Chinese products Americans by will become more expensive business growth would slow. They wanted to partner with other countries to. Confront China with powerful alliances nationalist like Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro the economist wanted to us tariffs to force China to the table to end longstanding issues of theft and unfair practices. They believed higher prices on Chinese goods would protect US jobs and bring back manufacturing. Bannon says there was little middle ground. If you take all the other nastiness on the things like the Paris accord and TPP roll it up and put it to the factor. Ten they don't compare to these weekly nasty trade makes I mean there was a blob in the Oval Office Peter pulls at one of his charts, which the president loves next thing. You know, we have this big law. We have to exit and go back into the Roosevelt room, Gary Cohn. Remember it? Well, he says Bannon Navarra were not bringing actual data to the meetings from time to time there were people that try to use unfort- noted undocumented facts cone says there were a lot of pictures and infographics whiteboards with giant pie charts. That's my job to get rid of the undocumented on footnoted facts. And make sure that those don't enter the Oval Office. Hey, talking about Peter Navarro's charts. Yes, I'm talking about Peter Navarro's charts Navarro declined NPR's request for an interview HR McMaster said everyone in the room was concerned from the beginning about the economic threat China posed potential between the two men is clearly still high the prisoners is were wide open. And so were all the members of his cabinet all of you universally felt that China was a threat and a problem. That's correct. That's total incomplete lie. Bannon says he McMaster were never on the same page. I fought that guy every day. I don't wanna hear his nonsense now that he realizes he was on the wrong side of the history. If he said that he's a stone cold liar by the end of two thousand seventeen the discord was seeping well outside the White House. Susan Thornton was acting assistant secretary of state for East, Asian and Pacific affairs and served under ten secretaries. She said it was one of the most difficult assignments of her career trying to present a strong unified front to the Chinese. He. Can't have the team that's fighting with it self. That's a big disadvantage for us. Frankly. Do you think China was aware that there were different sides arguing yes, they were having fights in front of the Chinese delegation, which is like the cardinal sin of negotiating makes it look like your delegation doesn't know what it's doing? And that the leader of the delegation doesn't have sufficient authority to negotiate. Bannon says it doesn't matter if the Chinese new top officials were at odds he intended to win we came loaded. The most intense fights and debates in the White House were about this issue of terrorist. Patera a proxy to the great economic war China that we're engaged in for Bannon Navarro, and the nationalist it paid off in March two thousand eighteen Trump called stealing aluminum executives from around the country to the White House. We have with us the biggest deal companies announced tariffs on steel. Killing aluminum and six months later imposed additional tariffs on two hundred billion and Chinese goods cone accepted defeat. Did I feel like I had represented the non-tariff side of the equation for many people in the White House that didn't want tariffs. Well, I did. I felt like I give it my best effort, but he says the White House globalist aren't the only ones who lost who I think lost was the United States. Consumer someone's paying the tariff whoever's paying the tariff is the loser for every dollar of pair of its collected. It's coming out of disposable income of the United States. Consumer today cone left the White House less than a week after the steel meeting and in the weeks and months that followed HR McMaster left his job, Susan Thornton left, her post at the State Department, and Steve Bannon had already resigned, but the administration is forging ahead with the nationalist agenda. Economists say it's too soon to know the impact of the tariffs. But they haven't lowered the trade. Deficit as Trump wanted in March the deficit with China was at a record high. Bannon says those are narrow outcomes he and the other nationalists are thinking bigger, I think the goal into China's quite simply to break the back of this totalitarian mercantilist economic society. So it's definitely versus them. And I don't think is a doubt about that. Cone says that goal could turn an economic problem into something even more serious China is a superpower China has one point four billion people. That's a fact if we really become isolationist than China becomes 'isolation est. That seems to me like you're trying to set up a conflict trade talks are expected to continue this week. Laura Sullivan, NPR news and frontlines. Full investigation with NPR. Trump's trade war airs tonight on your local station. Leicester's midterm elections Marta turning point in big money politics. Liberals have overtaken conservatives in one type of so called dark money that is money from secret donors to tax exempt groups that spent on explicitly political messaging at the same time. Congressional Democrats are pushing to make these contributions transparent as NPR's Peter Overby reports. Most of the best known secret money groups are conservative the National Rifle Association Americans for prosperity Prussia Roach, GPS and others. So how much do Democrats want to expose this kind of politicking HR one which would force tax exempt groups to disclose their big donors was the first Bill passed by the democratic majority house this year. Congress is totally.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

08:19 min | 2 years ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on KQED Radio

"US Trade Representative Robert lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that those tariffs will take affect this Friday, if the Chinese backtrack from trade commitments, although the White House appears to be a United front in this moment NPR and the PBS show frontline found that top administration officials spent more than a year deeply divided on this issue top advisors fought bitterly over over. Whether tariffs would help the US economy or devastated, here's NPR's. Laura Sullivan, Steve Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist I met the president in two thousand ten while get invited up to a meeting by getting day Vaasie. Says Donald Trump wants to meet and talk about running for president. And I said what country but a few days later. Bannon went and found he and Trump had something important in common shared belief that China pose a grave danger to the United States that he didn't know details he knew almost no policy, but what I found. Most extraordinary was when we got to the section on China, which kind of threw out there of a two hour meeting almost thirty minutes or more was all about China. Trump has railed against China and the US trade deficit for more than two decades. In television, interviews, he said tariffs would revive manufacturing jobs by the time. He hit the campaign trail Trump had found his audience, we can't continue to allow China to rape our country. And that's what they're doing in watched from the back when he started talking about trade. He started talking about China these working class people lean forward. No, other Republican talk like this. When Trump was elected. He assembled a team of advisers to focus on China pulling in people like Gary Cohn from gold. And sacks a hawkish economists named Peter Navarro his US Trade Representative Robert lighthizer an army general H, R McMaster who became his national security adviser. But this group of advisers quickly splintered deadlocked over whether tariffs would bring China to heal or send the world's two largest economies into turmoil. They broke into two camps the globalist versus the nationalists. Gary Cohn was Trump's top economic advisor, we agreed on what the fundamental issue was we agreed that the force technology transfer the lack of market access. The copyright infringements was all a huge problem would I think we have different methodologies on is power. We were going to solve that problem. Cohn was a globalist. He and others like HR McMaster believed. Heavy tariffs would hurt the country that the Chinese products Americans by will become more expensive business growth would slow. They wanted to partner with other countries to. Confront China with our full alliances nationalist like Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro the economists wanted to us tariffs to force China to the table to end longstanding issues of theft and unfair practices. They believed higher prices on Chinese goods would protect US jobs and bring back manufacturing. Bannon says there was little middle ground. If you take all the other nastiness on the things like the Paris accord and TPP rolling up and put it to the factor. Ten they don't compare to these weekly nasty trade makes there was a blob in the Oval Office Peter pulls at one of his charts, which the president loves next thing. You know, we have this big blow we have to exit and go back into the Roosevelt room Gary Cohn remembers it, well, he says Bannon Navarra were not bringing actual data to the meetings from time to time there were people that try to use unfort- noted undocumented facts cone says there were a lot of pictures and infographics whiteboard with giant pie charts. That's my job to get rid of the undocumented on foot noted facts. And make sure that those don't enter the Oval Office talking about Peter Navarro's charts. Yes, I'm talking about Peter Navarro's charts Navarro declined NPR's request for an interview HR McMaster said everyone in the room was concerned from the beginning about the economic threat China posed potential between the two men is clearly still high the prisoners is were wide open. And so were all the members of his cabinet all of you universally felt that China was a threat in a problem. That's correct. That's total incomplete lie. Bannon says he McMaster were never on the same page. I fought that guy every day. I don't wanna hear his nonsense now that he realizes he was on the wrong side of the history. If he said that he's a stone cold liar by the end of two thousand seventeen the discord was seeping well outside the White House. Susan Thornton was acting assistant secretary of state for East, Asian and Pacific affairs and served under ten secretaries. She said it was one of the most difficult assignments of her career trying to present a strong unified front to the Chinese you. Can't have this team. That's fighting with it self. That's a big disadvantage for us. Frankly, do think China was aware that there were different sides arguing yes, they were having fights in front of the Chinese delegation, which is like the cardinal sin of negotiating makes it look like your delegation doesn't know what it's doing. And that the leader of the delegation doesn't have sufficient authority to negotiate. Bannon says it doesn't matter if the Chinese new top officials were at odds he intended to win we came loaded. The most intense fights and debates in the White House were about this issue of terrorist. But tariffs as a proxy to the great economic war China that we're engaging for Bannon Navarro, and the nationalist it paid off in March two thousand eighteen Trump called stealing aluminum executives from around the country to the White House. We have with us the biggest deal companies in the finance tariffs on steel. Dylan, aluminum and six months later imposed additional tariffs on two hundred billion and Chinese goods cone accepted defeat. Did I feel like I had represented the non-tariff side of the equation for many people in the White House that didn't want terrorists. Well, I did. I felt like I give it my best effort, but he says, the White House globalist aren't the only ones who lost who I think lost was the United States consumer someone's paying terrif- whoever's paying the tariff is the looser for every dollar of tariff. It's collected. It's coming out of disposable income of the United States. Consumer today cone left the White House less than a week after the steel meeting and in the weeks and months that followed HR McMaster left his job, Susan Thornton left, her post at the State Department, and Steve Bannon had already resigned, but the administration is forging ahead with the nationalist agenda. Economists say it's too soon to know the impact of the tariffs. But they haven't lowered the trade. Deficit as Trump wanted in March the deficit with China was at a record high. Bannon says those are narrow outcomes he and the other nationalists are thinking bigger, I think the goal into China's quite simply to break the back of this totalitarian mercantilist economic society. So it's definitely us versus them. And I don't think is a doubt about that. Cone says that goal could turn an economic problem into something even more serious China is a superpower China has one point four billion people. That's a fact if we really become isolationist than China becomes 'isolation est. That seems to me like you're trying to set up a conflict trade talks are expected to continue this week. Laura Sullivan, NPR news and frontlines. Full investigation with NPR. Trump's trade war airs tonight on your local station. Midterm elections Marta turning point in big money politics. Liberals have overtaken conservatives in one type of so called dark money that is money from secret donors to tax exempt groups that spent on explicitly political messaging at the same time. Congressional Democrats are pushing to make these contributions transparent is NPR's Peter Overby reports. Most of the best known secret money groups are conservative the National Rifle Association Americans for prosperity, crossroads GPS, and others. So how much do Democrats want to expose this kind of politicking HR one which would force tax exempt groups to disclose their big donors, which the first Bill passed by the democratic majority house this year. Congress is totally corrupt.

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China Trade Talks Shaped By President Trump's Divided Advisers

Morning Edition

07:28 min | 2 years ago

China Trade Talks Shaped By President Trump's Divided Advisers

"Trade Representative Robert lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed that those tariffs will take affect this Friday, if the Chinese backtrack from trade commitments, although the White House appears to be a United front in this moment NPR and the PBS show frontline found that top administration officials spent more than a year deeply divided on this issue top advisors fought bitterly over over. Whether tariffs would help the US economy or devastated, here's NPR's. Laura Sullivan, Steve Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist I met the president in two thousand ten while get invited up to a meeting by getting day Vaasie. Says Donald Trump wants to meet and talk about running for president. And I said what country but a few days later. Bannon went and found he and Trump had something important in common shared belief that China pose a grave danger to the United States that he didn't know details he knew almost no policy, but what I found. Most extraordinary was when we got to the section on China, which kind of threw out there of a two hour meeting almost thirty minutes or more was all about China. Trump has railed against China and the US trade deficit for more than two decades. In television, interviews, he said tariffs would revive manufacturing jobs by the time. He hit the campaign trail Trump had found his audience, we can't continue to allow China to rape our country. And that's what they're doing in watched from the back when he started talking about trade. He started talking about China these working class people lean forward. No, other Republican talk like this. When Trump was elected. He assembled a team of advisers to focus on China pulling in people like Gary Cohn from gold. And sacks a hawkish economists named Peter Navarro his US Trade Representative Robert lighthizer an army general H, R McMaster who became his national security adviser. But this group of advisers quickly splintered deadlocked over whether tariffs would bring China to heal or send the world's two largest economies into turmoil. They broke into two camps the globalist versus the nationalists. Gary Cohn was Trump's top economic advisor, we agreed on what the fundamental issue was we agreed that the force technology transfer the lack of market access. The copyright infringements was all a huge problem would I think we have different methodologies on is power. We were going to solve that problem. Cohn was a globalist. He and others like HR McMaster believed. Heavy tariffs would hurt the country that the Chinese products Americans by will become more expensive business growth would slow. They wanted to partner with other countries to. Confront China with our full alliances nationalist like Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro the economists wanted to us tariffs to force China to the table to end longstanding issues of theft and unfair practices. They believed higher prices on Chinese goods would protect US jobs and bring back manufacturing. Bannon says there was little middle ground. If you take all the other nastiness on the things like the Paris accord and TPP rolling up and put it to the factor. Ten they don't compare to these weekly nasty trade makes there was a blob in the Oval Office Peter pulls at one of his charts, which the president loves next thing. You know, we have this big blow we have to exit and go back into the Roosevelt room Gary Cohn remembers it, well, he says Bannon Navarra were not bringing actual data to the meetings from time to time there were people that try to use unfort- noted undocumented facts cone says there were a lot of pictures and infographics whiteboard with giant pie charts. That's my job to get rid of the undocumented on foot noted facts. And make sure that those don't enter the Oval Office talking about Peter Navarro's charts. Yes, I'm talking about Peter Navarro's charts Navarro declined NPR's request for an interview HR McMaster said everyone in the room was concerned from the beginning about the economic threat China posed potential between the two men is clearly still high the prisoners is were wide open. And so were all the members of his cabinet all of you universally felt that China was a threat in a problem. That's correct. That's total incomplete lie. Bannon says he McMaster were never on the same page. I fought that guy every day. I don't wanna hear his nonsense now that he realizes he was on the wrong side of the history. If he said that he's a stone cold liar by the end of two thousand seventeen the discord was seeping well outside the White House. Susan Thornton was acting assistant secretary of state for East, Asian and Pacific affairs and served under ten secretaries. She said it was one of the most difficult assignments of her career trying to present a strong unified front to the Chinese you. Can't have this team. That's fighting with it self. That's a big disadvantage for us. Frankly, do think China was aware that there were different sides arguing yes, they were having fights in front of the Chinese delegation, which is like the cardinal sin of negotiating makes it look like your delegation doesn't know what it's doing. And that the leader of the delegation doesn't have sufficient authority to negotiate. Bannon says it doesn't matter if the Chinese new top officials were at odds he intended to win we came loaded. The most intense fights and debates in the White House were about this issue of terrorist. But tariffs as a proxy to the great economic war China that we're engaging for Bannon Navarro, and the nationalist it paid off in March two thousand eighteen Trump called stealing aluminum executives from around the country to the White House. We have with us the biggest deal companies in the finance tariffs on steel. Dylan, aluminum and six months later imposed additional tariffs on two hundred billion and Chinese goods cone accepted defeat. Did I feel like I had represented the non-tariff side of the equation for many people in the White House that didn't want terrorists. Well, I did. I felt like I give it my best effort, but he says, the White House globalist aren't the only ones who lost who I think lost was the United States consumer someone's paying terrif- whoever's paying the tariff is the looser for every dollar of tariff. It's collected. It's coming out of disposable income of the United States. Consumer today cone left the White House less than a week after the steel meeting and in the weeks and months that followed HR McMaster left his job, Susan Thornton left, her post at the State Department, and Steve Bannon had already resigned, but the administration is forging ahead with the nationalist agenda. Economists say it's too soon to know the impact of the tariffs. But they haven't lowered the trade. Deficit as Trump wanted in March the deficit with China was at a record high. Bannon says those are narrow outcomes he and the other nationalists are thinking bigger, I think the goal into China's quite simply to break the back of this totalitarian mercantilist economic society. So it's definitely us versus them. And I don't think is a doubt about that. Cone says that goal could turn an economic problem into something even more serious China is a superpower China has one point four billion people. That's a fact if we really become isolationist than China becomes 'isolation est. That seems to me like you're trying to set up a conflict trade talks are expected to continue this

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

08:37 min | 2 years ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"I'm ari. Shapiro chang. Chinese cyber theft costs the US economy at least fifty seven billion dollars a year. That's what top government officials tell NPR and that feft means lost jobs and lost wages for Americans. Three successive administrations. Have known about this problem and tried to deal with it. Their efforts have been largely unsuccessful the cyber attacks have continued for nearly fifteen years NPR and the PBS show frontline have been trying to figure out why it's so hard to stop the theft. We found that one of the biggest hurdles is in China. It's the victims US businesses. They've kept the US government from acting against China and they've made millions playing both sides of the fence NPR's. Laura Sullivan reports. High above Pittsburgh on the twenty fifth floor of an old gothic revival building. Former US attorney David Hickson sits at his desk under the photographs of five men who once worked for the Chinese government does the wanted poster for the China case when hick took over for the western district of Pennsylvania in two thousand ten he'd only been on the job of few weeks when he said he started getting called from local companies, they told him they thought China might be inside their computer systems. I literally received an avalanche of concern and complaints from companies and organizations who said we are losing. Our technology, drip, drip, drip, and we don't have any apparatus in place to deal with it. Hit an open investigation and set his sights on a particular unit of the Chinese military unit. Six one three nine eight Hickson and others watched. How unit officers sitting in an office building? And Shanghai broke into American companies computers at night. They stopped for an hour break at lunch and continued in the afternoon. They really were using a large rake think of a rake, you rake leaves in the fall, they were taking everything they were taking personal information. They were taking strategic plans, then they just figured out later how they were going to use it. It had been going on for years when I learned that we could actually pin the tail on the cyber donkey cyber donkey being unit six one three nine eight it just meant that we had a chance to actually bring the case. But when he went to the companies eager for them to be plaintiffs an odd thing happened. None of them wanted any part of it. The same companies have been complaining and new companies that had no idea they have been stolen from didn't want to be involved. Hick says they told him they had too much money on the line in China. Even today five years later hick and still won't name most of the companies involved, and they have never come forward. Eventually he was able to convince a handful of Pittsburgh based companies to join the case mostly he says because he grew up here and went to school with a lot of the managers. How many other companies do you think you could have included in this case, how high can you count know how high can you count? We've made a terrible mistake. By being so secret about our cyber work. We have not fairly told the people we represent what the threats are for years that threat remained largely underground government. And business leaders say that wasn't an accident. US companies have demanded secrecy. Even in the face of outright theft in interviews with NPR US company said they had too much money at stake and said they had a responsibility to shareholders to manage theft problems quietly. But now the impact of that secrecy is coming to light companies face hundreds of millions of dollars in future. Losses by keeping a secret that hand tied US officials and alternately failed to hold China to account. It wasn't supposed to be this way. US officials had high hopes when China joined the World Trade Organization in two thousand one there was one honeymoon period. In the first six or seven years, a desire to try and make things work. Michael Wessel has been a Commissioner on the US government's US China economic. Security review commission. He says starting around two thousand six businesses began coming to him saying, China had stolen their designs or ideas or pressured them into taking partnerships and taken their technology, but just like with David Hickson Wessel says they wouldn't come forward business community wanted the administration to come in hard without anyone's fingerprints being on the reasoning behind it. They wanted the prophets. But they also didn't want the possible retribution also says that was never going to work the US could've brought criminal cases forward enacted. Sanctions are open domestication's. If a company would let them Wendy Cutler was veteran negotiator at the office that could have done some of that enforcement, the office of the US trade Representative. She said it wasn't just that US businesses were hesitant to come forward. In specific cases. She says the businesses didn't want them to take action in any cases. US enforcement officials were not as effective if we. Don't really have the US business community supporting us. But also providing us the information, you know, looking back on it in retrospect, I think we probably should have been more active and more responsive. We kind of lost the big picture of what really was happening core cases. And documents from recent years offer, a clue into what experts believe was happening. The Chinese government has been accused of stealing everything from vacuum cleaner. Designed to solar panel technology to the designs of Boeing c seventeen aircraft. China has broken into gas company steel companies and chemical companies not long ago. Chinese government companies were indicted for stealing the secret chemical makeup of the color white from DuPont Chinese hacking made occasional headlines, but none really grabbed Americans attention until January two thousand ten. Finally tonight, Google China threat. When an American company did come forward the world's leading search company announced yesterday it had discovered what it called a highly sophisticated and targeted attack Google decided to do what no other company had done. They announced the theft and publicly blamed the Chinese government thirty four other well known American companies had also been hacked, but to this day. Most have kept it a secret NPR tracked down eleven of the company's. None of them will comment on the hack James MacGregor is the former chairman of the American Chamber of commerce in China. And was there at the time. He says the company's even kept the business organizations from speaking out with a should have done is held a press conference and said, we thirty five businesses have been hacked, and you put it right back on China. Instead, they all hit under a rock and pretended didn't happen. Mcgregor says their silence left little room for punishment and worse. He said it hit the extent of the problem too. Mitry? How para vich was one of the first to see it. He was working at a security firm in Atlanta during the Google one afternoon. Google called said they needed backup. I'll pair of a well-known cyber-sleuth. He says when he took a look he was stunned. I knew pretty much right away that this is something very different for the first time ever. We were facing a nation state and intelligence service that was breaking into companies knocked government's not military's, but private sector organization where was the US government on all this. The US government was nowhere to be seen ever. Medeiros was on staff at the national Security Council at the time and atop China specialist under President Obama. He says they didn't turn a blind eye. Obama signed an agreement with China to address the hacking, but he says the administration also had other priorities North Korea. Iran, the economy climate change direct confrontation with China does not usually results in lasting solutions. It seems like not confronting China did not provide. Any solutions either? I mean, if you want big structural change. It takes time. The question is you wanna play checkers? Do you wanna play chess? But without repercussions the attacks continued in the year after the Google Demitrio, para vich, uncovered two more serious intrusions into American companies in the fall of two thousand eleven he went to the White House to warn officials about what he had found. He sat down in the situation room with half a dozen top administration leaders. I got the distinct impression that none of. This was news and wanna press them on why they were not taking stronger action against China. Their response was it's.

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"laura sullivan" Discussed on The Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast

The Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast

02:47 min | 3 years ago

"laura sullivan" Discussed on The Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast

"Laura Sullivan, do or someone out of annex t new to do. But I don't you know, lar- Salvin seems to be up in the air right now. And you could have an so Lashley, I think they're still they they kind of waffled back and forth from pose down and goofy stuff to him being a bad ass. And it seems like he does better with the bad stuff. And and he fits as far as like he looks like he looks like an action figure, but he looks like this jacked up genetic freak action figure, and he fits what Vincent man light. So I could I could see him being that guy that throws out six or seven in the middle of it. But I don't again, I don't see him even as intercontinental champion being elevated at the Royal rumble white that that was that was the process. He's not I don't know that he'll ever be ready for it. And he's not ready for the way stands right now. So. Anything else on the men's rebel? I mean, I in talking about this all the surprises, all the factors. In the likely scenarios. I just I just think Seth is like ninety what what sets chance of winning like ninety six percent ninety two percent. I I'm not sold on. I mean and then Ramos stereo five percent. And then after that it's everybody else. Like, I mean, I don't know that there's. Yeah. I think this might be the year to just some years some years, you have some, you know, you have several candidates, and you you have to intrigues there. And I think there's some years where you just drive to the damn basket and dunk it Ziya us, I on it to tone of rice. And so this might be a year for south Rollins to drive to the basket and do that and just make it where you try to give him as much momentum as possible going into going into wrestlemainia season. And he, you know, we haven't we haven't really said anything about bronze Stroman going into wrestlemainia. But I think that south Rollins has passed Braun strowman. I'm just saying that that seems to have happened if they're three or four months ago, it was like, oh who did it go with and. Ill-timed the Roman reigns announcement and then having to turn Brown back and two bronze just been damaged. And there's there was always an issue with his versatility as a character when he became something other than a cane undertake runner, the giants special special attraction and moved into releasing on him as the guy. It's just he wasn't built for that. In traditional way. It would have been difficult to pull that off. I think and I think that's starting to be realized that Seth is a guy you can have true WWE modern style made events with and more versatile promos. I agree. I agree. That's that's okay. That's right there..

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Even Before Hurricane Maria Hit, Puerto Rico Was In Financial Ruin

01:28 min | 3 years ago

Even Before Hurricane Maria Hit, Puerto Rico Was In Financial Ruin

"Snooze live from npr news in washington i'm jeanine herbst the trump administration has postponed a decision on whether to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on europe canada and mexico and beers jim zarroli reports that the tariffs were set to take effect tomorrow trump has imposed tariffs of twenty five percent on steel imports and ten percent on imports of aluminum but the administration gave temporary exemptions to some key us trading partners including the european union the exemptions were set to expire at the beginning of may and officials were in talks with the other countries about whether they would take effect permanently but a source confirmed to npr that the administration will postpone a decision until june first the source also said the white house expects to reach a deal by then with some other countries including argentina australia and brazil jim zarroli npr news new york an american soldier was killed and other wounded in a combat operation today in eastern afghanistan the pentagon says several afghan security forces were also killed and wounded in the same operation meanwhile isis has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that killed at least thirty five people including ten reporters and eleven children and npr in frontline investigation has found serious flaws in the us government's response to hurricane maria npr's laura sullivan reports hundreds of internal documents and emails revealed the relief effort for puerto rico in chaos puerto rico needed the federal government's helped recover from maria but that help was difficult to find npr in frontline obtained internal documents that show fema failed to pre positioned supplies on the island before the storm and was unable to get tarps onto the island for months lieutenant general todd seminary head of the army corps said the lack of supplies led to delays almost all the warehouses ramp these when we hit the amount of available supplies were just not there to be able to respond in an effort that could have got us a more of a jump start other documents show fema was struggling with its own workforce the agency called a quarter of the employee's at higher quote unqualified for the work fema officials say the agency did the best it could given the impact of the storm laura sullivan npr news vice president mike pence inspected the construction of a replacement part of the border wallet collect seco california today he also talked about the.

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