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"I'm Mary Louise Kelly. And I'm Ailsa Chang, a news story often records a moment in time like a screen grab. Yet the repercussions live on. You're about to hear about a man who asked The Wall Street Journal to revisit an article from eight years ago, an article that critics have used to trash his reputation. NPR's David Folkenflik tells us what happened next for decades, Robert Sherman has been focused on protecting students from unaffordable levels of college debt, looking especially at for profit campuses. Charmin helped craft new policies as a senior Education department official in the first years of the Obama administration. Yet for our purposes, Sharman is less of interest as a policymaker than as a punching bag every Six or 12 months. Uh, somebody, usually somebody, probably in the for profit college industry decides to resuscitate these old tired claims. The colleges and their allies have used The Wall Street Journal article to shred Charming's reputation for years. He says it's caused deep stress and wasted time. Charmin has been accused of corruption by pro industry websites, Conservative opinion pages, The Wall Street Journal, even liberal groups with financial ties to an industry leader, and they look for ways that they can try to smear me and they find this article and and they cited as evidence of something even though there's nothing to it in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department was investigating Charman for violating a policy prohibiting communications with his former employer. And that much was true. The article went further, though the Journal implied he might have been involved in insider trading, giving secret information to an investor who could have made money off it. A federal inspector general's report had already determined he had not Journal didn't report that The inspector general had found his emails with his former employer were innocuous. The Journal didn't report that either. The Justice Department investigation went nowhere, but the attacks kept coming. Including one in April from Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican who cautioned a former colleague of Charmant. Finally, I want to carefully point out your close proximity. Potentially unethical conduct at the department under the Obama administration, Burr didn't use Sharman's name, but accused him of providing deliberative and confidential regulatory information. Short sellers on Wall Street. The problem is, that's just not true. It's preposterous. It's actually preposterous. Justin Hamilton worked with Sharman at the U. S Education Department. He was a spokesman for the department in 2010. That's when Sharman listening by telephone as a Wall Street investor named Stephen Iseman made a presentation. Iceman warned that student loans from for profit colleges could collapse That said Iseman was a short seller. He stood to make money if the price of their stocks fell. Simon later emailed Iseman to say he had gotten a statistic wrong. That's it again. Justin Hamilton. There was no, uh, conspiracy to do the bidding of short sellers in order to make a quick buck. I think what you had here is a guy who dedicated his entire career to this issue. For me. The focus was never Shireman. It was Eisen. Melanie Sloan is the founder of the liberal watchdog group called Crew. Group had been a key source for the Wall Street Journal. I just don't think we want short sellers, um, making policy on the issues in which they are shorting shorting companies. I think that's dangerous for everybody something to know about Sloan's outfit and many of Sharman's critics. They have ties to the for profit colleges. Senator Burr received $47,000 in campaign contributions and Melanie Sloan's group. It received $150,000 in 2010 and 2011 from the founder of the University of Phoenix. Sloan says she has no regrets about what Charmin went through in Washington. Do people get hurt all the time? Yeah, all the time. This spring, the attacks kept coming, some still citing that 2013 Wall Street Journal story. Chairman went to the journal He hoped it would revisit its reporting, maybe with a correction or even an update. Political editor replied that the paper concluded no action was warranted. I thought they would at least take some kind of corrective action, and, you know, frankly, quite surprised that they they did kind of less than nothing, The Journal told NPR. It reviewed chairman's request seriously. Despite the age of the article in question. David Folkenflik NPR news Firefighters from across the country have headed to Lake Tahoe to help contain the huge plays. Burning their their ranks include migrant workers from outside the U. S. KQED s Raquel Maria Dillon met up with a mostly Mexican crew battling the fire. Was little so much in there. At a fire base on the eastern flank of the Called or Fire burning just over a ridge from South Lake Tahoe manual Correo eyes his crews bag lunch with skepticism. Cheese trail mix yogurt, lots of protein, but it sort of looks like an airplane meal. Eat this everyday We needed.
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"This is all things considered from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Ari Shapiro. Israel is one major step closer to seeing the end of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12 years in office. Netanyahu. Opponents in parliament say they've completed a deal to vote him out and install a new prime minister. If parliament approves it. A vote could take place in just a couple of weeks. The new prime minister would be another right wing politician, Naftali Bennett. Netanyahu is expected to keep trying to scuttle this, but he is running out of options. And NPR's Daniel Estrin joins us to explain from Jerusalem. Hi, Daniel. Hi, Ari. This is a dramatic moment. That seems to have gone up to the wire. Remind us what led to this Yeah, well, Israel faced an unprecedented political crisis these last two years, the country held election after election Each one ended in stalemate and the whole time Netanyahu managed to stay in office. Last month, Netanyahu failed to form a coalition again and a centrist candidate was designated to try to form one. The way the system works here is that Israel has many political parties. No party ever wins a majority of seats in Parliament, so parties need to build a coalition to have a 61 seat majority in 120 seat. Parliament, So there were eight parties trying to form a coalition. Now each party had demands. They were divvying up government ministries and policies they wanted to pursue, and there was very late night negotiating and just short of the midnight deadline. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin got a phone call. There's a video of this. You see, centrist yet yearly peed. He's holding the phone. He's sitting next to the right wing politician, Naftali Bennett, and he notifies the Israeli president. They have a coalition. To replace Netanyahu. So this is not a done deal. But if the coalition holds together and it is affirmed by the parliament, then what would this new government look like? You know, In many ways, it would reflect that I'd diversity of Israeli society. Ari, the prime minister would be a hard line conservative Neftali Bennett. Two years later, he would hand over the job. Too Centrist. You nearly peed and then the government would include parties from the left the right religious Jewish nationalists and even for the first time in history and Israeli coalition would be formed. With an Arab Islamist party. All these parties agree on the goal of replacing Netanyahu. They do not agree on much else, so they have agreed not to make any major moves on controversial issues like the future of the West Bank. We'll have to see if that is really the case. But there are so many other issues that these parties do not agree on from LGBTQ rights to religious issues. It just makes this coalition very shaky, so all it would take Really is one or two members to quit and the government could collapse and new elections will be held. So you say it's a very shaky Netanyahu is trying to undermine it. What are the chances That this falls through. I mean, what do you see happening in the next few days? There are changes that could fall through. This government still needs a vote of confidence in Parliament before it is sworn in. And the Parliament speaker is a Netanyahu ally. He is expected to delay the vote. Hold it in about 12 days time, and that gives Netanyahu and his right wing allies more time to try to thwart this. There was already already intense, intense pressure on right wing Religious nationalist lawmakers. Jewish lawmakers not to join this government with leftists and Arab Islamists and we're seeing protests outside these lawmakers, homes. If just one or two of them gets cold feet and don't vote in favor of this coalition, then it probably means we'll see repeat elections. I know it's the middle of the night there, but you've been covering this for a long time. How do you think Israelis feel about it? It's really polarized. I mean, those on the center left. See, This is like Netanyahu's last stand, and he's trying to barricade himself in office and facing corruption charges, and they think this right wing Bennett is not an ideal prime minister, but the best opportunity to rid Israel of Netanyahu. But those Israelis on the right, many of them see Bennett as a traitor for joining a government with leftists and And Islamists for the first time in Israel's history, So this just shows Israel's polarized society. NPR's Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem. Thank you. You're welcome. Two other news the bankruptcy plan for the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma cleared a major hurdle today. If it wins final approval from the company's creditors. The settlement could mean billions of dollars in aid for communities devastated by the opioid crisis. It also would bring members of the Sackler family a big step closer to their goal of winning immunity from future opioid lawsuits for themselves and their financial empire. NPR ADDICTION correspondent Brian Mann is here. Hey, Brian. Hey, Mary Louise. All right. So what are the contours of this? What exactly happened this afternoon? Yes. Oh, there's been these incredibly high stakes negotiations. And as you mentioned, there are billions of dollars at stake so late today, federal bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain here in New York approved the deal's broad terms, allowing it to move forward a big milestone. Under this plan, the Sackler is will give up control of produce Pharma. The members of the family maintained they did nothing wrong. They have agreed to pay more than $4 billion from their private fortunes. Now this isn't the final finish line, but it's very close, and now it will go to a vote by hundreds of thousands of creditors who say they were harmed by OxyContin. We really could see a final resolution of this landmark case by this summer. Now, what does this mean for the hundreds of civil lawsuits that some members of the family have faced, alleging they played a personal role in the crisis? I will note. The Sackler is deny those allegations. But what happens if this deal is finalized? What happens to those cases? Yeah, This is controversial. Those lawsuits would be stopped dead in their tracks into the deal. The sack lawyers would walk away from the opioid crisis with a clean slate legally, and we've also learned from these court documents that this immunity would extend to literally hundreds of other companies, trusts and consultants. None of those entities have declared bankruptcy. But using a rare and again controversial provisions of bankruptcy law, this deal would allow all of those folks to gain protections from lawsuits without actually filing for bankruptcy. Well, let's look at this from a couple of angles. First the arguments in favor of this deal. Why do supporters support it? Yeah. Produce farmers legal team made a simple argument that this deal would prevent a firestorm a chaos of litigation, preventing hundreds of thousands of individual lawsuits. And instead they say, financial help will now go to communities and people harmed by opioids relatively quickly, possibly a soon as next year. A lot of states as well as local governments have signaled they will vote for this, you know, with more than 90,000 drug overdose deaths again last year. Officials said. They need financial help desperately right now, but a couple of dozen state attorneys general opposed this plan. How come Yeah, This is interesting. This deal would force them, they say to give up their authority to sue members of the Sackler family, Even though the Sackler is again have not filed for bankruptcy and These states argue that allows the Sackler is to avoid accountability. They will remain one of the wealthiest families in the country and no wrongdoing, and that makes a lot of people angry. A lot of these attorneys general also say it would set a dangerous precedent allowing other wealthy people to use bankruptcy court like this, protecting themselves from liability again without actually ever filing for bankruptcy. And two. We've been a little bit of context. We've been talking Purdue Pharma, but there is a big legal reckoning ahead for a lot of companies involved in the opioid business. Yeah, This is a fascinating moment Produce farm in the sack. Lawyers get talked about a lot in this drug epidemic. But there are much bigger corporations that got into the opioid trade AmerisourceBergen, Johnson and Johnson. There are other lawsuits underway all over the country. Tens of billions of dollars are at stake if they're found liable, so this is a big moment for reckoning as you say with the opioid crisis. Is Brian Mann, NPR's addiction correspondent, talking about the bankruptcy deal and its prospects for produce farmer. Thank you, Brian. Thank you so much. It's all things considered on.
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"Or visit w N. Y. C. Dot or that was Mary Louise Kelly. One of the anchors are a host of all things considered. If you've heard and you've listened to W, N Y C. You have heard Mary Louise Kelly as she has been Conducting wonderful interviews the past year about the pandemic and other issues. This is morning edition on Michael Hill. And with me today is W. Marcie's program Director Jackman Sin Cottam. This is the first day of W N. Y. C s spring fundraiser. In order for the drive to get a strong start. We're looking to get 3000 donations by noon on Friday. Listeners support is the largest source of w N Y C is funding and insurers that W m I C can continue to come to you. And the entire community. So be one of the 3000 make a contribution to support W. N. Y. C today. Call 888376 W and Y. C. That's 888376. 9692 or simply look for the donate button That's at W N Y. C that orc Thank you so much. If you've made a pledge this morning or in our response to our spots the last few days talking about that goal of raising 3000 donations by noon tomorrow. We do appreciate your support, and every single contribution at whatever amount you can afford, makes a difference and his meaningful to us. So thank you very much. One thing that we are experiencing this past year as a result of the pandemic is a loss in sponsorship support from the businesses and cultural institutions that we generally rely on for those support messages that you hear on W. N. Y. C. But the continued economics shutdown has created significant Headwinds for w. N. Y. C as these organizations have paused their sponsorship support of W. N. Y. C. So we've lost millions of dollars that we anticipated we would get when we were putting our budgets together last year. But I want to say one thing that's really helped us is the partnership of our monthly sustaining members that reliable source knowing how much we're going to begin. How much income we're going to be getting on a monthly basis from those monthly contributions is really helpful. So if you're not a sustaining member, we hope you'll consider becoming one today. All it means is you set up Whatever amount you think is the right amount to donate to W. N. Y. C. Many people give $10 a month, $15 a month or $20 a month, and you can set that up with your credit card, And then it automatically happens each and every month, but you don't lose control..
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"It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly in Washington and I'm Elsa Chang in Los Angeles. Throughout the pandemic, the message has been that once the virus is under control, the U. S economy is going to come roaring back. And that is largely true for corporate America Company after company has been reporting record profits and they're telling investors they're optimistic about the year ahead. But As corporate America sores. There are some confusing signs in the labor market. Employers say they can't find workers while unemployment numbers remain high. We're going to talk through some of this now with NPR's David Gora. Hey, David. He also So let's start with these huge company profits. What have you been seeing in the first part of this year? They've been doing incredibly well and I want to be clear here. We're talking about big, publicly traded companies. We're not talking about mom and pop businesses, many of which have been struggling through over the last 14 months. But the word we keep hearing and seeing over and over again is record record income record profits, record sales. I should say this has not been confined to one sector or one kind of company. Let's start with banks, Of course, the bedrocks of the U. S economy. Goldman Sachs reported record profits. So did J. P. Morgan. Interest rates are low. Right now they've been making deals. Communication companies and tech companies also have been doing really well. Apple saw record sales across the board for things like laptops and ipads. Facebook and Alphabet. That's Google's parent company. They've also set records during the pandemic. Most of us have spent a lot of time online that's led to a huge uptick in digital advertising, and Tesla's another company. That's done really well. It reported record setting income in the first few months of the year and delivered more new vehicles than analysts expected. Okay, record record record. What is all of that? Tell us about the overall health of the economy? You think There is a lot of optimism that is something that stands out right away. When you read these earnings reports for you listen to executives on calls with investors. This kind of reinforces what we've been seeing in the economic data. Now we are in the middle of this big transition. We're seeing that in the numbers that have been coming out. There were way fewer jobs created last month than economists expected. But Take a step back. Recognize where we are. This has been a bruising year and now with vaccinations and businesses reopening things feel different. There's been this shift in sentiment and what companies are telling us reflects that optimism about the future. But also how over the last year many of them have benefited from how we've been living our lives, which have changed pretty dramatically working at home, learning at home, buying a lot of stuff at home. That's been good for Amazon, which reported record profits at the beginning of the year. And because we haven't gone anywhere, many of us have gotten kind of tired of where we live. Maybe the kitchen's looking a little tired. We feel like we could use some more space. That's led to a surge in renovations, which has led to a spike in demand for lumber and other building supplies. One company Mohawk Industries, says it sold a record amount of laminate flooring at the beginning of this year, Okay. So even though a lot of companies seem to be doing really well, I take it. There's still some stuff to worry about. Let's talk about that. Yeah shortages. For one thing. Supply has not kept up with demand and companies have said it's gonna take longer for us to get products, including furniture. Raw materials are also getting more expensive metals and plastics. Executives have mentioned this and they've warned about what it could mean Longer term. Jill Hall is an equity strategist at Bank of America. The mentions of inflation on corporate earnings calls are up around 800% year over year, so the average company is mentioning inflation a lot more. Two fascinating statistic. There is concern that prices are going to go up and they'll stay up. Which could mean the Fed Reserve might raise interest rates sooner. Now we have heard from some companies that they are raising prices. Procter and Gamble says some of its products will get more expensive, including diapers. The cost of a can of Coke is going to go up in world, Poole says. You should expect to pay more for a washing machine or a dryer. Tomorrow morning, we're going to get an update of the consumer price index that measures inflation. It's going to give us a sense of just how much prices are popping. Okay. So, David, what does all of this mean for workers in the U. S ultimately? The government released new hiring data today for the month of March, So there's a little lag. But in March there were more than eight million jobs open. That's a record, but employers only hired six million workers. Companies were struggling to find workers. That's especially true among retailers. Ah, big question Here is cos we're making record profits are wages going to go up so far, they have not gone up and there is still far fewer jobs than there were before the pandemic. That is NPR's David Gora. Thank you, David. Himself. Oh, School age girls. They appear to have been deliberately targeted this past weekend in Afghanistan. Bombs exploded in front of their school in a western neighborhood of Kabul, the latest horrific attack in a string of horrific attacks in the capital and beyond. We can't say for sure who did this. No group has claimed responsibility. We can say the apparent targeting of teenage girls brings into sharp and painful relief. The challenges ahead for Afghanistan as the U. S. Military begins to pull out as violence escalates. What will it mean for women's rights for human rights questions to put to our next guest, Shar Khazad. Akbar chairs Afghanistan's independent Human Rights Commission, and she is on the line from Kabul. Welcome. Thank you, ma'am. Would you start by describing the school describing the neighborhood in Kabul where this attack took place? Yes. So Bachi and West Kabul is one of the poorest areas and Kabul. Mostest. Students come from very poor backgrounds. Their father, they're day laborers. Some of the students were also weaving carpets and addition to going to school and studying support their families and the school is one of the bigger schools and that a it was unfortunately attacked. And what seems to be a deliberate attack on the school and the students and especially famous students. I know today was a national day of mourning for the whole country. Can you describe just give us a little bit of a sense of what Kabul feels like our people out in about Does it feel safe to move around the streets? Well being on the eve of heat, which is a festival of Muslims after a month of fasting. But it does not feel like we are, you know that they are two left feet at all. There's the sense off grief on fair and anxiety this I mean, a lot of violence, unfortunately, happens in Afghanistan and some days. Violence becomes normalized. But the fact that this attack, you know, targeted civilians targeted girls school girls. We're leaving the school off this poor neighborhood that has been attacked before as well. Um, it just was devastating. And I think we're all now shock. We're all we're all trying to process what this means. Is someone who advocates for human rights for women's rights. What what worries you most as you look ahead to the coming weeks and months while one of the possible Snyder's unfortunately is an all out war, even further escalation of violence that's already unbearable. And that will make everyone fungible. It will especially make woman vulnerable Children fungible short off that, of course, there are also concerns about what would a political process look like what extent it will be inclusive. If there are no woman in the room are very few women in the room. Of course, there will be no meaningful discussion about women's dies and future of Afghanistan or even human diets and future of Afghanistan. If there are no victims off war who are being represented and being heard by both parties. There will be no attention to justice and human rights, So we're trying to do everything we can to prevent that from happening to encourage parties to talk to each other. Bush for a cease fire and to push for inclusive process And how do you do that? What does that look like? Part off it is documenting civilian casualties and talking about them and reminding People in the party's about the cost of war for civilians for people who are not an active combat, but there are paying with their lives and livelihoods like those school Children and Kabul. Part of it is putting pressure on international community, including the U. S and the U. N about the responsibility that they have to the Afghan civilians into the Afghan public and general. And reminding them that would military withdrawal should not mean you know, forgetting Afghanistan on the Afghan public and this this difficult moment and part of it is working with our own communities and elders and influential people and civil, citing media to protect and expand the civic space. Enable us to have a more inclusive process. I was looking at your Twitter feed. And before you say anything else before you would give your professional title you right? Mom, your mom. That's the first identifier you give yourself. May I.
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"Like Jiro and Trillo 83% of Fortune 500 companies use it last year to help teams they agile a wide and connected learned Lord at last year dot com. This is all things considered from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Audie Cornish Spring semester is underway for colleges and students have returned to campus. So too has the coronavirus for some schools. That means they've pushed back the start date for in person classes. Others are enforcing lockdowns on students. NPR's Allison, Add Warney joins us now to catch a sub. Welcome back, Elissa. Hi, Audie. Start by giving us a sense of what college even looks like this spring. So more than a quarter of colleges have some in person element, so students back on campus or face to face classes. And as you said, campuses are seeing a lot of positive coronavirus cases on some camps on some campuses, they've seen more cases in the first two weeks of spring semester. And they did all fall, and the new variants are also showing up in the student population. So that's worrisome how our campus is handling that. Well. The most common reaction to the rising cases is a lockdown asking students not to leave their dorms except for necessities or covert tests. The University of California, Berkeley, which found the UK variant through sequencing, they extended their two week locked down for a third week. Caught up with Adam Ahmad. He's a freshman living on campus there and asked him what it's been like. You have sudden students in the dorms who are adhering to the T, who have not left there. No one except to get food for a week and a half Now, Personally, I cannot do that, by own internal. There's more important I'm not going to go into a group that has 15 people. But well, I congregate with a group of three other individuals who I know have been tested within the past, 48 hours and Nora wearing masks and more socially distance. Yes. Sounds like this is not uncommon, thinking he sounds a little exhausted by the whole thing. Yeah, and complacency among students is definitely an issue. Are there things that school's learned this fall that they're going to use this semester to try and control case numbers? Yeah, well, campuses are definitely getting better at this. You know those lockdowns are a great example. We did We learn last fall. It's must much safer toe to shelter in place, then to send students home. The other big lesson we learned was testing and how important it is, and many colleges have increased their testing capacity despite the high price tag to do so. Take the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. They now have mandatory testing once a week for all students. Here's Carmen Richardson. She's a sophomore, studying nursing their You know, it gives me hope that like now, everyone can get tested on campus really easily. And you know, people who do have to go to campus have to get tested to get into buildings. You have to be tested. But I mean, we're still so far from where we need to be. Carmen is actually one of the few students I've talked to that has received the vaccine, and that's really the next push for campuses to get their communities vaccinated. Some states have started to vaccinate professors and staff. But as Carmen said, we're still a long way to go. We've got a long way to go. What do we know about students taking online classes So about 40% of colleges are primarily online, but it's important to remember that even the colleges that have brought students back to campus. Ah, lot of them have many virtual classes. So I talked with Noelle Johnson. She's a freshman at the University of Illinois or banish champagne. She's in a dorm. But all our classes are online. And she says it can be kind of lonely people keep to themselves and it's like so strange because there's like 100 people on my floor. And half the time I never see them like I'll go in, and I'm like, Okay, I'm gonna brush my teeth. Maybe I see someone in the back room will be empty. It just feels so empty. But I know there's so many people here and I just want to know where they are. And this is a student who told me before she started college that she had hoped to have a friend from every major, So she's she's a social person. It's just a very different experience than a lot of students imagined It would be. That's NPR's Allison. Ad warning. She covers higher ed and will be visiting Mork campuses this spring part of an NPR college road trip. We look forward to that. Thanks so much, Eliza. Thanks, Adi. Throughout the pandemic, Thousands of blood drives across the country have been canceled, leaving blood supplies critically low Yet a portion of the population is restricted from donating. Many argue that a federal policy preventing many gay men from donating blood is driven by stigma rather than science, Lesley McClurg from member station, KQED explains. Blood banks are flooding the airwaves. If you are not ill, and you qualify to donate blood, please do it. Hearing call outs like that is painful for Samuel Garrett paid so I tested positive for co vid. Couple days after Thanksgiving. Actually,.
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"Was from the CDC on double masking also the unique challenges of vaccinating people who have no permanent address. If they're experiencing homelessness, all bets are off. It's incredibly hard to reach people, even in non cove in times plus in some parts of the U. S economy, Things are actually looking good. We'll meet a woman in Georgia who owns a small manufacturing business. A large number of many factors just went into overdrive, and it's not uncommon that they've gone to mandatory overtime and a Super Bowl parade in Tampa. After the newscast. Live from NPR News. I'm Jack Spear. Day Two of former President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial has wrapped up with House managers working to establish a pattern, they say shows Trump incited the January 6th insurrection at the capital. NPR's Claudio Gonzalez reports. Some of the focus during today's arguments has been on the days and weeks leading up to the event. The House impeachment managers, one by one began opening statements by detail Ng, then President Trump's actions before the insurrection. Here's Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro. This attack. Do not come from one speech. It didn't happen by accident. The evidence shows clearly. But this mob was provoked over many months. Donald J. Trump, for example, the manager's highlighted one violent incident. Trump celebrated after a group of supporters in Texas chased down a Democratic campaign bus at high speed on a highway. He also noted that Trump built up the quote. Wild Rally weeks ahead of the insurrection. Clyde Beatty status. NPR NEWS, The Capitol president Biden made his first visit to the Pentagon is commander in chief today by taking stock of a military that is moving from the turmoil of the Trump administration, focusing instead on unusual degree on domestic and internal issues. Mine was meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and some others. Senior civilian and military leaders often is called the global Corner virus pandemic a top priority, also ordering fresh assessments on how to root out sexual assault and extremism in the ranks of the U. S military. Twitter says it will not let former President Trump back on its platform even if he runs for office again. NPR's Shannon Bond reports the social network band Trump in January after the attack on the capital. Twitter's chief financial officer, Ned Siegel, told CNBC. There's no exception to its rules. So the way our policies work. When you're removed from the platform, you're removing the platform. Whether you're a commentator, your CFO, or you are a former current public official in January after Trump supporters stormed the capital, Twitter said it was permanently suspending that then President The company cited Trump's persistent violations and the risk of further incitement to violence. Facebook, which is among NPR's financial supporters, has also suspended Trump's account. But unlike Twitter, Facebook is now asking a panel of outside experts to decide whether that band should be permanent. Shannon Bond. NPR news stations pull of reading reached an all time high for the first four months of the current fiscal year, the government saying the $735.7 billion shortfall accumulated as a pandemic triggered recession cut into tax revenues even is spending uncovered. Relief measures sent outlays soaring. Mixed close on Wall Street Today the Dow was up 61 points to 4 31,037. The NASDAQ fell 35 points. The S and P 500 ended the session down a point. This is NPR. And on a Wednesday, February 10th assist KCRW in Larry Perella. Here's What's happening at 604 like Mary Eric Garcetti announced today that project room key will be extended through the end of September for several hotels. It's the program temporarily Housing Angelenos experiencing homelessness amid the covert 19 pandemic. It's thanks to a promise by the Biden administration to reimburse 100% of those housing costs. The federal government Finally answered a call I gave three or four years ago for a FEMA level response to homelessness. That is Garcetti speaking today, he says that he authorized upfront funding to extend the lease is but did not list how many hotels would qualify. Tomorrow. We will begin those efforts right away to fill 300 empty rooms to move hundreds of others in the coming weeks out into housing and to replace them with others from the street. Half of those rooms will be set aside for those living on Skid Row, said. He says it also plans on prioritizing placements for those hit hardest by the pandemic, including black women, seniors experiencing homelessness and those living in homeless communities. In Echo Park. The California Department of Public Health is investigating allegations from whistleblowers about the state's new billion dollar covert 19 testing. Laboratory. Informants claim the lab in Santa Clarita is rife with mismanagement and incompetence. Kcrw's Tara tree on workers sleeping on the job test swabs found in bathrooms, inaccurate results sent to patients and unlicensed technicians. Those air some of the allegations being investigated at the Santa Clarita facility run by the biotech giant PerkinElmer. The inquiry follows a scathing expose by CBS 13 in Sacramento that interviewed former and current employees who say botched results weren't uncommon. PerkinElmer received a $1.7 billion contract to process up to 150,000 covert tests daily by March, But records indicate the facility is currently processing an average of fewer than 20,000 of them while still being paid a rate covering 100,000 tests per day. The state says it's looking into the allegations but has yet to offer a timeline for the investigation. In November. The rate of inconclusive test from the so Cal lab was reportedly more than seven times higher than the other. 22 State Covert labs combined state said that the inconclusive results were due to the type of test being used. Support for NPR comes with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supporting those working towards a day when no one has to choose between paying rent, putting food on the table and protecting their health and the health of others that are w j f dot warg. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm.
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"From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Ari Shapiro. The pandemic has changed nearly everything, including the right to claim asylum. The UN's refugee agency says many countries they're using the coronavirus as an excuse to close borders to migrants. Delay rescues at sea or repeatedly push asylum seekers back to dangerous places. Joanna Caucasus has this story of one teenage survivor and a warning It contains a description of sexual assault. Hello, sir. Dollars 15 years old, Since she's a minor, whose life is often in danger. We are not using her full name. She's been on her own since she was 11, and she has been searching for refuge since she was eight. That's when she and her dad fled their native Eritrea, an East African country run by one of the world's most repressive governments. Oh, I don't know He didn't remove you. I remember my father said the government was chasing him that he had written something they didn't like, and they wanted to put him in jail. She says they lived in Sudan for three years, but her father could not find enough work. So they moved again. This time to Libya, said all remembers holding her dad's hand as smugglers, lead them and other migrants across a big desert. Oh, so that even in a way, walked for 10 days, I remember there was very little water and food. My father had diabetes. He collapsed. He died. Smugglers left her dad's body on the side of the road. They told Siddall You belong to us. They later handed her over to trafficking gangs who sold her toe Libyan men who repeatedly raped her lesson, so it will go up. They would bring four or five men to abuse me. They also beat me. This was my life saddle escaped at the end of 2019 with the help of a local Libyan doctor. The doctor helped her get to Libya's capital, Tripoli. On the pharmacy. What e found work Cleaning a pharmacy for a few hours a week. I lived in a building on by some kind Libyan people who rented rooms to refugees to cheer themselves up. Sid Alana Roommates also error train girls watched video clips of Charlie Chaplin. On the mobile phone. They shared night Channel list happiness. He's so goofy, she says. It was nice to laugh. This fragile existence ended when the pandemic it last spring. Said. I lost her cleaning job. She couldn't afford food. And worst of all, the trafficking gangs had begun terrorizing her neighborhood. Brock shopping, Mr Shit, but actually the worst years of my life for with these gangs, they do whatever they want with you. I was very desperate on. I tried to find a way out saddles, friends paid a smuggler to take her on an inflatable raft across the Mediterranean to Europe. On April 9th. She squeezed onto the raft with more than 60. Other migrants she had to cross at least 100 miles of sea to reach the closest European nations, Italy and Malta. The one able suddenly democracy democracy in Europe. Maybe I can work. Don't even go to school. Maybe I can learn to help other girls like me who have been abused. I'm just going to have lunch with Robert Work, said all huddled with a few women in two babies in the middle of the raft. Young men bundled in thick jacket sat along the edges, shielding the women and babies from the sea's cold waves. The scene is captured on a video taken by another young There were train onboard. Abdou must mood AB deuces. The passengers optimism cracked when the wrath engine stopped two days into the journey. He says. Everyone panicked. A lot of mankind without the here kind of thing that has happened. We realized we couldn't control the boat anymore. We were left to the mercy off the waves and the wind. They called Italy's Coast Guard Maltese Coast guard, No one answered. Finally, someone called Alarm phone, a human rights group that runs a hotline for migrants stuck it see So in case off distress in the Mediterranean alarm phone volunteers were already on the phone with other desperate migrants in the Mediterranean. Don't have it all. There were four boats and they were all neglected and abandoned. That's more free, steal off spokesman for Alarm phone, He says the boats were in a search and rescue zone. That's Malta's responsibility. So his colleagues tried in vain to call Malta's armed forces. I mean, it's incredible, right. It's an emergency hotline and they don't pick it up when the mouthpiece finally did answer, they said. Multi sports were closed due to covert 19, and this is also applied to people in the stress that see that nobody could end to Marty's territory and so on. It was an excuse back on the raft. The passengers were so thirsty somewhere drinking seawater. Abdu remembers two teenage boys who seemed to be hallucinating. They know when the ferry not even believe they jump into the sea and yelled, I'm going home. They were trying to swim toward something that wasn't there. The boys drowned. The raft started taking in water said Dog Rabbit Empty Jerry can and held it close. Look in, Mr Move, E. I told myself if we sink Then I will hold this and float as long as I can and hope that God will be with me. 12 of saddles, fellow passengers would die on this journey. The sea route between North Africa and Europe is the deadliest in the world for migrants, according to Safar, Miss Haley of the International Organization for Migration, and she notes under international law and maritime Convention states. Under the obligation to prioritize saving lives at any cost. But it wasn't the Maltese Navy that showed up to aid saddles raft but a couple of fishing boats and they took the survivors not to Malta to claim asylum. But back to Libya back to the place adult had fled. I did not want to get off that boat. I tried to hide so the crew wouldn't find me, but they did, and they dragged me out. It turned out that Martha had hired the fishing boats to push the migrants back. Libya, which is illegal under international law, Vic you coma kinship very multi. In a televised statement, Prime Minister Robert Abella admitted Malta push the migrants to Libya, although he called it a rescue. Maltese authorities did not respond to NPR's requests for further comment. Malta, Greece and Italy all argue that they cannot take in any more migrants and that the European Union does not help with resettling. Gillian Triggs of the UN's refugee agency says. That's no excuse. These are fundamental britches of refugee law and very worrying. My concern is that as covitz subsides, and it must Eventually, many of these countries will leave these restricted border practices in place. The UN's refugee agency is moving the most vulnerable asylum seekers out of Libya. So I don't know, Wonder what 15 year old saddle is now in a U. N camp in Rwanda, waiting for a third country to take her in And she's got a lawyer, Paul board Olivia, who's suing the Maltese government on behalf of Siddall and the other asylum seekers on her raft, most of whom are still trapped in Libya. The aim is to defend the migrants, but at the end of the day Defend also the right to seek asylum and the rights to life. The pandemic, he says, must not be an excuse to eliminate these rights forever. For NPR news. I'm Joanna Caucasus. This'll is NPR news..
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"And Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Ari Shapiro. This hour. The impeachment trial opens with arguments over whether it's constitutional to have this trial at all. Also ahead, a possible release from prison for the Saudi activist who led the fight for women to be allowed to drive in the kingdom. Her existence Shattered the whole government narrative off in power and woman, and we remember the music and voice of Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of the Supremes. We did dare to dream at a time when it was almost an impossible dream for us to want to be stars. That's ahead after these news headlines. Live from NPR news. I'm Jack's fear. Former President Donald Trump's second historic impeachment trial began with fiery arguments from both sides, including a powerful 13 minute video showing in graphic detail violence carried out by his followers last month at the U. S. Capitol, the Senate, then voting 55 to 44 that it has jurisdiction and can proceed with the case. Trump's defense. MPR's Tamarick, he said, it harkens back to the first impeachment trial. This is the argument that they have been making me in some ways. It's not even that different than the argument that was made in President Trump's first impeachment, which was simply That these Democrats have Trump Derangement syndrome, and they are trying to get rid of him remove him from public life any way possible. That is essentially the argument that Trump's legal team is making this time and made last time to NPR's Tamara Keith Trump is charged with inciting insurrection connection with the mob attack. By the administration today said states will see their application of Corona virus vaccines rise next week to 11 million. That's up by two million weekly doses since President Biden took office. But many states say it's still not enough. Here's NPR's Our quest involved. In California. The vaccination effort is still very much a work in progress with stadium sites across the nation's most populous state, either vaccinating well under capacity or not yet, up and running at the opening Tuesday of the newest site, Santa Clara counties, Levi Stadium Governor Gavin Newsom said supply continues to be the challenge. That's the constraint. When.
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"It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly. And I'm Audie Cornish, coming up a new podcast about the singer Selena and how her influence indoors 25 years after she was killed, she was the first person I witnessed who embodied these two parts of myself, and she did it with such grace. Now news Live from NPR news. I'm toe Wayne Brown. President Biden says he'll sign an executive order to increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States. Speaking at the State Department, Biden pledged to increase the admissions Capa's We hear from NPR's Franco or Dona as president. Biden says. The world faces a crisis of 80 million displaced people. For decades, he says. Moral leadership on refugee issues was a point of bipartisan consensus. We shine the light of lamp, um of liberty on a fresh people. We offered safe havens for those fleeing violence or persecution. In our example pushed other nations. Open wide their doors as well. But the Trump administration drastically cut the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. Biden says it will take time to reverse those changes. He said the United States will begin the process with an eventual goal of reaching 125,000 as he promised in the campaign, Franco or Dona as NPR news. On Capitol Hill. Senate Republicans remain at odds with the White House over the president's nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. GOP senators are debating a syriza of changes to the measure. But the Biden administration is increasingly focused on selling the plan directly to voters. White House press secretary Jen Psaki, What we're hoping to do through the package is provide assistance. Tomo Eric UN's who are struggling to make ends meet at this moment time and you're right. There are there's a large swath of Americans who are Struggling through this moment in time because they fear about their health, the health of their grand parents of their cousins of their parents on also people who worry about their kids going back to school, and you know their desire to get their kids back in school and continue learning. Senate Republicans remain far apart on the cost and scope of the package. Democrats are threatening to go it alone if they can't get up bipartisan deal. Stocks finished solidly higher on Wall Street. This is NPR news. Jersey based Johnson and Johnson is on track to become the third company to provide a covert 19 vaccine to curb the pandemic. Here In the U. S. Today, the drug company applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its Covert vaccine. The FDA will review the application and hold a public meeting within a few weeks, and the final decision could come very soon after that. In Washington state federal aid is finally coming to a struggling farming town that was nearly decimated by a wildfire. Last year. NPR's Kirk Siegler tells us the Biden administration approved a disaster declaration. Put on hold by the former president for political reasons. It's been almost five months since the state of Washington requested the aid, which is typically a routine approval after major disasters, but the Trump administration and held this one up, reportedly over a political spat with Washington's Democratic governor, Jay Endsley. Approval is a relief in particular in and around the eastern Washington town of Maldon, where wind driven range fire destroyed nearly 80% of homes and other buildings. Most of the fire survivors are low income and elderly and have no insurance. Town officials had been turning to private donations for help, saying the delay in federal aid threatened the town's ability to even recover. Kirk Siegler. NPR news stocks finished higher on Wall Street after another batch of upbeat company earnings investors will be watching closely. The January jobs report due out tomorrow. This.
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"I'm Ailsa Chang in Los Angeles. And I'm Mary Louise Kelly in Washington. A team of scientists and by the World Health Organization is in Wuhan, China this week. That is the city where the coronavirus first emerged. Now, This is the second time a wh O team has visited. Trying to find clues That could explain how and why the virus infected so many people so quickly. Starting in December 2019 NPR's Emily Fang has just been reporting from Wuhan herself. She's visited many of the same places that the W H O team is trying to get to. She's now back in Beijing, tracking the team's visit from there. Hey, Emily. Hey, Mary Louise. So do we know where this team has been able to go What they have been given access to We don't the entirety of their itinerary because the W H O and China have been strangely tight lipped about the entire trip. We don't know how this team was chosen, and we don't know who chose the 18 Terreri, but they're here. They've been here for six days. We know they visited a one animal disease enter into hospitals, and they're going to try to understand the sequence and timing of certain events and talking to people who are the nexus of the epidemic and Juan. It's not clear whether they'll get any more information than they did the first time around. They didn't get many answers, then. All right, so collecting firsthand accounts. I wonder about another place. Whether whether this is on the itinerary the Wuhan Virology Institute, People may recall, the Trump Administration pointed at that institute. As the place where they say the virus first emerged. Do we know if the W H o team will get access? They did, and they actually went today. This is the lab As as you mentioned that is the site of many an American conspiracy theory because it is famous for studying Corona viruses from bat samples, though there is no evidence whatsoever that the pandemic started from that lab in scientists have told NPR repeatedly that it's Virtually impossible for the pandemic to have originated there. One of the W. H O T members in American scientist named Peter Magic visited that lab today with the team and he met with the institute's top scientists. He tweeted Frank Open discussion, he questions asked and answered. And what about the wet markets in Malaya that have gotten so much attention? I saw that the team was able to see those I know you've been reporting for us from those. What might they be able to find? After all this time there? Right. They went over the weekend, and I'm afraid that they were not able to see that much because those markets have been thoroughly disinfected and any possible evidence has either been incinerated or washed away. For example, I went toe by shot Joe, which is one of these wet markets, the W Joe went to and it is a sprawling, changing mess. I mean, most workers their seasonal so they wouldn't have been there during the pandemic. If you talk to the vendors themselves. Here's what they tell you about the virus. My wife. What is she saying? They're too many coincidences. The virus in Wuhan began after it is military World games. I think the virus came from abroad and Wuhan is escape Go. There's no evidence for this theory, by the way, but it spread like wildfire. He's talking about these international military games of the U. S military attended in October 2019. And that's complicated This politics of blame between the US and China about who started the virus. It sounds like with this visit. There's there's obviously science at stake, but also a politics. Yes, I mean, there's first of all the reputation of the W Joe. It's steak. They've been criticized for not being hard enough on China, not making it be transparent and now they're under pressure to conduct a thorough investigation. And second this investigation has bearing on US China relations. This question of where the virus began as incredibly political. Particularly under the Trump administration on it Looks like this point of contention will continue under the Biden administration secretary state, Blinken said yesterday. China was not being transparent with the W. H O investigation. China fired back and said Maybe we should have a W. H o investigation in the U. S. That is NPR's Emily Fang. Reporting today from Beijing. Thanks, Emily. Thank you, Mary Louise. Game Stop is returning from the stratosphere. Shares of the video game retailer dropped today. But they are still worth more than $90. Compared to $4 a year ago. An outpouring of love from individual investors on Reddit has changed very little at the company itself. It's still in dire need of its own turbo charge as NPR's Alina cell yuk reports. While Gamestop shares soared among the stars back on Earth, things were much more ordinary classic location. I went on a cold pandemic day to a strip mall in Virginia, where a.
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"Mary Louise Kelly. And I'm Elsa Chang, the U. S government violently uprooted Cherokee people from their lands in the southeastern U. S. And push them west. Starting in the 18 thirties. The trail of Tears ended in what is now Oklahoma. Reverberations of that trauma echo nearly two centuries later, inside a new novel by Brandon Hobson, INNIT Theater Chota Family struggles to Hell, 15 years after a police officer kills Ray Ray, the oldest son The novel is soaked in questions of forgiveness, justice and vengeance and laced with images from Cherokee spiritually tradition. It's called the removed and I asked Brandon Hobson about that title, whether There was a connection between the removal of Cherokees in the 18 hundreds and the removal of Ray Ray from his family's life, the violence against natives and especially Cherokee in this case. It's still happening, and so I started thinking about specifically police violence against native teenagers and that violence against natives continues to happen today. That happened, you know, 200 years ago, I wanted to emphasize in this novel. Well in several of these chapters. The voice of a family ancestor named Charla is the narrator. Can you talk about who Charla is and why you chose to weave Charlie's story in With this family's more modern story. Charlie is an ancestor and Charlie's name is a shortened version of Cholla G, which is actually the word Cherokee in Turkey language. And so Charlie was actually based on a real man named Charlie. Who was killed for refusing to leave the land killed by the U. S government killed by the U. S government. Absolutely, because he refused, and he fought them for refusing to leave and Andre was killed for it, and I had been reading about Charlie. And so I based Charla on on him and being a spirit ancestor to the total family. Who is narrating his story on his suffering through the U. S government. So in a way were you trying to place these two characters Charla and Ray Ray? On some sort of continuum of state violence. Yes. Wanted Ray Ray's killing to be by the authority of the police officer in the same way that Charla was killed by the authority of the soldiers from the U. S government for refusing to leave the land. So I wanted to show that parallel in terms of the violence against natives. There's also this constant blending. Between the physical and spiritual worlds in your novel. Not only does the ghost of an ancestor, Charla narrates some of the chapters, there's Edgar, The brother who Winds up in this netherworld called the darkening land. I mean, sometimes as I was reading your book, I wasn't sure if I was among people or if I was among spirits, and I'm curious for you personally, Brandon. What is the connection between the physical And spiritually worlds. Well, I'm a very spiritual person. And I feel like there's a very fine line between the physical and the spiritual world. And so I feel like you know, often people are able to feel Certain spiritually connections. And that's really what I wanted to try to show through. In a very surreal way. Edgar sections. Edgar goes to the darkening land, which is a term that was used in the old traditional Cherokee stories. Yeah. What was the darkening land? The dark England is a place where spirits go until justice is served. Once justice is served, one can leave the darkening land. And so the fun part of this of writing this novel was I was able to play with the concept of This entirely different world and make it my own sort of universe, which is really fun for a fiction writer to do because all the laws you create And so But on on one level I didn't want this world being too different from the world that we live in now, But on the other hand, you know, I wanted it to feel very ghostly and surreal. And that people are coughing, dust and, you know, walking around very much like ghosts. You know, as I was reading your book. I came away asking is forgiveness overrated? Does it really take forgiveness to move forward Because Maria, the mother. She never forgives the police officer who shot her son, Ray Ray, right? And yet she did find some healing. There's a difference there. I think between the healing and forgiveness, I think, at least for Maria that, you know. She confronts the police officer who shot her son and says, You know, I thought I could Forgive you, but I'm not able to do that. Yet. At the same time, she feels like she's still able to heal. And maybe it's just that time heals us. Right of the old cliche is true. But I think you know, one of the important things about Maria is that she really longs to To heal from this trauma. She really is doing everything she can with a family to try to heal from this horrible catastrophe that has happened to the family. And healing. Is different from justice. I want to ask, you know what does what is justice look like, especially when we're talking about Wrongdoing that happened almost two centuries ago. Those are the big questions and the questions I start with, you know, check off, says fiction should begin by asking questions, and that's where I start is what is justice. And What is healing And how do we? How do we heal? And the answer is That Maybe there's not a resolution. You know, I often get asked about my work, not having any kind of traditional resolution, right? And part of that is I mean, do do things really feel resolved in the world to these questions really feel answered. And the answer for me is no Well, I have another question that I suspect has no resolution. Yeah. The final word in your novel is home. Where is home for the Cherokee? Home is with family. Would say home is with family. The Cherokee Nation is in Oklahoma, but the Eastern man Cherokee are still in North.
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"Is all things considered. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Ari Shapiro. Before the inauguration. We knew who the famous people in the crowd would be. And after the inauguration, a few inanimate objects have become famous, too. Like Lady Gaga is big gold broach and a certain pair of mittens. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wore them wooly things in brown and cream. And by the end of the day, the Bernie Sanders mitten means outnumbered executive orders from the White House. The mittens were made by Jack Ellis, a second grade teacher in Vermont, who joins us Now. Hi there. Hi. What of the last 24 hours been like for you? They've definitely been crazy. My Gmail account has completely filled up and lots of people are sending me text messages and calling me and s O. That's been very sweet. But I've tried really hard not to let it overshadow the amazing historic event from yesterday and Just how wonderful it was to watch a woman be inaugurated as vice president and just to see this positive change in power. And all of that's been wonderful. You tweeted that these were a gift to Senator Sanders a few years ago. How did you end up giving him a pair of mittens is a gift? Well, his daughter in law owns the preschool where my daughter attended. And so I was making mittens for Um, my daughter's teachers and I just made an extra pair for Bernie because I like him and because I was sad that he didn't win the Democratic nomination and this was back in 2016. So you see, the mittens have held up. Well for a few years. Did you have any idea he would wear them so religiously? I mean, he has been spotted in them at several high profile events. I had absolutely no idea. I mean, this actually started about a year ago when he was wearing them on the campaign trail. And And so there was some Twitter buzz, then at the core of it, like I'm still a public school teacher, and I'm very dedicated to that job. And so I'm not going to stop. Doing this job that I love. That brings me great joy to pursue this other thing as a business, But I'm so excited that he likes the mittens and he wants to wear them. They're practical and warm, and they look nice. And, Yeah, I had no idea that they would that this is what would happen Now Vogue is talking about these mittens in the same paragraph, as like oat couture fashion houses that designed inaugural outfits. Yes. So how does it feel to be mentioned alongside designers who have runway shows in Paris? I think that's lovely. I mean, I'm not really I'm not very starstruck by fashion. I mean, I'm just sort of a normal looking person, and I think that it's really great that Bernie War, something that is accessible to normal people right. People can't afford those lovely outfits that everybody else were. Although they were nice to look at. It was nice to have a little piece of reality, you know, and of normal people in such a prominent event. Now, as we said, your full time job is as a second grade teacher, and so do you think this burst of fame is gonna make your students relate to differently? Well, A lot of them came in talking about it today, and I showed them a couple of little local clips from our local news people who had covered me last yesterday and they thought it was Cool, you know, And I don't think that they'll view me any differently. In the end. I still was like bundling them up in snow pants and their own mittens and sending them out into the snowy day for recess Just like half an hour ago. So Jen Ellis, maybe now famous mittens that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wore to the Biden Harris inauguration yesterday. Thanks for talking with us. And congratulations on your new found fame. Thank you so much. Changing gears. Now a federal judge in Seattle has ruled that Amazon does not have to restore service to parlor parlor is a social network favored by Trump supporters. Amazon terminated its Web hosting contract with parlor, saying the platform failed to take down posts that encouraged and incited violence parlor than suit. So that is how we got here for more on the ruling. We're joined by NPR Tech reporter Bobby Allyn and we should note. Amazon is a financial supporter of in PR. Hey there, Bobby. Hey, Mary Louise. So what exactly is the judge saying here? Yes. So the federal Judge Barbara Rothstein said Amazon was well within its rights to end its contract with parlor over posts that were glorifying violence. You know Parlor had a bunch of claims that its lawsuit, but one of them was that Amazon severing ties was anticompetitive that Amazon was basically trying to hurt a smaller tech company, and the judge said Parlor just offered no real evidence of that. So in short, you know, the judge is saying here that Amazon saying no to incendiary speeches, perfectly legal Now parlor is a social network. As we said, relatively new on the scene popular with Trump supporters. What else do we need to know about it? Yeah, So it's part of a a number of sites that are sort of alternative social media sites that have been gaining popularity lately. I mean, one of parlors, biggest supporters was a major donor to former President Donald Trump and parlors calling card is being aggressively hands off when it comes to what people can say and post, But the issue is sometimes that approach has You know, let things like hate speech and violence Go untouched. Yeah, well, And what does today's decision mean for its future? Is this the end of parlor? Very well may be I mean, you know, Parlor said that you know Amazon's move, cutting its its ties, Maybe maybe the extinction of parlor we just have to see but you know, right when it happened, Mary Louise Parker CEO said. Oh, don't worry. Everyone will be back up in no time. But that hasn't been so easy because the companies basically become persona non grata on the Internet, and that's because of its role. In the capital riots. I mean, many planned the violence and documented it at length on parlor, which has now turned into a business problem. I mean, the last six Web hosts parlor has reached out to have refused to work with them. Now parlor, and it's 15 Million users say that is unfair. But, you know, I talked to many researchers and hate speech experts and they, on the other hand, are very much welcoming this news of parlor being pushed off the Internet. You've given us a taste of what parlor has been saying in its defense. Have they reacted yet to today's decision. Not yet, but Parlors website. If you go to it is now just sort of a shell. It's like this landing page has a welcome No, and you can't post or share anything or creating the count. But it does have a note from parlors CEO and it says, quote We will not let civil discourse perish. So parlor is saying that they will try to find a way somehow to re emerge. Just to situate this in the context of the many legal battles that big tech finds itself the straight in the middle of these days. Yeah, yes. So on the one hand, here's this relative upstart, you know, testing the power of Big Tech and this decision shows Big Tech one, but you know, there's another story here, and I think it's that this is really a window into how tech companies you know parlors of the world, but smaller ones. Um, you know, two are grappling with the future of speech online. I mean, the insurrection attempt on the capital you know, has caused what some are calling the great deep platform ng right? We saw Trump get banned on social media and now so many others. So these kinds of push and pull battles over the balance between you know, free speech and content. Moderation there just heating up. Thank you, Bobby. Thanks..
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"And I'm Mary Louise Kelly. Donald Trump still can't access his Facebook account. Now an independent panel is deciding how Facebook should handle his case and others like him. It's a major debate about whether we draw the lines in the right place. Some people think we should be more aggressive. Others think we should be more permissive, Fresh news. Live from NPR news. I'm Dwayne Brown, the country's top infectious disease experts has Corona virus infections may be about to hit a plateau in the US based on recent seven day averages. This week. Of course, the number of Americans killed by covert 19 surpassed 400,000. Speaking at a White House briefing, Dr Anthony Fauci says President Biden's goal of vaccinating 100 million people in his 1st 100 days is still doable. If we get 70 to 85% of the country vaccinated, let's say by the end of the summer, middle of the summer, I believe by the time we get to the fall, we will be approaching a degree of normality is not gonna be perfectly normal. One that I think will take a lot of pressure off the American public. President Biden has vowed to take more aggressive measures than his predecessor to contain the virus and the economic fall out. But He'll need support from congressional Republicans to pass his nearly $2 trillion stimulus package. Faith leaders from a range of traditions joined in a clear call today for reform at the National Prayer Service for President Biden and Vice President Harris. NPR's Somji. Elton says the service was held virtually and featured more than two dozen speakers. A prayer service for an incoming president has been a tradition since the days of George Washington. The idea is to ask divine blessing for the new administration. But this year's service was sharper than those of the past with a more urgent message and speakers addressing what the Reverend William Barber in his sermon called five interlocking injustices, systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, denial of healthcare, the.
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"A. It's 5 20. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Ari Shapiro U. S policy toward Israel and the Palestinians changed dramatically under the Trump administration in favor of Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a vocal ally of Donald Trump. We're joined now by NPR's Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem to talk about how the inauguration of President Joe Biden is being received their high, Daniel Hey, Ari, so some optimism was expressed today from the Palestinian leadership. Tell us about what they said. Yeah. Palestinians are eager to turn a new page here because Trump has snubbed the Palestinian leadership. Repeatedly, the administration closed down the Palestinian envoy's office in Washington. The Trump administration moved the U. S embassy here to Jerusalem, where I am and sided with Israel's claims to the city. Palestinians also have claims in Jerusalem. So then the Palestinians cut ties with Trump. And then Trump stopped giving humanitarian aid to Palestinians, so there was just a lot of bad blood between them, and Biden has pledged to reverse a lot of what Trump did. He says he will restore humanitarian aid to Palestinians. He will oppose Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank. Trump actually supported Israeli Claims to territory there. So now there are some Palestinians who are disappointed that the Biden team says they will not be moving the embassy out of Jerusalem, But the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, congratulated biting today. And he's expecting binding to be more favorable to the Palestinians and what have Israeli leaders been saying today. Well, Netanyahu congratulated Biden. But in general, Israeli officials are doing this kind of two step. They are on the one hand thanking Trump, calling him the best friend that Israel has ever had in the White House. And then they're just cautiously walking this balance beam. They're trying to position themselves to be on Biden's good side and praising Biden as a longtime friend of Israel. In the same breath, though they are voicing concern very clear concern about what Biden's policies will be on Iran. So let's talk about that. I mean, the Trump administration pulled the US out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. What's Israel looking for? From the Biden administration on this? Israelis really just want to be at the table. They want to be at the table with the US from the get go because Biden has indicated he wants to enter some kind of deal again with Iran to curb its nuclear enrichment. In exchange for lifting sanctions. Israel opposes making a deal with Iran and says that would just strengthen a regime that seeks to dominate the region and arm Israel's enemies. So already the Israelis air publicly at odds with President Biden, you know, on day one and the incoming secretary of state or or Biden's pick for secretary of state, Tony Blinken, Is trying to reassure Israeli will be consulted on Iran policy. So what are the early signs that people in the region are looking for? To show how relations between the new administration And Israel. The Palestinians might go a direction of my take. Well, they're too big events that we should look at. First of all, the Palestinians promise that they're going to hold elections for the first time in 16 years, and they want to clean up their divided leadership. Their political mess that rehabilitate themselves have a fresh start with Biden and office. And then, um, Israeli elections are coming up in March. Prime Minister Netanyahu is running again. He doesn't have trump in the White House to help him. In general, Israelis and Palestinians were just on the lookout. Now to see what Trump era policies. Biden will change. That's NPR's Daniel Estrin in Jerusalem. Thank you. Thank you. Well, just before noon Eastern time. On this inauguration day, the country's first woman of color to be elected vice president took her oath of office. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered that oath as Kamila Harris held her right hand in the air. And her left onto Bibles. One from her family, one owned by the late Justice Thurgood Marshall. Come look. David Harris,.
"mary louise kelly" Discussed on KCRW
"Sigalert delivery. This is still happening. Five South bound between Vista del Lago Road, Big Big Rig his jackknife on Lee two lanes open. It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly. And I'm Ari Shapiro. We're in the final hours of Donald Trump's presidency. And during his four years in the White House, he has left a mark on American politics and policies. He's also changed the way political leaders talk. Jennifer Murcia studies American political rhetoric at Texas and M University and she's the author of Demagogue for President. The rhetorical genius of Donald Trump. Welcome to all things considered. Thank you for having me. So as you study Trump's use of language there are so many ways he is different from presidents who came before him. What would you put at the top of the list? First of all, he communicates like a demagogue and not like a president. And what I mean by that is, he took advantage of pre existing distrust and polarization. And frustration, and he used rhetorical strategies that were designed to make all of those things worse. You know, you say President Trump attacks people, and that's broadly true as a figure of speech, But he also threatens violence. More than any of his predecessors have, like big high fives, smiling, laughing like the punch him in the face. I'll tell you tell us about the significance of that the actual physical threats Yeah, So one of Trump's rhetorical strategies has been to use at back You'll, um, which is Latin. It means threats of force or intimidation. And Donald Trump has wielded language like a cudgel. He doesn't even in interviews. So you know, a typical president would sit down with a reporter and answer questions. They might not answer them. You know, it is honestly as they could. But you know it generally, they would answer give some kind of answer Donald Trump instead, attacks right, so he wants to show his audience how phony the interview is on DSA. He'll say, You know, that's a dumb question. What a stupid question, But I watched you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions and those airways of attacking in the moment but also signaling to his followers that no one.
"mary louise kelly" Discussed on KCRW
"Mary Louise Kelly. This our House Democrats want President Trump to resign or be removed from office. We'll hear more about where impeachment efforts stand. Ask yourselves is gunfire and the speaker's lobby a new normal. You're willing to accept. And former FBI Director James Comey weighs in on why he thinks Trump should be impeached, but not federally prosecuted. We don't want him center of our lives. I'd rather him in his bathroom, yelling at cars on the lawn at Mar A Lago with the camera lights off, Plus Mississippi flies a new state flag. Now news Lie from NPR News. I'm Jack Spear. In an extraordinary an unusual move. The country's top military leaders have signed a joint statement harshly condemning last week's ride at the U. S. Capitol. More from NPR's Greg Marie. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army General Mark Milley and the other members say the January 6th Fry. It was a quote, direct assault on the U. S. Congress, the Capitol building and our constitutional process. Million. Other senior military leaders have stated repeatedly that they do not want the armed forces involved in U. S politics, but the violence has prompted them to take a more public position. The statement added that freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection. There was no mention of President Trump. But the statement by the Joint Chiefs stated that President elect Joe Biden would become commander in chief on January 20th. Greg, My RE NPR NEWS Washington As president Trump faces what is likely to be his second impeachment by the House this week, lawmakers are moving to remove the president even faster. They've now started debate on the topic of whether to attempt to remove Trump from office, using the 25th amendment, calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke his constitutional authority to carry that out. Although that's not likely to happen. There was growing disenfranchisement from Trump by members of his own party. Includes the share of the House Republican Conference. Congresswoman Liz Cheney. Impeachment vote in the House is expected tomorrow. Around the country. Officials and law enforcement personnel are taking steps to tighten security of state Capitol buildings. NPR's Greg Allen reports that follows a warning by the FBI that arm protester being planned it all 50 state capitals. In many states, legislatures are convening new sessions this week with tighter security in place in Olympia. Washington National Guard troops wrong hand is to protesters were arrested Monday for trying to enter the statehouse grounds. Michigan has banned openly carrying firearms in the capital there, a scene of armed protest through last spring following last week's violence in Washington, D C. Representative Geraldine Thompson of Florida says security is a concern. We're now even more, um, on Alert if if that's the best word for our safety, as lawmakers in Atlanta and 8 FT security fence is now being erected around the Georgia Capitol, Greg Allen NPR NEWS all air passengers entering the U. S will not be required provide a negative Corona virus test, according.
"mary louise kelly" Discussed on KQED Radio
"This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly. And I'm Elsa Chang. It is now dark in Washington, D C, where the city is under curfew until 6 a.m. tomorrow. Just hours ago, Pro Trump insurrectionists stormed the capital building after forcing their way past barricades and through Capitol police and other security officers. NPR national. Just correspondent Carrie Johnson has been monitoring the situation and she joins us now with the latest. Hi, Carrie. Hi, Elsa. All right, so Congress plans to return to business tonight. This business of counting electoral college votes. Usually this is just a formality. But tonight obviously a so radically different Can you just tell us what is being done to strengthen security on Capitol Hill? And and how is returning even possible, given all that has happened today. Well, the acting attorney general is coordinating with law enforcement partners to add additional federal support to the Capitol Police Jeffrey Rosen put out a statement rather late in the day, saying the violence on our nation's capital ism intolerable attack. On a fundamental institution of our democracy. DOJ has deployed hundreds of federal agents from the FBI, A, T, F and U. S marshals to help the National Guard is sending more than 1000 troops, and Virginia and Maryland, Maryland Police are on hand as well. The evacuation of the Capitol, we're told is mostly complete. We're also told that the FBI located and disarmed multiple suspicious devices in or near the capital. There have been some concerns today, also about the performance of the U. S. Capitol police. I have some new information on that. We know. One woman was shot there and died of law enforcement source tells me the alleged shooter was a senior U S capitol police officer. There were two shots. It's believed the woman was unarmed, and the D. C. Police are actively investigating that now. Okay about all right. Well, there were hundreds of protesters carry inside the Capitol building, many of them obviously illegally inside the Capitol building they had breached through security areas. What is going to happen to them? I mean, because there are photos all over Twitter people in Trump Pats protesters in the chamber. Their faces were identifiable people in lawmakers offices. What do you think it's too common in coming days, weeks ahead. You know, there's Yeah, There's been a little bit of outrage. Also, Many of those people left the capital and went about their day in the streets of Washington. Some of them were armed and others had tear gas or mace on them. But some did stop to talk with reporters or post Selfies. Law enforcement will be scouring those videos and photos lots of those people scattered, but the same law enforcement source tells me They expect to charge a handful of people by the morning tomorrow. Handful. It doesn't sound like a whole lot, does it not a whole lot, and you know there's certainly going to be a lot more work to do. And I'm gonna have to be an after action report about what happened here on the law enforcement into things. Okay. And can you just exactly whose job will be to prosecute them? You know, do you see is an odd system compared to other parts of the country. The U. S Attorney's office in D. C. Will most likely take the lead there. Okay? Of course. What would have been the big news out of your beat today? Out of the Department of Justice was that Merrick Garland was nominated to be the new attorney general under Uh, President to be Joe Biden remind us why that in itself would have been these seismic news of the day. Oh, my gosh. How many times we talked over the last four years about the chaos and turmoil at the Justice Department. Also, that place has a morale problem and a public confidence problem. Merrick Garland. Joe Biden, thanks will help resolve some of those issues. Garland is a former DOJ official. Lots of experience and managing that building in the Clinton years, Also some experience with cases like the Una bomber in the Oklahoma City bombing. He's known as non partisan and a level head in a guy who does things for reasons based on the law and not politics or protecting the president so that would Democrats believe be a change from the current situation. What do you think Merrick Garland in particular was chosen particularly to step To be in the job after someone like Bill Bar. What? What are the What are the issues that are left to be resolved at the Justice Department after Bill bars departure? You know, one of the things that I've heard the Biden transition and the decision makers among the president elect and the vice president elect that really swayed them was this parallel after Watergate and the abuses of President Nixon. The Justice Department brought in a very well respected University of Chicago president at Levi. Run the place. They think Merrick Garland Garland could be that kind of transformative figure to make sure the criminal cases are brought for the right reasons and to put the law above politics. That's who. That's the goal for Merrick Garland if he gets confirmed by the Senate this year. That is NPR. National justice correspondent Carrie Johnson. Thank you, Carrie. Thank you. We have reporters, tracking every thread of that still developing story at the Capitol. But we want to work in a little bit of other news, too, including this. Louisville has a new police chief city leaders there hope the hiring of former Atlanta police chief Erica Shields will help to restore hope and trust. But Shields comes to the job after a controversial police killing and her old department which led to her resignation. I'm gonna Lahey of member Station W. F. PL in Louisville reports. It didn't take long for the questions to begin. Once Erica Shields was named as the new Louisville police chief people wondered why the city chose her to be its top law enforcement officer when she lost her job after the killing of Ray Shard, Brooks. He was a black motorist who was shot in June by an Atlanta officer..
35 years ago, the city of Philadelphia dropped a bomb on its citizens. They are now ready to apologize.
"Mary Louise Kelly. 35. Years ago, a police helicopter dropped a bomb on a Philadelphia row house in a mostly black neighborhood. 11 people were killed. Five of them were Children. The bomb live on inferno that burned down more than 60 other houses, leaving hundreds of people homeless. This is now referred to as the move. Bombing move for the Black Liberation group by the same name was targeted. Last Thursday, the Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution that finally issues a formal apology. Philadelphia City Council member Jamie got to who represents the third district where the bombing occurred. Updraft the resolution and joins us now. Hey there! Welcome. Hi. So for those who maybe don't know, don't remember much about the bombing. Which you just briefly explain what what was move, and why was the city of Philadelphia so hostile to it? Yes. Move Woz, a black liberation group of back to nature group, and I think they were. They were different, right? Like many people in our society, and they were a group of black people who were different and who were very unapologetic about it. And I think over time, um, there developed Ah, Lot of friction between move. Andhra police in the city of Philadelphia. So You've got this apology through. Why is this important now? 35 years later, I think it's important because one no one was ever held accountable on been a real way for what happens with the move. Bombing, which was an atrocity is one of the only times in our country that Ah government bombed its home city. Its own citizens, Um There was no there was never a formal apology. That's something that was all also very striking to me. And so I was honored. Tonto work with the activists who really brought this the council to bring this about, And not only is this Not only that, I think this was important from a symbolic perspective. I also think it's important because we see echoes of what happened in the move Bombing in what we're seeing now between police and community and with the police violence that we've seen in the very same neighborhood. This is Russell. The neighborhood where Walter Wallace Jr was gunned down by police. Just that was just last month that police shooting Walter Wallace? Yes. Yeah, And I've seen you talk about how divisions between police and the community are, you know, not new, obviously. And until we actually reckon with them, their divisions and the problems we're going to keep on coming. Absolutely. I think that we can connect what happened to move with what we saw happen with well to Rawlins Jr. And I think what underlines both of these events and a lot of the police violence we see is racism and a lack of recognition of the humanity of black people in our in our neighborhoods on behalf of police, and until we confront what's at the core, I don't believe we'll be able to move forward. We just have a few seconds left. But along with the apology does this resolution also make some concrete amends to the generations of people impacted by the by the bombing? Well, along with this apology. The resolution establishes May 13th as an annual day of observation, reflection in and re commitment in Philadelphia to honor those that we lost on that day in 1985. And though that, um, can be seen as largely symbolic. I hope it will be the start of the listening and the conversations that we need to
New Law Mandates California To Study The Issue Of Reparations For Slaves' Descendants
"This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Elsa Chang in January. 18 65 As the Civil war staggered into its final months, the US made a promise. It would take for 100,000 acres of confiscated southern lands stretching from South Carolina to Florida and redistribute it to formerly enslaved black people in 40 acre parcels. Well, that order did not last long. Within the year, Lincoln's replacement president, Andrew Johnson, broke that promise and handed the land back to plantation owners. That was the nation's first systematic attempt to provide reparations for slavery. More recently, the late Michigan congressman John Conyers, tried and failed for nearly three decades. Yet Congress to consider the same issue. Now California has taken Conyers bill and used it as an inspiration for a new bill signed into law last week. It is the first state law of its kind. California Assemblywoman Shirley Weber is the author of that Bill, and she joins us Now. Welcome. Thank you. It's good to be here. Good to have you So what this new law does is basically set up a task force to study the issue of reparations for the descendants of enslaved people and To make further recommendations from there. Tell me what are you hoping to see? Come out of this task force. Well, I think they're a couple of things we hope will happen. Obviously, we hope there will be a number of recommendations on what the state needs to do in order to repair the damage that's been done. But hopefully in addition to that, we will have robust conversations about the really deep and long and pervasive impact of slavery and racism in California and across the nation. I talked to too many people who tell me I'm not a slave holder. I didn't I didn't own any slaves. What does that mean to me? Well, you may not have owned them, but the impact of your forefathers owning them. As what is the impact of the various laws and limitations placed upon African Americans That made it difficult, if not impossible, for them to compete educationally and economically and socially still has its lingering impact, and we see that in the streets today, we'll give us some concrete examples of what form Might these reparations take Well, you know, it could be like it is a Georgetown where those folks who was slaves that landed Georgetown, every descendant of those individuals now could have access and free education of Georgetown. We could look at the issue of loans and grants for people starting businesses, and we have businesses that are suffering and sometimes failing in this pandemic. Because of our let the lack of support and financing that made it almost difficult, if not impossible, for them to own land and only businesses. We need to look at housing patterns. California had some very, very racist housing patterns that existed. But they're they're number of things that need to exist and to indicate that is tremendous amount of damage was done and puts California on the hook as well, because he basically California was a free state, right. A lot of people don't think of California as a slave state, but exactly what role California did play when it came to slavery. Well, we had one of most racist governors who talked about removing all black people from state of California free or slaves. We created laws that prevented them from being able to testify in court against white person. We had lots of things embedded in our land ownership that prevents folks from buying or selling homes to African Americans. All of those things are important, as they began to say, is this wide African Americans continue to struggle have the least amount of wealth amassed have low homeownership, all those kinds of things that even after generations and generations of struggle. We still find that these things prevail. And even though a few sneak through the vast majority do not Now let me ask you dealing with the legacy of slavery is an issue that this entire country needs to reckon with. So there are a lot of people say, Let's look to a federal solution. How would you respond to that? Well, we have We lived for federal solution for 30 to 40 years. At this point, it's just not happening at the federal level. And so after waiting, we said, You know what California could do this? And I've governor said, You know what we can lead the way and that we think will motivate others to do. Likewise, California state Assemblywoman Shirley Weber was the author of a new state law to study reparations for slavery. Thank you very much, thank you for the opportunity.
NPR News Interviews Professor Anita Hill
"Considered from NPR News. I'm Ari Shapiro and Mary Louise Kelly has enough changed in the three years since the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the me to movement took off. A new report finds that for Hollywood and the entertainment business, the answer is no. The Hollywood Commission, a nonprofit that works to eradicate harassment and discrimination in the industry. Surveyed entertainment workers nationwide and found many are staying silent because they fear retaliation. Or they don't believe people in positions of power will be held to account. The chair of the commission is Anita Hill, who, of course, has fought her own battles over getting allegations of sexual harassment taken seriously. She accused now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of harassment and testified. Under oath back in 1991. Professor Hill joins us now welcome back to all things considered. I'm glad to speak with you again. I'm happy to be here. Tell me what surprised you in the survey results Well, the standout data was the data on accountability. We ask people Do you think that a person of higher rank Who was found to have our asked a person of lower rank would be held accountable and what we found is that 64% of the people we surveyed said that in fact, that person would not be held accountable. I suppose that's the thing that surprised me. I mean, on the one hand, it's not surprising that we're dealing with such deeply entrenched culture and history here. On the other hand, it's been three years of me, too, in the spotlight, and many powerful men have been held to account. You're you're absolutely right. We've seen some very high profile cases. And what we want to make sure is that it doesn't stop with just a few high profile cases. We know that they are problems throughout. Workplaces, and we want to make sure that everybody, whatever their position is Can count on being heard. So that's one piece of this. The other is persuading people who believe they're being harassed, have been harassed that they have a safe path to come forward and report it. I remember interviewing you, Professor Hill. Always. Almost exactly. Two years ago, September 2018 on we were talking because it was in the middle of the confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh. And we talked about the the personal cost of choosing to come forward. What do you say to someone who's weighing whether to do so or not? Well, you're absolutely right. There are personal cost. But even when people are willing to take the risk, there are other things that they're considering. People don't come forward because they think they won't be taken seriously. Unfortunately, the Cavanagh hearing really gave the impression that the Senate Judiciary Committee Did not take Christine Bozzi. Ford's claim seriously, and people see that example and becomes, you know what they think will happen to them.
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes: Trump Will Use Every Opportunity To Divide People
"And I'm Mary Louise Kelly in Washington today, the governor and lieutenant governor of Wisconsin now President Trump to stay away from their state. So did the mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, who says the city needs time to heal, But the president showed up anyway. Trump's trip comes after days of unrest following the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake that left him hospitalized. It also comes after a white 17 year old Kyle Riton house with charged with six criminal counts, including first degree intentional homicide. Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela. Barnes, a Democrat, joins us now Welcome to the program. Thank you for having me today. We're glad to have you. Governor Tony either sent a letter asking President Trump not to visit Kenosha. You've called for him to stay away as well. Do you see any potential benefit to having him? There may be a chance to meet and talk to him in a productive way. No, I do not because if a real leader would have proven that already, he would have given words Tio help console the people of this community of people of this state and the people of this nation because what happened in Kenosha? It's something that happens all too often in this country, and the president has offered no sort of resolve. You can look at the president's invective. You can look at the RNC, which tried to capitalize all such situations, which tried to politicize People who are crying out who are stepping up marching and demanding racial justice. And Donald Trump doesn't want to hear that He is going to use every opportunity that he can to divide the people of this state. A CZ. This is a critical state for his re election, and it's unfortunate because You know, these are realize that we're talking about Governor Evers called for a special session of the Legislature on Monday to address police reform. But Republicans didn't show up and that session lasted 30 seconds. To get any legislation through. You need Republican support. Do you have a plan for how to do that? Well, eyes unfortunate that you know, we could ask. What's our plan? When the Legislature and the Republicans in the Legislature don't get asked why they continue to ignore people, it took them forever to respond. A covert 19. They haven't responded to the health care crisis. They haven't responded to the dairy crisis that our family farmers are dealing with in this country. They haven't responded to gun violence prevention. They have responded to the client. Crisis, Every issue they continue to fail and ignore the people of this state. Kenosha is the latest city to deal with protests and sometimes counter protests that have turned violent governor ever sent in the national Guard as the protests were heating up, and some protesters said that having the guards there made unrest worse. Do you think the governor made the right decision by sending in the guards? So the governor sent in the guard's ate with controlling fires that were set. You know, this is all in the interest of safety because fires can get out of control. Fire touches the wrong thing. You have explosions that you can potentially have more loss of life. That was the purpose of the National Guard. I think what protesters were experiencing Was a heightened response from from law enforcement and the press conference that happened shortly after the young man who traveled to Wisconsin from Illinois to kill two people in our streets. The response was well, maybe if people weren't out past curfew, ignoring the fact that you're the shooter was also out past curfew. So to assign blame to that the victims that shows where we are in in terms of thought with some of the local law enforcement that's on the ground, and this is the reforming accountability that we're talking about. Whatever the reason, the guard was there, even if it was just to try to put out or prevent fires. It ends up being a law enforcement presence, the presence of authorities and this is the dilemma. I think for city and state leaders, how do you control what could become violent unrest? Without making people feel that the feds were storming in or with a guard is storming in. That's a really hard dilemma. Have you figured out the right balance of that? Is something that is a learning process. If I'm going to be completely honest, and and I I always I always promoted the fact that law enforcement should continuously Work to deescalate situations. Whether it is a or a personal interaction like the one with Jacob Blake and the three officers or whether we're talking larger scale events like protests and demonstrations. I think that you often see peaceful protest turned the other way when there is a heightened presence of what is perceived as authorities. So yeah, I do think there is there is a there is a problem. Because when people are protesting police, you know aggression with police overly aggressive police. The response cannot be over overly aggressive law enforcement. How to deal with violent unrest is becoming a major issue in the presidential campaign, and many Democrats who do not support President Trump worry that violent unrest helps him. That it lets him say the Democrats are weak on crime. What's your level of concern that you may be inadvertently helping President Trump's reelection efforts in that way? You know, I think that it's important for people to realize that again. The people who were killed. In Kenosha, where protesters they were killed by people who felt that they had a responsibility to help things to help matters to assist Now, like you mention Law enforcement are air National guards are there. They didn't eat health. Yet. These people are free to just walk the streets with long rifles, intimidating people. I think that is the important thing that people need to realize. Andi. I hope that folks to understand that Republicans continue to enable this sort of behavior this sort of behavior. That actually leads people did That's Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela. Barnes. Thank you for coming on the program. Thank you.
Fauci Says US Could Reach 100000 Coronavirus Cases a Day
"This past week, Dr Anthony Fauci shocked many people in this country and around the world when he said before Congress And unless something changes Corona virus cases in the United States could reach 100,000 per day. What would it take to turn things around and keep us from reaching that? Terrifying number. Dr. Fauci spoke about this with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly. Can we turn this around? Can we turn these numbers around without an even more aggressive shutdown than we had in March? And in April? I believe the answer is yes, but we have to do things a bit differently. And what we've been doing, because when you talk about the goal of everyone to try and proceed towards normalization by taking steps in the opening America again Program, which would guidelines that had good and well demarcated benchmark. What we saw and it really varied from state to state with people out there. Congregating in bars congregating in crowds in a celebratory way, understandably because they felt cooped up without wearing masks. That is, you know, in many respects if I might use the word, it's a violation of the principles of what we're trying to do. It does not have to be 100,000 cases a day. I use that number. Because I wanted Jeff to jolt people into realizing their attention. So we did, and that's exactly what I wanted to do because as I've said so many times over the previous weeks, two months If you leave the virus to its own devices, it will take off on you. You've just sent a couple of things I want to follow up. When you talked about how things have varied so much state to state, you used the word guidelines a supposed to requirements. Does there need to be more of a coordinated federal plan? Do there need to be requirements? Or is it wise to have the strategy remain leaving this largely to states and local governments to figure it out? No Maryland, you bring up a good point, And there's a lot of argument about that about how this country is set up where you have the states that have the capability of making decisions because of the different and peculiar. Nature of things that go on in different states from a public health perspective. Would it be better if the federal government were taking a more sort of? Well, it might not be. I mean, I'm one that does taken assertive role. If you hear what I say whenever I'm talking as I am on this program You know, it is really saying that we must do these things, hopefully and I'm seeing it right now, after yesterday's numbers came out that many of the governors and mayors are actually demanding and saying it is mandatory. Now, if you're gonna go out, you have to have a mask on that is something that is absolutely essential, but you're right. There will be arguments. I'm one for more directive way of doing things, but in many respects, that's not the way this country works. So what do you say to the governors to our two local leaders who are not rolling things back? Somebody like Florida Governor Rhonda Santis? Well, what I do is two things and I've been doing it consistently and intensively. Yes, I do it publicly like I have the opportunity to do on your program and I get on the phone and I've been on the phone with a lot of different governess talking to them about what I think should be done. I have been very prescriptive in what I said. I said not think about it. Maybe you want to do it. I say, do it. And may I just push you on your hope that we can turn things around. Turn these numbers around without shutting down at least is aggressively as things were in March and April and thinking of another thing you said in your testimony yesterday, which is that? You were talking about why Europe has largely succeeded in the US has failed to control the virus, and you talked about how When the U. S shut down, it was in reality. Only about 50% of activity was really shutting down. Whereas in Europe it was more like 90 or 95%. That makes it sound like we had a shot and we blew it. You know, I would. You know, that's a very provocative word blew it. But certainly if you look at it, and I meant it that the numbers are true. If you look at the Europeans, they got the curve way down. Once the curve is way down, Mary Louise, it is much easier when you do get blips of infection as you try to open up. To contain those infections. And if you look at our curve, it peaked. It came down a little. And then it stayed about flat until just recently, when it re surged up again. It makes it much more difficult because you're not in containment. You're in mitigation, just sort of chasing after things as opposed to getting your thumb on them. It might turn you two vaccines. You have said we should have a vaccine by the end of this year, with production ramping up next year whether that vaccine works and how long it may work for whether we may be protected for life for just for a few months. Are those still open questions they are they are because right now, the one thing that is going well. Is the procedure of multiple different candidates and their candidates all over the world. There are several that are being looked at here in the United States. They're on track for going into advanced trial sometime this summer. It's something that we are not compromising safety. Nor scientific integrity to move quickly. We should get an answer sometime by the end of the year, and as I said, Say it again. Mary Louise, There's no guarantee. That you're going to get a safe and effective vaccine. But the early indications from the trial make me I use that word cautiously optimistic
Can blood plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients help prevent infection in others?
"There is still no cure for code nineteen but there is one drug that helps a bit the researchers are hunting for better ones and now they're testing some of those in people and pure science correspondent Joe Palca spoke with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about where we are with covert nineteen treatments right now the minute you start with the one drug that I've mentioned to that shown to help a little bit yeah it's called ram doesn't fear it does show it they have shown that it's shortens a stay in the hospital from fifteen days to eleven days but it doesn't reduce mortality and I know that scientists and and eight patients for that matter would like to have something better this is good but it's it's still not not not what you call it you are so they're looking for better things so in terms of things that are actually far enough along that they might actually show up at the hospital soon what are we looking at well actually some of these are in hospitals some as being tested there and some under what's called the compassionate use our emergency use one is called convalescent plasma this is plasma that's taken from patients who have gotten sick with covert nineteen and then recovered and their blood or their plasma is fall of the antibodies that help them recover from the disease and so if you take their plasma and give it to somebody who's sick the hope is that that will help them get better and and this is actually being used in other infectious diseases and it and it does work to some degree and then I mentioned there are other things that are being tested maybe aren't actually being used in hospitals yet what else is actually comprised mainly not routinely used in hospitals well one is an anti viral so ren disappears is a drug that blocks the ability of the virus replicates so is this drug with the terrific name of he I. D. D. two eight oh one it was developed at Emory University and it's now being marketed by a bridge back bio therapeutics and marked the big pharmaceutical company has joined in and the and that says to me at least that they see great promise there it's being tested in clinical trials in the U. K. and it seems to be showing great promise it's also shown to work at least in animal studies previously with the sars which was also a corona virus caused illness and so there's hope that it might work there right it means that the question on all of our minds this is for treatment that might be ready and ready soon what else you keeping your eye on well actually there is something called a monoclonal antibody which is a synthetic version of the antibodies that our bodies make and there is one monoclonal antibody that's already begun testing in humans there are others that are coming along very soon there are more than a dozen others that are coming in these are drugs that have been used to treat other human diseases and they actually do look quite promising in animal studies and they're anxious to try the more eager to try them in humans as