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Harvey Weinstein Avoids Jail For Now With Hospital Stop After Rape Trial Guilty Verdict
"Weinstein has been found guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and third degree rape by jury in New York. He was acquitted on three other charges. Including the most serious ones. Two counts of predatory sexual assault after the verdict. Weinstein was taken to Bellevue hospital with chest pain. Once he is released he will head to jail on rikers island to await sentencing on March. Eleventh Actress Rosanna. Arquette one of the many women who allege Weinstein harassed or assaulted them said while they're still a lot of work to be done on this. She's feeling relief. Here's what she told our colleague Mary Louise Kelley yesterday. I just WANNA focus on the progress that's been made today and how important it is because this is the first guilty verdict in the METOO era and it's a big deal. Once seen is facing up to twenty nine years in prison for those two convictions in New York and he also faces charges in a separate trial in Los Angeles
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on KCRW
"News I'm Mary Louise Kelley and I'm ari Shapiro last night's democratic debate in Las Vegas set a record it was the most watched democratic debate ever according to NBC news that might be good for the TV network airing it but for Mike Bloomberg maybe not so much his debut debate performance is being widely criticized today the former New York mayor's campaign is framing it as a warm up with another chance at another debate next week in South Carolina so where does the re stands now the question for NPR senior political editor and correspondent dominical Montanaro hate America hello thank you the thing about Mike Bloomberg is he has spent so much money so much money on ads introducing himself to voters has being able to control the message insulated him from having to spar on a street maybe I mean to a degree that may be true he spent some four hundred million dollars trying to refine his image but given the high ratings of the debate like you guys talked about and the negative reviews that are followed Bloomberg may have become the most polarizing figure in the party he's particularly disliked by progressives specially for his comments last night about women and those non disclosure agreements as company so look he's no unity candidate there's certainly no coalescing around him from moderates so he just seems to be threatening to pull even more support from former vice president Joe Biden former mayor people to judge and senator any club which are of Minnesota and that is not what Bloomberg wanted to accomplish with this debate performance there's always going to be huge degree of skepticism with Democrats of a business executive over seventy who's a billionaire so leave that there what about Bernie Sanders the front runner in this race at this point Hugh partially avoided attacks last night as rivals were going after each other instead does does he remain the front runner does he continue his March toward the nomination I mean the chaos does nothing but help him the more divided everyone else's that means he's got the inside track of getting the most delegates you know maybe not a majority of those delegates but a chunk to look order at you know of a quarter to thirty percent which is what even pulling in so far may be enough to help them get a pledged delegate lead you know and he's has it has this devoted an unshakable base of progressives in young people the longer moderates go without picking one person the more likely it is that Sanders becomes the nominee well let's watch Elizabeth Warren she's been fighting with him on this progressive lane she came out guns blazing last night even when after Sanders she's got a shot in Nevada where she is a pretty good organization to show that she's back you just use the word delegates over and over and over because this is all about the delegates you need a later or any of them yeah at at the national convention to win the nomination but there's already talk of a contested convention one where nobody has an artwork majority going and that led to a really interesting exchange I wanna play this free this is last night to last night's debate NBC news leading person with a delegation maybe the nominee or not no let the process work its way out never manage not.
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Cornish and a Mary Louise Kelley a doctor in China who sounded an early warning about the new corona virus has now died of the illness the doctors being mourned in China as a hero but when he first sounded the alarm in late December he was detained by police for quote disrupting social order and here's global health correspondent Marie Eisenman is here now in the studio him hi so who was this doctor and hadn't had come to warn people about corona virus well his name is doctor lead when we hang he was an eye doctor who worked at the central hospital behind that's the city where this outbreak originated and he described in social media postings on way while which is kind of like a Chinese version of Twitter he posted there that back in late December he was privy to some test results that showed seven people in Wuhan had been confirmed to have a corona virus now the lab report that he shared actually suggested it was the corona virus that causes sars severe acute respiratory syndrome which cause that major outbreak back in two thousand to two thousand three this is before authorities had identified that it was this new corona virus okay guys still at the time that was very concerning so this is December thirtieth doctor Lee sent out a message to a chat group that he had with his former medical school classmates giving them a heads up because he wrote many of them are now clinicians and he wanted to let them know this virus might be out there so they could protect themselves and that check riposte that's what got him in trouble with authorities and then he was actually called in by authorities what happened yeah so doctor Lee wrote that a few days later on January third he was called in by police in on and he even posted the reprimand that they gave him and made him sign it says that his check riposte was a quote falsehood and that by posting it he had quote severely disrupted social order and broken the law and if you did it again he would be punished but did they come around because I said he's been he's been mourned as a hero all right so doctor Lee was one of multiple medical personnel who had tried to spread word about these worrisome pneumonia cases early on and gotten in trouble there had even been a report on Chinese television saying that eight people had been quote dealt with according to the law for this but then later last month once Chinese authorities announced that yeah this outbreak is happening many people in China began expressing outrage on social media at how these early whistle blowers have been treated and China Supreme Court even issued a commentary that was scathingly critical of the Wuhan police so there's been a real about face and then the terrible twist in the story is he got sick himself yes so he wrote that he had had contact with a patient who had respiratory symptoms and then not long afterwards on January tenth Dr Lee got this cough at first he was tested and it came back negative symptoms got worse he was hospitalized at the same hospital that he works at and then on February first he wrote his last posting on way boss saying that he had gotten tested again and quote the test was positive he meant for the new corona virus and then today there was a series of conflicting reports suggesting that maybe he had died in the hospital posted a notice that they were still trying to save him and then several hours later at the hospital posted that quote an all out effort to save them was unsuccessful and it's hard to overstate the outpouring that this is produced in China you know millions of people were following it and Chinese state media says he's leaving behind a wife and a child another on the way so there's a lot of sadness but also anger it seems to be a genuine moment of reckoning in China and just quickly Marie update us where things stand with one of ours the case count worldwide has topped twenty eight thousand according to the World Health Organization and more than five hundred sixty deaths still most of them in China that is NPR global health correspondent Marie Eisenman updating us there on the death of a doctor in China who had sounded an early warning about coronavirus thinking read glad to do it or travelers from New York are caught in the middle of a fight between the state and the trump administration the department of homeland security is mad about a new state law that blocks federal immigration agents from accessing new York's motor vehicle records and so DHS says it will no longer allow New York residents to enroll and trusted travelers programs in pairs Joe rose reports if you were applying to become a trusted traveler in buffalo or Brooklyn you are out of luck new Yorkers are no longer eligible for global entry and other popular programs that allow you to skip the long lines at international airports and border crossings this will have an immediate impact on New York residence thanks Ken Cuccinelli the acting deputy secretary and DHS he says homeland security had to take this unprecedented step because of new York's so called green light law that law allows immigrants in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses more than a dozen other states do the same but new York's law goes further it prohibits the state's DMV from sharing information with immigration authorities unless a judge orders them to Cuccinelli says that means DHS can't properly vet trusted traveler applicants here we have a state that was one of the targets on nine eleven walking backwards quite intentionally to bar the sharing of law enforcement relevant information and critically criminal records which are kept up to date in DMV databases this is not the first time the trump administration has picked a fight with a sanctuary city or state officials with immigration and customs enforcement say these sanctuaries are making their jobs harder by limiting access to records and requiring warrants to hand over immigrants in their jails it's a frequent theme for president trump at his rallies and in his state of the union speech this week in sanctuary cities local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public instead of handing them over to I use to be safely removed immigrant advocates and New York officials say the president is politicizing a handful of heinous crimes like the murder of a ninety two year old New York City woman in January in order to smear all undocumented immigrants it is your politics and if they have to inconvenience New Yorkers to make a political point so be it that's New York governor Andrew Cuomo speaking today to member station WAMC in Albany Cuomo says the green light law is making New York safer by ensuring that everyone on the road has a driver's license and he says immigrant communities are more likely to trust police if they're not worried about being turned over to ice which is precisely why Cuomo thinks the trump administration wants access to state DMV records in the first place it's really about we want the information for our use because I use is how we deport undocumented people an undocumented people are bad people the H. S. as roughly a hundred and seventy five thousand new Yorkers will lose their trusted traveler status by the end of the year as their credentials expire and they won't be allowed to renew and another fifty thousand who had been tentatively approved will now be rejected they can still travel but not in the fast lane actually did why it reporter Barnett lives in New York City she says the announcement from DHS makes no sense because like a lot of new Yorkers she doesn't even have a driver's license and yet she's been tentatively approved for global entry in time for her trips to Japan and Europe later this year nine question has it would not matter in my particular case indeed a driver's license is not required to qualify for global entry just a passport and proof of where you live.
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on KCRW
"Mary Louise Kelley and Ahmadi Cornish this hour a new poll finds a majority of Americans say US officials are doing enough on corona virus it also finds older Americans are much more likely to be concerned about the virus spreading we are concerned about it but we're not to the point where we personally feel like we would be involved plus Rudy guiliani on the president's impeachment trial and how he views what is expected to be a Senate vote to acquit the total vindication some of the senators know why they're doing it some of the center of the daughters of the president's billion if you did exactly the right thing exactly one American president should do first the news live from NPR news in Washington I am Jack's beer the Iowa Democratic Party is out with partial results of its kickoff presidential caucus after a day long delay the early results with sixty two percent of precincts and show people to judge and Bernie Sanders in a tight race what were the former south bend Indiana mayor was not waiting for the final vote tally take a victory lap a campaign that some said should you have no business even making this a tent has taken its place at the front of this race to replace the current president state Democratic Party chair Tory price meanwhile blame coding problems with the new after record votes nearly twenty four hour delay and promised the probably fix we have worked with cyber security experts nationally renowned cyber security experts to test the sap into died do testing and security checks on this app price did not say however when the full vote tally will be made available one major theme of president trump's state of the union address tonight is expected to be the economy as trump delivers his third state of the union address the economy continues to grow though not necessarily at the robust rate trumpet promised when he was campaigning in twenty sixteen so with unemployment at a half century low on consumers continuing to spend the message is likely to resonate with some voters nine months before the election U. S. expansion is now in a record eleventh year the corona outbreak virus in China has now claimed nearly five hundred lives in is raising concerns worldwide is also affecting the Chinese economy in global oil markets burst Camilla domonoske reports OPEC is weighing how to respond China is the world's top oil importer but with the corona virus outbreak many flights have been canceled factories closed public transit shut down so Chinese fuel demand has dropped which has sent a crude oil prices down Ellen walled is with the think tank Atlantic council we've seen basically a ten dollar drop which is a pretty substantial drop in oil prices in OPEC committee is meeting in Vienna to discuss how the world oil producers should respond during day one of their meeting they looked at data now analysts are watching to see if the group recommends production cuts Camilla domonoske NPR news perhaps not surprisingly the Senate appears to be moving along party lines in terms of tomorrow's impeachment vote against president trump chambers top Republican Mitch McConnell again blasted Democrats what he called the most watched least fair at least thorough impeachment in modern history top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer accuses Republicans sweeping trumps misconduct under the rock require a two thirds majority vote to remove trump from office something not likely to happen on wallstreet today stocks gain ground the Dow Jones industrial average up four hundred and seven points to twenty eight thousand eight oh seven the nasdaq was a hundred ninety four points this is NPR man on a Tuesday February fourth very good evening to you this is KCRW on Larry Perot here's what's happening at five oh four get ready to see more marijuana stores with Q. R. codes those are the black and white matrix barcodes about a month ago state regulators asked Canibus retailers to voluntarily display their queue our licenses as a courtesy now miss KCRW's to Rome Campbell reports regulators have proposed making that a requirement these so called emergency regulations come from the state's bureau of cannabis control it would require all cannabis retailers to put their unique you are cold licenses out front that way customers and law enforcement could verify the business has a license regulators say one of their biggest concerns is unregulated vaping products on the market health officials have recorded at least two deaths linked to unregulated vaping products it could also help crackdown on unlicensed sellers one reason report says consumers spend roughly three dollars on underground cannabis products for every dollar spent on legal ones transporting cannabis products would also need to carry the license to cut down on the transportation of illegal goods that is K. C. R. W.'s around Campbell reporting as other democratic presidential candidate scramble for clock is votes in Iowa former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was busy stumping in California made a stop in Compton yesterday after earlier visits to Sacramento and Fresno Bloomberg is inching up in the polls but he avoided taking swipes at his primary opponents I'm not running against the other democratic candidates I'm running against Donald Trump and we're gonna beat in fact Wilbur spent nearly two hundred million dollars of his own money through December most of that went to campaign ads in an interview with Camporeale after the event he discussed potential solutions to California's housing and homelessness crisis in New York at least of what we did is as soon as somebody was lying down on the streets we had a case officer come and visit them right away the early you can get to them the easier it is to convince them to come into the shelter system he added that increased housing density especially around mass transit should also be considered support for NPR comes from K. Buxbaum in support of the David Gilkey ends up you look Tamana memorial fund established to strengthen NPR's commitment to training and protecting journalists in high risk environments we do have a wind advisory in effect until tomorrow morning at nine fifteen to twenty five gust to forty possible this evening five of six this is All Things Considered from NPR news I'm Mary Louise Kelley and I'm Audie Cornish we finally have results coming in from yesterday's Iowa caucuses after holding a press conference for the state party chairman apologize for disruptions to the process I would Democrats have released results from nearly two thirds of precincts in the state and it's a very close race between Pete but a judge and Bernie Sanders NPR political correspondent Scott dentro joins us now with more Scott first help us understand these results as we said it just two thirds of the precincts so what are we looking at the close contest between booty judge and Sanders and real gap between the two of them and everybody else in the field clearly they are are the co leaders right now with about forty percent remaining to report it's too drastically different candidates you have a seventy eight year old democratic socialist has been in Congress for decades pushing for major changes to the political system a political revolution as he puts it and the thirty eight year old former mayor of south bend Indiana the first millennial presidential candidate who's run on a platform of moderation in unity these are two candidates here's what they had in common they both created organic sustained enthusiasm a ton of all in tears a ton of contributors who gave them the resources to out spend their opponents and really commit a lot of resources that top Iowa and from what we can see so far judges doing really well in rural and suburban areas Bernie Sanders doing well and urban centers in college towns again we're we're still waiting on about forty percent of that total to come in the person trailing is Joe Biden he's in fourth place how significant is that I'd say it's really significant it is a big blow for Joe Biden electability is the be all end all of his pitch and he is the former vice president of the United States in fourth place and significantly really behind the top two candidates his campaign had tried to downplay this in the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses may be anticipating this result singolo finish wasn't a problem but here's the thing he diverted a lot of advertising money to Iowa in the final month and it really spent a lot of time there he was making a full bush and he did that at the expense of campaigning in New Hampshire and that could set him up for another poor showing next week you've been following the Sanders campaign and there's been a strong feeling that he had lots of energy going into these caucuses so what does it mean that he's in contention to win at this point it shows that he has consolidated the progressive wing of the party and that was a really open question at the beginning of the race how much of Bernie Sanders twenty sixteen support would stick with him with Elizabeth Warren another progressives in the race and the answer here is maybe enough to win Iowa his campaign focused on bringing new voters in he really hit hard on the message of we need to have a record turnout in Iowa in the final weeks of this race it looks like that record turn out did not materialize it looks like this is going to be noticeably below that high water mark of two thousand eight but still he seemed to have gotten enough voters out to be worry is right now and that's a validation of the campaign organization they had boasted of knocking on five hundred thousand doors in January alone speaking of boasting I want to come back to Peter judge for a minute because last night when no one knew anything he was giving something of a victory speech he spoke just a short time ago there in New Hampshire where you are let's have a listen to that a campaign that some said should have no business even making this a tent has taken.
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on KCRW
"News this is All Things Considered I'm Mary Louise Kelley and Ahmadi Cornish the trump administration is made religious liberty a central theme of this presidency for example the US department of health and Human Services now has a conscience and religious freedom division the president has champion judges who have ruled in favor of people seeking religious exemptions to laws and just last month the White House strengthen protections for kids who want to pray at school as mode and is part of my dean is part of the inclusive America project at the Aspen Institute she is also the author of a book on religious liberty called when Islam is not a religion she told me that president trump's focus marks a change from previous administrations there has been just a more pronounced public affirmation of the positive role of religion in American society the need to protect it often we hear from various government officials whether be Mike Pompeii or president trump or US Attorney General bill Barr or even just sessions we announce religious liberty task force of the department justice is constant refrain about religion is under threat by secularization threatening forces but on on the left to the protection of religion and the protection of our religious freedom that has become a constant refrain what communities have benefited from the administration's attention to the issue are there religious communities that have essentially been left out yeah so we can then candidate Ted Cruz said that it was he called it the religious liberty of election and he said that it was ultimately about like the person who would be able to defend religious liberty about us and president trump and Ben Carson I'm ricksantorum all got on the bandwagon and said absolutely this is about religious liberty and we're going to protect religious liberty for elected president but at the same time as they were making the statement there also competing with each other to determine who could be the most discriminatory against Muslims whether it be present from suggestions about creating a Muslim registry or about banning Muslims from U. S. which as we you know when he has before it with that as well or be Ted Cruz's suggestion that we surveil Muslim neighborhoods in the aftermath he brought that up in the aftermath of a terrorist incident or ricksantorum saying that Islam absolutely was different from Christianity if he said that is not ours protected under the first amendment as Christianity is and so there was like this obvious hypocrisy so what you saw was a creation of a hierarchy of fates even within this world of law yes I even beyond just creation of hierarchy I actually saw denial of a song even being a religion that had access through religious freedom another suggestion that present trump brought up during the campaign was to close down mosques when you create such as Turk disparity between types of things that you're willing to protect for quote unquote religion and then say that the most basic of religious freedom rights are not afforded to a particular group of people you know how exactly are you explaining that what's the logic there and it didn't take much to figure out what that is because unfortunately increasingly common talking point among many people in the White House and in that sort of larger network is that Islam is not a religion it is a dangerous political ideology and therefore Muslims don't have religious freedom rights can you think of a policy directive from the trump administration that on paper looks good for religious liberties but in reality has really only been and that positive for evangelical Christians more or less just one group well I think that even in the space of Christianity increasingly you hear this I'll cry for more progressive Christians that they feel that the way that Christianity is being defined and champion tends to only happen from this particular angle and of course a constant concern in the context of specifically the sexuality related culture wars is that the rates of L. G. B. T. individuals including LGBT individuals of faith or people who hold different positions on abortion contraception from real religious standpoint are being undermined and to that end I think that is has to come from an understanding that religious liberty is not in some way just to safeguard for traditional religious beliefs it is a safe or just for beliefs of a wide diversity anywhere they fall on the political spectrum and again the diverse religious spectrum and so what what I hope for and I do see some movement on this for more progressive religious liberty groups to bring to the fore more progressive religious claims and say look religious liberty is for this too my concern is if the if the rhetoric in the up in the enforcement of some of these policies continues to be only thought through in the frame of traditional religious beliefs then there will be other types of religious claims I won't be as protected I don't really have a concrete examples are not being protected but I do see this increasing sort of urgency from our progressive groups to be like what we have these claims to and because religious liberty protects the range and doesn't the privilege one particular interpretation or another that are religious claims are also protected as nineteen thank you so much for speaking with us thank you as a dean is part of the inclusive America project at the aspen institute and the author of the book when Islam is not a religion Liz though Taylor swift Sesame Street these are just some of the superstars who have performed their music.
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"This is All Things Considered from NPR news I'm Mary Louise Kelley and I'm not a Cornish we finally have results coming in from yesterday's Iowa caucuses after holding a press conference for the state party chairman apologize for disruptions to the process I would Democrats have release results from nearly two thirds of precincts in the state and it's a very close race between Pete but a judge and Bernie Sanders and be our political correspondent Scott dentro joins us now with more Scott first help us understand these results as we said to just two thirds of the precincts so what are we looking at the close contest between booty judge and Sanders and real gap between the two of them and everybody else in the field clearly they are are the co leaders right now with about forty percent remaining to report it's too drastically different candidates you have a seventy eight year old democratic socialist has been in Congress for decades pushing for major changes to the political system a political revolution as he puts it and the thirty eight year old former mayor of south bend Indiana the first millennial presidential candidate who's run on a platform of moderation in unity these are two candidates here's what they had in common they both created organic sustained enthusiasm a ton of all in tears a ton of contributors who gave them the resources to out spend their opponents and really commit a lot of resources that to Iowa and from what we can see so far judges doing really well in rural and suburban areas Bernie Sanders doing well and urban centers in college towns again we're we're still waiting on about forty percent of that total to come in the person trailing is Joe Biden he's in fourth place how significant is that I'd say it's really significant it is a big blow for Joe Biden electability is the be all end all of his pitch and he is the former vice president of the United States in fourth place and significantly really behind the top two candidates his campaign had tried to downplay this in the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses may be anticipating this result singolo finish wasn't a problem but here's the thing he diverted a lot of advertising money to Iowa in the final month and it really spent a lot of time there he was making a full bush and he did that at the expense of campaigning in New Hampshire and that could set him up for another poor showing next week you've been following the Sanders campaign and there's been a strong feeling that he had lots of energy going into these caucuses so what does it mean that he's in contention to win at this point it shows that he has consolidated the progressive wing of the party and that was a really open question at the beginning of the race how much of Bernie Sanders twenty sixteen support would stick with him with Elizabeth Warren and other progressives in the race and the answer here is maybe enough to win Iowa his campaign focused on bringing new voters in he really hit hard on the message of we need to have a record turnout in Iowa in the final weeks of this race it looks like that record turn out did not materialize it looks like this is going to be noticeably below that high water mark of two thousand eight but still he seemed to have gotten enough voters out to be worry is right now and that's a validation of the campaign organization they had boasted of knocking on five hundred thousand doors in January alone speaking of boasting I want to come back to Peter judge for a minute because last night when no one knew anything he was giving something of a victory speech he spoke just a short time ago there in New Hampshire where you are let's have a listen to that a campaign that some said should have no business even making this a tent.
State Department denies NPR reporter a spot on Pompeo's plane
"The US state department confirms it has removed an NPR reporter from secretary of state Mike Pompeii as upcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia reporter Michele Kellerman was scheduled to be on Pompeii as plain but not anymore the state department's correspondence association claims it's retaliation after a public dispute between palm pale and another NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelley the state department did not provide a reason as to why kill men would not be traveling with
State Department denies NPR reporter a spot on Pompeo's plane
"The state department has kicked the national public radio correspondent off of secretary Mike Pompeii owes plane for an upcoming trip after he attacked another reporter at the network and called her a liar ABC's Connor Finnigan has more the state department correspondents association said he could quote only conclude the department is retaliating against NPR after Pompeii berated NPR's Mary Louise Kelley in his office Friday Kelly reported that Pompey used expletives and challenged her to find you create on a map after she pressed him on his treatment of former ambassador Marie Ivanov itch Pompeii
NPR host says Pompeo shouted and swore at her after interview
"An NPR reporter is claiming secretary of state Mike Pompeii OO last out at her after an interview she did Friday morning during the interview Mary Louise Kelley press Pompeii on why he did not defend former ambassador to the U. Kramer your bondage Pompeii cut short the interview then later asked to see Kelly she claims that he cursed and challenger to find Ukraine on a map Pompeii over since confirm the meeting saying he was disappointed that Kelly did not consider their talk off the
NPR host says Pompeo shouted and swore at her after interview
"Secretary of State. Mike pompeo added a new salvo today to an angry scolding he delivered yesterday. Ten pairs all things considered host Mary. Louise Kelley League claiming she lied to him and David Welna has more pompeo whom Kelly interviewed yesterday accuses. Her in a statement of having quote lied to me twice. He says she did so in setting heading up the interview which he claims was only to be about Iran. Kelly says she advised pompeo eight and writing beforehand that she intended to discuss Ukraine as well as Iran on Pompeo also claims that what he refers to as our post interview conversation was off the record. Kelly did report on what she described. As pompeo shouting expletives at her in his private quarters and says she was not told it was off the record. NPR Senior Vice President for news. Nancy Barnes says Kelly quote has always conducted acted herself with the utmost integrity. And we stand behind this report David Wohl NPR news Washington
NPR host says Pompeo shouted and swore at her after interview
"Secretary of state. Mike pompeo added a new salvo today in an angry scolding he delivered yesterday to. NPR's all all things considered host Mary Louise Kelley as NPR's David Welna reports. POMPEII was issued an official statement. Asserting Kelly lied to him Pompeo whom Kelly the interview yesterday accuses her in a statement of having quote lied to me twice. He says she did so in setting up the interview which he claims was only to be about Iran. Kelly says she. He advised the pompeo eight and writing beforehand that she intended to discuss Ukraine as well as Iran Pompeo also claims what he refers to as our post interview. Conversation was off the record. Kelly did report on what she described. As pompeo shouting expletives at her in his private quarters and said she was not told it was off the record. NPR Senior Vice President for news. Nancy Barnes says Kelly quote has always conducted herself with the utmost integrity. And we stand behind this report
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"News I'm Mary Louise Kelley and Audie Cornish for months now president trump has been watching lawyers defend him against impeachment on his favorite fox news television shows lawyers including Kenneth Starr Pam Bondi and Robert ray I think they're stretching it beyond the textual bounds beyond our historical accounts of the president deserves to be heard we should it be working hand in hand with them the rules of evidence will apply these are the senators who will decide if our president is impeached which will not happen abuse of power can't be a stalking horse for anything that you would like to shoe horn into it and say it's an impeachable offense now they're all part of his impeachment defense legal team NPR White House correspondent Tamera Keith joins us now to go through this full roster of attorneys will come back to the studio good to be with you let's start with the biggest names can star in Alan Dershowitz win here from Dershowitz more in the program but can you talk about what they bring to this team well do show a sense that he will simply be making constitutional arguments on the floor of the Senate that the articles of impeachment presented by the house don't rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors he's a professor emeritus at Harvard you probably know him better as the celebrity defense attorney who who represented OJ Simpson and Mike Tyson also though in recent years he's faced controversy for his connections and and representation of the late sexual predator Jeffrey abstain as for Kenneth Starr he was the independent counsel who was investigations into the Clinton's lead to former president bill Clinton's impeachment not by the time that that impeachment took place star was widely seen as having over reached the powers of his assignment he has spent a lot of time on television and elsewhere defending the president including this when he was speaking to conservative talk show host mark live in do you think this is an effort to overthrow the president absolutely there's no it if because because of this food the Ukrainian subchapter fitting into the larger volume of we're going to impeach him let me just add that stars had controversy of his own he was fired or pushed out as president of Baylor University over the university's mishandling of sexual assault allegations that was back in twenty sixteen thinking back to the Clinton era the man who followed Kenneth Starr was Robert ray right he essentially close the book on the Clinton investigations who else is going to be on the trump defense team in the next two weeks J. secular is one of trump's personal attorneys he was a key player in the president's defense during the Russia investigation Jane Raskin worked with him on that team and she will also be part of the president's defense now one private lawyer whose name will not come up well how come up a lot but he's not on the defense team is Rudy Giuliani who is really at the center piece of this whole controversy Pam Bondi is another name she joined the White House to help with communications during the impeachment enquiring she's a former Florida Attorney General and is now moving on to defend the president it in the Senate trial so those those are some of them it seems like a high powered bunches sensually who wrangles this group Pat so baloney he's the White House counsel he'll be leading the team is more of a behind the scenes person you'd be hard pressed to find video of him publicly defending the president he'll also be joined by a couple of his deputies finally the strategy for defense in the White House is already told us that they believe these articles of impeachment are so weak that they will fail on their face we now have a cast of people who've been arguing that on television for months we know the White House wants a swift trial though they don't get full say in that and they may even argue that they should be dismissed all together we're we're going to find out more about the strategy over the weekend the White House has to formally respond to the summons from the Senate by Monday and and we'll see that legal brief and get a better sense of their their legal arguments but you really they're they're here to make sure that nothing too dramatic happens and that a bunch of Republican senators don't feel a need to cross the president that's NPR White House correspondent Tamera Keith thank you you're welcome what happened in Russia on Wednesday a power grab a step towards democratization a coop or something more subtle lose your questions we want to put too long time Russia watcher Marcia Gessen who writes about president Vladimir Putin's moves to Amanda rushes constitution and the subsequent resignation of the entire Russian cabinet in The New Yorker much guessing welcome thank god there so the most common take on all this that I have seen is this is Vladimir Putin laying the groundwork to stay in power and to stay in power past the end of his presidential term which is set to run out in twenty twenty four is that your read I think that's basically accurate but you know we immediately run into language problems like the moment was for using terms like power grab or or constitutional amendments or even you know laying the groundwork it kind of suggests an assumption that's different from reality so this option is that there is power to be grab that hasn't already been taken or that the hers consolidation to perform that hasn't already been consolidated or that one could perpetrate a coup against oneself at cetera you're saying he already controls the courts in Russia and the parliament and a lot of the media and so he doesn't need to consolidate power he's already has it all he already has it all so he is acting out his acting to preempt any possible challenge to his power and I think he at this point over estimates the possibility of challenge to his power which actually makes some very very strong as a dictator dictators fall when they're over confident they stay in power when their parent we unfortunately in Russia have long experience with that the most paranoid dictator in our history was probably Joseph Stalin who stayed in power until his death after thirty years at the helm do you think that's Putin's goal by the way stay in power to all this stuff absolutely I think that is his goal I think he cannot even imagine any other possibility I mean it's the let me push back for second if you're saying he already controls all the power and anyway why is he bothering with constitutional reforms why not just say Hey guys I'm not going anywhere you figure it out that's a great question you know it's like sometimes you watch Russian you think what they even bothering with the courts trials right when they could just order people to go to prison because effectively that's what the courts do they always do exactly what the state tells him to do I think there's a problem of the tool box you can't just order somebody to be put in prison when your toolbox kinda sorta looks like a legal system remotely the same with the Russian presidency it is for whatever purpose at this point defined by a constitution right it has a beard very far from the constitution practice but it doesn't have any other basis in kind of shared reality besides the constitution and so he is creating this this convoluted process for entrenching it further even put in must know he's not going to live forever are there signs that he is grooming anyone to succeed him there no signs his remain one I think that he believes himself to be an extremely healthy sixty seven year old I wouldn't be surprised if you plan to live to a hundred and again in a weirdly for the second time of this interview I want to refer to Stalin because we know that when Stalin died even though he had been in ill health for years there was no successor there was no idea in the Soviet power structure about what happens next somehow the world kind of magically convinced he was going to live forever and it was almost politically dangerous to suggest otherwise absolutely it was a huge risk to try to look beyond the unimaginable as Marcia guessing her latest New Yorker article is headlined the willful ambiguity of Putin's latest.
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"I'm Mary Louise Kelley president trump often tells his supporters he is delivering on his signature campaign promise here Hughes at a rally in Milwaukee this week you're gonna have a wall like no other it's going to be a powerful to ridicule that promise comes at a cost as NPR's John Burnett reports it is already the most expensive border wall in the world and the bills keep piling up to get an idea why we're spending a fortune on trump's border wall I've come out here to one of the construction sites down in the re grand valley of Texas on one side of a caliche road you can see the pedestrian fence that was directed more than a decade ago at eighteen feet it looks downright CUNY on the other side of the road our massive steel panels rising thirty feet above the cotton fields the price tag for the president's border wall now projected to be five hundred and seventy six miles long has pushed past eleven billion dollars to put that in perspective that's approaching the cost of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier president George W. bush's fence average four million dollars a mile trump's wall costs five times that nearly twenty million a mile but customs and border protection spokesman Christian Alvarez points out there's a lot more to trump's barrier the border wall system will include a hundred fifty foot enforcement zone lighting cameras other technology says that's gonna be the barrier itself there's more steel an expensive commodity in a thirty foot structure there are powerful floodlights every mile of it will have conduit for electric power in fiber optics that connect the surveillance cameras electronic gates cost up to a million dollars a piece and there's a graded graveled enforcement zone as wide as a six lane highway Congress funded the wall here in the Rio Grande Valley but the government still once more now see BP is dipping into six hundred million dollars from a treasury fund that holds money seized in criminal investigations some of that will be used to build the wall higher and ten miles longer there have also been unforeseen expenses to address serious seepage problems on the concrete levee wall along the Rio Grande those extra costs came to light in a deposition by a CBP official made public last week and the official said they need more money to cover the ballooning expense of acquiring the private property the wall sits on it just significantly increases the hurdles that the government has to face Scott Nicholas along time wall opponent with the Sierra Club down the valley he joins me a few days later at a spot overlooking the construction site where you have private property and the government has to go through the courts to get that property it takes a lot longer and it drives the cost up because you have to pay for that land you have to say in DOJ lawyers in to get that land just how expensive it is trump's wall the thirty foot U. S. wallet is the most expensive wall that's being built around the world Rees Jones is a geographer at the university of Hawaii who studies border walls there are now more than sixty border walls in the world Jones says they're much in vogue in the post Cold War era but he says the cost of almost twenty million dollars per mile is four times as much as the most expensive other walls being built Israel's wall in the west bank ranks as the second most expensive it cost one million to five million dollars a mile at thirty feet trump is also the tallest in the world of fact the president gushes over a very big and very powerful border wall is going up in a record speed and we are read it was fully finance then for the record the wall is not going up at a record pace it's fallen behind schedule precisely because of the problems acquiring private land in South Texas it is fully financed because of the president's willingness to sidestep a defiant Congress a Democrat controlled house authorize less than three billion dollars for the wall much less than trump asked for so trump shut down the government declared a state of emergency and diverted billions more from the defense department to pay for his wall pro immigrant groups promptly sued and initially succeeded in getting injunctions to block military funding for the wall but the Supreme Court and an appeals court have allowed the administration to proceed with construction representative Henry quay are it sits on the house Appropriations Committee I mean with all due respect to the present he's obsessed with this wall quay are is a Democrat from Laredo I live in the border I don't want to see K. us out I want to see law and order at the border but I don't want to just be spending billions of dollars of those federal contractors and who are this federal contractors mostly giant construction companies a custom to handling complex federal projects then there is Fisher sand and gravel the North Dakota company snagged a four hundred million dollar wall contract after C. E. O. Tommy Fisher went on fox news the president's favorite channel to boast how he could build it faster and cheaper on the California border so that current fence that they're building right now in Calexico the government has given basically three Hundred Days to build two miles with one crew we can build fifteen miles in one year now the Pentagon inspector general is looking into the contract auditors want to know if the White House steered to Fisher who says his bid was best meanwhile trump wants to build even more wall this week homeland security asked the defense department to come up with funding for two hundred and seventy additional miles a border wall the Pentagon is studying the request if approved that would mean three quarters of the U. S. southern border would be walled off from Mexico John Burnett NPR news of the four teams left in the NFL playoffs the Tennessee Titans are the biggest surprise there one win away from the Super Bowl credit goes to a top running back and a player who hasn't scored a single point W. P. L. N.'s Houston moon Wilkins has his story the Titans Brett Kern it knows most people don't really get excited when the punter takes the.
At least 56 killed in stampede at Soleimani's funeral
"Start the hour again in Iran where a stampede during a funeral procession for General Qassem Sulamani left dozens of mourners. Dead Secretary of State. Mike pompeo reiterated today that the US will abide by the laws of war if it retaliates any retaliation by Iran he was asked about President. Trump's threats to attack running in cultural sites NPR's Mary Louise. Kelley is in the Iranian capital. Tehran and joins joins us now once again Mary. Louise let's start with the stampede. What more can you tell us about that? Hey it's an awful event what we have our reports from Iranian news agencies of several dozen people. It sounds like who were killed in the stampede. This was in the city of Kerman which is a big city in southeastern turnaround about five hundred miles from the capital Tehran. Where I'm speaking to you from And it is the hometown of Kassam. Soula money so oh the body has been making its way through cities in Iraq and now Iran these last several days. This was to be the last procession where mourners owners could come out and more than he was to be buried today obviously events Got Out of control there. You sat down today with the Iranian Foreign Minister. mohammad-javad Hamad Javad Zarif. Let's listen to a little bit of what he said to you. This was an act of aggression an armed attack albeit a cowardly armed armed attack against Iran efficient encoding territory it amounts to war and we will respond. According to our own timing naming choice it amounts to war and we'll respond according to our own timing choice. What did he tell you about the options? Iran is considering four response to the killing of money. Well that was exactly the question. I was trying to pin him down on as you can imagine and you will be stunned to hear. He did not telegraphed to me. Exactly what Lebron's next move will be. He was very clear. As you got a sense from there there will be retaliation. There will be revenge. He spoke talk about how about people's feelings here hurt and the outrage here and you could hear it. Sulamani was was a close personal friend of his and you could hear that the determination termination that this country will act. What exactly they will do when exactly they will do it? He wouldn't go there He said they will respond at a time and place they're choosing. I will say we heard from a different top official here today. Says a man named Ali Sean Connery. He's the top official on Iran's answer to the National L. Security. They're they're National Security Council and according to Iranian media he has said they are considering thirteen specific options for retaliation in which means journalists are now scrambling to try to figure out what those thirteen are What about the nuclear deal? We heard Iran say in the last couple of days that they're not going to be complying with the main parts of it but it sounds like they may be willing to come back to the nuclear deal at some later point. Can you tell us more. About what Zarif said about the nuclear deal sure and this is also personal sheriff. It's worth noting he. He is the one who negotiated on behalf of Iran. Back in two thousand fifteen when it was John Kerry at the state eight department was the it was the two of them who sat down and really hash this out. I asked him today. Point blank is the nuclear deal dead. He conceded it is not good news for the deal. He said specifically specifically going forward we will cease compliance with the limits laid out in the deal in terms of centrifuges but as you noted he he was emphasizing they are suspended spending compliance not cutting it off forever he said should circumstances change should Europe which is still party to the nuclear deal. Find a way to ease the the sanctions that Iran has come under that they may well find their way back into full compliance and and that international inspectors will still be allowed into Iran. So that's it's another not good news but watch the space for what exactly Iran decides to do and what their next action is. Finally Mary Louise We. We spoke with you a day ago. What has changed in the last twenty four hours as both the United States and Iran worry about the possibility of war? Well I'll speak to just what it feels like here It's it's a normal day yesterday. Most people were off work because they wanted to observe here in Tehran The procession of Sulamani Casket through the streets and the funeral services were held at Tehran University and many many hundreds of thousands perhaps more than a million people turned out for that so that was a very different feeling today. You see people out buying bread going to work. You asked me yesterday. Does this feel oh like a country on war footing and the answer is yes and no people are out taking their kids to school. I saw somebody walking his dog down the street this morning. Life continues as you would imagine. And yet he's walking his dog. Underneath this huge billboard showing Sulamani portrait and is describing Sulamani as a martyr and saying retaliation is coming. So that's what it feels like to be in Toronto right now that's NPR's Mary. Louise Kelley joining us from Tehran. Mary Louise thanks so
Iran vows revenge as Trump threatens Iraq with sanctions
"Martin in more than forty years of confrontation between the United States and Ron few moments of felt as perilous as this one Iran is vowing hard revenge for a U. S. air strike president trump is threatening revenge if Iran should take revenge it is the aftermath of last week's killing of general Qassem Soleimani whose funeral procession has been moving from city to city in Iran today it reached the capital which is where we find our colleague Mary Louise Kelley of All Things Considered she's there in Tehran and she's been on the streets for the procession Mary Louise thanks for being with us just describe what you have seen on this historic day good morning Rachel good morning Steve we saw just to see if people men women children many of them engaged in what appeared to be raw genuine grief there were people all around us weeping openly some of them dropping to crunch on the street around us cradling their heads in their hands just wheeling you also mentioned in the intro that that phrase hard revenge that was everywhere around us on signs on big red flags that people were carrying weaving lots of signs saying down with you I say another one saying Hey you S. you started this we will end it and the face of sewer money everywhere on posters in people hand in people's hands and then on huge billboards that have sprung up you see it driving interest from the airport as we did early this morning already all over the city describing him as as a martyr who spoke to these crowds Mary Louise well the supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini was there at this was at Tehran university this morning the actual funeral service are how many prayed over the body and then interestingly superminis daughter Zaynab also spoke it was fascinating to me as a woman in this city hearing a woman's voice come out of the speakers all across Tehran she spoke directly to president trump she said Mr trump you murdered my father this will link around and a rock to gather in friendship and she referred to the moves in a rock over the weekend that call for the exit of U. S. military from Iraq and said this is just the beginning there will be more she called for attacks on US military targets in the Middle East which was something by the way we heard from many of just the ordinary Iranians we were speaking to out on the streets today the word revenge was on a lot of people's lives so I have to ask the mayor Louise as an American journalist there in that crowd you're absorbing this message here hearing the word revenge how how did people to you it was interesting we were trying to keep a low profile because there were very few westerners I spotted none actually of the many thousands of people we were wandering around with on the streets to day people were coming up I have blonde hair people responding it even under head scarf or plucking at my sleeve wanting to talk asking where are you from wanting to say please carry our message to the world and foods we were treated to it you know we were told around wants revenge we were told this has to do with the honor of our country we met one woman who told us so how many died for the honor of Iran I would go fight I would die and my whole family should die why just ten we will all go I'm not afraid of war that's the people were very courteous there was a lot of shoving and pushing as you would expect in a crowd of that size and we had people looking out for us holding us up holding back the crowds making sure we could get through and I think making sure that we understood the anger they felt is not towards Americans it is toward the American government right now messaging by the government but also some real emotion it sounds like on
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on KQED Radio
"I'm Mary Louise Kelley the summer of nineteen sixty one was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement and that is when black and white activists known as the freedom riders set out to integrate bus travel and challenge Jim crow laws but what happened to your leader has largely been forgotten that is when southern segregationists fought back their victims were poor African Americans for many years could switch podcast Gabrielle Emmanuel of member station WGBH in Boston has the story of the reverse freedom rights late on a Wednesday afternoon in may nineteen sixty two a greyhound bus arrived in Hyannis Massachusetts the doors opened at the bus stop closest to the summer White House where president John Kennedy vacationed Lela Mae Williams and her nine the youngest children stepped onto the pavement the lemay looked immaculate despite a three day journey from Arkansas John a hat white hat pearls will look hurls Betty Williams one of Lee Lamaze daughters remembers that her mother was all dressed up and ready to start a new life to have a job and and she's gonna be able to support a family the first question that most of the arrivals smiles where is president Kennedy we were told that he was going to meet us at the bar resident did not come to meet them but Margaret mostly did mostly was part of the local and double ACP which she knew in the arrivals didn't was that there would be no presidential welcome no jobs no permanent housing Leila mace family and about two hundred other African Americans that year were pawns in a segregationist game so when they put us on that bus and it brought us to the can you come up on there was almost saying to the committee's he'd go he is an old column you know he he he he you don't have a yeah that's Mickey Williams one of Lee lemay sons he was five and on the bus that pulled in Hyannis that day in nineteen sixty two a year before segregationists were furious about the freedom rights they decided to retaliate tricking African Americans into moving north amis Guthridge of Arkansas help spearhead the effort in he talked about it back then to a TV reporter we're going to find out if people live with it Kennedy I am the candidate all of them are really do have an interest in the neck broke people are really do have a love for him or the Negro Anna designed to help you division had been to send thousands north the reality was far smaller only a couple hundred African Americans mostly from Arkansas and Louisiana accepted the tickets to New York New Hampshire California Minnesota Idaho the largest number nearly one hundred went to the bus stop closest to the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts that was far far away from the Williams home in rural Arkansas Mickey and Maggie remember growing up there as both idyllic and tragic we were poor we were really for one Martin Luther king junior spoke out against the reverse freedom rides the warnings never made it to the Williams my mom told me she came to the law she was going to have a better life for her children better jobs and and better housing better everything all of us it wasn't until much later that Betty and make you learned that their families journey north was part of the speaker ploy they don't know if their mother was coaxed or coworkers when they do now everything that a mom could do everything within her power everything within her reach my mom did it the reverse freedom rides or a test a test the north was meant to fail in TV interviews segregationists like George single men who came up with the original idea cleaned at the north had indeed flunked they have been cry and they are saying song in behalf of the Negro throughout the nation and of course now when it comes time for them to put up or shut up they have shot up in Hyannis at least there were some people who did not shut up a few weeks before at Lee Lamaze class there was a crowd of more than a hundred waiting to welcome the first reverse freedom writer when he arrived in Hyannis in the months to come at the spectators disappeared only Margaret mostly and a few other local leaders black and white remained the segregationist specifically targeted at single mothers with lots of children mostly remembers one of the kids asking where are the caught in fields Moseley was interviewed before her death in nineteen ninety seven I said we have no cotton fields here he said well one of my going to do to find employment I can chop cotton I don't know how to do anything else the cruelty and cynicism of the scheme helped turn public opinion against it and the whole thing ended just months after it began but still the Williams family and the other writers were fifteen hundred miles away from everything they've ever known it has been like the struggle realty hard struggle the nearby community college opened up its dorms local jail provided betting that he remembers towns people donated toys money cold and flu social workers they always very nice to my mother it was nice to my family despite the welcome things that warranty easy I remember you said though I'm not used to never smile that much I never smile I don't know what that was and that was fine while the Williams family was finding their footing president Kennedy largely Dodge to the topic he was asked about it at a news conference your.
Joseph Maguire, Acting DNI, Faced Congress after whistleblower report
"Yuvan of it to Benjamin Sunland if you the people who become household names of the impeachment drama has played out with the house vote now behind us we wanted to catch up with another central character from the very beginning a man who occupies at least for the moment one of the most critical perches in the US government our story begins late on Friday the thirteenth of September which is when Adam Schiff chairman of the house intelligence committee released a cryptic letter we're gonna let our co host Mary Louise Kelley pick it up from here the letter runs four pages on official stationery the big CEO of the intelligence committee on top it is signed sincerely Adam B. Schiff it is addressed to this guy now here I am sitting before you as the acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire that's him testifying before Congress end of September he had received chefs letter which contained very few details but which marked the first public mention of the whistle blower complaint the letter accused McGuire of improperly withholding that complaint from Congress and subpoenaed him to testify now we heard McGuire say there he's the acting director of national intelligence and talk about timing threat to acquire what was your first day on the job my first day on the job was Friday the sixteenth of August and I think I set a new record in the administration for the anticipated before yeah yeah yeah that you had a heck of a first week didn't have much going for the Sir the questions there from New York Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney driving home the point that McGwire took over the job of running U. S. intelligence just four days after the whistle blower a US intelligence official filed the complaint McGuire suggested this was not the way he did version the job going either way Sir if I may my life would have been a heck of a lot simpler without becoming the most famous man in the United don't have settled debatable whether Joseph acquire was then or now the most famous man in the United States but if it felt that way it speaks to the extraordinarily awkward position the acting di and I found himself in caught between a White House looking for loyalty and lawmakers looking for answers since his appearance before the house intelligence committee McGuire has kept an exceedingly low profile no interviews we asked for one we're gonna spend these next minutes looking closely at the DNR job whether it matters that we are now past four months and counting with an acting director at the home the longest period without a Senate confirmed permanent leader of US intelligence since the job was created fifteen years ago today I'm asking Congress to create the position of the national intelligence director George W. bush in the White House rose garden two thousand four over in Congress they were listening we were breaking for the August recess and not I decided to call our committee back into session and we began the hearings Republicans Susan Collins of Maine she chaired the Senate governmental affairs committee I felt a sense of urgency because this was already two thousand for the terrorists attacks had happened on nine eleven two thousand one and the nine eleven commission had just released its final report it zoomed in on a failure to connect the dots that the CIA the FBI and others weren't sharing what they knew the report had ideas for how to prevent anything like nine eleven from ever happening again the central crowning recommendation a new position someone who could force intelligence agencies to talk to each other so Collins and Joe Lieberman then the committee's top Democrat got to work I remember you couldn't figure out what you were going to call this position to start with it was the need for a little while I was going to say and for awhile it was the Ned and I remember Joe Lieberman saying we can't call it the no that sounds too much like the net yeah it has to be the D. N. I. doesn't sound in power exactly what to call it was the least of their problems senator Collins told me the turf battles were in once it was vehemently opposed by not only the CIA but particularly the secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld because his department was going to lose considerable power over the intelligence community's budget which was funneled through the department of defense but as you heard his boss President Bush was on board and in December two thousand four Congress passed the most sweeping intelligence overhaul in nearly sixty years by the following February bush was announcing his pick for the nation's first director of national intelligence vesting these are stories in a single official who reports directly to me will make our intelligence efforts better coordinated more efficient and more effective the director of the CIA will report to John John was John Negroponte at the time he was US ambassador to Iraq I tracked him down here in Washington this week and asked about that last bit of the president's remarks that the head of the CIA would report to him that's correct there were gathering no it did but you know it it it took some socializing and some explain simply socialite water like a devoted some water had to go under the bridge in the fifteen years that that water's been flowing under the bridge the office of the D. N. I. has expanded to a staff of thousands the exact numbers classified as we can quarters building is gone up in northern Virginia so has all this worked has having India nine made us safer again the sponsor of the original legislation senator Collins I do believe that it has been successful but it's not perfect I I do hear a criticism bet they demand nice office has grown too big too bureaucratic so I'm not saying that we got it perfect leave right but compared to where we were we have come and the norm this way I heard a similar view from Mike moral who was among those who required some socializing two years Negroponte's word moral serve more than thirty years at the CIA he was president bush's briefer on nine eleven and ended up the agency's deputy director moral opposed creating video and I thought the more obvious solution was to bulk up the authorities of the head of the CIA botch I evolved over time significantly so by the time I left government in two thousand thirteen the last week that I was deputy director I actually got in my car and drove to Capitol Hill and met with senator Collins and senator Lieberman it actually thank them so I was I started out in one place and I ended up in a completely different place pressed as to why morale who now hosts the intelligence matters podcast pointed to his former gang delivering the president's daily brief in the old days he says it was pretty much only CIA material that made the cut whereas now with a D. and I overseeing everything the president's likely to hear from shore the CIA but also the state department's intelligence branch or the Pentagon's defense intelligence agency the deer so when CIA wrote a piece say on a China issue and de I a had a different view it would actually say at the bottom of the page de I a has a different view here it is here's why they have a different view and here Mister president is why this matters to you this difference matters to you so and and I think that makes for better intelligence support for the president John Negroponte the original GNI has mixed feelings about the job he once held here we are fifteen years later mmhm as an experiment has it worked I would say it hasn't failed I'm not sure it's worked fully I think it's still a work in progress on the positive side ambassador Negroponte points to changes he helped put in motion such as integrating the F. B. I. more closely into the broader intelligence community then he pauses and adds mistakes still get made obviously we see that from the inspector general's report just now with respect Carter page and all that I was an egregious seems to have been an egregious mistake of some kind which shows that those problems of coordination don't just go away because you say they should the reference there to the DOJ inspector general who just last week delivered a report documenting all kinds of errors in the F. B. I.'s application to surveil one time trump campaign aide Carter page now can we draw a direct line between the D. and I roll and the F. B. I. **** ups know what is fact is last week so president trump tweeting the FBI is quote badly broken which brings us back up to this moment the president attacking what he has come to call the deep state the house voting to impeach the president following an inquiry originally put in motion by a US intelligence community whistle blower the usual array of national security threats on the radar from Iran to China to North Korea and no sign of a nomination for the top job in US intelligence it is definitely a problem that I had the president has not nominated a permanent Senate confirmed Deanna Republican senator Susan Collins if the people in the intelligence community do not know whether the acting D. N. night is going to be there next week they are going to be less responsive to his concerns to his directives and bad is a problem so I would urge the president to make a choice my put her argument to someone with firsthand experience Michael moral can I was acting director of CIA twice so I know what I'm talking about here you don't feel as empowered as you would if you are Senate confirmed because you know you're not gonna be there that long just how awkward position then does Joseph McGuire find himself in four months and four days after being named acting director of national intelligence world points out that requires a navy Vice Admiral thirty six years in uniform this is a guy has actually been shot at right in combat this is a guy who's who's injured a lot but I think what he's learning is that the political fire is often more challenging than actual weapons fire navigating impeachment era Donald Trump dominated Washington in other words it's a different game morale as I hope he's learning
"mary louise kelley" Discussed on KCRW
"Blocking the right lane of the offramp their traffic stop and go coming away from the fifty seven it's six twenty it's All Things Considered from NPR news hi Mary Louise Kelley and I'm Elsa Chang after dozens of vaping related deaths officials continue to debate how to regulate vaping especially around young people but older adults have also been drawn to vaping some assuming it's a better way to consume marijuana Marlene Harris Taylor is with W. C. P. and Cleveland she reports on a navy veteran who turned to vaping because he couldn't control his chronic pain and then he got sick so we're U. S. veteran Parlow bill is taking us to his bedroom to see some pictures from his days on a navy helicopter rescue team now fifty nine years old probably shows off a pic of his younger self posing with one of the choppers he missed those say I do it was fun indestructible and I was good at what I did everybody wanted me to bill says in trainings and off shore rescues he sometimes jumped off the helicopter smacking into the water that could have been the genesis of some of his back pain he's had two back surgeries and suffers from stenosis in his neck every day he says is a struggle he's tried many medications looking for relief from chronic pain including opioids like hydrocodone but that's not an option now the VA is not a friend opioids at all not unless you're coming out of the hospital for surgery or something like that after he couldn't get opioids anymore blue bell tried marijuana for his chronic pain and he found the most relief from vaping T. H. C. he started out by purchasing the cartridges from a friend when I say it took away pain it was almost instantaneous it may be capable of doing my daily activities he described the vaping cartridges a tiny stick the screws on top of his very being pin when he inhales it pulls the THC and other liquids in the cartridge over heating element when he exhales it creates a cloud in the air which is different from when he smokes marijuana other ways he says it doesn't have a stench to it you can do it out on the streets sick again it doesn't have that what's the word I'm looking for stigma to bell ended up in the emergency department at Cleveland's veterans hospital in July yeah this cough that was persistent he just looked very very sick that's doctor Amy high schools on the team of physicians that treated the bill at the VA it was put on very strong broad spectrum antibiotics and yet he continued to have fevers he continued to feel on well he had very flu like symptoms blue bell seem to improve them was released but then he grew ill again in late August this time both the doctor and her patient had heard the CDC reports about vaping induced long illness he was forthright that he had been vaping an anti it what happened is when he was in the hospital before he'd stop vaping you stop for a period of time until they started to feel better and then he started up again and that's when as long disease and back the bill says even though vaping uses pain those two boxes sickness were too much and he won't be again but he's not alone in turning to marijuana for chronic pain doctor Melinda Lawrence is a pain specialist at Cleveland's university hospitals that is something that I get from patients every day and it's not just people who are young it can be from a young person to people in their eighties are telling me they're looking to try anything Lawrence says even though some patients say works with them there's not enough research to prove that it's broadly effective I personally don't recommend it necessarily to my patients but once we have more studies maybe it's gonna be something in the future new bell has a medical marijuana card and now uses it to buy from a state license dispensary he gave his vape equipment in THC cartridges to health officials for analysis for NPR news I'm Marlene Harris Taylor in Cleveland this story comes from NPR's reporting partnership with ideas stream and Kaiser health news the situation in a Ron is leading many people to flee that country I can gas prices last month led to strikes that paralyzed to run the government responded with a violent crackdown and here's Peter Kenyon met with the running into had come to Istanbul and can now speak a bit more freely about the situation at home on a recent afternoon is stumbles Texans square was swarming with visitors including the running families happy to be away from the pressures and hardships of life at home some agree to speak with a reporter but only a family names are you Ali is one of several around needs I met who says his family isn't just visiting they're moving.
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"Mary Louise Kelley after house speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Democrats would move Forder forward with articles of impeachment southerly winds will increase today ahead of an incoming cold fronts rain developing across North Bay this afternoon then spreading southward tonight shower E. and cool on Saturday with isolated thunderstorms possible lingering showers on Sunday but trending dryer by afternoon dry weather returns Monday and Tuesday with a slight chance of rain by mid week it's four oh six on a Friday morning next time on the California report the story of a college created two years ago in southern California for native Americans this year that college doubled its moment I'm Alicia Molly that story plus a roundup of news from around the state next time on the California report the California report can be heard this morning the at five fifty one and six fifty one good morning I'm Peter finch this is morning edition from NPR news I'm David Grange and I'm no well king good morning the president leaves us no choice that's what house speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday while directing Democrats to write articles of impeachment which he hasn't said yet is how broad the charges against president trump will be whether they'll focus only on Ukraine or whether they will also include findings from the Miller investigation it seems like Democrats want to be ready for a vote by or before Christmas so Republicans are trying to figure out their next moves one of them is Doug Collins of torture he's the top Republican on the house Judiciary Committee that committee is drafting the articles of impeachment any given interview yesterday to my colleague Mary Louise Kelley who hosts all things considered good morning merry we still.
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"NPR news I'm Mary Louise Kelley and I'm Elsa Chang when Donald Trump junior's new book first top The New York Times bestseller list it raised eyebrows and not just because of who the author is beside the title of the book which is triggered how the left thrives on hate and wants to silence as was a dagger that symbol meant a portion of the book sales were made in book which led some to question whether trump deserve the top billing the answer as NPR's rose Friedman explains is complicated for anyone involved in writing or publishing books The New York Times best seller list is the holy grail I still remember the very first time that I got on the list for an indie press in the middle of the Midwest yeah I was absolutely the most extraordinary moment in my life Dominique rock that is the publisher of sourcebooks near Chicago nobody quite knows what goes into making a New York times bestseller the paper doesn't reveal its methodology other than to say in part that it's based on a quote detailed analysis of book sales from a wide range of retailers so I asked the people who are in the best position to make educated guesses about a book sales publishers who watch the list closely you expect that if it's wrong up at the cash register it's reported to the New York times and is reported to the publisher all of those things online equivalent that is not the experience we have that's because no where in the world is there a straight up list of how many copies every book has sold it just doesn't exist sure publishers get numbers from Nielsen bookscan which pays retailers to report their sales and yes publisher ship books to Amazon target and Barnes and noble and get sales figures back but some books go through middlemen distributors who sell to many independent bookstores and not all of them report their sales Dennis Johnson co founder of Melville house says he only really knows for sure what he sent out I can look at each account in the country that has taken a book directly from our warehouse and so I know how many books are out there but that is not a sales reporting service really it's an ordering service and then there are books that get sold to third parties for example if you do a book on health care and there is some kind of healthcare organization or hospital that wants to buy that book for its employees that has a healthy business efficiency to it because the publisher is selling directly to the hospital this happens all the time an organization things the book would be good for its employees to read so it makes a bulk order since the sale didn't go through a store it wouldn't get reported to best seller lists but here's where we need to make a distinction if someone had instead bought the books from a bulk buying arm of the big bookstore that would get reported and if the book does make the bestseller list that bulk order would be noted as part of its sales which brings us to later from juniors book triggered was the subject of at least one bulk sale in its first week according to a Federal Election Commission filing the Republican National Committee paid books a million ninety four thousand eight hundred dollars that was likely around four thousand copies there have been reports of other bulk purchases by conservative organizations that's why triggered has that little dagger symbol on the New York times bestseller list but every publisher I talked to told me the same thing Dennis Johnson did but looks like he might have made that list anyway the RNC is one purchase was probably not look at the book on the list initially it was the rest of the copies seventy one thousand in that first week according to Nielsen bookscan given that every conservative organization with promoting it in the newsletters on TV in tweet that generates PR and PR generate sales and that's how it goes Ryan Slater is special sales director at porch like books a bulk sales company which mostly supplies books to conferences or institutions he says even if an author tried to make the bestseller list through bulk orders it wouldn't work every doctor to have a platform of any kind wants to make a best seller lists and a lot of waters will ask how do we get these considered as individual we tell them you don't block there is a way to game the system says Dennis Johnson but it's not but those big bulk orders probably the safest way to do that is to employ services that will calculate how many books you need to sell in given markets to get you onto the best seller list so they will call the leading bookstore in Atlanta that they know is a store that reports to the New York times and they will say we want to buy thirty six copies and then they'll call the store in Miami they will say we want to buy a twenty one copies and those will not appear to be bulk sales this practice makes publishers like Dominique raca uncomfortable you can about the best sellers list because you believe it to be an indication of what Americans are reading the problem with this particular kind of system is that it's actually inflating numbers in such a way as to not be representative of what Americans are actually reading of course once a book is sold it's anyone's guess as to whether Americans are actually reading it or just letting it collect dust on the shelf rose Friedman NPR news New York now on to an ad that has been causing quite the stir in the last week okay.
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"News I'm also Chang and I Mary Louise Kelley it was just last week when chief petty officer Eddie Gallagher was facing the real possibility of being kicked out of the navy seals and president trump intervened the secretary of the navy was fired and Gallagher who had been convicted of posing with the body of an ISIS captive was told he could retire in peace this turn of events may have a long term in impact on the seals it could also change the fates of other seals caught up in Gallagher story joining us to explain is Steve Walsh of KPBS in San Diego Hey there hi Mary Louise who are the other sales caught up in this so lieutenant take forty year was originally charged with covering up the two thousand seventeen incident in Iraq including the one charge were a military jury convicted Gallagher which is posing with a corpse on the battlefield forty years case was thrown out by the chief of naval operations after of the Gallagher trial I talked to a Jeremiah Sullivan who is the attorney for Lynn lieutenant party here he said the navy indicates his pride in review board will continue he wants the Pentagon and the head of the naval special operations rear admiral Colin green to to end this process there are very junior petty officers deck seamen even junior officers who are looking now up their chain of command at the apple green and the sector the navy who can't follow the president's order you may disagree with the president but it's in order so the review board is also looking at the unit's commander lieutenant commander Robert Bryce during Gallagher's trial witnesses indicated that the commander knew about allegations of misconduct interact earlier than indicated but didn't take action also lieutenant Thomas McNeil now McNeil was one of seven seals who testified against Gallagher so the way this could play out is Gallagher could retire with twenty years at full ranking benefits and one of the men who actually testified against him could be thrown out of the seals wow what an extraordinary turn of events that would be who will get to do the reviewing remind us how this process works so the way this works it's a group of officers who will review their status now they've been invited to submit statements but this isn't like a court martial they aren't going to get the opportunity to actually speak directly to this board now this process is not as uncommon as you might imagine the navy revoked one hundred and fifty four tried in ten since two thousand eleven ironically one of the most clear cut reasons for ousting someone from the elite seals is after they've been convicted of a crime and among this group only Gallagher was convicted Hato answered this so for these specific review panel on these remaining seals defense secretary mark asper is asking the acting secretary of the navy to review this case we could hear as early as tomorrow esper has said publicly that he wants to move on just give me a sense of how this is playing out in the seal community as it were ever speaking to you you're there in San Diego which as you can see seals training there on the beach every day what are people saying about this so Gallagher does have his supporters people who think the military overstepped when the came after him they support the president's decision to intervene now there are others who worry about the impact of the president reaching down to overturn the decision of his commanders that this may lead to others just by passing the chain of command and appealing directly to the White House now I mean give me a sense of what the long term impacts of this might be on the seals on the navy overall so so the head of naval special warfare rear admiral calling green has been pushing to reform the culture and ethics of the seals of the worry is that this could be lost in this battle of the White House actually talked with Bob youth he's a law professor at the university of San Diego and a former judge advocate general from the marines I think the way you he was all that is getting back to basics and insuring a strong ethical foundation I think the concern is by the president's recent actions perhaps he suggesting that he doesn't think that that's the right course the question for green is the is whether or not this is this is even going to go forward we really never seen anything like this it's basically on president on freshly amongst the secretive seals okay that Steve loss of KPBS thanks thanks critics of president Donald Trump and British prime minister Boris Johnson say the men share something in common both trump and Johnson they charge are undermining democratic institutions in their countries in September Johnson tried to shut down parliament in the run up to a major brags that decision and trump has called some of the constitution phony NPR's Frank link that reports from London on how both leaders are testing the checks on their power in September Boris Johnson as the queen's permission to suspend or pro road Britain's parliament for five weeks saying you needed time to prepare his legislative agenda but opposition lawmakers said Johnson just wanted to stop them from scrutinizing his brexit strategy that's just as Brenda hail of the UK Supreme Court seem to see it when she rejected Johnson's argument and reversed his decision the prime minister's advice to her majesty was unlawful void and of no effect Johnson said the suspension was beyond the court's purview and it is absolutely no disrespect to the judiciary.
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"News I'm Mary Louise Kelley and I'm Elsa Chang president trump's former White House counsel don McGann must comply with a congressional subpoena and testify before lawmakers that is according to a ruling today from a federal judge in Washington DC and PR justice correspondent Ryan Lucas has been following this case and joins us now he Ryan okay so can you just back up for a moment and remind all of us what was this case about so remember don again was White House counsel in till about a year ago around October twenty eighteen so he was in the president's inner circle during most of the special counsel's rush investigation and according to Robert Miller's final were report McGann was a key witness for investigators and provided them with testimony about what he had witnessed that includes several instances in which again has first hand knowledge of several things that the president did that are considered a potential acts of obstruction is just of of justice such as the president telling began to remove Robert Muller right that makes me again someone who house Democrats really want to hear from chef they subpoenaed him this spring for testimony the White House blocked McGann from appearing they cited a justice department office of legal counsel opinion that top presidential advisers are absolutely immune from testifying before Congress the house Judiciary Committee filed suit in federal court in Washington DC in August to challenge that and to try to force began to show up into stock okay that brings us to today's ruling so what did the judge today have to say well the headline here is that judge could trying to brown Jackson has sided with Congress and says that McGann must appear and testify before the house committee she says that as a matter of law presidential aides and that includes the top White House lawyer must appear before Congress if compelled to do so she said in her ruling that this means that such aids cannot defy a congressional subpoena on the basis of absolute testimonial immunity even if the president for whom they work or worked demands that response would simply she said this quote the primary take wave the past two hundred and fifty years of recorded history is that presidents are not kings not kings not kings so this is good news for Congress but in there is about here the judge says the bomb again must appear the judge is not saying that began has to answer every question that the committee asks in other words the judges not ruling that began must speak about matters that are covered by executive privilege which might be stuff that the house would be interested got it okay so meanwhile the house it's in the middle of this whole impeachment inquiry the administration has tried to block several senior administration officials from testifying cleaning acting white has right of staff Mick Mulvaney former deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman what could this ruling today mean for house Democrats trying to get those senior White House officials to show up and testify well in theory this ruling could provide political cover for individuals who want to testify want to come forward and do so that said there's no indication at this point that Mulvaney or Kupperman or it former national security adviser John Bolton for that matter really do want to testify copper men for example he sued the house and the administration over his congressional subpoena the house ultimately withdrew that's been about compliments case in federal court here in Washington remains the house wants him to abide by today's ruling in the began case but Kupperman lawyer has said that the government situation is different because he focused on national security and therefore it's different than the case of McGann which was as White House lawyer so that maybe the exact brand has broader discretion to resist subpoena a special cut out right okay so do you think we're going to be seeing dom again the former White House counsel show up anytime soon and testified before Congress not anytime soon no the justice department says it plans to appeal today's ruling that will kick this up to the to the DC circuit in any decision there would likely be be appealed as well this is a this is a separation of powers question so the stakes here are high neither Congress nor the White House is likely to let this one go and while the Judiciary Committee it said that wants to hear from again as part of the impeachment inquiry the man who is leading that Adam Schiff said today that his committee is drawing up its report for the recent public hearings in closed door testimony in Ukraine he expects that report to be delivered shortly after thanksgiving so we'll see it's unclear whether against him going to play any role in the impeachment inquiry there may not be any time that's NPR's Ryan Lucas thanks so much right thank you more people are calling for White House advisors Steven Miller to go still rights activists and Democrats are demanding his resignation after the publication of leaked emails in which Miller promoted the ideas of white nationalists but the White House is standing behind Miller and Republicans have been largely silent and here's Joe rose looks at how the line of what's acceptable in public discourse has shifted when torch wielding demonstrators took to the streets in Charlottesville two years ago they were invoking the great replacement conspiracy theory popular in white nationalists circles that immigrants and people of color are seeking to annihilate the white race sometime twenty forty twenty forty five what should become a large that sounds like a replacement to me Terry Taylor is the editor of American renaissance or Amran website that's widely considered a white supremacist publication though Taylor himself rejects the label I call myself a race realist about someone who understands that the races are not identical and and I also describe myself as like Taylor promotes ideas that are widely considered racist and cloaks them in the language of science for example he talks about black people having higher levels of testosterone and therefore being predisposed to commit more violent crimes an idea that simply has no scientific support yes there are problems but this is now something that's considered a huge hateful tub states Taylor's website is not well known outside of white nationalist circles but it has found an audience in White House adviser Steven Miller he has recommended articles on Amaran and another white nationalists site called VD air we know this because the Southern Poverty Law Center has uncovered hundreds of emails that Miller wrote to a reporter at Breitbart news before he worked in the White House the latest batch released today shows Miller pushing a supposedly between immigrants and rising crime another idea that's been debunked the leaked emails suggest that the political dynamic around race and immigration has shifted to include ideas that were once beyond the pale I fear that the line of what is normal is moving I need a Cup to heads the leadership conference on civil rights in Washington group sent a letter last week signed by fifty civil rights organizations calling on the White House to fire Miller more than a hundred members of Congress all Democrats have also called for his resignation I don't think that there's any way to look at those emails and to look at his own track record and not be profoundly disturbed about what we are allowing at the highest level of government today in a White House where turnover is high Miller is one of the few staffers who've been there from the beginning and continues to be a key architect of the president's hardline immigration policies the White House is defending him saying Miller is opposed to bigotry in all its forms but most Republicans have been silent yeah it's horrible Mike Murphy is a Republican strategist who's worked for Mitt Romney and John McCain and a self described never Trumper the Republican Party is hi jacked by trump into this crude nativist populism and drags like Miller running wild in positions of power not that long ago promoting the views of white nationalists would have hurt your career in Washington earlier this year Republican congressman Steve king of Iowa said in an interview he wondered why the terms white nationalist and white supremacist are considered offensive he was quickly rebuked by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and last year the trump administration dismissed a low level staffers for attending or speaking at public events with white nationalists but as Mike Murphy notes Steven Miller is still there and I I think the Republican leaders of one half a generation ago order taken a very strong public land against that sort of stuff George H. W. bush George Bush Ronald Reagan never would've tolerate any of this Murphy thinks the silence among current Republicans is the sound of fear he says they don't want to anger president trump and his loyal base of Republican primary voters Murphy does not think there's wide support in the GOP for white nationalist ideas but my a berry at the Arab American institute is not so sure she says many Republicans are worried about the coming demographic shift in the US I think that's actually the real story of the Steven Miller problem is not that he's an anomaly is it at this time regrettably there seems to be a fairly dominant strain of the Republican Party that thinks it is a program to be afraid of the upcoming majority minority change people who study far right extremism say this is how ideas move from the French to the mainstream Cynthia Millar interests studies white nationalism and extremism at American University she says the normalization of hate speech may be well under way I think there is a danger here that people start to get a little bit cynical they downplayed or they think like it's not so bad but you know something that would have been shocking two or three or four or five years ago becomes much less shocking in two thousand nineteen to Jared Taylor this is progress the editor of the white nationalist site Amaran says he's gratified that his ideas are finally gaining some traction I have been injecting by ideas into the general conversation patiently and diligently for the last thirty years and I can assure you that more and more people agree with me Taylor's critics find that possibility horrifying they say this isn't just about rhetoric or an exchange of ideas they warn that these ideas are dangerous and they're driving extremist violence in Charlottesville Pittsburgh el Paso and elsewhere troll rose NPR news Washington yesterday Washington is pro football team was just about to clinch their second win this NFL season the starting quarterback rookie to win Haskins just had to run one more meaningless play in what's called victory formation no one could find Haskins here's head coach bill Callahan we're looking forward to turns out the twenty two year old quarterback was celebrating his first victory as a pro and a very generation Z. where he was taking a selfie with a fan in the stands twin Haskins explains I was so hyper they're.
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"And the Mary Louise Kelley over the weekend we learned that a second whistleblower has come forward in the Ukraine affair the anonymous individual is said to have first hand knowledge of president trump's dealings with Ukraine and your justice correspondent Ryan Lucas is here in the studio with more heather Ryan another so was a lower number two what we know about this person a lot remains a mystery to be honest the individual has been described as an intelligence official but remains as you said anonymous he or she is being represented by the same legal team as the whistle blower who submitted the initial formal complaint to the intelligence community inspector general and it's that complaint of course that kicked off this whole trump Ukraine affair one of the lawyers on the legal team mark Zaid says the second individual has spoken with the inspector general that means that this person qualifies for will so blower legal protections under the law AS eight says this individual has not filed a formal complaint which means that he or she is almost more like a a fact witness at this point who can possibly corroborate material in the initial whistle blower okay that's an important point that they have not filed a formal complaint so that's not going to be the next document that drops and tore a lap still this is the emergence of a second whistleblower potentially very good news for Democrats and their impeachment inquiry No right this could be a significant boost remember one of the lines of attack that we've heard from the president and his allies is that the initial what will whistle blower does not have first hand knowledge of the events just they said that despite the fact that the whistleblowers account of the phone call between president trump and Ukrainian president matches the account released by the White House if the second with whistleblower has as it has been said first hand knowledge of some of the events mentioned in the complaint that could significantly bolster the case against trump and house Democrats are definitely going to want to talk to this person as part of their ongoing impeachment inquiry alright let me loop you back now to where things stand with the original whistle blower there've been efforts under way to get this person to testify before lawmakers before the committees who are who are doing the impeachment inquiry where does that stand there was a blur still has not met with with lawmakers or staff from those committees the was a lawyers lawyers had been waiting for interim security clearances from the government so that they can accompany their client in any interviews or meetings with with with Congress I'm told that those interim security clearances have come through that they they came through and took effect today so that's a step forward a source tells me that talks on setting up meetings with congressional committees are still taking place at this point and there's no date set as of yet another friend ask about Ryan which is three house committees today subpoenaed the Pentagon and the White House budget office do we know what they were superior and what they want well the house intelligence the house oversight and house foreign affairs committees have been busy in the past week or so issuing subpoenas all this part of this impeachment inquiry they've already subpoenaed the White House and the state department as well as president trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani today's subpoenas to the Pentagon and the office of management and budget are the latest on that front these new subpoenas are not for testimony they are for documents the committees are demanding records that would shed light on why the White House withheld some four hundred million dollars in military aid to Ukraine in the time line for for that decision remember one of the things the house Democrats are investigating is whether trump held back aid to Ukraine as leverage to get the craning government to agree to investigate Joe Biden the so called quid pro quo exactly exactly and lawmakers have given the Pentagon and the office of management and budget until October fifteenth so just over a week to provide the relevant documents up but the next step in the impeachment inquiry is not these documents it's tomorrow on Capitol Hill that is when one of the key figures so far in this affair the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sunland is expected to testify behind closed doors all right we so watch for that tomorrow that's unfair justice correspondent Ryan Lucas thank you Frank thank you and now here to talk about how the US ambassador to the E. U. is wrapped up in Ukraine affair is NPR White House correspondent Franco or doing is here in the studio high Franco hello tell us more about who Gordon's on land is and how he ended up being the ambassador to the European Union well Gordon someone is a prominent Republican donor who made his money managing hotels largely in Seattle and Portland Oregon it appears he hasn't held a full time position in government before being named to as ambassador to the European which was last year he's what's known as a political appointee interestingly during the campaign he tried to distance himself from trump in two thousand sixteen actually backing out of Seattle fundraiser when trump criticized the parents of a Muslim American soldier someone himself is the son of Jewish parents who escaped persecution from Germany but any hard feelings that he had about president trump or then candidate trump didn't last very long because someone later donated a million dollars to the president elect's inaugural fund so explain how the ambassador to the European Union which includes a lot of countries but not Ukraine ends up being central to the white house's with negotiations with Ukraine right my sources from the administration tell me they also find it very odd that sun when the ambassador to the EEO is even dealing with the Q. crane it's not traditional that the E. U. ambassador gets this involved with Ukraine there are already lots of different U. S. actors with interest in Q. Cray there is Kurt Volker he's the special envoy he was trying to help end the conflict with Russia there's energy secretary Rick Perry with who is engaged with energy talks with Ukraine but someone he seems to have developed you know a special report with trump and he most actually about the role that he would have when he spoke with Ukrainian TV earlier this year we have what are called the three Amigos and the three Amigos our secretary Perry again ambassador Volker and myself and we've been tasked with sort of overseeing the Ukraine US relationship and mind you that all this is happening even as trump and his officials are in the process of about of ousting the the US ambassador to Ukraine who trump recently called bad news what kind of reputation has someone built during his brief time as a diplomat you know in some way sun one is kind of like trump he's a businessman he made his name in the hotel industry people I spoke to said he has kind of a similar brash personality a Wheeler dealer someone with a lot of confidence it's kind of a larger than life character when he hosted an independence day celebration in Brussels he actually brought in Jay Leno is entertainment the criticism is that someone is part of this new model of foreign diplomacy in the trump era like trumps ambassador to Germany Richard Grinnell another outspoken political appointee Sunland is kind of unconstrained by tradition traditional protocol and has been openly critical of allies such as the E. U. who son one has referred to as being out of touch so he has been called to testify before the house committee tomorrow what our members of Congress gonna be asking and well they're gonna ask him about his tax with Volker about talks of scheduling a visit by the Ukraine president to the White House he'll be asked about his own tax up to about trump wanting a quote unquote deliverable that will certainly get a lot of scrutiny because they appear to be tied to a commitment by Ukraine to investigate the bite and family on someone will also be asked about other texts from other diplomats who raise questions about whether US assistance was based on the condition of investigating the Biden family someone has been defensive on these tax and at one point he tried to take the conversation off the tax and try to get them to be just phone calls so that'll be that'll be very much the focus of the questioning and we'll see what comes out of that house correspondent Franco or done yes thank you thank you.
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"From NPR news this is All Things Considered I'm Mahdi Cornish and I'm Mary Louise Kelley this evening house Democrats have sent a subpoena to the White House they're looking for documents related to the impeachment inquiry and they have set a deadline of October eighteenth earlier today lawmakers interviewed Michael Atkinson here's the inspector general of the intelligence community that was behind closed doors this comes as the president and the speaker of the house far over whether or not to have a vote on the inquiry itself and your political reporter to Mack joins me now from the capitol either ten Hey there Atkinson was on the hill for this is the second time in the last two weeks so what our members interested in learning from him so the last time Atkinson was on Capitol Hill two weeks ago he was unable to answer questions about what was then a non public complaint but now the administration has made that complaint public and lawmakers are asking why the I. G. the inspector general found the whistleblowers complained credible and urgent congressman Adam Schiff he chairs the house intelligence committee said quote we can see that the I. G.'s determination was correct in both respects trump pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the twenty twenty election by investigating a political opponent and quote and even while the briefing was with Atkinson was under way house committees put out a demand that expands their inquiry the one documents from vice president Mike pence that touch on his role in this story and they said an October fifteenth deadline pence's office meanwhile is pushing back saying that the request was quote partisan and quote does not appear to be a serious request you use the plural committees what is the state of play right now for the broader impeachment inquiry so generally speaking Republicans and Democrats don't really disagree about the central fact here that the president asked you cleaning government to investigate Joe Biden and Biden's son the president's supporters however has said that this is not an impeachable impeachable offense and they have also. seized on news reports that the whistleblower got in touch with the house intelligence committee before filing his or her complaint with the inspector general president trump Republicans are further arguing that the house should not proceed with the impeachment inquiry without a vote of the whole house there's nothing in the constitution the law or house rules that requires this but it does break some president with previous impeachment proceedings for the house not to have a vote on the launching of this inquiry asked about it today by reporters house speaker Nancy Pelosi had this to say you know I was more scared.
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"I'm not a coronation there Mary Louise Kelley that testimony was scheduled to start tomorrow but the secretary of state says not so fast also while Beijing celebrates the seventieth anniversary of communist China street protests in Hong Kong intensified the only game game for Hong Kong is that we win democratic right for the people also verdicts in the case of a Dallas police officer shooting and the Harvard affirmative action cases how Rudy Giuliani went from America's mayor to president trump's number one defender of what's happened to Giuliani is tragic he was a person who achieved greatness of one point and he squandered it now news. live from NPR news in Washington I am Jack's beer house Democrats have delayed the first of their closed door hearings related to president trump's interactions with Ukraine is NPR's miles parks explains a former **** Ukraine was scheduled to appear before the house intelligence committee tomorrow Maria von of its will now appear before the house Intel committee on October eleventh according to a committee official you're one of which is coming of spotlight this month as part of president trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine the rough transcript show trump calling or quote bad news and saying she was going to quote go through some things secretary of state Mike Pompeii route to house Democrats this week saying they were trying to bully and intimidate state department employees that led to some doubt the interviews would take place in a tight time frame that lawmakers and hope for the former US envoy for Ukraine's negotiations however is still expected to appear before the house intelligence committee on Thursday miles parks NPR news Washington the state department's inspector general is requesting an urgent meeting with key Capitol Hill committees on Ukraine tomorrow that's according to a source this confirm the request to NPR the bipartisan meeting will include the Senate foreign relations committee house foreign affairs committee Senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee oversight and Intel reportedly will be held in a secure facility but it's unclear exactly what documents will be involved or classified material be discussed the office of inspector general say it's about documents obtained from the department's office of the legal adviser. the United auto workers union is rejecting General Motors latest contract proposal and says it is made a counter proposal that's our strikers repair hit the picket line for seventeen day tomorrow Michigan registrations Hamilton as more union officials say GM's offer fell short on many issues including wages healthcare temporary employees and job security Michael Hix is a manufacturing expert at Ball State University he says GM is likely balking at demands for job security in particular that's because once the flexibility to close plants and cut jobs as needed but the union is fighting to protect those jobs he says otherwise it risks sliding toward irrelevance so this is an existential moment really for the U. A. W.'s far more than is raging in excess both the union and GM are financially able to weather a long strike for NPR news I'm Tracy Samuelson okay manufacturing sector index showed signs of slipping last month these did for supply management keep purchasing managers group says the index shrank for a second straight month dropping to forty seven point eight in September any reading below fifty signals contraction week manufacturing numbers are fueling fears of a weak global slowdown in height US China trade tensions that sent stocks plunging today the Dow down three hundred and forty three points the nasdaq fell ninety points you're listening to NPR. from KQED news I mean they can three Republican voters are suing California secretary of state and Democrats for failing to ensure that only the eligible voters are registered KQED politics correspondent Marie's a Lagos reports the lesser charges that secretary of state Alex Padilla is violating federal law by not verifying the citizenship of people who are automatically placed on the voter rolls by the DMV the suit is being brought by attorney her meet Dylan a Republican National Committee woman who also sued over recent state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot California refuses to use the data in.
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"From NPR news this is All Things Considered I'm Audie Cornish and I'm Mary Louise Kelley house Democrats have subpoenaed president trump's personal lawyer Rudy guiliani and we are also learning tonight that the president may have asked foreign governments to help a justice department investigation into the origins of the Russian investigation and peer justice reporter Ryan Lucas is in the studio with us and I hope you're gonna shed more light on both these developments here right hello there start with guiliani why his he been subpoenaed what to house Democrats one now so the house intelligence committee issued the subpoena the committee says it's looking into credible allegations that Giuliani acted as an agent of the president in a scheme to advance the president's own personal political interests by abusing the power of the office of the president the subpoena is not for testimony at this point this is for records what lawmakers want is all documents related to Giuliani's contacts with Ukrainians so basically anything related to his efforts to dig up information tied to the allegations that he's made against Joe Biden and Biden son hunter and it's of course those allegations that president trump himself raised in his phone call with Ukrainian president when trump urged Ukraine to investigate the bidens and it's that call in those actions that of course are the subject of the house Democrats impeachment inquiry okay and you said Ryan they're looking into whether Giuliani was involved in some scheme to advances on great personal political interests what does guiliani say well Giuliani's been the the public face pushing these allegations against Biden in the sun for some months I spoke with Giuliani a number times recently including today Giuliani says he first got word of the allegations against Biden about a year ago he's met with former Ukrainian prosecutors another sense than to follow up with his own investigative efforts a one big meeting in that took place in early August in Spain that's where Giuliani met with Andre your market senior adviser to Ukraine's president guiliani gave your mock information about the bidens alleged improprieties and said that it should be fully investigated now we have to say that Giuliani's out of. Asians against the buttons are improving public evidence actually what's that guiliani says that this meeting in in Spain was facilitated by Kurt Volker at that time Volcker was the US special representative to Ukraine under the state department Volcker resigned on Friday he's going to sit down for an interview with investigators on hill later this week okay a lot of names to keep track of her but let me pause you on that last one Kurt Volker who you said worked for the state department at least until Friday why would he have been involved in helping set up a meeting between the president's personal lawyer Giuliani and the Ukrainian government right up Volcker's role at the state department was to help support Ukraine and its development its democratic reforms there's been a lot of negative news about Ukraine over the past year plus it's corruption it's general struggles the conservative media here in the United States has picked up on that and Giuliani has certainly picked up on that the Ukrainian government reached out to Volker and asked him to put them in touch with guiliani it's my understanding that Booker did so in part because that would give the Ukrainians a chance to show guiliani on their own that the new Ukrainian government had the right priorities that they were the good guys so to speak so in a sense giving you create a chance to kind of correct the record with somebody who has the ear of the president and that meeting you mentioned was at the initiative of the Ukrainian government okay so to this other story today that has to do with Australia and reports that president trump pushed to the prime minister of Australia to help William Barnes US Attorney General William Barr in the justice department's review of the origins of the Russia investigation just walk us through what's happening here right it's complicated story but we've known for a long time that the U. S. attorney John Durham is looking into the beginnings of this Russian rustication The New York Times first reported today that trump pressed US rose prime minister ought to help bar with that probe the justice department now says in a statement that was bar who asked the president to contact for income. is to put bar and Durham in touch with the appropriate officials now this is unusual there are lots of other channels to which such requests can be made to the director of national intelligence to the state department having the president make the request takes it up a level but of course it also raises questions about. the president's motivations because he has a personal political interests and the outcomes. yes he does certain pairs rain Lucas thanks very much thank you sorry to another story now Republican congressman Chris Collins of New York is resigning his seat in Congress this all began last year Collins was indicted for numerous charges related to insider trading last month he pleaded not guilty to all charges but tomorrow Collins is due in federal court in Manhattan for a change of plea hearing to tell us what that means we're joined by Gerry Seram ski of the buffalo news he has been reporting on the congressman's alleged unlawful involvement in an overseas scheme and he's in the studio now too busy in her today juries Rimsky welcome thanks I thank you for having me very briefly lay out for us what exactly congressman Collins is accused of having done congressman Collins is accused of getting a tip via email from the C. E. O. of company on which he sat on the board it's called in the amino therapeutics it's an Australian biotech firm. and the allegation is that well the congressman was at a White House picnic in June of twenty seventeen he got this email from the president of innate saying look the clinical trials of our only product a multiple sclerosis drug had failed. meaning the company's only product was worth less and the stock was about to tank rate congressman Collins is accused of them calling his son from the White House lawn on his cell phone and then the next day Cameron Collins his son according to prosecutors dumped most of his shares of innate stock saving himself more than five hundred thousand dollars in the process then Cameron Collins is accused of going to his future father in law and telling his future father in law which was not public information as of yet that meant the future father in law Stevens our ski according to prosecutors was also able to dump his stock in say more than a hundred forty thousand dollars okay so it's quite the story however the congressman had denied all of it as we said he pleaded not guilty to all charges do we know what changed that he's now going back for the stranger plea hearing it's really quite shocking that this happened at this point in time because only three weeks and five days ago he stood outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan and told a bunch of reporters including me that he's looking forward to being exonerated something happened behind the scenes or he was simply lying to us that day and he was negotiating a plea okay but we don't know we don't know what is happening you do not know what happened behind the scenes we do know that his co defendants he mentioned his son and his perspective father in law they are also going on for change of plea hearing yes they are they're having their hearing on Thursday okay whistle this playing in his district which is a really reliably Republican district right well back last fall when he ran for reelection and when he won the way it played was he's a Republican he's better than any Democrat no matter what he did the sense of Republican voters had was that they didn't want to elect a Democrat who it's for Nancy Pelosi for speaker it turns out Nancy Pelosi became speaker Alex. okay so where does this go next I gather his resignation is expected to take effect as of tomorrow yes so they'll have to do what a special election to fill that seat yes governor Cuomo will have to schedule a special election to fill that see we don't know exactly when but it we're it's not going to be as if that congressional seat is vacant until January of twenty twenty one there will be an election before that there are already several strong Republican candidates and it's just a given that the seat will stay Republican not one hundred percent given the Democrat who ran last time Nick Nick Murray came within a hair's breadth of winning so it's conceivable the Democrat would win but it would be a very very tough tough opportunity it's probably unlikely that a Democrat would win in the most Republican district the state that is juries Rimsky his Washington bureau chief for the buffalo news thanks so much thank you very much appreciate it. you're listening to All Things Considered from NPR news when local politics becomes national news this station.
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"New York advocacy group. He says his family scattered around the world because of authoritarian President Nicolas Madura rose regime. We have some family members in the United States is paving. Chile Argentina Colombia. No, we all feel that this moment will be key to that dream of like getting back together. My daughter was reelected in a vote that was widely seen as rigged. And as you've been hearing Venezuelan opposition leader one Guido was has declared himself the interim president this week. Our coverage of the situation in Venezuela continues after news headlines, New York City health officials are pushing members of the public to cut sugary drinks from their diets a new ad campaign. Pointing out that the not so sweet effects that can come from soda, sports drinks and fruit punch can be detrimental to your health and WNYC today city health Commissioner oaks IRAs Barbaro said that the list of health risks starts with cavities and obesity. And then the dominoes start falling in terms of increase risks for diabetes, heart disease, and the the contributions that those conditions have to ultimately things like cancer. The health department says New Yorkers have been drinking fewer sugary drinks since two thousand seven but about one in four adults and one in three high school. Students still drink one per day. And the MTA board is delaying its vote on possible fair and toll increases until next month at its meeting today. A board member said the agency needs more time to consider options the MTA had planned and approximately five percent fare hike to go into effect in March. It's unclear whether that will happen for every month that postpones the fare hike. Transit officials say they lose thirty million dollars. Currently fifty six degrees raining in central park at four zero six support for NPR comes from creative planning an independent wealth management firm whose advisors are fiduciaries legally bound to act in their clients. Best interests, more, creative, planning dot com slash NPR, wealth management redefined. It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Mary Louise Kelley today is the thirty four stay of the longest government shutdown in history and in congress. The Senate took their very first votes on bills to reopen. The government one Bill backed by President Trump would have reopened the government in exchange for five point seven billion for a border wall. The other backed by Democrats would have opened the government for a short time to continue talks about the border both bills failed as everyday people across the country are coping with the shutdowns of fact like in Huntsville, Alabama where the greater Huntsville humane society gave free food to more than one hundred pets for Lord furloughed workers yesterday. Some people asked for a month supply and at the Salt Lake City international airport where the Utah food Bank set up donation bins outside TSA checkpoints for workers a room. There has been cleared to hold the items. NPR's congressional reporter Kelsey Snell has been following the politics of the shutdown. She joins us now from Capitol Hill and Kelsey as we've talked about for the last thirty plus days, roughly, eight hundred thousand federal workers will miss a paycheck. What is congress finally doing about this in short and they're not doing anything right now? Both Senate bills needed sixty votes. And both of them came up short six Republicans voted for the Democrats Bill and only one democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted for the president's plan. Now, there's a lot of support for just opening the government, but we're in the same places we've been for weeks, nobody in the capital want the shutdown to last, but they simply can't figure out how to pass something that Democrats support and the president will sign so it's starting to feel like the same thing over and over the perception has been that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was on the sidelines throughout all of this. And now the Senate is engaged, right? Or congressional Republicans feeling pressure to end the shutdown. It would be an understatement to say that people are getting irritated. They just simply want a deal. I was talking to a lot of people including Republicans, and I think one person. Who described it, really? Well, was Ohio Republican Rob Portman? He told us that there shouldn't be so hard to get a deal. And there is a deal to be had. Here's what he said. Shutdowns are always stupid. This is one because the underlying problem is one we can't resolve we're not that far. This is not healthcare. He went on to say, it's not abortion. It's not one of these big social issues that people are used to fighting about. But they just can't get there. And, you know, Senate Democrats are pretty angry to this whole place is kind of a tinderbox. And there was this big fight on the floor between Michael Bennet from Colorado, a democrat and Senator Ted Cruz Republican from Texas and cut reheated. Here's what he said. How ludicrous it
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"This is NPR. And you're listening to WNYC in New York at five oh four. I'm Jamie Floyd legalizing, recreational marijuana, passing congestion pricing and rapidly increasing renewable energy usage. These are just some of the items on New York governor Andrew Cuomo to do list for this legislative session at the state of the union address this afternoon governor Cuomo conceded, the laundry list may seem ambitious. It's a lot no doubt about it. But there's been a lot that has been bottled up for many many years that we couldn't get done. And in many ways, I feel the state is now liberated with the Senate Democratic caucus. And of course, it's the state of the state the governor called on lawmakers to continue passing progressive legislation in the coming weeks among his top budget priorities. Cuomo said our public transportation and infrastructure, healthcare and cutting taxes for the middle class. For years, the NYPD's response to questions about its use of surveillance technology has been to neither confirm nor deny whether records bowed. It exists. It's called the glow more response. But now in New York state court judge has ruled in a case over whether NYPD spied on the cell phones of people attending black lives matter protests that the police can no longer keep that claim of confidentiality. It's a win for civil libertarians. And state supreme court Justice, Arlene, blue shot down, the NYPD argument that responding to complaints would compromise counterterrorism or criminal efforts because the police in question, we're not the people in question rather were not breaking the law at the time New York Times reporter, Ali Watson covered the case. Judge's ruling right now, depending on whether or not the NYPD appeals actually puts a very firm boot the neck of his response. They can't really use it in the future. The NYPD does have thirty days to appeal. The ruling. A statement a spokeswoman said that it uses the global response exceedingly sparingly and only after careful consideration of the interests involved tonight, mostly clear, a low around twenty seven degrees. Currently, it's thirty four degrees. The time is five oh six support for NPR comes from C three providing a software platform that enables organizations to deploy artificial intelligence in IOT solutions at industrial scale. Learn more at C three dot AI. From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Mary Louise Kelley, and I'm Ari Shapiro in a Senate hearing room today attorney general nominee William bar has been walking a fine line bar is pledging to protect the Justice department. But he also says the president has sweeping constitutional authority NPR national Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been following these confirmation hearings and joins us now to talk about them. Hi, hey, okay. He has been nominated to lead the Justice department at a time when the president is attacking it. So how did bar address that tension today? Well, Bill Maher said he has a very high opinion of deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, he says he has no reason to doubt that the Russians attempted to interfere in our elections. And he says he doesn't believe that special counsel. Robert Muller would be conducting a witch hunt in fact, Barr says he would quit rather than fire Muller. If there were no good cause to get rid of him. And as one of Muller's friends for thirty years Barr says it's unimaginable that. Muller would do anything to prompt? A firing Senate Democrats went into this hearing wanting bar firmly committed to protecting the Russia investigation. Did they get that commitment? Not affirm one Ari Dianne Feinstein, the top democrat on the committee was pressing Bill bar a lot about what people will learn in the end about the Russia probe. Will you commit to making any report Muller produces at the conclusion of his investigation available to congress and to the public as as I said, my statement, I am going to make as much information available as I can consistent with the rules and regulations now Bill bar talked about wanting transparency, but he also said that he s the attorney general make the ultimate call about what becomes public and later on Senator amazing. Geraldo, Hawaii said just asking us to trust. You is not enough. She said this president will do anything to protect himself, and Mr. bar was kind of tough in his response. He said, I'm not going to surrender the responsibility of the attorney general. To get this title. We know that bar has had some contact with lawyers involved in the investigation. Did we learn anything new today about his interactions with the White House? We did bar told lawmakers he actually met with President Trump awhile ago, and the president seemed to want bar to join his legal defence team bar politely declined. He said he didn't want to stick his head in a meat grinder bar. Also said he discussed some legal theories with attorneys for the president the vice president and with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, but bar said he didn't recall learning anything of substance. Anything confidential about the pro from the beginning of this investigation. The issue of recusals has been a very big deal. What had bar say about recusals today? He said he thinks Jeff Sessions. The former attorney general probably did the right thing to recuse himself in Democrats pressed bar to step aside to given this context with lawyers involved in this investigation and a memo he wrote criticizing the investigation, but here again, far would not commit. He says he will ask career. Ethics officials at Justice to evaluate the question, but he won't necessarily do what they advise. He also said the president is not above the law. The president can't for example, offer pardons to people who promise now to incriminate him taking a step back. There is one question about Bill bar that people on both sides of the aisle have which is why would he come back to lead the Justice department after twenty seven years to be attorney general again in excellent question bar, basically says because he loves the Justice department as an institution he says, he's sixty eight years old, and he has nothing to lose. If you take this job, you have to be ready to make decisions and spend all your political capital and have no future because you have to have that freedom of action, and I feel I'm gonna position in life where I can do the right thing and not really care about the consequences and Ari so far nothing has emerged to block Boris path confirmation. NPR national. Justice. Correspondent Carrie Johnson. Thank you. My pleasure for analysis of the hearing and of what Bill bar may do if he's confirmed. Let's bring in Jennifer dascomb. She's an associate professor of law at American University. She used to work at the Justice department. Professor Daska welcome. Thank you. So to the central question today, which is whether bar will protect the Muller investigation based on what you heard from his testimony. Are you persuaded that he will? So he he answered that pretty clearly he said that he he likely I mean, he had he would protect mother and the absence. Something extraordinary that mother would be allowed to continue. I think the key question and the one that several senators pushed on the a question of what is going to be made public, and what's going to be made available congress. We heard Bill bars say repeatedly that he was committed to transparency, but transparency considered students consistent with the law transparency consistent with rules and regulations and bar. Has a very broad view of executive privilege and a very broad view of executive power including power over criminal investigation. So when he says he needs to be consistent with rules and regulations on the question of whether whatever final report Muller producers should be made public. That's what he would be referring to executive privilege that the president might say, no, exactly executive privilege abroad claims our national security, our range of different reasons. Why transparency would be limited according to his his views and the president's articulation of of what's necessary to keep private secret. He also as we just heard there from Carrie Johnson did not seem to suggest that he's likely to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation. Did that surprise you in any way? It comprises me only because it seems like a clear case where recusals would be appropriate, but he has been consistent on along in suggesting that he would not recuse himself. And I wasn't surprised that he didn't change his mind today. But giving his engagement given the nemo that was that he chose to write and to send to the president about concerned about obstruction of Justice charges targeting the president and given what he acknowledged today about conversations, it seems like this would be a clear case for recusal has been consistent about that. Well, that prompts my next question, and it's one that he was asked today by senators in in one way or the other a number of times, which is would he protect the independence of the Justice department against executive overreach. Do you think when push comes to shove Bill would tell the president? No, no, sir. You can't do that. So again, I think it depends on what's being asked. And he did get today that there were certain red lines that he went cross, but that being said he has an expressed repeatedly previously very broad views of executive power and executive privilege, and there are certainly in a whole range of areas in which the president could assert executive privilege in my assumption is and based on bars previous, writings and statements. That bar would agree. Did you learn anything about Bill today that you didn't already know? Some of the contacts that he's had were interesting to hear about you know, he is as as expected he was incredibly articulate and and respectful. I think that the key is is reading the testimony in light of what he started written in the past. Did you hear anything today that might derail this confirmation that poses a serious threat to his chances of being confirmed? I'm just given given the politics and given the makeup of the Senate unlikely at this point is there a question to you to you would have asked him that the senators did not. Again, I think that really pushing him on this question of transparency what happens when the president asserts a claim of national security what happens when the president says, you know, we just want a very brief cursory summary of this report sent up to congress. What do you do? Then you would have liked to have heard an iron clad, whatever Muller wants to be made public. I'll back. Exactly, that's Jennifer Gasco. She she choose constitutional and national security law at American University Jennifer desk, thanks so much for taking the time. Thank you.
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"Under a partial shutdown. She called on members to respect each other and the truth in dealing with one another Don gonyea, NPR news, Washington. Members of the US. Congress are a largely religious group, or at least claimed to have a faith NPR's. Tom gjelten says about nine and ten say they're Christian with Catholics the most popular denomination. Among the members the religious profile of congress comes from the Pew Research Center based on how members describe themselves across congress, just one member democratic Senator Kirsten cinema Zona reports having no particular faith, among all US adults one in force has that one explanation for that disconnect. Maybe that candidates think voters won't approve of someone who's unchurched. So they're reluctant to describe themselves that way, no matter their actual beliefs. Thirty percent of members say their Catholic of the Protestant members Baptists have. The largest share more than six percent identifies. Jewish three times the share of Jews in the US adult population. Tom Chilton NPR news, Washington, Mexico's foreign affairs ministry says it's calling on the US government through its embassy to investigate a January first incident in which US agents fired tear gas into Mexico agents said they were attempting to disperse a group of rock throwers in the first hours of new year about one hundred and fifty migrants attempted to breach a border fence in Tijuana was financial markets plunged again in the second trading day of the new year all three of the major US stock market indices closing down more than two percent stock market jitters were prompted by Apple's warning showdown in China admitted escalating trade war between the US and China. Arthur Dong is a professor of strategy and economics at Georgetown's McDonough school of business overall, the United States economies far less dependent on exports. We are very heavily diversified service based economy, and so on that respect the United States. You know, is is I think sitting. In a in a better position overall. But it certainly will be some some repercussions felt apple stock dropped almost ten percent today racing more than seventy four billion dollars in market valuation. The Dow was down six hundred and sixty points. This is NPR and you're listening to WNYC. I'm Jamie Floyd. A federal judge is blocking implementation of a New York City law that would have regulated Airbnb home hotel business. The law would require Airbnb and other short term rental platforms to divulge the names of hosts and addresses of rentals. But the court said the amount of information amounts to unreasonable search and seizure. The law was to go into effect early next month will now be put on hold while the lawsuit moves forward, mayor de Blasio had championed the law saying it would it make sure the city's precious housing supply could be devoted to New Yorkers rather than tourists. A special election for New York City. Public advocate is set for February twenty six it's the first citywide especially election since nineteen fifty and WNYC's bridge Bergen reports the rules are unique for this race. You won't see anyone running as a democrat or Republican to actually appear on the ballot candidates must create their own party name. And collect nearly four thousand signatures from registered voters. And there's another quirk, Melissa Mark Viverito. Former city council speaker running on the fixed the MTA party line explains. The other interesting thing is that unlike a primary here whoever files I their petitions is first on the ballot Merck. Marito is vying for that top spot. Among nearly two dozen declared candidates turning in her petitions just one day after candidates were allowed to start collecting them. New Jersey is one of the state's least affected by the partial shutdown of the federal government. That's according to a new study, which says the Garden State will be hard hit by delays in process. Messing federally financed mortgages, but less so in other categories, New Jersey ranked forty four th out of fifty states and the district of Columbia the study by the financial website, wallet hub, ranks state based on the number of federal jobs contracts, real estate activity, national parks, and percentage of families receiving food assistance. New York ranked thirty fifth on the list in part because New York is among the five states, receiving the least money in federal contracts. The district of Columbia, not surprisingly is most affected by the shutdown. Currently forty two degrees. Partly cloudy at six oh, six support for NPR comes from the Walton family foundation where opportunity takes root more information is available at Walton family foundation dot org. It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Audie Cornish, and Mary Louise Kelley the government shutdown grinds on over funding for President Trump's border wall. But meanwhile, the Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to construct or upgrade border fencing, some one hundred sixty miles along the Arizona and California borders with Mexico, active duty military will take up the task here to tell us more is NPR's Pentagon. Reporter Tom Bowman and Tom what exactly is the task with? What is the Pentagon going to be doing? Well, I'm told this fencing said likely combat engineers for the fencing portion of this effort, but it goes beyond that homeland security's requesting medical units, of course, two children died along the border with in the custody of US officials at the centers they need additional help for the migrants coming through and also told aviation units would be part of this as well. They provide surveillance along the border to help customs and border protection, monitor any movements. And again, this is so. Support for that effort. Active-duty troops can't get involved in any arrest or detention of any migrants, it's against the law and to be clear. This is something new. This is on top of the existing troops already deployed to the border. Right. So this is new this is just coming out. Now this request was made from homeland security. How many more we talking? Well, we don't know at this point. I heard some one official said maybe thousands of troops and other said, well, the existing truce might be able to help. There are now twenty three hundred act of troops there on the border along with twenty one hundred guard forces they could provide some of this effort, but clearly they're going to send additional troops. They could change them out or some could be extended but acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan hinted about more support at a cabinet meeting at the White House yesterday. Let's listen restoration of the fences building out and additional mileage from the law. The army Corp. Engineers is dialed in on doing this cost-effectively quickly on the right amount of urgency as to where we built additional stand up walls quickly get after the threat. The threat is real. And he goes on to say that he'll provide assistance to homeland security secretary Kirsten Nielsen who's making the request to the Pentagon anytime line on how long these duty troops might be there. No idea. I was told it could be months to construct the fencing or shore up existing fencing, you know, we're talking one hundred and sixty miles or so now fencing right act of troops were supposed to end their deployment, by the way at the end of the month. So some could be extended maybe other units could take their place. But what we don't know. Right. Will the Pentagon is working on the specific? So we don't have a lot of detail at this point. Let me insertive skeptical question here, the president has said if he doesn't get money for a wall from congress. He might just order the military to build it is that what is going on here. The president doing something of an end run around the border standoff. That's quite possible. At this point, the talks with congress, the Democrats in particular appear to be going nowhere. The Pentagon the president wants five billion dollars for the wall. The Democrats saying that's far too much. In the standoff continues the government shutdown. But of course, a Pentagon has not shut down. And they're ready to take orders from the commander in chief. Thank you. You're welcome NPR's. Tom Bowman one person. And we'll be looking at the Trump administration's immigration policies is the new chairman of the House Judiciary committee, New York, Democrat Jerrold Nadler, welcome to the program. Thank you. Now. Your committee has oversight over many key areas. Right Justice department, voting rights and an immigration as we mentioned on that last issue. You told CBS that the zero tolerance policy that led to the separation of migrant families on the border was a deliberate creation of the White House that they're trying to make things as miserable as possible. In quote, if kids die there apparently willing to have that. Yes. To investigate the deaths of those two migrant children. Yes, we are. We're going to investigate the deaths of those two migrant children and the entire family separation policy. And there are a lot of questions. How could they for example, deport parents to foreign countries? He's making no provision to give the kids back I or even to figure out identification for the kids. So we have kids now months later that may never find your parents again. State-sanctioned kidnapping. Does it feel like investigative actions and oversight? That's really the only recourse. Democrats have right now. Does it feel like you have no real ability to change Trump administration policies? No doesn't feel that way. At all. And you can't talk about that the first day of democratic control, and the new congress, we have a we have leverage investigation, and, publicity, and and oversight is a major constitutional responsibility. And ability that we have the number to the power of the purse, you can't pass a budget without the house as well as the Senate, and we can put requirements in that budget. We can put limitations on the use of funds we can put requirements for the use of funds and so forth. So even if you cannot pass. Subject matter Bill through both houses of the president would veto it. They can't pass a budget without the house consent. So we have considerable leverage. You've also on another topic. You've sponsored a Bill that would protect the special counsel office. Robert Muller was investigating interference in the two thousand sixteen election introduce that Bill today, and you've also threatened to subpoena acting attorney general Mr. Whittaker what do you hope to learn from him? We are very concerned about a massive fraud. And the American people by the president by his campaign in order to obtain office through fraudulent means hush money payments to women Michael Cohen working with the Russians plus obstruction of Justice in the investigation of that we have to look into all of that. And the special counsel is looking into that or into some of it insofar as they may be crimes, but we have to look into all of that to protect the integrity of our elections and the integrity of our democratic system and to protect the American people from being defrauded by by the Trump campaign Ovalles future campaigns for that matter. So that is the prime thing that we have to do we have to put an end to Republican efforts over the last two years to interfere with an undermine the special counsel's investigation. If the Muller investigation uncovers evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors are you prepared to pursue impeachment? And even if it's politically unpopular it's too early. To talk about impeachment. But what is important at this point is to follow all the facts where they lead to make sure that those facts are public and to make sure that they're not interfered with by the Trump administration. So if a special counsel issues report, we have to make sure that that report is is it becomes public. If necessary we'll subpoena it necessarily will quote Muller to testify in front of the committee about it. We have to make sure that it's not varied by the Trump administration. Bye bye Whitaker or by bar. The President Trump has been implicated and campaign law violations. As part of Michael Collins plea, something like that an impeachable offense. It could be that. I don't wanna get into impeachment now. 'cause it when we're not prepared for that. At this point. The some of what he's been accused of could be impeachable. Offenses. But the real question now is to find out what happened to find out. What frauds were committed but frauds against American democracy. And to make sure the public knows that the public can judge, and we can judge in the judiciary committee instead of where we should go from there whether to be impeachment whether it should be protective legislation for the future. Whatever it may be. And you were earlier you were speaking about William bar, the White House nominee for attorney general. Yes. And and the acting attorney general Mr. Whittaker is it possible that you will overplay your hand.
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And Mary Louise Kelley majority leader Mitch McConnell says he is distressed Nebraska Republican Vince asked calls it a sad day for America. And Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat describes it as a national security crisis. All senators all talking about the resignation of secretary of defense, Jim Mattis. I am joined now by another Senator Tim Kaine democrat of Virginia Cain sits on the Armed Services Committee, which will have to confirm whoever is nominated to succeed. Mattis Senator Kaine welcome. Could it be on the show? Thanks so much. I gather you're not happy about secretary Mattis impending departure either. No, look, I've been in public life for twenty five years. I'm an armed services member from a state. That's connected to the military. I have a son in the Marine Corps secretary Mattis has one of the best public servants. I've worked with in my career and his resignation, and especially the asserted reasons for the resignation should 'cause every American to be really really worried. Although was this inevitable Madison self in the resignation letter that I soon you're referring to there. He said the president deserves a Defense Secretary who shares his vision of the world, I think that's very diplomatically put. But if you look at the letter, basically, what secretary Mattis says is this that the two pillars of American security that are constant. And this is a guy who spent more than four decades providing security is a marine is one building strong alliances among democracies and second standing up. To thorough -tarian adversaries, and he basically said Mr President on these two values you and I disagree, and we've certainly seen in a president who undercuts allies at many opportunities using national security waivers to punish Canada and Europe, for example, and then cosies up to a thorough Teheran's such as Russia and and Kim Jong Hoon in North Korea. And that reason asserted by secretary Mattis is very very troubling. Have you talked to him if you talk to dramatically? I have not talked to him since the announcement. The announcement set off a firestorm now leave news, but ambassadors of European and other allies reaching out to Senator saying sort of what's going on announcements this week about Syrian Afghanistan, obviously, causing huge concerns among allies who were side by side with us. In those theaters. I mentioned it's your committee armed services that will have to vote on whoever is named to succeed him. Who would you like to see? You know, it's too early to say that there's a person that I'd like to see, but I want somebody who will be willing to stand up and speak truth to power one of the challenges. And this administration is those who do general McMaster, the national security advisor and secretary Mattis, they get pushed aside, but we need people who are experienced who will look the president in the eye and and speak truth. And if the president can handle it he can't handle it. But I don't want an enabler. There's been too many neighbors around this president and the first two years like bobbleheads saying yes to everything, and that's not what this country needs right now changing gears. We're speaking to you from Capitol Hill. Are you all making any progress on a voiding a government shutdown at stroke of midnight? Well, we had a bipartisan deal just two days ago passed the Senate unanimously with the blessing of the White House, but the president yesterday decided to do a one eighty and say he now if you can't get five billion hill shutdown government and punish eight hundred thousand plus federal employees. Who would not get as long as there's a shutdown? Yeah. I heard you on Sarah calling him the Grinch about to steal Christmas, which I will give you credit. It's a good line. But subsidies. Senator or else? Well, thousands of people who are going to have to work without being paid over the holidays. You're you're absolutely right. And that was what we did when we gave them a bipartisan deal less than forty eight hours ago that he agreed to I know. But here we are society afternoon. So what happens? Well, what's going on? Right now is the vice president, Jared, Kushner, and Mick Mulvaney. The new chief of staff were up talking to Senator Schumer, and we're seeing reports out of that meeting that there may be an announcement soon about a path forward possibly a deal. I understand those administration officials went over to talk to speaker Ryan. So this is very much kind of a work in progress right now, no reason to shut the government down. Absolutely. None just a few seconds left. But, but we're also hearing from Shimer's office, and they're saying that this deal would involve funding for border security, but not the wall would you vote for that? I voted for it many many times comprehensive immigration reform and twenty thirteen head border security money. We offered the president deal in February with border security money. He turned it down border security is something that we all support. All right. Thank you so much Senator. Alright thanks much Virginia. Democrat Tim Kaine and we are talking with other Republicans elsewhere on the show. I interview Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma supreme court Justice, Ruth, Bader Ginsburg had surgery today for early stage lung cancer the odds for a full recovery from the disease at that stage have dramatically improved in recent years. That said this is the eighty five year old liberal
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"Have shown up, but it probably wouldn't have been in a number. It's right now in this climate, Michelle Obama will also be speaking at the Barclay center in Brooklyn, tomorrow night, Saturday, and Manhattan and Brooklyn are both vying to light the world's largest minora in celebration of Hanukkah this year, the thirty two foot high four thousand pound gold colored minora is going outside of the plaza hotel in Manhattan today, and it will be lit on Sunday marking the first night of Hannukah across the river the river Brooklyn's largest minora roughly the same size will also have its first lighting of the season Sunday night at grant. Army plaza a concert kickoff for the festivities and Brooklyn organizers, we'll have music Lakas and the rest every night of Hannukah currently forty one degrees cloudy at five. Oh, six. Support for NPR comes from Baird for one hundred years. Baird has partnered with individuals businesses institutions and communities working together toward their financial goals. More information is available at Baird one hundred dot com. From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish. And Mary Louise Kelley President Trump's sit down with Vladimir Putin looked set to go ahead on the sidelines of the g twenty summit this week. Then Trump threatened to call it off yesterday. He said it was probably on. And then from Air Force One on route to Argentina Trump tweeted. He was pulling out the bottom line is they may have an impromptu chat in Buenos Aires who knows there's nothing on the formal schedule. What we do know is that hanging over any meeting between the leaders of the United States and Russia is Robert Mueller, the special counsel who has been investigating ties between Russia and Trump and who this week showed his hand in a number of interesting ways, prompting journalist Garrett Graff to ask is Robert Muller's in game. Incite graph explores that question in wired magazine this week, and he joins me now hither Garrett by now as is prone to happen in two thousand eighteen there have been twists and turns even since you file. This story, and we're gonna get to some of those but to travel far far back in time all the way to Monday this week forgotten the dark ages. This was the day that Muller's team alleged that Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chair had lied to the FBI. And you argue in your piece in wired that this day Monday may end up breaking among the most consequential days yet of the Muller probe. Why it's an incredibly hard, obviously to read the tea leaves of this investigation surprised us at every turn and often surprises us multiple times within a single day. But it seemed like Monday was the beginning of the end that the decision to declare Paul Manafort as non-cooperative and move forward with his sentencing appears to be perhaps a way that Muller is trying to move forward with publishing something that could. Look like the Muller report that he plans to file sometime presumably next week. A document outlining with the court all of Paul manafort's lies in crimes. So if that is one way that Mueller may be showing his hand or about to show his hand. Let me fast forward you now to yesterday, which is when longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty again this time of lying to congress about a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow. How does it that shift the picture? It's one of the most significant moves that we've seen so far from Muller because what it does is connects Donald Trump and the Trump organization directly to Russia in directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the course of the two thousand sixteen campaign and how so how are they now coming together? We'll what you have is Michael Cohen trying to contact in game the assistance of Ladimir Putin himself. To secure the funding and the approval for Trump Tower Moscow as late as the spring of two thousand sixteen well into the period where Donald Trump has secured the GOP nomination for president of the United States. One of the aspects of Muller strategy appears to have been he's kind of rating, whatever final report he's going to produce at the end of this as he goes, I mean, he's been producing these very detailed court filings. Exactly. And people seem to be waiting for there to be some hard back book that gets published at the end of this. That is labeled the Muller report like nine eleven commission style. Exactly. And I think most people are missing that. He is writing a lot of that report in public with every court filing where the details that he puts into these are far more than is strictly necessary for the criminal prosecution that he's attempting to pursue. So when you look at the. Totality of what? Bob Muller has published in these indictments in these plea agreements, there's a lot there. Well, it's about three hundred pages of what a Bob Muller report would look like at the end. So to your key question is Bob Muller's in game. And I think it is it's incredibly hard as I said to understand where this investigation is going day to day. But Bob Muller has to know that his investigation was under threat, potentially after the election, and after attorney general Jeff Sessions being fired. Absolutely. And that he I think appears to be ready for some rapid movement in the weeks ahead now that doesn't necessarily mean this is going to come to a quick conclusion. The prosecution's for Watergate stretched out over the course of almost a decade. But this is I think a case where George popadopoulos went to prison for his. Fourteen days sentence last Monday, another former trumpet, we should mention. Yes. And that I think by the time George popadopoulos comes out of prison. We're gonna know a lot more about this case, journalist and Muller biographer Garrett Graff Garrett. Thank you. My pleasure. So as we just heard one of the most significant developments in the Muller probe this week was President Trump's former lawyer and fix Michael Cohen pleading guilty to lying to congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Russia during the two thousand sixteen campaign and that effort came after decades of President Trump trying to build in Russia to be NYC's. Ilya marritz, co host the Trump Inc podcast. He joins me now to give us a more of the long view. Welcome to the program. Thanks for having me. I should say Trump Inc. Right. I have to get to Trump Inc. So we know some about Michael Cohen's work during the presidential campaign. How does this week's news ads what we already knew about Trump's efforts to build in Russia? Well, we now know because Trump's former lawyer said it in court that Trump was actively pursuing a tower in Moscow while he was campaigning for the Republican nomination for president. This is something Donald Trump has long denied what history tells us is that Trump has long wanted to put his name on a building in Moscow. So in one thousand nine hundred seven he visits the US. Czar the Soviet Union, and he talks about how they need luxury hotels in Moscow and Leningrad. He makes another trip in one thousand nine hundred ninety s doesn't get anywhere. And then in the two thousand Trump's starts to lend his name to developers around the world. And there's a there deals around Russia. There's one in Azerbaijan there's one in the Republic of Georgia which Michael Cohen helps to arrange in twenty thirteen Trump's comes to Moscow again for the Miss Universe pageant. He owns the pageant, and he says again that he's in talks with developers. And then finally we see a renewed effort in two thousand fifteen and two thousand sixteen to build in Moscow.
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"With the president of China this weekend. Both are locked in a multi-billion dollar trade war. Civil rights leaders say the indictment of four Saint Louis metropolitan police officers reveals a troubling mindset. Inside the department Saint Louis public radio's Rachel Lipman reports. The officers are facing federal charges for their roles in the assault of an undercover officer during a two thousand seventeen protests. The charges include excessive force obstruction of Justice and lying to a grand jury four officers have been suspended without pay the undercover detective was among hundreds of people arrested at downtown Saint Louis in September of last year. It was the third day of protests after a white for a police officer was acquitted of shooting and killing a black, man. That's Rachel Lipman reporting. This is NPR and I'm Jimmy Floyd for WNYC. Some New York City council. Members are introducing a Bill to make the government bidding process with corporations more transparent. The new law would prohibit officials from signing nondisclosure agreements with companies as happened in the Amazon deal councilmember Brad Lander says he feels that level of secrecy should not happen again. If the law had been in place, the city would have had to say we can't sign a non disco. Agreement. So there's two choices. We can make a bid, but it has to be public and people would be able to see it. The Bill is cosponsored by council members Monty Williams and Jimmy van Bremer atop regional Federal Housing administrator is calling for the arrest of three Niger officials after a report found they regularly lied about elevator. Inspections. Lynn Pat overseas region, two of the department of housing and urban development, which includes New York and New Jersey yesterday. She tweeted that the Niger employees should be jailed after they were charged with dozens of felony counts. For falsifying inspection reports. Daily news reporter, Greg Smith says Patten has little authority to pursue the case herself. She has almost nothing to do with this. I guess it's well intention that she does ask a question that is important. And that is did anybody higher up the ladder condone this behavior that isn't really important question. That's the most important question. Smith says the case will be handled by. The district attorney, and Shirley Chisholm story is coming to the big screen and Oscar winning actress viola Davis is bringing it to life. Davis is set to produce and star in a new film about Chisholm for Amazon studios called the fighting, Shirley Chisholm Chisholm, the first black woman ever elected to congress represented New York's twelfth district in the house of representatives from nineteen sixty nine to nine thousand nine hundred eighty three. She was also the first woman to seek the democratic party's presidential nomination in nineteen seventy-two Chisholm died in two thousand five at age eighty and we'll have a retrospective later on all things considered tonight. We've got a twenty percent chance of light rain, otherwise cloudy with a low around thirty four degrees. Currently forty two degrees and cloudy at four oh, six support for NPR comes from farmers insurance committed to helping people understand the ins and outs have insurance. So they can prepare for lives ups and downs. Coverage op. Options and more information can be found at farmers dot com. This is all things considered for men. PR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelley, and I'm Audie Cornish all is run. President Trump's first day the twenty summit in Argentina. He's working his way through a series of meetings. There Trump's visit comes on the heels of a big development and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation a guilty plea by his former attorney Michael Cohen, and what it revealed about Trump's efforts to land a business deal with Russia during the two thousand sixteen campaign NPR White House correspondent tamra Keith is traveling with the president and joins us now from when his IRAs their town. Hey, ATI sometimes when a president goes overseas. The White House is trying to leave all the domestic troubles behind is that the case this time, the answer would seem to be no. And and the reason I say that is that President Trump was supposed to have a meeting here with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he abruptly cancelled that on the way to Argentina via tweet saying it was because of Russian aggression against Ukraine, but then this afternoon there were. Reports of a possibly an informal meeting happening between Trump and Putin. Those reports were being pushed from Russia and the White House put out a sort of an odd statement referring to the Mueller investigation. Sarah Sanders sent this along she said the Russian witch-hunt hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end is doing very well. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia, which was not entirely the answer to the question that we were asking another way that we know that the president's thinking about it is that he's been tweeting about it from here in Argentina a little while ago. Reporter's got to ask the president questions, and and one of the questions was about why he cancelled his meeting with Putin. He insisted it was because of Ukraine, hopefully, they'll be able to settle it out. Flowers amazing with president. The basis of what took place. With respect to the ships, sailors that was the. In the meantime, what else has been going on at the g twenty one big thing that happened today was before the g twenty started a signing ceremony at the president's hotel with the leaders of Canada and Mexico signing the US MCA that is the trade deal that will replace NAFTA. One interesting note is that during remarks, President Trump and president Pineyro of Mexico. It was his last day on the job both referred to it as the US MCA, which is the preferred title that President Trump likes, but prime minister Trudeau kept calling it new NAFTA, even though President Trump does not like the term NAFTA at all. But you know, this is a notable moment because this is a step in the process of President Trump, keeping a campaign promise that said congress and legislatures in Mexico and Canada still need to sign off on this on another subject. The Saudi Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman is there. He's of course, been under scrutiny since the killing of journalist Jamal kashogi has he actually interacted with President Trump yet. So a White House official says that they just exchanged pleasantries that there was no discussion. This comes in pretty big contrast with a video that's been circulating of Russian President Putin, and m Bs exchanging sort of an intricate high five that looked very celebratory the president is under some scrutiny about this because he has questioned the CIA assessment that NBS ordered the killing of Jamal kashogi. That's NPR's tamra Keith tamra. Thank you. You're welcome. And we're going to start right there with the g twenty talks in Argentina for our regular week in politics chat. We also need to take stock of another wild week in the Russia investigation. David Brooks of the New York Times is here in the studio as he often has on Friday, David with you and Susan Glasser. The New Yorker, welcome to you. Thanks so much. So President Trump signed this new NAFTA deal today, except as we just heard we're not supposed to call it NAFTA anymore. That's controversial. We are referring to the United States Mexico Canada agreement the US MCA, Scott, I'm tempted to call it also maybe prospects for a trade deal or some sort of agreement with China that may be coming together down at the g twenty Susan. Let me start with you does this count as progress in a year where we have spent a lot more time talking about trade wars than trade deals. Well, look, I think President Trump made a decision to sort of pull back from the brink and to declare victory with the reincarnated NAFTA. Whatever you wanna call it, most experts, and I'm not one on this subject. Do believe that it essentially is a reincarnated NAFTA that it builds on the foundation substantially of the original went and by the way, it's not attend deal. I should point out that there's going to be a real political fight. I think. Up here in Washington on Capitol Hill over approving this. So it's not over. Although President Trump was was taking it as a victory lap. Today was also strengthened by government coming in Mexico, which will inherit the steel by a president on his last day there. That's right. And and I thought you saw the lasting hard feelings as a result of these very tough negotiations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who did appear at the last minute was uncertain at the signing ceremony today in Buenos Aires. But had some strong words for President Trump, and you've had this amazing spectacle. What have we taken to get here of the United States going after candidate one of its closest allies, David your takeaway, so far from the g twenty well, so far the image of Muhammad bin Salman and Putin doing an end zone dance together is the big takeaway video circulating of them doing a hi fi. Looking very cheer an image. It's a symbol. It's a symbol of an era in which the wolves of the global international order are on the March and undeterred because there's no one. Deter them. And so that's one thing. The second thing I think is the China US relationship and this thank heaven is not a Trump related story to me the big change in US China relations is that we used to have people who were friends of China somewhere, foes of China and the foreign policy establishment sort of split. That's no longer the case. Now, everyone sees China as a challenge, but as a foe Hank pulse in the former treasury fare gave a speech in Singapore recently in which he laid that very clearly and he was very much in the camp. So when Trump talks tough on China trade, he now has a lot of people who are not normally his friends actually thinking he's doing the right thing me loop.
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"Summer says he was helping his ninety year old mother fill out her absentee ballot. When he went to stuff it into the envelope. And he noticed he had a problem. It didn't fit to white. They took it out to see. Maybe I folded it wrong. But there's only one way to fold it. Michael Ryan, the head of New York City's board of elections says yes, some of the ballots didn't quite fit their envelopes. We got them back from the vendor folded in three sections. They probably should have been folded in four sections is city is reminding people there are two pages in two sides to the ballot. The candidates are on one side and ballot proposals are on the other for the rest of tonight here no area, no precipitation. It'll just be mostly cloudy overnight tonight. We'll see low of about forty three degrees. Tomorrow, Tuesday, mostly sunny through the day with a high near fifty seven it'll remain clear tomorrow night, low about forty. Eight and then on Wednesday, very nice day. It'll be mostly sunny through the day on Wednesday. The high reaching about sixty five degrees right now, though here in New York City, fifty six degrees under cloudy skies. You're listening to WNYC at four zero six. Support for NPR comes from visit Saint Petersburg Clearwater, along Florida's Gulf Coast offering artistic draws including St. Pete's Dali museum the to Hooghly collection and the museum of fine arts more at visit Saint Pete Clearwater dot com. From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Mary Louise Kelley, and I'm Ari Shapiro. The man accused of killing eleven worshippers and wounding six others in synagogue, Saturday appeared in federal court today Robert Bowers has been charged with twenty nine federal crimes and could face the death penalty NPR's Brian man was in the courtroom in Pittsburgh and joins us now. Brian IRA at describe what the scene was like in there today. Incredibly
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"Stocks finished lower today on Wall Street as shares of IBM slumped after the fed signaled the need to continue to raise interest rates despite criticism from the president the Dow dropped ninety one points. This is NPR and this is WNYC in New York. I'm Sean Carlson, New York governor Andrew Cuomo is joining a growing list of officials who say they won't appear on local news channel, New York. One. His move followed mayor de Blasios decision on Monday to cancel his weekly appearance on the channel both say they want appear because of a standoff between the stations parent company charters spectrum and electrical workers who've been on strike for more than a year. Thirty five other elected officials signed a letter pledging to stay off the station as well. Tom Robbins, a longtime New York reporter and faculty member at the CUNY journalism school said the move doesn't really surprise them. New York is a union town, or at least that's the perception. It's toxic Titian to cross the picket line a spokesperson for New York. One said in a statement. It's quote, a shame to see New York. One us as a political prop at a time. When there are fewer and fewer objective. Local news outlets. New York City councilman wants to tighten regulations on the iconic water towers that Dohrn the city skyline. That's after an investigation by the city and state news website found the many rooftop tanks are decrepit and potentially hazardous Manhattan. Councilman Ben Kahlo says his new Bill would require landlords to clean their water towers after city officials test them inspections of the water towers were actually happening after cleaning. And of course, they will passing with flying colors despite reporting to the contrary that these water towers were in poor condition. The Bill would also allow the city to conduct surprise inspections to make sure the reservoirs are being kept clean right now. They're scheduled with the landlord a near state health department committee has missed its deadline to recommend regulations for three types of toxic chemicals in drinking water right now. The state has no rules on whether water systems even have to test for PFOS PF and one four dioxin. Liz Miranda is with the environmental advocates of New York right now. There are thousands of people who have no idea PF away. Even in their water. They haven't had the same kind of testing that other communities have had and if they don't know what's in their water. Well, what if it's there the APA does require testing, but not for small towns so beginning for years ago residents of who sick falls, upstate New York tested the water themselves last year, they discovered their levels of PF. Oh, a were eighteen hundred times higher than the federal safety standard. The state says it plans to make recommendations by the end of the year for the rest of tonight here in our area. The sky should remain mostly clear, we'll have a low of about forty degrees tonight. It'll be breezy. Gus up to thirty six miles an hour and then tomorrow Thursday sunny through the day with a high near fifty degrees. You're listening to WNYC at seven thirty five support for NPR comes from member stations and from zoom. Zoom offers cloud video conferencing, online meetings and a video conference room solution in one platform, featuring digital video and audio screen sharing account registration and more at zoom dot US. And transfer wise a service that helps people send money internationally three million people and businesses use transfer wise to send receive and convert currencies in more than seventy countries. More at transfer wise dot com or from their app from NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Ari Shapiro. Mary Louise Kelley last night, the two US Senate candidates from Texas debated in San Antonio three weeks before election day. There was an important opportunity for democratic congressman veteran Rourke an incumbent Republican Ted Cruz to make their cases to voters the debate. Like the race was downright nasty as NPR's. Wade Goodwin reports Senator Ted Cruz is reelection campaign has not been shy about attacking his opponent. Congressman Beto were Rourke on TV. I'm Ted Cruz, and I approved. This message metalwork is more extreme than he wants. You didn't know what attack at which eventually seemed to backfire cruise. Campaign. Misleadingly edited videotape to make it appear as if a Rourke said he supported flag burning which he did not say better. Rox positions are too extreme even for them just to reckless for taxes until now better work has declined to participate in negative campaigning. But with the poll showing cruise with anywhere from a six to a nine point lead, the congressman relented and has gone on the attack Republicans and Democrats alike know that we've got to lead on immigration reform, and yet Ted Cruz is the only Senator to vote against moving forward with that conversation is bounded to deport every single dream last night and their debate in San Antonio this trend continued crews painting or work as a dangerous extremist if you work in energy, if you work in oil and gas congressman rox record on this is extreme he didn't just vote for a ten dollar a barrel tax on oil. He's also voted for aggressive regulations of fracking. But unlike their first debate. Last night Aurore hit back. This is what you can expect over. The course of this debate Senator is not going to be honest with you. He's going to make up positions and votes that I've never held or ever taken is dishonest. It's why the president called wine Ted, and it's why the nickname stock because it's true, although crews would force a laugh when a work attacked him. His face revealed is true, emotions and the Senator didn't like it. But the debate in San Antonio was more than just battle. It was substantive to cruise has the numbers on his side. There are hundreds of thousands more Republican voters in Texas, the Democrats as a result. Cruise spoke mostly to his base. The state of Texas is booming. We've got right now. The lowest unemployment in forty nine years, Texas is seeing the benefits of low taxes and lower regulations and congressman or rock position is always always always in favor of higher taxes if Cruz generally played two Republican fears. What would happen? If Democrats gained any power work tended to speak to voters better angels. Whether we will remain the inspiration of the world is an open question right now. The partisanship pettiness the dishonesty that defines so much of the national conversation. We are in desperate need right now of inspiration. Although orcas running way ahead of other taxes. Statewide, Democrats close still get you know cigar? I think that a very good democratic candidate running against a flawed Republican candidate has a chance to break through. That's why Iraq came up so strong on cruise. Cal Jolson is a professor of political science at southern Methodist university Cruzan is an acquired taste people respect him as a conservative fighter. They don't necessarily like him. They gave a rock a look. But Democrats have to recognize that competitiveness is a decade or two decades out. It's not two years. It's not for years is longer than that. Because demographic change is very slow. Beto O'Rourke will appear in an hour long CNN townhall event tomorrow evening and mcallen on the Texas border Ted Cruz declined to participate. So our work will answer the voters questions himself. Wade goodwin. NPR news. Harvard is defending its admissions policy in a Boston courtroom this week. The question is whether the school discriminates against Asian American applicants the case could go to the supreme court with broad implications for -firmative action in schools yesterday. We spoke with an Asian American student who believes Harvard should consider factors including race. Kelly. Bap avant has the opposite view. She is also the daughter of Asian immigrants, and she's a junior at Harvard. Welcome to all things considered great. Thanks for having me. Why do you believe Harvard's admissions policy needs to change? I think race nearly creates illusion of diversity, and I'd love to see admissions policies change, not to have recent now Harvard says that when they do consider race, it's one of many factors that they consider it's complicated role in students life experiences would you like to see race just totally omitted from the list of factors that Harvard is considering when it assesses a student's qualifications. Yeah. I think so because when it comes down to it raises sort of something that is becoming not just merely a factor. But oftentimes the factory that a decision is based on. I think Harvard is saying that they don't do that. But what students for fair admissions has been showing in the past few days in has really brought to light is that oftentimes it is the single risk factor that comes down to someone's rejection students other admissions is the group that brought this lawsuit we should say. Yes. Yup. And I think it's scary to see this repeating in history because back in the nineteen twenties. Harvard sort of did this with Jewish applicants as well. Insert of USA personal reading to artificially keep their numbers lower. Although they were scoring higher on everything else. Similar to what happening with Asian Americans right now, some supporters of Harvard in this case have alleged that the group that brought this suit is using Asian-Americans almost as a front trying to drive a wedge among minority groups and that at the end of the day this lawsuit if it goes to the. Supreme court and a successful is really likely to help white people more than any other racial group. What do you think of that argument? I don't think that that's true at all. Clearly affirmative action has failed in its school right now. It's instead discriminated against Asian-Americans under the guise of diversity anything. This is a critical time to reevaluate. How -firmative action policies are impacting different communities. I'd like you to respond to something that Harvard senior Sally Chen said to us on the program yesterday. She plans to testify for Harvard at the trial. Here was part of our conversation. Merit means nothing without context. The kinds of barriers that people face and the kinds of the ways that they overcome and work despite these barriers I think is really important to how we're thinking about the ways in which people can succeed and can lead merit means. Nothing without context. What do you think of that idea? So I think that a lot of admissions processes should be based on just merit. But I come from an inner city public high school background, and I do recognize that merit does need to be put in context. Sometimes what resources and opportunities. People have available to them is really important. But I think that when we look at it we shouldn't just be looking at merit in the context of race. But again, like I said married in the context of economic status or something that speaks more to someone's opportunities and resources is really important. It sounds like you both agree that there are things about a person's application that cannot be quantified in grades and test scores. You just disagree about whether that list of things includes race or not. Yeah. I would agree with that. I would say that all of a sort of have the same goal of diversity on a college campus, whatever the benefits of it are, but we just don't believe that we have to resort to racial izing admissions. And instead focus on something like poverty because when we focus on something like race. I think it. Creates a sort of division in sort of diversity for the sake of diversity. And I think chief Justice John Roberts said it best when he said the only way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race, but Kelly thank you so much for talking with us today.
Kavanaugh: More women come forward with claims of sexual assault
"Audie Cornish. And I'm Mary Louise Kelley more women are making allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault against supreme court nominee. Brad kavanagh. One of them is speaking out by name. Julie sweat Nick came forward today to say, she observed cavenaugh as a teenager drinking excessively at parties and pressing himself against girls without their consent among other things Christine Blasi Ford had already accused cavenaugh sexual assault when they were both teenagers and Deborah Ramirez. Says he exposed himself to her when they were both college students Cavanaugh denies all the allegations and the Senate Judiciary committee so far is sticking with its plans to have