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How Republican Governors Are Responding to Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
"President biden's vaccine mandates for larger businesses and federal workers. Continue to face pushback from republican governors. Arkansas governor is hutchinson tells. nbc's meet the press. A federal mandate in. His state will backfire. We're all together in trying to get an increased level of vaccination out in the population. The problem is that. I'm trying to overcome resistance. But the president's actions in a mandate hardens the resistance but npr's mara liasson says. The white house sees the same. Republican states have long had mandates for other vaccines and current vaccine resistance is already dug in. We've seen in poll after poll. That like so many other things in this country and in our politics cova vaccines have been totally politicized the difference between those willing to get vaccinated and those who aren't as partisan and you can see it. On the maps of the counties counties won by president trump have lower vaccination rates than counties won by biden.
Vaccine Mandates Face New Lawsuits
"Republican governors are promising a legal fight over president biden's new vaccine mandates for big companies and federal employees. But npr's mara liasson says the white house has calculated the benefits for the public and biden's presidency outweigh the pushback. We've seen in poll after poll. That like so many other things in this country in in our politics co vaccines have been totally politicized the difference between those willing to get vaccinated and those who aren't as partisan and you can see it on the maps of the counties counties won by president trump have lower vaccination rates than counties won by biden. And i think the president now believes the most important thing for him to do as president is to get the virus under control because it's not just a public health emergency it also threatens the country's economic recovery and that is the key to success for biden's own political fortunes npr's mara
"mara liasson" Discussed on NPR News Now
"State utility company energie said that crews from twenty two other states are being called in to help restore power once ida passes even then it says some customers could see outages that lasts up to three weeks jeff brumfield. Npr news washington. American forces launched a drone strike in afghanistan. Sunday taking vehicle that may have been carrying suicide bombers to attack the airport in kabul officials. Say they're looking into reports. Civilians may have been casualties. This was the second american attack since an islamic state suicide bomber. Hit the airport last week. Skilling killing scores of afghan civilians and thirteen us servicemembers president biden went in dover delaware sunday for the arrival of the remains of service members killed in kabul last week. Npr's mara liasson has more the military. Says this isn't a ceremony. It's something called a dignified transfer. And according to the air force. It means that it's a solemn movement of the transfer case a coffin by carry team composed of military personnel from the fallen servicemembers respective service and a dignified transfers conducted for every us military member who dies in the theater of operation President biden and his wife were there today. They talked with some of the families. Npr's mara liasson secretary of state antony blinken and his chinese counterpart wong e spoke by telephone to discuss the situation in afghanistan. The call comes at a time of strained ties between the two countries. Npr's john lewis has more. China's concerned about a resurgence of the east turkistan islamic movement. Beijing blames that group for a string of attacks over the years in the name of independence for the xinjiang region home to the weavers the trump administration removed the group from the us government's terrorist in november and western analysts. Say there's little evidence that it still exists. As a coherent organization chinese foreign ministry read out of the call did not mention the group by name but wong told blinken that. Us should not engage in double standards or selective suppression of terrorism. He also said to get us. China relations back on track. The us should stop slandering china and harming its interests john rich npr news. This is npr news. French president emmanuel macron is on a two-day visit to iraq. He went to the northern city of mosul sunday to attend a summit designed to bring stability to the region he promised france would fight alongside regional governments against terrorism. He also said that. France and britain will propose that the united nations create a safe zone in kabul afghanistan to continue humanitarian operations. Wall street ended the week at record highs after federal reserve chairman. Jerome powell reiterated that. The economy is recovering. Npr's rafael nam reports. It was highly anticipated speech. And i delivered at least by market standards in a virtual speech at a major conference at deplace. Online powell said the economy continues its recovery and he signalled the central bank who soon start to remove some of the massive support. It's providing to the economy. He also insisted a recent spike in inflation will be temporary in nacho. There were no surprises. Just the way wall street. Use lee likes it. Powell stuck to the same measured message. He's been delivering recently. Both the snp and the nasdaq ended a record highs after rising more than one percent each for the week. Referendum npr news. Actor ed asner has died. His family said he died sunday peacefully. He was perhaps best known for playing the gruff newsman. Lou grant in the mary. Tyler moore situation comedy and the later drama spin off lou grant. He won emmys for bill shows later in his career he provided the voice in the animated film up at ezra was ninety one. I'm nora raum npr news..
"mara liasson" Discussed on NPR News Now
"I'm nora raum. Chaotic evacuation is underway in kabul afghanistan. As people try to get out of the country now the taliban insurgents have taken control the us has evacuated the embassy and taking down the flag. Us troops are bringing out americans as well as afghans would help them during the long war. Npr's greg murray reports. It will take some time for everyone to be safely removed. Military planes are being allowed to come and go the. Us warned the taliban not to attack the airport. Or this airlift operation. And the taliban have indicated they won't and indeed it is in their interest to let the americans and others fly out but this is likely to involve tens of thousands of evacuees and presumably. We'll take a couple of days. Npr's greg myra president biden is at camp david where he's conferring with national security officials on afghanistan. Npr's mara liasson reports. The president and vice president med by video conference with the white house national security team. The president discussed with his military and diplomatic aids. The draw down of civilian personnel in afghanistan and how to evacuate afghan interpreters and others who worked for the us military in a statement. The president said he was sending an additional five thousand us troops to help evacuate us allies and afghan personnel. He also said he's asked the intelligence community to maintain the capability to address future terrorist threats from afghanistan. The taliban have released thousands of prisoners including some al-qaeda fighters and there is concern that al qaeda terrorists may soon once again have a safe haven in afghanistan. The very thing the us went to war to prevent twenty years ago mara liasson npr news officials in haiti say. The death toll from saturday's earthquake has climbed to one thousand two hundred ninety seven. At least fifty seven hundred people were injured. The quake had a magnitude of seven point two and destroyed thousands of buildings. The texas supreme court has struck down temporary restraining orders that empowered to counties to institute mask mandates in schools texas. Public radio's paul. Flav reports san antonio bear county and dallas county sued the governor last week over his executive order banning mask mandates both suits one in lower courts on appeal. A groundswell of defiance from local governments and school districts took place last week as corona virus cases surged hospitalizations increase. An intensive care bed. Numbers shrank across the state. The win for governor. Abbot was expected by legal experts. Who said the emergency stanford he used a suspend laws with clear. According to the advisory announced sunday evening the ruling by the supreme court does not impact upcoming hearings for both counties that could return emergency powers. One is scheduled for monday. My paul flavin san antonio. This is npr news. The biden administration is expected to announce today an increase in the snap program also known as food stamps beginning october average benefits will rise more than twenty five percent above pre pandemic levels. And we'll be in place indefinitely. Some forty two million americans receive the assistance. The buses are rolling and the lawn. Signs are going up across candidate as can as canada as candidates hit the campaign trail for a national election. Dan carpenter chuck reports as he launched the election. Trudeau said for the past year. Government had the backs of canadians as the covert nineteen pandemic hit hard. Now it's up to them to decide who they want to guide the country at a pivotal moment. He talked about his government's record in dealing with the pandemic with the environment and with helping canadians financially during the penick now he says it's canadians to choose how to build back better. After the election call trudeau held a virtual townhall meeting with liberal candidates and finish the day in his home constituency in quebec. The other party leaders took a swipe at trudeau for calling what they described as an unnecessary election for npr news. Dan carpenter in toronto. tropical storm. Warning is in effect for parts of the florida. Panhandle as fred approaches. It regained its tropical storm status yesterday and is now expected to reach the coast as early as this afternoon. Meanwhile tropical storm grace has downgraded to a depression and is approaching earthquake. Battered haiti forecasters say regardless of their storm status. Both fred and grace post threats of heavy rain and floods. I'm nora raum npr news..
"mara liasson" Discussed on NPR News Now
"I'm janine herbst with the taliban now patrolling. The streets of afghanistan's capital kabul and the country's president having fled the city. President biden is at camp david where he is conferring with national security officials. Npr's mara liasson has more the president and vice president med by video conference with the white house national security team. The president discussed with his military and diplomatic aids the draw down of civilian personnel in afghanistan. And how to evacuate afghan interpreters and others who worked for the us military in a statement. The president said he was sending an additional five thousand us troops to help evacuate us allies and afghan personnel. He also said he's asked the intelligence community to maintain the capability to address future terrorist threats from afghanistan. The taliban have released thousands of prisoners including some al-qaeda fighters and there is concern that al qaeda terrorists may soon once again have a safe haven in afghanistan. The very thing the us went to war to prevent twenty years ago mara liasson. Npr news afghanistan's former president amid karzai. Posted a statement on social media saying afghan leaders have created a coordination council to meet with the taliban and manage the transfer of power but british prime minister. Boris johnson says world leaders should be wary of granting legitimacy to a taliban government. They lamarcus has more. Johnson said the west should explain to a new taliban government that nobody wants afghanistan to once more become what he called a breeding ground for tara. Something that several legislators from his own conservative party of worn may happen do you kayleigh tobruk cost as he wanted to deliver on obligations to thousands of british nationals in afghanistan as well as those who've quote helped british effort such as interpreters who worked with british troops who fought alongside americans against the taliban by evacuating as many of them as quickly as possible. He said the. Uk's ambassador in kabul is working round the clock at the city airport to help process the visa. Applications of such individuals acknowledged. It was quite fair to say the. Us decision to pull out has accelerated the talibans military advance for npr news on villa mugs and under the death toll from the magnitude seven point two earthquake. That struck haiti. Yesterday has risen to at least one thousand two hundred ninety seven with twenty eight hundred. People injured. Haitians are racing to rescue people using crude tools to dig through the rubble as tropical storm. Grace heads to the island with heavy rains and gusty winds forecast that could hamper rescue efforts. And here's jason. Bobi has more from puerto port-au-prince. They're still attempting to pull people out of the rubble. The the number of missing is still unknown because they simply don't know how many people are missing. There are search and rescue teams in there and there are more search and rescue teams on their way. Npr's jason bobi reporting from puerto sprints. People are sleeping in the street to avoid collapsing buildings as foreign aid. Groups sent people supplies and equipment to the impoverished country. You're listening to npr news. The delta variant sending a surge of unvaccinated people to the hospital in the southern us as blake farmer of member station. Wpn in nashville reports. There's now a waiting line for a life saving treatment. The highest level of cova care. Ecm machines are the last line of defense for many cova patients if a ventilator oxygen aren't enough the patient's blood can be routed through one to basically do the work of both the heart and lungs but only major medical centers have them. Dr aaron millstone at a hospital outside nashville says he has a forty eight year old covert patient. Who badly needs ecm. Oh but she keeps getting beat out for an opening sometimes by patients from out of state. So when you talk about rationing care we are already there. Hospitals and much of the south have already surpassed or expect soon surpass. The previous high points of cove in one thousand nine patients set before vaccines were widely available for npr news. I'm blake farmer in nashville. The price of a gallon of gas rose three cents over the past three weeks to three dollars. Twenty five cents for a gallon of regular. the lundberg survey says that's a dollar higher than it was a year ago. The highest prices in the san francisco bay area at four dollars fifty cents a gallon. The lowest is in baton rouge at two dollars. Seventy four cents a gallon. Oil analysts say prices at the pump could hold steady in the future because crude oil prices has started to fall you as futures contracts are trading lower at this hour dow futures contract down about one tenth of a percent crude oil futures are down about four tenths of a percent. You're listening to npr news..
"mara liasson" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Wnyc scheduled to start at nine thirty tomorrow morning. The committee as of now has only two republicans. Liz cheney and adam kissing her after house. Republican leader kevin mccarthy and speaker. Nancy pelosi couldn't agree on which other republicans would serve speaker. Pelosi said this yesterday on. Abc this week. Maybe the republicans can't handle the truth but we have a responsibility to seek to find it in a way that retains the competence of the american people but in this atmosphere does pelosi have confidence. The committee's findings will be accepted. Broadly by the american people. My confidence is high. I do believe that the work of this committee in order to retain the confidence of the american people must act in a way that has no partisanship is all about patriotism speaker. Pelosi yesterday on. Abc this week with me now on that and more monday morning. Politics is npr national political correspondent. Mara liasson thanks as always mar. Welcome back to. Wnyc happy to be here. Can you give us a preview of what will happen in the committee hearing tomorrow. Well i can't tell you exactly what will happen. But we know that this is a committee that the minority leader in the house. Kevin mccarthy is basically boycotting There are no republicans that he's appointed on it because the two that he chose originally were jim jordan and congressman banks who he decided who nancy pelosi decided not to accept so then he pulled all the other republicans that he had appointed off so now there are still going to be two republicans on the committee but they are appointed by pelosi. That's adam kinser. And liz cheney both critics of donald trump both People who have been pretty much rejected by the republican party establishment in the house. What did you see is the likely role of cheney and kindergarten. They they certainly both have a record of being critical of trump but they are still republicans. Do you expect them to play a particular role or just be indistinguishable from democrats. If we didn't already know their party. Well it. i don't know yet..
"mara liasson" Discussed on NPR News Now
"As cova cases seora across the country. Dr anthony fauci says the. Us is in an unnecessary predicament of soaring cases fueled by unvaccinated americans and the delta variant which is more than two times as transmissible as the original strain. This is an issue predominantly among the unvaccinated. Which is the reason why we're out there. Practically pleading with the unvaccinated people to go out and get vaccinated speaking there on. Cnn state of the union. Oh gee says. He's frustrated with the rising infection rate and says even vaccinated people should consider wearing a mask he also says booster shots maybe suggested for vaccinated people with suppressed. Immune systems republican. Senator rob portman says negotiations. On a bipartisan infrastructure. Package have continued this weekend and that the two sides are close to a deal but as npr's mara liasson reports it could be put to another test this week. The first procedural test vote on the bill failed last week but the group of republican and democratic negotiators say. That doesn't mean the effort to come together on a plan to repair the nation's crumbling roads. Bridges and waterlines has failed. They said they needed only a few more days. To finalize the bipartisan infrastructure framework. Otherwise known as biff and they've been working to resolve remaining issues like how to pay for the nearly six hundred billion dollars in new spending. And how much of it to spend on transportation. The bill's fate will determine whether president biden's belief that bipartisan compromise can still happen is well-founded or naive mara liasson. Npr news us. Swimmers will try to add to the six medals already one at the tokyo olympics when they get back into the pool tonight. Us time the us will have four more chances at winning. A medal led by two time olympic. Gold medalists lily king and three time. Gold medalist ryan murphy. Meanwhile some of the events that the game.
House Riot Committee Provokes Partisan War
"Hill, The 1st January sixth commission hearing is Tuesday. This at the same time prosecutions are moving through the justice system. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and top House Republican Kevin McCarthy remain at odds over the panel. As NPR's Mara Liasson tells us, this is the state of play in Washington at the moment, I think That the January 6th investigations really illustrate the deep divide that we have in this country. Nothing illustrates a better actually, we have the worst attack on the capital since 18 12. And the decision about whether or not to investigate. It has become completely partisan. We have Republicans voting against the independent Commission and against this special Select committee, Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House, appointed to Republicans to that committee, both of whom disagreed with the committee's existence in the first place. NPR's Mara Liasson reporting.
COVID-19: A Potential Coverup and a Potential Bioweapon
"I asked the question. I would think any sound sane journalists and there are so few of them left. Right now would be asking The questions are very simple one. Is there a criminal investigation going into what I believe was a cover up. An effort by the United States government and people within it. To scuttle an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and the potential of a lab leak. And secondly, the big, bold Holy can't say it on the air question. Was it a bioweapon? Now I know the left were not allowed to ask that which again makes me only want to ask you more because there's really nothing you can say to get me to stop asking stuff. You know, I've after 46 years I've been smart enough to make my own life boycott resistant. I just don't care anymore. And the most dangerous people on the planet are those that just don't care about left the spears. Did we finance a bioweapon? Now? What made me think of this whole show today? Well, my life is 1 24 hour cycle of show preparation. I'd even do it my dreams because I love talking to you and making sure I never ever waste your time. And yesterday. I'm listening to Fox News and Mara Liasson who's a pretty left leaning? I don't know if journalists I don't know who to call the journalist anymore these days. But she was on the fox show and she was, you know, giving the left this point of view, and she said at one point, like, okay, you know, maybe there's something to this lab leafing like to finally admitting it. You know, a year too late, you know? No. Gee, thanks. But then she says, But you know, she kind of hits that and she says, Well, you know, we got to separate that, though. From the conspiracy theories about this thing being a bioweapon, I thought, there you go. There you go, folks. Producer Jim right. Any time they say something is a conspiracy theory. What does that mean? What does that mean? That means it's time to
President Biden Meets With Lawmakers on Infrastructure Plan
"Meeting on infrastructure today at the White House as the president tries to build consensus around his signature legislative initiative. NPR's Mara Liasson reports, Biden is stressing his desire for a bipartisan result. President Biden wants Congress to fund big investments and physical and human infrastructure. This meeting was with a group of Republican and Democratic members of Congress, all of whom had once been mayors or governors. The president said. That means they understand the importance of infrastructure at a local level. I am prepared to compromise where we can do let me get together on The package, but there's a lot of needs. The talks are focusing on what's in the package popular proposals such as upgrading roads, bridges and broadband, but also the contentious issue of how to pay for it. President wants to raise taxes on corporations and people making over $400,000 a year. Republicans are for investing in some forms of infrastructure, but they don't want to raise taxes to pay for it.
Biden to give primetime address to honor pandemic anniversary
"Announcing that President Biden will make his first primetime national address Thursday more from NPR's Mara Liasson. Thursday's the first anniversary of the cove ID shutdowns, and Biden has paid special attention to marking milestones, both grim and hopeful. During the pandemic. He held a ceremony to honor the half a million fatalities from Cove it and the 50 million vaccines administered against it. Thursday is also the one year anniversary of the World Health Organization. Declaring Cove in 19 a pandemic.
Mayor Turner says many Houston-area residents remain without water, despite water pressure being normalized
"Mara Liasson NPR News. Most of Texas has its water back after deadly winter stores barreled through the South last week. About a million people are still out. But Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says even though water treatment plants are back online, it doesn't mean people have water. Even though the power has been restored. And even though the water pressure has normalized for many people across our region, they have busted pipes. They had to turn off the water, and they're still in need of water and food. The water problems are not limited to Texas. The Associated Press reports more than 40,000 water customers in Louisiana lack water, so the
Biden Takes To The Road To Push His COVID-19 Relief Plan
"President biden is on the road this week. He wants congress to pass his one point nine trillion dollar covert relief package. And so he's making the case for it directly to american citizens last night. He was in wisconsin for a town hall produced by cnn. and host. anderson. Cooper asked the question. When is every american. Who wants it going to be able to get vaccine by the end of july this year. Npr national political correspondent. Mara liasson is good morning mar. Good morning joe. Biden took a lot of questions about vaccines and also a lot of questions about when schools are going to reopen. How yes school. Openings have become a really controversial issue and a potential vulnerability for the white house. The republicans have been saying that biden is not being aggressive enough on something that too. Many americans is the most important signal of getting back to normal. In addition to the many reasons why it's important for kids and parents to get schools open and one of the reasons that this could be potentially damaging for the white house is that the president's press secretary had set a remarkably low bar of what biden meant by school opening. She said that he wants half of them. Having in person instruction one day per week by the end of his first one hundred days last night biden said that was a mistake in communications. He wants to see k. Through eight classes back five days a week. Here's what he said. We'll be close to that. At the end of the first hundred days you'd have a significant percentage them being able to be opened my rent. My guess is they're going to probably be pushing to open all for all summer to continue like it's different semester days a week or a. I think many of them have five days week. The goal we five days a week. So that's a more ambitious goal. But as biden pointed out is a state and locally controlled thing can set goals put out guidelines. But it's not up to him. Speaking of ambitious he still wants one point nine trillion dollars. There are critics of his plan. There are economists. also who say that's just too much money it seems like biden is saying. Let me make the case to the people who are suffering and explain why we need one point nine trillion. Yes and he did that last night. He pointed out the polls show that many republicans even trump voters are support. The package the package has very very high approval ratings and even though it's not popular with republican members of congress biden also defended the price tag saying. There's a consensus among economists. About spending more rather than less. And you know both biden's treasury secretary janet yellen and the fed chair. Jerome powell have both said that a bigger package is better and if it does spark inflation they can handle that. What's unclear is if the package will get any republican support in congress. Despite those bipartisan talks. You know senate minority leader mitch. Mcconnell told the wall street journal that he thinks the first step to unify republicans and of course. They've been badly split. Deeply divided is to unify around to the relief package. This is what republicans did in two thousand and nine. when they opposed obama's stimulus
House managers show senators previously unseen, graphic Capitol security footage from Jan. 6.
"Security footage of insurrectionists on day two former president donald trump senate trial they showed images of trump's supporters knocking down fences and fighting with police roaming the halls of the us capital but npr's mara liasson reports that their evidence was not focused solely on january sixth. It strikes me the what the house managers are trying to do is wide in the aperture as much as they can. It's not just about one speech. It's not just about one day. It's about a whole months. And months of priming his supporters to believe that they their voice and vote have will be stolen and then was stolen after he lost. Npr's mara
"mara liasson" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"That's the filibuster we hear about, and it is not as technical as it seems, it's actually the most. Most significant hurdle to Joe Biden moving forward on his agenda. You know, Republicans want Democrats to agree to keep the filibuster in place. Todos actually forced them to work with them across the aisle to get any bill across. But when you talk about immigration when you talk about climate change when you talk about the coronavirus relief bill that Democrats say they need to get down immediately. Those are all fairly partisan things, if not extremely partisan things. And I thought it was really interesting when when she was pressed on the question of you know how the administration was going to handle these covert talks. In particular, she says that President Biden will be personally involved, which, I should say is a very big departure from President Trump, who did not get involved at all personally in any of the coronavirus relief packages. But they also said that they're not going to take any tools off the table. So that means that they're leaving open the possibility that while they would like to do things on a bipartisan way, they may try to take advantage of Senate rules that give them out. Give them opportunities to just go on along party lines, and that is when we'll start to see some really big fights on the two ends of Pennsylvania. A piece of breaking news. Little piece of breaking news that emerged even as the White House briefing was underway, which is that the Senate has now confirmed every lanes as director of national Intelligence. That's the first Cabinet level position. They held her confirmation hearings this week. She has now confirmed as the new Deanna. Um what's the timeline on the others? Do we know Kelsey? Well, we know that there is an effort to move them quickly. But we also know that there is an impeachment trial coming up, and she was asked about this as well, You know, can can They move forward with this this aggressive agenda and getting all of these nominees through their confirmation process while doing an impeachment? She said. She's confident that the Senate can do both. But that will take some agreement. As with a lot of things the Senate operates on agreement from both parties. So it will yet to be seen how quickly they will get through any of this, Maura, you get the last word tonight point us into the night with words of wisdom, what you will be watching for in these next 24 hours. Well, next 24 hours and beyond. Whether Donald whether Joe Biden can it's gonna take a while to get used to that. Yes, Donald Trump, Right can can whether Joe Biden can actually do what he wants to do on the Koven problem. Can he get 100 million doses and delivered in 100 days that's first and foremost, can he developed some political capital, which he's going to need really badly in that? Super split Senate. That is NPR's Mara Liasson, Kelsey Snell, Franco or Dona is and Joel Rose. You have been listening to live special coverage of the first day of the Biden presidency and just now of the first White House press briefing of the Biden administration, I'm Mary Louise Kelly. This is NPR news. And you're listening on double you and my C. This is special coverage of Inauguration Day. We're going to continue with that special programming through much of the evening. We'll have an extra hour of all things considered through the 8 P.m. hour And then at nine o'clock tonight it is time to hear from you. Your hopes and your fears as the country prepares to write a new chapter tune in for that live National Colin Special from the program one, eh? That's from Washington. D C..
"mara liasson" Discussed on KCRW
"NPR News of the Biden administration's first White House press briefing. I, Mary Louise Kelly. Just moments from now we are expecting White House press secretary Jen Psaki to come to the lectern take questions from the assembled White House press corps. The first of what I know journalists among us are hoping is many White House press briefings from this administration. We're going toe take that briefing live as soon as she appears and starts speaking. But for the moment, let me bring in some of NPR's finest, who will be listening along with us? And analyzing and fact checking in real time as we go. We're joined by NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, NPR White House correspondent Franco Ordonez, who is there for the briefing at the White House and NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell. Welcome to all three of you. Thanks for having us, Uh, Franco. I'm going to start with you since you were there at the White House, described the scene describe just how the afternoon has unfolded. Well, I can tell you that. You know, there is a lot of energy here at the White House. You know, among the press corps very curious about how this briefing is going to go as you point out, you know, this is going to kind of set the tone for future briefings. The relationship between the reporters Um, and the communications staff, uh, at the new White House, I think right now, but things look pretty good. I think there's a lot of interest in kind of having a good dialogue between the two groups. You know, the administration has said they want to be transparent and open with us on guy think this will be kind of a good test will want to see how they answer. The questions that reporters like that us have, Um, and it'll be interesting how they kind of choose who they ask questions, too. I'll note we can watch what's unfolding. The new briefing room looks very much like the old briefing room, reporters sitting socially distance with chairs in between them wearing masks taking notes. Some TV correspondents stayed doing there stand ups for the camera moralizing. You have spent so many hours in that briefing room we're about to hear from speak to how you expect the role of the briefing. To evolve under this new administration. Overall communication from the White House. What do you watching for? I think that the Biden Communications team will want to go back to something we haven't seen in a lot of years, which is A briefing that provides information and is not just a performative spectacle where the presses of foil to the administration spokesperson Now maybe that's not Totally possible. There's always a tension between the press and the press secretary, but the very first administration I ever covered, which was the Clinton administration, Mike McCurry. Was the press secretary, and he said he saw his job as being candid and truthful to the press. At the same time, he was being loyal to the president and trying to get out the president's message. And it's possible actually to do those two things at the same time. Ah, I don't know if this administration would ever be willing to have the 1st 20 minutes of the briefing on camera and the rest off camera, but I can guarantee you that would make a huge positive difference. It's probably totally a you know, I'd get in trouble for saying you could you could wish. Yeah, but But look, the press briefing is an institution. Biden's aides have said they want to be honest, accountable and transparent. The press briefing is where you do that every single day, is it? We're going to see that we're going to see what happens when Jen Psaki takes her takes her first turn. Yeah. Is it unusual by the way to do a White House press briefing on the very first night? I'm thinking usually we're all caught up in inaugural ball. Yeah, I can't think of Ah nighttime press briefing on the first day. No, usually they're off to inaugural ball. And there's lots more. But this is an unusual inauguration. There wasn't a parade and there there aren't the big parties and dances. So maybe I I think it speaks to. You know, one of the messages that the Biden team is really trying to make clear here that they are ready to get moving and want to send a message to the American people. That they're ready to get back to work on to start taking action today. I mean, just look at the 17 executive actions that the administration took on the team's priorities from climate to racial equity. I mean, they're really wanting to move fast, and they want to show the American people that they are rolling up their sleeves and doing that immediately, Speaking of different tones, and where Washington may be headed, Kelsey Snow let me bring you in because you've been reporting on the other end. Of Pennsylvania Avenue these last few years on income on Congress. It was striking to me listening and watching as the inaugural ceremony unfolded today. We heard something so normal, but it is so different from what we heard slightly of lawmakers from both parties together, giving speeches, fist bumping and trying not to hug and shake hands. It there was a one off a softer tone is the right way to capture it wouldn't How would you describe just what we watched unfold at the Capitol and how that maybe points us to where things are headed in Washington? It looked and felt like a bunch of people who know each other because in a lot of ways they do I mean, Kamila Harris was a senator up until just the beginning of this week. And Joe Biden, you has said time and time and time again that he's a Senate guy. He knows all of the top leaders in Congress. He has relationships there. And it's just not something that former President Trump and his administration could really say. You know, those strong relationships will also kind of carry over to his legislative team, Hey, picked to two women from powerful offices who are known for their bipartisan work, and the expectation from those in Congress is that they're going to just have a stronger, clearer relationship with the White House. And Democrats in particular say that they're going to have a more unified relationships and Republicans ever had with President Trump. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean that Republicans are suddenly going to get behind Joe Biden's agenda, but they do know how to work with him. And that is certainly a change from the past four years, all right, for people just joining us and keeping up. I want to know that is Kelsey Snell, who covers Congress for us. We're also here with Mara Liasson, our national political correspondent, and Franco or Dona, czar, White House correspondent. We are awaiting the beginning of the very first White House press briefing from the Biden administration..
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"Unity was the overarching theme of Biden's inaugural address. He spoke of upheaval over race battles for equality in a nation in mourning. For the more than 400,000 lives lost to the coronavirus in under a year. NPR's Mara Liasson reports on the differences many see between Biden and his predecessor. Here's somebody who lost his Wife and baby daughter and then his grown son and still came out, optimistic, not broken and he's in some ways he's a symbol of the country. He made some promises. At the end of that speech. I'll always level with you. I'll defend the constitutional defend democracy and I'll defend America and whatever I do will not be for power. But for the public good. NPR's Mara Liasson Republicans, including former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined the Bidens for Mass. It's a Matthew's cathedral before the inauguration into display of the unity Biden hopes to forge in his administration. O'Connell joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in presenting Biden Harris with a pair of U. S flags there were flown over the Capitol during the inauguration. Here's Pelosi This flag. Is that right? Reflect all that is said about your inauguration. America United I have to note. Not only did we just we're in a son and daughter of the Senate to these houses, but indeed, both these former senators skip the house altogether. Well. Biden's also expected to sign an executive order that will reverse a Trump Administration directive about altering the 2020 census results. Here's NPR's Hansi Lo Wang. A Trump administration tried to exclude unauthorized immigrants from census counts that the Constitution says must include the quote. Whole number of persons in each state. Those counts determine each. They share votes in Congress and the Electoral college, and they have never left out any residents because of immigration status. The new executive order from the Biden administration will ensure that the U. S. Continues to follow more than two centuries of precedent. New numbers, though, are not expected until early March. The Census Bureau is still running quality checks that were delayed because of the pandemic and schedule changes by Trump officials. Lindsay Lo Wang. NPR NEWS New YORK This is NPR. Former President Donald Trump is now in Florida. NPR's Greg Allen says the Mar a Lago report has been resort rather has been busy getting ready for Trump's arrival. Moving trucks for seeing outside Mar a Lago Monday. Trump changed his legal residents from New York to Florida last year and has used the private club as his address on voter registration forms. The FAA put flight restrictions in place for Palm Beach International Airport and the town of Palm Beach has closed road outside of Mar a Lago. Letter to residents, the town's mayor, thank them for their patients with security measures during Trump's presidency. Beyond this, the mayor says, we do not foresee any future road closures to accommodate the former president. One question. Still not resolved is whether Trump can live at Mar a Lago full time an agreement he signed decades back, says no member may live in the club more than three weeks every year. Greg Allen NPR NEWS Miami In the final hour of his presidency. The White House announced that Trump issued at least one more pardon to another ally, Albert Pirro, former husband of Fox News television host Jeannine Pirro, who was convicted of tax evasion. He was released in 2002. U. S stocks still moving higher toward records following stronger than expected earnings reports. However, the economic carnage of this pandemic is one that binds nominee for Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warns will get worse if Congress fails to quote Act big on the next coronavirus relief package. Biden has proposed $1.9 trillion in additional relief for struggling Americans. The Dow's up 238 points more than three quarters.
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"I'm Laxmi saying a new commander in chief now sits in the Oval Office. Joe Biden was sworn in shortly before noon today on the steps of the U. S. Capitol. Just two weeks ago, this country's democracy survived an insurrection. He and Kamila Harris, the first woman, African American and person of South Asian descent to service vice president. Visited Arlington National Cemetery before heading to the White House. Unity was the overarching theme of Biden's inaugural address. He spoke of upheaval over race battles for equality in a nation in mourning for the more than 400,000 lives, lost the coronavirus in under a year. NPR's Mara Liasson reports on the differences many see between Biden and his predecessor. Wife and baby daughter and then his grown son and still came out, optimistic, not broken and he's in some ways he's a symbol of the country. He made some promises. At the end of that speech. I'll always level with you. I'll defend the constitutional defend democracy and I'll defend America and whatever I do will not be for power. But for the public good. NPR's Mara Liasson Republicans, including former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined the Bidens for Mass. It's a Matthew's cathedral before the inauguration into display of the unity Biden hopes to forge in his administration. O'Connell joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in presenting Biden Harris with a pair of U. S flags there were flown over the Capitol during the inauguration. Here's Pelosi This flag. Is that right? Reflect all that is said about your inauguration. America United I have to note. Not only did we just we're in a son and daughter of the Senate to these houses, but indeed, both these former senators skip the house altogether. Well. Biden's also expected to sign an executive order that will reverse a Trump Administration directive about altering the 2020 census results. Here's NPR's Hansi Lo Wang. A Trump administration tried to exclude unauthorized immigrants from census counts that the Constitution says must include the quote. Whole number of persons in each state. Those counts determine each. They share votes in Congress and the Electoral college, and they have never left out any residents because of immigration status. The new executive order from the Biden administration will ensure that the U. S. Continues to follow more than two centuries of precedent. New numbers, though, are not expected until early March. The Census Bureau is still running quality checks that were delayed because of the pandemic and schedule changes by Trump officials. Lindsay Lo Wang. NPR NEWS NEW YORK This is NPR. And this is W. N. Y. C in New York on Shawn Carlson. Many New Yorkers are breathing a sigh of relief Now that Joe Biden is officially president. 53 year old Wendy Brandis is in Manhattan resident standing outside Trump Tower. Today, she says she is feeling good. It wasn't even a conscious feeling. I literally woke up feeling energized..
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"Vaccine rollout continues across the country smoother in some states than others. We continue checking in with local leaders. We simply don't have enough first those vaccines and it's holding us back. Our ability to get vaccines out to those people who are ready, willing and able Enthusiastic about getting the vaccine. Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago next time on the takeaway weekday afternoons at three on 93.9 FM. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep, and I'm No. Well, King. Good morning. We haven't heard much from President Trump in his last few days in office. He's had less to say since Twitter cut him off, and he hasn't appeared in public since taking a trip to the border wall one week ago. President has had some meetings, including one with a pillow salesman who, according to news reports, brought by one last proposal for a coup their party, the departing president, also released the 17 76 report, arguing his administration's view of the greatness of American history, and he's been making last minute personnel in policy changes to leave Joe Biden's incoming administration. We do not get know how the president might use this his final full day in office. He still has the power of the pardon, But we do know that Congress has a lot of work to do on this day. Yes, it does. And with us now to talk some of it through NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson and NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Good morning to you both. Good morning morning. So let's start in the Senate because they sure have a lot to get done in the first days of the Biden administration. What what is first on their agenda? Well, today starts the confirmation process for Biden administration nominees. There's gonna be five hearings happening on Capitol Hill today for Lloyd Austin at Defense Tony Blinken at ST several Haynes as director of National intelligence. Alejandro, New York aside Homeland Security and Janet Yellin at Treasury. The focus with these early hearings is obviously tasked with the national security and economic team. I would say these are all nominees probably expected to get through the Senate pretty easily. Senate Republicans haven't raised many concerns about them, and most of them have already Been through a confirmation process for other government jobs..
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"This year's vocalists, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez watching on television. Some of it may actually look almost normal, especially as cameras zoom in on President Biden delivering his speech in the January chill. It won't be normal. The post ceremony parade down Pennsylvania Avenue that is also canceled because of pandemic concerns, but also saving security planners. Another big headache, It has been replaced by a virtual event. That kind of thing we've gotten used to, even if it's a far cry from the real thing. Mm hmm. And that was our don Gonyea there now to another national political correspondent. The great Mara Liasson who has been covering presidential inaugurations for well, I'm gonna let you answer that more. How long G. I'd have to think about that A long time. I was long as you think. But certainly since since Bill Clinton Okay, Well, it is wonderful to have you with us this morning. What are you expecting from Joe Biden on Wednesday during his big speech. I think he's going to set a completely different tone than the one we heard four years ago with Trump's Dark American carnage speech. I think his speech will be optimistic and positive. He ran on healing the nation trying to unify the nation and bring bridge division's after the violent siege of the capital last week that Need is even greater than ever. The wounds are more gaping than ever. And I think that that is the set up for his speech, and it fits right into the themes that he ran on. What does that agenda look like the one that he is going to be trying to implement? Agenda is very aggressive and ambitious. Ron claim the incoming chief of staff, sent a memo to top Biden staffers talking about the things that he's going to do. In the very first days. The administration wants to not so much hit the ground running has hit the ground, sprinting lots of executive orders. He's going to Sign on day one in order to extend the paws on federal student loan payments, rejoined the Paris climate Agreement. Reverse President Trump's Muslim ban mandate masks on federal property extend the ban on a evictions. It's pretty typical for a new president to sign executive orders, some of them overturning things that his predecessors did. But this list is very ambitious, varying aggressive. He wants to create a sense of momentum. He's also going to submit on day one and immigration bill to Congress, which would codify Dhaka and provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. That's something that originally he said he'd do in his 1st 100 days, but it's been moved up. All right. You just mentioned the 1st 100 days in office. That is typically the time that we look at to sort of see what a new administration does. But you also mentioned all the unprecedented things that this administration will be facing How much is realistic? And how much is bluster? Well, the exit a lot of the executive orders are realistic. There are things the president could do by himself. And there are four overlapping crises that the new administration talks about the pandemic, the economic recession, climate change and racial justice, and that's what he is going to try to tackle all at once. I don't think any president has taken office with this many crises at once. And the administration. The new administration is filled with people who know how to govern and have a lot of experience on I think they're going to kind of flood the zone with governance. On the other hand, legislation will be harder to achieve because of 50 vote. 51 vote majority in the Senate is very, very slim. And don't forget. We're going to have an impeachment trial in the first days of the Biden administration as well, Yeah, how could we beyond that first day? You know what else is really top of mind for Joe Biden when he's trying to tackle all these crises? On claims memo outlines things he'll do on day two executive actions to safely reopen schools and businesses. On day three. He's going to direct agencies to quote take immediate action to deliver economic relief to working families. There are buy American provisions he's going to issue And then lots of other executive actions on criminal justice reforms and racial equality in the first month, they say that he is going to introduce another package to Congress a jobs bill. This is after the $1.9 trillion covert relief bill that he's already unveiled, and he's going to show his support for pending legislation on voting rights and raising the minimum wage. This is a big agenda. And for some of this stuff he's gonna need Republican help..
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"That was our don Gonyea there now to another national political correspondent. The great Mara Liasson who has been covering presidential inaugurations for well, I'm gonna let you answer that more. How long Gee, I'd have to think about that a long time. I'm just long as you think. But certainly since since Bill Clinton Okay, Well, it is wonderful to have you with us this morning. Um, What are you expecting from Joe Biden on Wednesday during his big speech. I think he's going to set a completely different tone than the one we heard four years ago with Trump's Dark American carnage speech. I think his speech will be optimistic and positive. He ran on healing the nation trying to unify the nation and bring bridge division's after the violent siege of the capital last week that Need is even greater than ever. The wounds are more gaping than ever. And I think that that is the set up for his speech, and it fits right into the themes that he ran on. What does that agenda look like the one that he is going to be trying to implement? The agenda is very aggressive and ambitious. Ron claim the incoming chief of staff, sent a memo to top Biden staffers talking about the things that he's going to do. In the very first days. The administration wants to not so much hit the ground running has hit the ground, sprinting lots of executive orders. He's going to Sign on day one in order to extend the paws on federal student loan payments, rejoined the Paris climate Agreement. Reverse President Trump's Muslim ban mandate masks on federal property extend the ban on a evictions. It's pretty typical for a new president to sign executive orders, some of them overturning things that his predecessors did. But this list is very ambitious, very aggressive. He wants to create a sense of momentum. He's also going to submit on Day one and immigration bill to Congress, which would codify Dhaka and provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. That's something that originally he said he'd do in his 1st 100 days, but it's been moved up. All right. You just mentioned the 1st 100 days in office. That is typically the time that we look at to sort of see what a new administration does. But you also mentioned all the unprecedented things that this administration will be facing How much is realistic? And how much is bluster? Well, the exit a lot of the executive orders are realistic. There are things the president can do by himself, and there are four overlapping crises that the new administration talks about the pandemic. The economic recession, climate change and racial justice, and that's what he is going to try to tackle all at once. I don't think any president has taken office. With this many crises at once and the administration, the new administration is filled with people who know how to govern and have a lot of experience. On. I think they're going to kind of flood the zone with governance. On the other hand, legislation will be harder to achieve because of 50 vote. 51 vote majority in the Senate is very, very slim. And don't forget. We're going to have an impeachment trial in the first days of the Biden administration as well, Yeah, how could we beyond that first day? You know what else is really top of mind for Joe Biden when he's trying to tackle all these crises? On claims memo outlines things he'll do on day two executive actions to safely reopen schools and businesses. On day three. He's going to direct agencies to quote take immediate action to deliver economic relief to working families. There are buy American provisions he's going to issue and then lots of other executive actions on criminal justice reforms, and Rachel Quality in the first month. They say that he is going to introduce another package to Congress a jobs bill. This is after the $1.9 trillion covert relief bill that he's already unveiled, and he's going to show his support for pending legislation on voting rights and raising the minimum wage. This is a big agenda. And for some of this stuff he's gonna need Republican help..
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"I'm going to guess You're gonna beg to differ with that. But let me leave it there and say again how much we appreciate your coming on and fielding are questions. Thank you. I appreciate I appreciate a lot. Marry the movies. Thank you. That is former White House Press Secretary Stephen Groves. He is now at the conservative. Heritage Foundation, and I want to bring in another voice that of NPR's Mara Liasson, who was listening in along with the rest of us to that last conversation. Hey, Mara. Hi there. Hey, what jumped out at you? From what? We just heard there from Stephen Groves. Well, I think that there's going to be a debate about what the president said. He gave a very long speech. And obviously fight like hell is sometimes that can be used metaphorically. But he did tell his supporters that they should try to overturn the election. That's what was happening inside the Capitol building that they went up there to encourage Republicans who weren't joining that effort to be strong, called them weak. Um, I think there are a lot of other moments in that speech that people would take a different way. He sent out a call to law enforcement and the military to let the people protesters come up. He mean up the steps of the Capitol? We don't know. But there's no doubt that many Republicans in Congress took that speech as an incitement. Let me get your take on a question that I suspect is on a lot of people's minds. What is the point of going forward with impeachment? When the president whether you think he incited an insurrection or not when he is leaving office before the Senate can possibly act and carry out a trial? Yeah, And even if the Senate did acting carry out a trial, it's unlikely very unlikely that he would be convicted and removed because that would take a two thirds vote. The House of Representatives. The Democratic leadership there wants the president to be held accountable and they feel that impeachment is the on leeway. They have to do that centuries in their mind is insufficient. So that is a good question. There's also the question of logistically how it would work with the new president coming in. Joe Biden wants to get his nominees confirmed He wants to move forward very quickly on his covert relief package, he said today. Although he's been noncommittal about impeachment, he said he has been talking to senators about how a trial and confirmation hearings could go forward. At the same time he talked about by Frick, aiding the schedule. Right real quick. You heard me going back and forth with Mr Groves there on whether the president has been silenced. Now that he's been kicked off Twitter do, we'd know what is going on behind the scenes at the White House. Well, we know the president hasn't been saying much As you said he still has the bully pulpit. He could come out and talk to reporters. Anytime he wanted to. Tomorrow, he will go to the border. We assume he will speak there. He's going to show off the small amount of wall that has been constructed. But the very big question is. Will the president encourage or discourage his supporters from converging on Washington again? We know they're emboldened by what happened in the capital on Wednesday,.
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"Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, says President Trump should resign immediately in the wake of the storming of the U. S. Capitol. The second GOP senator to make that call to me is retiring next year. In the House Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu says impeachment legislation now has 200 co sponsors. But House Majority Whip James Clyburn says they may hold off until after President elect Biden takes office. Meanwhile, MPR's Mara Liasson reports, the two senators who led the push to overturn the election are now facing blow back in their home states. Josh Holly of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas both have plans to run for president and 2024. Now they're facing criticism at home newspaper editorial boards and Missouri and Texas have called on both senators to resign. The Kansas City Star, saying Holly had quote blood on his hands. Some big donors have deserted them. But it's not clear yet whether they will lose support among the Republicans who vote in primaries, the base of the party. Polls show a majority of those voters still believe the lie that the election was stolen from Trump and pluralities support the storming of the capital. Mara Liasson NPR news The acting U. S attorney for the District of Columbia is overseeing a massive criminal investigation of Wednesday's assault on the U. S. Capitol, Michael Sherwin says whether charges are local or federal, the investigation is unprecedented. The scale of suspects let me start there. We have potentially Thousands of people that may have information about crimes that were violated and broken, meaning there could be hundreds of people charged. I don't think there's any similar case in DOJ history. That compares to that. The U. S. Capitol Police, meanwhile, is announced that an off duty officer has died. Howard leave in good responded to Wednesday's riot. No cause of death has been given. The number of cases of the variant coronavirus, originally identified in England has gone up in the U. S to an estimated 55 Charles Lane of member station Wushu reports. Three more cases are confirmed in New York. Two of the new, Faster spreading strains of the virus were found in Saratoga and are related to the first case that was found earlier this week, But the other new case was discovered 200 miles away on Long Island. Governor Andrew Cuomo says This brings the state's total to four and we believe that it is more widespread than that number would suggest. Testing for the new variant is still limited compared to overall testing. New York tested almost two million people this week on Lee 400 of those tests were for the UK strain. For NPR News. I'm Charles Lane in New York. This is NPR and support for NPR comes from Jones Day and integrated Partnership collaboratively providing legal services for more than a century 43 offices, five continents. Serving clients as one firm at a time worldwide. Learn more at Jones day dot com. Hey there, it's no Vienna caramel and I'm Anthony Valadez. We are the next host of Kcrw's morning becomes eclectic, double trouble. Double the fun Now we want to celebrate with you. That's right. You are invited to a virtual hang with us..
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"Slowdown North, one on one between Belmonte and sama Tail because of the crash before Hillsdale has been out there for about an hour and 10 minutes or so and blocking lanes and backing things up. It's not completely blocking get through, but it's tough. And the fog is making it tough on two ready on the peninsula, especially in San Mateo County. Joe McConnell for KQED coming up later today on KQED Do join US for Forum with Michael Krasny and Meena Kim. Many across the country are reeling in the aftermath of that stunning attack on the country's democratic process. Yesterday when pro Trump extremists stormed the capital to prevent Congress from confirming electoral votes for president elect Joe Biden. Form will have the latest of nine then attend. We're going to have a statewide calling special live on form. We're going to focus on the political and legal fallout from yesterday's violence in Washington. And it's on the air. Thanks to you. We want to hear from you. Your reactions, your thoughts Your questions and comments on forum today. Nine o'clock with Michael Krasny, the statewide Colin special with Meena Kim, all 9 to 11 today, Right here on KQED. Areas of dense fog parts of the Bay Area. Drive carefully if you're out there this morning. The highs today mid fifties to the low sixties. Partly sunny conditions after the fog goes away later today, basically the same forecast for the Sacramento Valley with highs 53 to 61. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King and I'm Steve Inskeep. You could follow political news for many years and never really even notice the event that took place yesterday. Congress met as it does every four years and formally counts the electoral votes. Sent in by the states from the presidential election. Occasionally, AH few lawmakers object this time a large block of Republicans objected to a democratic election protest ng Joe Biden's win, which had been affirmed by all 50 states and tested in dozens of lawsuits. Then, in an act of insurrection, Pro Trump extremists swarmed the capital and disrupted the work of Congress. Our democracy is under unprecedented assault. Like anything we've seen in modern times. No salt. The citadel of Liberty to those who struggle to tear if from our responsibility you have failed. Violence never wins. Freedom winds. This is still the People's house. We just heard the voices of President elect Biden, whose win lawmakers were certifying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose office was raided and looted. And the last voice was vice president. Pence who was presiding over the joint session of Congress. Pence was also the last voice We heard early this morning after Congress got back to work and formally confirmed The obvious. NPR congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell and NPR National Political correspondent Mara Liasson are both with us this morning. Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. What were the ways in which the president incited the violence? The president spoke to the protesters on the Ellipse, encouraging them to walk to Congress, encouraging them to put pressure on Republicans who are not joining in the effort to undermine the election and throw out these slates of electors from the states. And he said that you know, weakness will never win. And it's not just that many people on both sides of the aisle who hold Trump responsible say that it's also that he relentlessly pushed this lie that the election Was fraudulent and stolen from him that he has four years refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. For years, he has failed to condemn. Other acts of right wing violence and domestic terrorism and his comment to the proud boys to stand back and stand by, and they think this was the culmination. The logical conclusion of all of that. Kelsey is there also a role for Congress here because there were large numbers of members of Congress who took these objections. I mean, there's too often a symbolic objection, but they took these objections a lot farther than normal. Even though the evidence was quite clear, though, who won the election? Yeah, this was absolutely a turning point for Republicans. You know, there were some who decided to switch their vote and they decide to decide with the affirmation of Biden's win. But this is a party divided, new way that we have not seen before. This is not the typical infighting that happens in a two party system is well beyond that, and it's not going to resolve just after Inauguration Day. There are fervent trump supporters in Congress who helped fuel this. They will run for re election. They will fight in committees. They will continue to, you know, to fight for this. As Joe Biden takes office in the coming weeks. You know this also forced to break between Trump and some Republicans who supported him on policy in the past, But had, you know, turned a blind eye to his rhetoric, or said that you know what happens on Twitter is not related to what happens legislatively. You know, the members were forced to leave the capital through underground tunnels and shelter and secure locations. As these riders flooded into the capital, and even as they were in those rooms, members were insisting that they would return to the capital and finish their business last night, which they did do What was that day like you? You give us a bit of a hint there. It must have been. I mean, there must have been a moment when people wondered if they were even going to get out of the building. It was it was chaotic. There were reporters are returned to the capital now seeing Bullet holes in glass panes next to the House floor. It was it was not something that we would typically see in the capital, where it is typically a very secure place where You know, Capitol Police are typically well equipped to handle the protesters. Normal. Peaceful protesters are arrested. They're all of the time and there will be long term questions about how these people got into the building how they were handled and why they were allowed to leave without being arrested. Mara. There were a number of Republicans who objected to this camp it all along. Yes, there were a number of Republicans and don't forget even before yesterday. Even before the riots, Republicans were already forming a circular firing squad about Donald Trump. They just lost the two run offs and Georgia That means that they've lost control of all branches of government. The Senate will now be Democratic. Ah, lot of Republicans blame Trump for those losses. And remember the Republican Party started the day yesterday as with a big chunk of their members willing to undermine the will of the people changed the results of the election, and they ended the day with their leader, inciting a violent mob to take over the capital. So how does the party recover from that? There's going to be tremendous recriminations and bloodletting, and, um, you know that that's all going to be figured out. What's Trump's role going forward. He was going to be the king maker in the party. Now is he radioactive to a big chunk of the Republican Party's constituents, including big corporations? Don't forget Donald Trump later in the day. Even as he asked the protesters to go home, sympathize with them. Here's a little bit of what he said. This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You're very special. We love you. You're very special. Later He did issue a statement saying there would be an orderly transition on January 20th, although he added that he had a great quote first term. So who knows what he means? Mara? Thank you very much. You're welcome. That's NPR's Mara Liasson, along with NPR's Kelsey Snell, Kelsey, Thanks to you, Thanks for having me. Our next guest was sworn into Congress for the first time on.
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"Navarro. Good morning. The good news. The vaccine rollout has begun. Bad news. It's not going so well. We'll take you live to a Florida vaccination center and two races in one state will determine so much about the next two years of government and the Latino vote is being heavily courted in Georgia. Was two sisters wrote a book about sisters. That is about a lot more than just family and that dynamic plays out, especially due to the fact that Cassie has been killed under mysterious circumstances After attending a social justice rally, it's Sunday, January 3rd 2021. The news is next. Live from NPR news. I'm Barbara Klein. It'll be a historic day on Capitol Hill. Today, the 117th Congress is being sworn in NPR's Mara Liasson reports proceedings will look a lot different than in past years. The Constitution requires the new Congress to be sworn in at noon on January 3rd. But the proceedings will take a lot longer than usual, maybe even four times as long because of covert restrictions. In the House members will come to the floor in seven separate groups, and there will be fewer members of the public watching from the galleries. Some members will be missing. One member elect Luke let Lowe died from complications of the virus last week. Others air quarantining and the outcome of one House election is still to be determined. The Democratic majority in the house will be the smallest in decades. But Nancy Pelosi is widely expected to retain her gavel as speaker Mara Liasson, NPR news vice president. Pence indicates he welcomes the move by some congressional Republicans to reject electors in some states. Joe Biden won when Congress meets Wednesday to formally certify the election despite lack of evidence, Pence's chief of staff says. The vice president shares unsubstantiated concerns about irregularities and fraud. The vice president is charged with ceremonially declaring the winner of the election. An influx of covert 19 patients in California is stretching hospitals and healthcare workers to their limits. Rachel Raquel Maria Dylan of member station KQED reports, officials say it could be an early sign of a post Christmas surge. The rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive over the past seven days in California has jumped to 14%. L. A County public health officials say the number of cases there doubled in the past month and past 800,000 on Saturday. Hospitals across the state are bracing for a spike in new cases following the holidays. Intensive care unit availability was at 0% in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley this weekend in the San Francisco Bay area. ICU capacity fell to 5.1%. That means all but the northern stretches of the state are below the 15% threshold that would allow a gradual reopening for NPR news. I'm Raquel.
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"So much about the next two years of government and the Latino vote is being heavily courted in Georgia was two sisters wrote a book about sisters. That is about a lot more than just family and that dynamic plays out. Especially due to the fact that Cassie has been killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice. Rather, it's Sunday, January 3rd 2021. The news is next. Live from NPR news. I'm Barbara Klein. It'll be a historic day on Capitol Hill. Today, the 117th Congress is being sworn in NPR's Mara Liasson reports proceedings will look a lot different than in past years. The Constitution requires the new Congress to be sworn in at noon on January 3rd. But the proceedings will take a lot longer than usual, maybe even four times as long because of covert restrictions. In the House members will come to the floor in seven separate groups, and there will be fewer members of the public watching from the galleries. Some members will be missing. One member elect Luke let Lowe died from complications of the virus last week. Others they're quarantining and the outcome of one house election is still to be determined. The Democratic majority in the house will be the smallest in decades. But Nancy Pelosi is widely expected to retain her gavel as speaker Mara Liasson, NPR news vice president. Pence indicates he welcomes the move by some congressional Republicans to reject electors in some states. Joe Biden won when Congress meets Wednesday to formally certify the election despite lack of evidence, Pence's chief of staff says. Vice president shares unsubstantiated concerns about irregularities and fraud. The vice president is charged with ceremonially declaring the winner of the election. An influx of covert 19 patients in California is stretching hospitals and healthcare workers to their limits, Rachel Raquel Maria Dylan of member station, KQED, reports, officials say. It could be an early sign of a post Christmas surge. The rate of coronavirus tests coming back positive over the past seven days in California has jumped to 14%. L. A County public health officials say the number of cases there doubled in the past month and past 800,000 on Saturday. Hospitals across the state are bracing for a spike in new cases following the holidays. Intensive care unit availability was at 0% in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley this weekend in the San Francisco Bay area. ICU capacity fell to 5.1%. That means all but the northern stretches of the state are below the 15% threshold. It would allow a gradual reopening for NPR news. I'm Raquel Maria Dylan in Oakland. India has formally authorized to covert 19 vaccines for emergency use. As such, made a product reports from Mumbai. The approvals come just ahead of a mass vaccination program. The two will prove vaccines of the AstraZeneca one and a locally developed vaccine by the Indian company, part of biotech. India Serum Institute had started mass producing the AstraZeneca shot even before drives began its see You're welcome the approval and said the risk they taken had paid off. He has said half of all the doses his company makes will go to India. This is NPR. It's KQED news. I'm Raquel Maria Dylan. A new year means new state laws and here to tell us about them is KQED politics. Reporter Guy Marzo, Roddy. So let's start with the economy guy are there. New workplace rules going into effect in January? Yes, And I think top of mind with the New year is a new minimum wage. It will go to $13 an hour 14 for larger companies, and there was some doubt this would even happen. You know, the recession triggered this ability for Governor Gavin Newsom to suspend the increase. He ultimately decided to go ahead with it. But I should also know that here in the Bay Area cities like San Francisco San Jose already have the minimum wage. That's about $15 an hour. Thea other big workplace changes this huge expansion of family leave in 2021 so nearly All Californians will be able to take 12 weeks of job protected leave, you know if they need to take care of a newborn of family member that qualification for a family member will now include a grand parent or grandchild, and this leave law will now cover workers at any business with five or more employees. I understand There's also new laws related to cove in 19. That's right. And, you know, covert 19 obviously impacted a lot of the work that the Legislature did in 2020. The spread, you know at the Capitol affected how they did their job. It was far from the only workplace that was impacted. This new law going into effect is a requirement for companies to notify their employees within 24 hours if there's been a covert 19 exposure in the workplace. We've heard about poultry plants, food warehouses, having large outbreaks and not always having a lot of transparency for their workers that it happened. So this new law gives California regulators the ability to basically shut down a workplace that's become a covert 19 hazard and makes the easier for regulators to issue citations. Okay, KQED politics reporter Guy Mars already. Thank.
Why the Trump campaign continues to fight election results despite court losses
"The presidential election. President Trump lost the election. Counties and states are starting to certify results of Biden's victory. The Trump campaign continues to mount legal challenges, and they continue to fail. But even though his defeat is clear, the president refuses to concede we want to talk more about why and what it might mean for the country. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is here for that. How? Tamara? Hi, Mary Louise. The president insists he is challenging the results because he really believes he won. Really, With all the facts pointing otherwise. Is there more to this? I think there is more to it. Donald Trump's brand is about being a winner about never, ever losing. Remember, he's always come out of every loss, like his bankruptcies or failed businesses. Somehow making himself look like a winner. This election is the biggest, most public losses ever suffered. So the stakes for his political future and his ability to continue to monetize his brand are very high. There is a kind of method to his madness. He needs to create this false narrative to be able to walk off the stage without admitting he lost so he can maintain political viability, maintain a firm grip on the base of the Republican Party, especially in case he wants to run again. But there are also real consequences to that. He's his refusal to concede defeat or to accept a peaceful transfer of power to spread these false conspiracy theories are hurting Americans confidence in the most basic element of our democracy, which is free and fair elections. We know from polling that growing numbers of Republicans feel that believed that Trump won the election and it was stolen from him. Another Syrian, making the rounds that I want you to speak to more some of the president's defenders. In fairness, Even some conservatives who don't seem too particularly like President Trump. They have argued Look, Democrats never accepted Trump as the legitimate president. Democrats in their hearts didn't really except the 2016 outcome. This argument goes so. So what is the difference? Moralize and what is the difference? I think there is a difference. He has a absolute right to contest. This is long as he wants in the court. But what happened in 2016? Hillary Clinton did not challenge the legal outcome of the election. She called Trump and conceded even before the networks had called the 270 electoral votes for him. She did win the popular vote, but no one says that Trump didn't win under the rules. Of how America elects its president. He it was the legitimate president. They might not a liked him. He lost the popular vote. But that's different than what's happening now, you know, Trump allies. Even down to some local Republicans in Wayne County, Michigan, actually resisted certifying the results before reversing themselves. Last night, they appeared to be making actual attempts to undermine legitimate ballots cast in Heavily democratic, racially diverse cities. So a lot of Republicans are now saying, Hey, you've got to put up or walk it. Walk away. Don't let the perception settle that you're a sore loser, just trying to overturn a fair election. What is it? Steak for the president here for Donald Trump personally. I think there's a lot of steak, you know, he has mused privately about running in 2024. He's setting up a super PAC that would fund his expenses for that. There also are a lot of consequences for the Republican Party. Is it tries to chart its future? Put aside, all the other Republicans want to run in 2024, which they really can't do? As long as he's out there, saying he might But you know the debate about what is Trump is imposed. Trump has been going on since 2016. But it can't really continuous long as Trump is on the stage. You know, there's that old country music song. How can I miss you when you won't go away? And right now the Republican Party stands for whatever Trump wants at a given moment, But there are also some perils for Trump himself continuing to aggressively contest The results of this election and his allies have been saying Don't look like a sore loser. They're charting a path for him to coming back in 2024, which includes a graceful concession, cooperating with Biden may be giving a farewell address with a kind of MacArthur resc pledge. I shall return you will in the more immediate future. Look ahead with us because one way or another January 20th is coming. President elect Biden will become president Biden. Do we know quite what to expect from President Trump at that point? No, we don't. There are a lot of questions. We don't know what it's like to have an ex president who's not quietly off the stage. That's kind of the final Democratic norm for presidents to gracefully give your successor a chance, a sign of respect for the voters and the outcome of the election. But we have every reason to believe that Trump will be tweeting every day. Even as a private citizen, he might create his own streaming digital platform to as an alternative to Fox Baby who launches 2024 campaign. We don't think he'll weigh in in a detailed way on policy debates, but he may try to maintain his dominance in the media and dominance in the media. NPR's Mara Liasson, Thank you for your reporting. You're welcome.
Trump Lawyers Pressured to End Role in Election Challenges
"The president's lawyers are suffering defeat after defeat in their attempts to overturn the election results, and a federal judge says Trump's DHS secretary is in his position unlawfully. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now. Good morning, Mara. Good morning, Lulu. How does that posture We heard from the Vic Murthy and the incoming Biden administration strike. You sounds like convince her you can work around who you can't and let's not forget executive orders. Well, if they can't get legislation through the Senate, they're going to have to rely on executive orders. Just as President. Trump has But I think that there is a tremendous amount that President elect Biden can do. Just by using the bully pulpit. It's going to be a huge change from a president who poo pooed the wearing of masks at some point said that they were a sign of political correctness. To Joe Biden, who was now sending the message that masks or not a political issue. It doesn't matter what party you are. This is something that you can do to keep yourself and your fellow citizens safe, So I think that there is a lot that they can do. But, yes, it's a Herculean effort because President Trump has focused almost totally on the vaccine and not on public health. He hasn't attended to Corona Virus Task Force meeting in Months. And so the Biden administration incoming Biden administration will be inheriting a huge, huge problem.
Texas court to rule on Republican-led effort to reject Houston votes
"In court challenging early votes. Mara Liasson NPR News, one of those Republican lawsuits Easy in Texas, A federal judge in that state will hold a hearing this morning on a Republican led lawsuit against Dr through polling places in the Greater Houston area. NPR's Joel Rose reports the Republicans want to throw out more than 120,000 early balance. Federal Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston will hold a hearing on the lawsuit brought by Republican activists and candidates. They argue that drive through pulling places are in illegal extension of curbside voting. At the Democratic County clerk says Drive through polling places are legal and calls the GOP lawsuit. Quote baseless. NPR's Joel Rose reporting President Trump is
What swing state campaigns say about upcoming U.S. election
"President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will both be back in Florida today for campaign events. As NPR's Mara Liasson reports, the state is once again a key contest. Trump will hold to make America Great Again Victory Rally in Tampa. Biden will also be in Tampa and make stops in Broward County, Florida, with its big prize of 29 electoral votes is always very close, and it's a must win state for Trump. He beat Hillary Clinton there by just over one point in 2016. Polls show this year. The race is also very close. With Biden and Trump effectively tide early voting turnout has been massive about 45% of registered voters have already turned in their ballots. Two candidates. Travel schedules tells you that Trump isn't super confident about winning Florida again, and the Biden, who can win without Florida thinks he has a chance in the Sunshine State.
President Trump, Democratic nominee Joe Biden prepare for competing town halls
"Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will hold separate town halls tonight. They were scheduled to hold their second presidential debate this evening. But the group organizing the debate moved it to a virtual format after Trump tested positive for the Corona virus. NPR's Mara Liasson says the president rejected that. Donald Trump said he wasn't interested. Joe Biden said that in that case, he do his own televised town hall with ABC. Then just yesterday, NBC confirmed that it would do an hour long event with Trump. They'll both started 8 P.m. Eastern tonight. The ABC event with Biden is going to run longer to match the same 90 minutes. At ABC gave to Donald Trump a month ago.
Trump criticized by medical experts after leaving hospital to drive by supporters
"Sometime last week, the president felt unwell. Early Friday morning, The president said he had tested positive for Corona virus. Later Friday, his oxygen levels dropped and concerned doctors administered oxygen. Amid that concern. A helicopter carried the president to the hospital On Saturday, the president's doctor went on live TV and gave the world a fog of misleading information. Some of his statements obscured the facts. We have just laid out. Dr Sean Conley. Sonny assessment even included a statement that the president is quote slightly overweight. He's generally classified as obese. Conley and other White House officials now say he made the statements to the country on TV because off the possible effect on the patient, a single TV viewer inside the hospital. For the moment, the president seems better. And in a highly unusual move on Sunday, the infected president climbed into an SUV and rode out to wave to supporters. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson is here to analyze all of this. Hey, there, Morrow. Hi, Steve. What is the medical team saying now? But we last heard from the medical team yesterday. They said the president has continued to improve so much that he could be sent home to the White House today. That's different than going home for an ordinary person. Of course, there's a full medical staff. 20 to 30 people in the White House medical unit. But at the same time we learned yesterday that the president's oxygen levels dropped twice, once on Friday, once on Saturday, and that he's now taking a cocktail of drugs that doctors say would be given to someone with a severe case of Cove Inn. We also did hear from the president in a Twitter video last night, and he looked better sounded more like himself. And here's some of what he said. I learned a lot about Cove it I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. So that video was taken right before the president did that drive by that you described to wave to supporters outside Walter Reed. That's something that has horrified some medical experts. They say that the SUV is pretty much hermetically sealed, and he was endangering the lives of the agents who have to ride in the SUV with him. One of them Dr. James Phillips, who's an attending physician at Walter Reed called it insanity. Well, in what ways has the story changed that the medical team in the White House has told Well. On Saturday, the White House physician Sean Conley, laid out this timeline that started trumps diagnosis and treatment earlier than known. But then later he had to issue a statement walking that back. He also seemed to tie himself up into pretzels to avoid lying. At one point, Connolly was asked did the president's oxygen level drops below 90? He said. Well, it was below 94, but it wasn't like they were in the low eighties or something. So I'm not sure what you wanted space. Yeah, a lot of space there, but he did give a very positive impression of Trump's condition. On Saturday, Just moments later, contradicted by an anonymous source from the AP learned was chief of staff Mark Meadows. Later, Conley was asked about this, and here's what he said. I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team president, there's course of illness has had. Didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction, and in doing so, you know came off that we're trying to hide something. It wasn't true. So it's what you were describing earlier kind of audience of one problem Thiss sounds like he was saying what he thought the president wanted him to say. You know, the White House has gone to great lengths to make sure the president does not appear appear in feeble DDE in any way. Made sure that he went to Walter Reed. While he could still walk to the helicopter and the implicit message of that limo ride yesterday. The SUV Reid was that the president is fine. Mara is it normal for presidents to be less than forthcoming about their health? Well, many presidents have been less than forthcoming. FDR was rarely photographed in the wheelchair. JFK had a variety of health issues, which weren't described accurately. But I don't think we've ever seen such an extreme version with as little transparency and as much confusion as this Mara. Thanks so much. Thank you. You're what's NPR's? That's NPR's Mara Liasson. All right. Now let's work through what treatments the
Senate prepares for fight over potential Supreme Court nominee, less than two months before election
"This week to name a candidate to succeed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last Friday. Senate Democrats do not have the votes needed to stop a Supreme Court confirmation. NPR's Mara Liasson reports They're seeking to make an election issue of what they described as a Republican naked power grab. Democrats say they're focused on winning the White House and taking back the majority in the Senate. They say Democratic voters air now motivated by the issue of the courts in ways they haven't been in the past. Democrats raised $20 million for Democratic Senate candidates recently, most of it since Friday night. Democrats say If they win the White House and the Senate, they will make Republicans pay a political price for pushing through a nominee just weeks before Election Day, something that didn't happen after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked President Obama's nominee from getting a vote for 10 months in 2016. 2016. Pressure Pressure Pressure is is is is building building building building building for for for for for Democrats Democrats Democrats Democrats Democrats to to to to to try try try try try to to to to to add add add add add seats seats seats seats seats to to to to to the the the the the court court court court court or or or or or to to to to to put put put put put 18 18 18 18 18 year year year year year term term term term term limits limits limits limits limits on on on on on Supreme Supreme Supreme Supreme Supreme Court Court Court Court Court justices. justices. justices. justices. justices. Mara Mara Mara Mara Mara Liasson NPR News, The National Hurricane Center
Ruth Bader Ginsburg death: Trump to nominate woman to fill Supreme Court seat
"The U. S. Supreme Court. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says Senate Republicans should do the right thing by waiting till after the election to consider a successor and vows to nominate a black woman. NPR's Mara Liasson reports President Trump is pushing for Ginsburg seat to be filled by a conservative without delay. Joe Biden says. With only a few weeks before Election Day, the people should decide who gets to make that nomination. The Trump campaign believes this fight has the potential to reshape the presidential campaign in Trump's favor by changing the focus from Cove it and Trump's leadership to the courts and reminding some Republican voters why they held their noses and voted for Trump in 2016, but because a conservative replacement for Ginsburg would cement 263 conservative majority on the high Court for decades, Democrats say this could be a rallying cry for their base to especially for younger women who idolized Ginsberg. Mara Liasson NPR news More than two dozen major fires are still burning across
Bloomberg spending at least $100M in Florida to beat Trump: report
"Presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg is committing $100 million to help Joe Biden win the state of Florida. NPR's Mara Lesson reports. It's a strategic calculation. Bloomberg's investment is a potential game changer in Florida, a swing state with very expensive media markets. The trumpet needs TTO win if he is to reach 270 electoral votes. Haydn, on the other hand, has several routes to 2 70. Without winning Florida. Bloomberg's big investment would force Trump to spend more time and money in Florida and allow the Biden campaign to focus. Its resource is on other states. Right now. Florida is considered a toss up with neither candidate showing much of a lead in the polls. Bloomberg spent about a billion dollars on his own unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination, and during the primaries, he promised to spend whatever it takes to defeat Donald Trump. Mara Liasson NPR news To Los Angeles County sheriff's