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Secretary Of State Described China As Biden's Biggest Political Test
"A lot of foreign policy challenges on its plate from the conflict in Ethiopia and a coup in Myanmar to Iran's nuclear program and relations with Russia. But Secretary of State Anthony Blinken sees China as the biggest geopolitical test. NPR's Michele Kelemen explains why Secretary Blinken says he wants to lead a foreign policy that better serves Americans at home and, well, he has a long list of crisis to deal with, He says. The challenge from China is different. China is the only country With the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system, all the rules, values and relationships. That make the world work the way we wanted to. He outlined his views in the speech Wednesday meant for the American public without mentioning Trump by name. He was clearly trying to turn a page from the last four years. Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be. Collaborative when it can be an adversarial when it must be The common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength. That requires working with allies and partners, not denigrating them. Real strength, he added, isn't bluster or bullying aside from China.
Secretary Of State Described China As Biden's Biggest Political Test
"The Biden administration has a lot of foreign policy challenges on its plate from the conflict in Ethiopia and a coup in Myanmar to Iran's nuclear program and relations with Russia. But Secretary of State Anthony Blinken sees China as the biggest geopolitical test. NPR's Michele Kelemen explains why Secretary Blinken does he wants to lead a foreign policy that better serves Americans at home and well, he has a long list of crisis to deal with, He says. The challenge from China is different. China is the only country With the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system, all the rules, values and relationships. That make the world work the way we wanted to. He outlined his views in the speech Wednesday meant for the American public without mentioning Trump by name. He was clearly trying to turn a page from the last four years. Our relationship with China will be competitive when it should be. Collaborative when it can be An adversarial when it must be Common denominator is the need to engage China from a position of strength. That requires working with allies and partners, not denigrating them. Real strength, he added, isn't bluster or
Biden administration to "re-engage" with U.N. Human Rights Council
"And I'm very Louise Kelly. The Biden administration is taking a new approach to the United Nations, so it wants to make sure it has a seat at the table at U. N agencies that the Trump administration left that includes the Human Rights Council in Geneva as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. The Trump Administration denounced the Human Rights Council as a quote cess pool of political bias. The Biden administration says the 2018 decision to pull out left a vacuum often filled by authoritarian countries. The diplomat representing the U. S in Geneva now Marcus are announced today that the U. S. Is rejoining first as an observer. We know that this body has the potential to be an important forum for those fighting teary and injustice around the world. Being president of the table. We seek to ensure it can live up to that potential. There are many human rights crises that could be discussed there. A military coup in Myanmar a crackdown on protesters in Belarus and Russia. Then there's Iran. The repression is at an all time high for the past 15 16 years I have covered it that Tutti Guy Amy, who runs the New York based Center for Human Rights in Iran, he says the U. S absence from the council was felt back in 2019 when there was a deadly crackdown on protesters in Iran. That was something that the Human Rights Council if it had its center of gravity should have immediately moved to an emergency session for it. It did not happen. The Trump administration blasted Iran for the violence, but Gammy says it would have been more effective if it had done so with others on the Human Rights Council. Trump's former U. N. Ambassador Nikki Haley accuses the council of covering for dictators and being biased against Israel, she says it's sad to see the Biden administration give it legitimacy. Eileen Donahoe has a different perspective. She was Obama's ambassador there and said U S leadership made a difference. We got a special rapid tour focus specifically on Iran. There was a commission of inquiry on North Korea. We got multiple special sessions on Syria, which meant that the focus on Israel decreased dramatically without the U. S. There, she said Via Skype, China has upped its game. Avoiding scrutiny of its crackdown in Hong Kong and with the U. S. Calls a genocide against Muslim
State Department Condemns Group It Removed From Terrorist List
"Iranian backed group should not be on a terrorism list. From NPR's Michele Kelemen as he was leaving office. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the Houthi he's as a foreign terrorist organization raising alarms from aid groups. Yemen is considered the world's worst humanitarian crisis and much of the population lives in areas controlled by the Houthi. These State Department spokesperson Ned Price says the U. S is taking the Houthi is off that list. This intent to revoke That designation has nothing to do with our view of the hooches on their reprehensible conduct, he says. The U. S will keep up the pressure on who the leaders who are fighting a Saudi backed coalition. Michele Kelemen, NPR NEWS The State Department's docks continue their upward moment. Um the Dow gained
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"Americans for the arts. It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Audie Cornish and I married the weeds. Kelly, President Biden and Vice President Harris made a joint trip toothy State Department today. Vowing that the U. S will lead through diplomacy. America is back. Diplomacy is back. You are the center. All that I tend to do. You are the heart of it. Biden's aides say this was no accident that he chose to visit the state Department before other national security agencies he wants to boost morale and an agency that Trump often dismissed as the quote Deep State Department. NPR's Michele Kelemen is at the plain Old State Department. She joins us now. Hey, Michelle. Hi there, Mary Louise. So a morale boosting visit. That was the goal. How'd it go? How were they received? Well because of the pandemic, there were very few State Department employees who are actually in the room to hear that pep talk. There were screens on the stage, though of some of the new foreign service officers at home when their computers And he definitely hit the right notes for a department that's been kind of sidelined and politicized by the Trump administration, he said. He has their backs. He welcomes dissenting views, but he wasn't very specific until he went upstairs to the more ornate Ben Franklin room to deliver an actual foreign policy speech again, mostly to an empty hall. Well. He did make some news in that mostly empty hole. He called on the coup plotters and Myanmar to quote relinquish power. He also had tough words for Russia. Tell us about that. Yeah. I mean, the big theme is about reviving alliances and pursuing diplomacy with adversaries when possible. So when you talk about Russia, you know already he's extended the key arms control agreement with Russia. But Just take a listen and how he described his first phone call with Vladimir Putin. I made it clear to President Putin in a manner very different from my predecessor. But the days of the United States rolling over The face of Russia's aggressive actions interfering with.
How The Biden Administration Can Tackle America's Longest War
"Administration is reviewing its options in many areas of foreign policy, including Afghanistan. It is America's longest war and in a deal with the Taliban. Last year, the Trump Administration agreed to withdraw U. S troops by May, but The new administration says the Taliban is not keeping its end of the bargain, hinting that U. S troops will likely stay longer. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports a former U. S government and U. N expert on Afghanistan, Rina Amiri knows that Americans are tired of fighting endless wars. Now we're trying to win the peace. But she says the Trump administration left a complicated hand. Amiri, now with New York University, says the U. S emboldened the Taliban. By negotiating the withdrawal schedule and keeping to it even as violent spite and Afghan peace talks faltered. And now what we have the situation where the Taliban feels very much they have won this war that they're winning this war that the peace agreement is simply a cover for withdrawal for the U. S. The U. S still has 2500 troops in Afghanistan under the deal with the Taliban, they're supposed to be gone a few months from now. But Biden's national security advisor Jake Sullivan, says the administration is taking a hard look at whether the Taliban are meeting their commitments to break ties with terrorists, reduce violence and negotiate in a serious way with the Afghan government. And in that context, we make decisions and now our force posture and our diplomatic strategy going forward. That's welcome news to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He told the Aspen Institute last week that he expects a U. S team in Kabul soon, and he's gotten good signals from Secretary of State Tony Blinken. A promised me robust diplomacy in the region. Full coordination with us in a focus on ending 40 years of violence, the bidet administration may be promising too much, though Laurel Miller of the International Crisis Group says it's signaling that it wants to keep some US troops in Afghanistan for counterterrorism purposes and wants a peace deal that protects the democratic and human rights gains of the past two decades. Those are all perfectly fine and understandable things to be saying Again in the very first days of the administration, but ultimately you can't have all of the above. Miller says The Biden administration will have to prioritize. There cannot be both a negotiated peace and keeping some troops even a small number in Afghanistan for counterterrorism or any other purposes Because the Taliban won't agree to that there can't be a negotiated peace and No change in the nature of the system of governance and and writes in Afghanistan. U. S officials have long said they would protect women's rights in Afghanistan. Rina Amiri says not following through on that could send the wrong signal to Islamist groups elsewhere, so she thinks the U. S needs to get the diplomacy, right. And she'd like to see a third party, perhaps from the U. N manage the peace process. It will also be more helpful for the U. S. Because right now, everything right on the U. S. You need a manager of this peace process Right now. We do not have a manager. A State Department spokesperson says the U. S will support the Afghan peace process with a quote senior and robust American diplomatic effort. Trump Administration's envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, remains on the job. Even a secretary Blinken builds out the team. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington
Diplomats Return To State Department As Biden Administration Begins
"The new administration is also promising to rebuild the State Department. They've brought back some diplomats who were forced out in the early days of the Trump administration to help But there are big gaps to fill as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports and Morita tourist served for a decade in the foreign service until she quit just over a year ago. She says she was just too frustrated with the Trump administration, pulling out of international organizations and sidelining career diplomats. At the time I was serving at the U. S mission to the U. N So had a front row seat to this isolation. So you know from the Paris accords, so leaving the Human Rights Council and also just the day to day sort of instructions. We were getting really to treat. Many of our allies like anniversaries were engaging with them and dialogue. We were bullying our way through for Chris Richardson. His concern started when Trump ran for president talking about banning Muslims from coming to the U. S. Have been horrified by that, and then he got elected and you know we did this to send cable against it. But my issue was is that after the dissent cable came out, we all kind of just moved on to the next outrage. But I never got over that outrage. Richardson and immigration lawyer left the foreign service in 2018 and got involved in lawsuits against Trump's travel ban. He even wrote in affidavit that made its way to the Supreme Court. So for me I felt that I needed to get out there. I needed Teofilo and I needed to stand up for American principles because I thought that then President Trump had gone so dangerously astray. From what our values and what our character is. As a country that I needed to make a stand. Biden has reversed the ban and has talked about the need to rebuild the State Department. Richardson, who's black. Says the problems that state are deeper than trump. He's worried about the lack of diversity. Tourists whose Puerto Rican agrees. We're facing a huge diversity deficit and a brain drain at the State Department. So I do think it's important that we look back and see and try and recruit those who have left to come back to show that, you know. Actually, this is not how the State Department typically runs President Biden has brought back some divers, former foreign service officers tapping Linda Thomas Greenfield to be the next U. S ambassador to the U. S. And as Rose, a A to be an undersecretary of state. Those are political appointees. There are stricter rules about bringing career diplomats back into the foreign service and 35 year. Veteran diplomat Tom Countryman says the secretary of state has to be judicious in combining Promotions for those who have labored in the vineyard under very difficult circumstances the last four years. As well as bringing back those of exceptional quality. It's gotta be a mixture of both countrymen was among those forced to retire at the start of the Trump administration. He encouraged other career foreign service officers to stay saying a foreign policy without professionals is an amateur one. I'm happy that their hard work and their patriotism will again be respected. Rather than denigrated by the White House. At his confirmation hearing, senators question Tony Blinken on how he will overcome the partisanship of Mike Pompeo is 10 Year at the department. It's not simply a matter of bringing people back filling the slots there no empty Is making sure that the best of our ability we're building a workforce that has skill said To deal with the incredibly complex challenges we're facing that are very different. Then the challenges we faced in previous generations. That means experts and global health and climate and technology, he said. He also vowed to focus on the department's diversity deficit and get back to its non partisan tradition. Michele Kelemen NPR news, the State
Senate holds confirmation hearing for Biden's picks
"Biden is going to nominate. Dr rachel levine as assistant. Us health secretary she has led pennsylvania's response to the pandemic and is a professor of pediatrics. And psychiatry at penn state levin is also openly transgender several biden nominees will have confirmation hearings today including his choices to lead the department of treasury defense homeland security and the director of national intelligence. And npr's michele keleman reports the senate foreign relations committee meets to consider the nominee for secretary of state. Tony blinken a former. Deputy secretary of state blinken goes way back with biden. He was a staffer on the senate foreign relations committee. When biden was chairman. And he says he wants to help the new administration restore america's place in the world because america at its best still has a greater ability than any other country on earth to bring others together to meet the challenges of our time. And that's where the men and women of the state department foreign service officers civil servants. That's where they come in. Lincoln is a french speaker who went to high school in paris. His father was an ambassador to hungary and his stepfather was a holocaust survivor who was rescued by african american. Gi michele
Morocco Becomes Latest Arab Country To Normalize Ties With Israel
"Me happy holidays. Another Arab country has decided to join the Trump Administration's Abraham accords. Under the deal, Morocco will normalize ties with Israel. In return the U. S is backing Morocco's bid. Sovereignty over a disputed territory. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. Israel in Morocco have already had informal ties for years. But now in a tweet president Trump says they've agreed to full diplomatic relations. His son in law and adviser Jared Kushner, expects things to move quickly. They will grant overflights and direct flights to and from Israel for all Israelis. They'll reopen the liaison offices and robot and tell Aviv immediately with the intention to open the embassies you know, in the near future. For its part, the U. S. Is changing its policy toward Western Sahara Ah former Spanish colony In the past, the U. S. Has worked with the United Nations to promote talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front, which seeks independence for Western Sahara. Kushner says the U. S now recognizes Morocco's sovereignty over the disputed region is something that's been talked about. For a long time, but something that seemed inevitable at this point. A statement from the Polisario Front question whether the move by the U. S violates international law and said Morocco is quote selling it sold to maintain its illegal occupation. Trump's move also took the U. N by surprise. We've just learned of this through Twitter post, U. N spokesman Stephane Dujarric says the secretary general is still convinced that it's possible to reach a negotiated solution based on U. N resolutions. One Former U. N and U. S diplomat Jeffrey Feldman says the U. S. Was already leaning toward Morocco's planned offer some autonomy but not independence. For the people of Western Sahara. Previous administrations have never come out fully in support of Morocco. There's been kind of a wink wink nudge nights. The Moroccan economy plan looks pretty good as a basis for How you would negotiate a permanent settlement. But he fears that President Trump's move will short circuit diplomacy, leaving the Saharawi people weaker as he's done with others. He hasn't shown much empathy for weaker parties. Whether we're talking about the Kurds in Syria or the the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and now this stuff rallies, Palestinians are sounding frustrated, too, as more Arab countries agreed to normalize ties with Israel
Biden to nominate Tony Blinken as secretary of state
"Elect Joe Biden is building out his national security team, naming a woman to head the intelligence community for the first time and tapping a close confidante as secretary of state. More from NPR's Michele Kelemen. Biden calls his team experienced and crisis tested. He's naming his longtime adviser, Tony Blinken, as secretary of state and tapping veteran diplomat Linda Thomas Greenfield to another Cabinet, post U S ambassador to the U. N. If confirmed, Alejandro, my Orcas will be the first Latino to run the Department of Homeland Security. And every Haynes will be the first woman disservice. Director of National Intelligence Biden will have one of the youngest national security Advisors Jake Sullivan, and he's created a new cabinet level position within the NSC to combat climate change that will be former Secretary of State John Kerry.
Illinois reports more than 13,000 new cases and 126 new deaths statewide
"Live from npr news. I'm jack speer. With corona virus cases surging across the west new data released from the federal government shows just. How many hospitals in the country say they are facing critical staffing shortages. Npr selena simmons duffin reports nearly one in five hospitals in the us currently has a staffing issue states in the mid west and southwest are being hit hardest. North dakota has the highest percentage of hospitals reporting shortages. Texas has the highest number of hospitals when there aren't enough staff to treat the surge of patients. The concern is that you could get to the point where you have to start rationing care and then more people could die early on in the pandemic medical staff could volunteer to help in hot spots like new york city. But that's not really possible. Now with so many hospitals facing shortages and cases surging all over the country selena simmons duffin npr news eleanor. Like many other states seeing a big surge in coronavirus cases more than thirteen thousand new cases reported there with one hundred and twenty six deaths making it the third day in a row deaths their past the one hundred mark on governor. Jay pritzker reminding people his they've been state today. The numbers do not reflect what tomorrow's numbers might look like. You have to look at what the trajectory is. How fast it is that. They're likely to fill up. How fast they're coming into the emergency room and ending up in the bed. Laurie now is more than six hundred. Thirty four thousand coronavirus cases more than eleven thousand kobe. Nineteen deaths in the state. The death toll from covid nineteen pandemic has now reached more than two hundred and fifty thousand georgia's certified president elect. Joe biden has one that state's electoral votes but as a meal moffitt of member station w. a. b. e. in atlanta reports top georgia republicans are calling for changes to the state's election. Laws in one of the narrowest races in the country president elect joe biden topped president. Donald trump by about twelve thousand six hundred votes of the record. One point three million votes cast by mail and the state two thirds of them went to biden. Georgia's republican governor. Brian kemp echoed. President trump and casting doubt on the state's signature match program used to verify the identity of absentee voters voters casting their ballots. In person must show a photo. Id and we should consider applying that same standard to mail in ballots. Georgia's republican secretary of state also called for reform despite repeated assurances that he's seen no evidence of widespread fraud for npr news. I'm a meal moffitt in atlanta michigan state. Legislators met at the white house today with president trump as the president appears to be making an extraordinary effort aimed at overturning. Joe biden's overwhelming win. There were after the meeting. Officials said they have not been yet made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election by one michigan by an insurmountable one hundred fifty four thousand votes on wall street today. The dow closed lower down two hundred nineteen points. You're listening to. Npr president trump's state department and foreign policy advisors to the incoming baiju administration are both expressing concerns about recent arrests of human rights advocates in egypt. Computers michele keleman reports. The arrest came after. The activists met with european diplomats. The egyptian institute for personal rights as seen three of its members arrested this week charged with spreading false information and undermining public security. European diplomats had met with them earlier this month. The state department is expressing quote deep concern about the arrests biden's foreign policy adviser. Tony blinken says he shares that sentiment in a tweet. He writes quote. Meeting with foreign. Diplomats is not a crime nor is peacefully advocating for human rights. President trump wants called egypt's leader his favourite dictator egypt remains a major recipient of us aid michelle kellerman npr news washington asia pacific summit leaders set aside their differences today issuing their first joint communique in three years among other things a group calling for free and predictable trade to help a global economy leaders of the twenty one nation apec groups as been substantially weakened by the coronavirus pandemic the group whose members include president trump and chinese leader xi jinping also about not to resort to protectionist policies notwithstanding the ongoing us trying to trade battle apec countries fell to reach agreement in two thousand eighteen in part due to discord between the us and china crude oil futures prices ended the week on an up note oil closing up forty three cents a barrel and the session at forty two seventeen barrel in new york. I'm jack speer npr news.
Government Accountability Office Says State Department Lacks Diversity
"Mail jail and pale that was the rap on the state department's diplomatic corps for years the department has worked to shed that image but the government accountability office says state is falling short of its diversity goals NPR's Michele Kelemen reports black diplomats are pointing to some systemic problems look kisha gone will never forget what her supervisor told her as she began her first assignment as a consular officer in Monterrey Mexico he says it verbatim that out to me African Americans have a hard time in the foreign service white women and animals in saying this have been able to crack the glass ceiling but black officers tend to disappear gun lasted five years a native of Alabama she was brought into the department on a fellowship designed to increase diversity but she found that personnel decisions work against women of color and it was getting harder to talk about democracy and justice abroad I left at about a half a year and a half after Donald Trump was elected and I just felt that has African American woman the current administration was not living up to the ideals that I want to promote in the service another former diplomat Chris Richardson wrote a damning op ed in The New York Times about the history of discrimination at the state department I can't tell you how many African American officers acting officers I've spoken to who have told me stories of of discrimination stories of weird micro aggressions that work on investigated that no one really asked about Richardson an immigration lawyer says the state department needs to take a hard look at itself and ask why these officers quit the state department set up a task force to work on plans to recruit and retain diverse talent a spokesperson says secretary of state Mike Pompeo is committed to building a diverse and inclusive work force representative of America's devotion to the principle of equal opportunity Richardson says that's been the mantra for years but each decade there are new
US puts visa restrictions on Chinese officials over tensions with Hong Kong
"The administration says it is punishing Chinese officials who are undermining freedoms in Hong Kong we have more from NPR's Michele Kelemen secretary of state Mike Pompeo says he's imposing visa restrictions on current and former Chinese Communist Party officials who are responsible for or complicit in undermining Hong Kong's autonomy his statement as that family members of those officials may also be subject to restrictions he did not say how many people are being added to the visa ban Pompeii accuses the Chinese Communist Party of in his words if this arrayed in Hong Kong's freedoms undermining the commitments it made to respect tankan's a Tanami in response the trump administration is revoking Hong Kong special treatment under U.
Trump fired watchdog who was probing Saudi arms sales, Democrats say
"The chairman of the house foreign affairs committee suggesting one possible motive for the firing of the state department's inspector general NPR's Michele Kelemen reports that it may have to do with the report on Saudi arms sales Democrat Eliot Engel tells The Washington Post that the inspector general had just completed an investigation into the administration's declaration of an emergency to greenlight Saudi arms sales source on Capitol Hill confirms that the state department won't comment president trump sent a letter to Congress Friday night saying he lost confidence in the inspector general Steve Lennix a White House official later said that secretary Pompeii had recommended this Democrats are investigating whether the firing was in retaliation for investigations including another into whether Pompey when his wife for having a government employee run personal errands
Fired State watchdog was probing Saudi arms sale, top Democrat says
"House Democrats are launching an investigation into the firing of another inspector general this time at the state department president trump dismissing Steve clinic late last Friday after secretary of state Mike Pompeii asked him to they've been reports for awhile of grumbling in the department about Pantera using taxpayer funds for personal services the state department watchdog was reportedly looking into those complaints NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen is here and Michele so counting up in the past six weeks trump fired the intelligence community I G. the acting defense department I. G. and the acting health and Human Services IG a pattern for perhaps your sense of what's going on while Democrats are clearly seen a pattern and they're looking for ways now to strengthen the protections four inspector generals there been a few Republicans expressing concern senator Mitt Romney for instance over the weekends and the firing of multiple inspectors general is unprecedented and a threat to accountable democracy Susan Collins tweeted over the weekend that the president had not provided the kind of justification for the removal of the state department's IG as required by law that she helped author but for the most part Republicans have been pretty silent about this trend yeah well and we've known for a while that there were grumblings as we said about Mike Pompeo the secretary of state attention to using taxpayer money for personal purposes now reports that when it was looking into this what can you tell us about what he was looking at well we're hearing from Democrats on the hill that about a couple of things that he was investigating there's a report today from The Washington Post enough source did confirm it for me that the inspector general had mostly completed an investigation into the secretary's controversial decision to get around opposition in Congress and green light billions of dollars in arms sales to the Saudis he had this emergency declaration that raised a lot of eyebrows last year and the I. G. was looking into that democratic sources also say that the I. G. was looking into the misuse of a political appointee basically that Pompey had a U. S. government employee of do personal errands for him and for his wife things like picking up the dog at the groomers or things like that when I ask the inspector general's office over the weekend I was told that they can't confirm or deny any particular investigation and the state department has refused to comment on any of that moon what about other members of the state department what are your sources telling you about their thoughts about this well I I think there were you know Lynn it was a pretty well respected guy and they're kind of it some people said they were kind of numb at this point there is definitely a concern last year CNN did this whole report about some security agents feeling like they've become over eats with guns there were a lot of concerns last year that I heard about when that Mrs Fontana was on trips with the secretary so that these these have been things that have been growing yeah well and as you said the Democrats has certainly been vocal about this year's the speaker Nancy Pelosi on face the nation yesterday the president has the right to fire any federal employee but the fact is if it looks like it's in retaliation for something that the attorney the I. G. the inspector general is doing that could be unlawful so what is your sense of repercussions if upon pale of war you know president trump is as follows he just said he has the right to fire federal employees well the Democrats on the hill have opened an investigation they're asking for the state department to hold any documents that they have that are related to this they need to find out if it was in retaliation for any of these issues that that Steve when I had been investigating I'd also say that you know it's not that he was he was very controversial I mean he played kind of a minor role in the whole impeachment saga but there were a couple of IG reports that that he had done recently that sort of angered top management there were things about personnel matters dealing with the trump administration officials retaliating against those who they call Obama holdovers at the department one report led to the resignation of an Assistant Secretary of state for international organizations and another was critical of one of Pompey's top aides Iran guy Brian hook so you know if if it was in retaliation for any of these things then that could be a problem for them we'll see how this unfolds NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen thanks as always sure thank thank
After 301 Days in Egyptian Prison, an American Teacher Flies Home
"The state department says it welcomes the news that Egypt has released an American prisoner activists say there are about five others still jailed there now the U. S. is raising concerns about prisoners at risk of covert nineteen and P. R.'s Michele Kelemen reports Pennsylvania teacher ranges so he was arrested at Cairo's airport in July of last year accused of running a Facebook page that criticizes the Egyptian government now after three hundred one day she and her fourteen year old son are back in Lancaster that's according to the freedom initiative which advocates on behalf of political prisoners the state department won't say how many Americans are still being held in prisons in Egypt a major recipient of US aid Egypt suspended consular visits but the U. S. embassy asked for and received permission to speak with jailed U. S. citizens by phone for
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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Jack Speer. Stock prices fell again today amid continuing fears about the corona virus and its impact on the global economy. Npr's Jim Zarroli reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down a half a percent. The market started higher. The Dow at one point was up four hundred and sixty one points but the rebound proved temporary and by midday stocks were flat. The Dow is now down seven percent this week alone. Investors are worried about the spread of the corona virus beyond China on Monday and Tuesday. The Dow lost one thousand nine hundred points and as investors dumped stocks and put their money in bonds. The interest rate on the ten year Treasury note again fell to an all-time low meanwhile a measure of market volatility called the VIX index remains high. Jim Zarroli NPR News New York tracking the numbers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell one hundred and twenty three points. The Nasdaq was up. Fifteen points S. and P. Five hundred fell eleven points. President trump is pushing back against contentions is administration has not done enough to deal with the corona virus threat. Trump is holding a news conference at six. Pm Eastern tonight to defend his administration's efforts and outline exactly what steps are being taken. On Capitol Hill lawmakers have called for much more money than the two and a half billion dollars requested by the White House Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer asking for eight and a half billion joining. The president is news conference at the White House will be experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention USA. Stepping up pressure on an Iranian backed militia group in Iraq saying the group still poses a threat to American troops appears. Michele Keleman has more the commander of Khattab Hezbollah was killed alongside Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in a US strike earlier this year. The trump administration at the time said the action was meant to restore deterrents but the State Department's counter-terrorism coordinator Nathan Sales says that Hezbollah continues to present a quote significant terrorist threat to US forces in Iraq. Now is the right time to intensify the pressure to starve this group of its resources and private of tools. It uses to attack our people. The Group Secretary General has been added to a sanctions list. Katiba Hezbollah is one of the militias. That helped the Iraqi government defeat Isis Michele Kelemen NPR news. The State Department nation's largest retail trade group is still forecasting a boost in sales this year the economic hit due to the global spread of the Corona Virus National.
Palestinian Leader Denounces Trump’s Mideast Plan at U.N.
"When the trump administration unveiled its Middle East peace plan the president of the Palestinian authority responded with quote a thousand nose at the UN security council today Mahmoud Abbas tried to show he was not alone in opposing comes plan which favors Israeli positions and tears Michele Kellerman has more holding up the map that the trump administration propose muck mood Abbas told the security council that it would leave a future Palestinian state fragmented without any real control over airspace land or sea Abbas spoke through an interpreter why did though that this is the state that they will give us yeah yeah like a Swiss cheese really the whole among you will accept according to a similar state and similar conditions Abbas's allies dropped plans to have the security council vote on a resolution condemning the plan a trump administration statement said it was a sign that the quote old way of doing things is over and that diplomats are ready to think outside the box rather than fall back on the calcified Palestinian position but most council members did criticize the US planned European diplomats said it departs from the internationally agreed parameters of a negotiated settlement to the Israeli Palestinian conflict Abbas argued through an interpreter that the deal legitimizes the quote confiscation and annexation of Palestinian land I would like to say to Mr Donald Trump yeah I'm not the rule that the proposed American do you cannot achieve peace and security because I canceled international legitimacy you can cancel international legitimacy trump's plan gives Palestinians for years to negotiate during that time Israel is not supposed to build on land that according to its map would be part of a Palestinian state but it also gives a green light to Israel to declare sovereignty over Israeli settlements in the occupied west bank without any agreement from the Palestinians Israel's ambassador to the U. N. Danny denounces Israel will coordinate that with the trump administration we value the walk of the administration we know that will come out that in the visits of the team to a religion hundreds of meetings and we all talking with them we will coordinate with them our next moves like we did in the past and we have a strong partnership with the United States he blasted Abbas for rushing to the U. N. rather than negotiating with Israel or making a counter offer and unknown told the security council that peace won't be possible until Abbas leaves office the US ambassador Kelly craft question whether this debate was worth the time my fervent hope is that after today's rhetoric clears Palestinian leaders will see this plan for the opportunity areas roll up their sleeves and seize this chance to sit down with the leaders of Israel to begin a new conversation trump son in law an adviser Jared Kushner who drafted the plan told CNN that if the Palestinians don't negotiate they're going to quote screw up another opportunity like they've screwed up every opportunity that they've ever had and quote Abbas made a point this afternoon of appearing alongside a former Israeli prime minister a Ehud Olmert who called Abbas a man of peace their talks failed in two thousand eight after all merit was indicted for bribery and forced to resign Michele Kelemen
Nigeria ‘Blindsided’ by Trump Travel Ban, Its Top Diplomat Says
"Secretary of state Mike Pompeii always met with Nigeria's foreign minister just days after that country was added to the US travel ban is NPR's Michele Kelemen reports Nigerian officials are expressing disappointment over the move Nigeria is a key partner in fighting ISIS Boko haram and other terrorist groups and as Pompey points out it's also a major trading partner that's why Nigeria's foreign minister Jeffrey on yama was so surprised that the US announced it would no longer issue immigrant visas for Nigerians we were somewhat blind sided with the announcement of the visa restrictions by the by the U. S. he says Nigeria has been working through the concerns that the U. S. raised about passports and sharing security information Nigeria was one of six countries added to the trump administration's travel ban last Friday Michele Kellerman NPR news the state
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"Just days after the trump administration added Nigeria to a visa ban list secretary of state Mike Pompeii met with the country's foreign minister is NPR's Michele Kelemen Nigeria is a key partner in fighting ISIS Boko haram and other terrorist groups and as Pompey points out it's also a major trading partner that's why Nigeria's foreign minister Jeffrey on yama was so surprised that the US announced it would no longer issue immigrant visas for Nigerians we were somewhat blind sided with the announcement of the visa restrictions by the by the U. S. he says Nigeria has been working through the concerns that the U. S. raised about passports and sharing security information Nigeria was one of six countries added to the trump administration's travel ban last Friday Michele Kellerman NPR news the state
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"Ukraine has announced that it is buying more javelin anti tank missiles from the United States this military purchase comes at a time when Ukraine is trying to smooth over relations following the impeachment of president trump here's impairs Michele Kelm back in that infamous July phone call Ukraine's new president said he was almost ready to buy more javelins from the US president trump responded saying quote I would like you to do us a favor though trump has since been impeached he had been holding up U. S. aid to Ukraine releasing it only after a whistle blower complaint came to the attention of Congress soon after he was meeting Ukraine's president follow dimmers a Lansky in New York touting his earlier assistance I gave you anti tank busters that frankly president Obama was sending you pillows and sheets and I gave you entertain questions a lot of people that want to do that but I did it now you crane is buying javelins with its own money it sees these weapons as a deterrent to Russia Ukraine's embassy says in a statement quote we are proud that Ukraine is becoming a reliable partner of the United States eligible to procure high tech U. S. defense products the Ukrainian ambassador in a tweet also writes that he's looking forward to a visit to Kiev in early January by secretary of state Mike Pompeii AO that would send an important signal according to Stephen Peifer a former US ambassador when I was in keep about seven weeks ago there was a degree of nervousness about the depth of the U. S. Ukraine relationship and what you're going to be looking for is basically a signal from secretary Palmdale that the United States support is there in full but Piper says it was not helpful to have trump's private lawyer Rudy guiliani in Kiev recently meeting with a discredited former prosecutor and other unsavory characters it's worrisome because the president seems still to listen to Mr Giuliani and sometimes may be paying more attention to Mr Giuliani many blows to his own state department his embassy in Cuba his National Security Council staff was intelligence community and that's a problem hi for is also troubled by the planned departure of the current acting ambassador in Ukraine bill Taylor testified in the impeachment hearings now he's been asked to hand off to the deputy chief of mission on new year's day Michele Kelemen NPR news the state department.
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"Leaders to embrace nationalism Michele Kelemen NPR news the United Nations. you're listening to All Things Considered from NPR news. today the British Supreme Court through another wrench into prime minister Boris Johnsons brexit plans the court unanimously ruled that Johnson acted illegally when he suspended parliament for five weeks that's just mention prevented lawmakers from blocking the prime minister from taking the U. K. out of the E. U. on October thirty first with or without a deal so parliament will convene again tomorrow morning and now Boris Johnson is a prime minister without a majority members of his own party abandon him in a revolt earlier this month one of those members was envy he is now an independent M. P. having been kicked out of the Conservative Party over that rebellion with Johnson's no deal brexit plan welcome to the program. thank you so Mister Macy what is your first priority when parliament reconvenes tomorrow. well to a certain extent the return of parliament is slightly irrelevant now because when Boris Johnson suspended parliament we used the last few days remaining the pulse legislation that means that if you count your appeal by the thirty first okay but he has to expend. the deadline for brexit to January but obviously the decision taken by the Supreme Court is very very significant the first time ever really. they ruled on a dispute between. the executive and the legislature on this power to suspend parliament. they've made it clear that the courts can intervene if the prime minister decide to suspend parliament in order to pursue his political ends which is usually. significant and it's being. the humiliating for the prime minister's how to fly back from. New York now the parliament's receiving I don't know what will happen when parliament resumes because parliament is now in control and all sorts of different measures so logistics measures could be taken in the next few days perhaps to firm up. the opposition to another deal breaker apart from the October thirty first deadline there is another pressing question here which is can Boris Johnson continue to lead this country without a majority given all of the set backs he's had including this latest one from the Supreme Court. soon pretty unprecedented terror to for example you would expect that all the cold we not this way every single just eleven of them voted against the government in the decision that might be resignations but so far they've been no recognition by the government this is going to be advises who came up with this. crazy idea but the I'm a old thing you might expect there to be an election we have a very complicated. election lower the moment and also all the opposition parties. were refusing to have an election until with October the thirty first deadline this Paul you know what you mean yeah if I could ask you to take a step back from the pressing questions of the moment to reason may and Boris Johnson have both appeared to fail to get the U. K. out of the European Union there has been one extension after another what do you think the end game here is quite a different prime minister get it done will be perpetual delay another referendum how does the scent. nobody knows all I would say is that I've he comes back with a deal or heat all we crash out all we have a second referendum but what lies behind your question if the parliament finally has to come to a decision and there will come a point of parliament refuses the pols a deal when I think Boris Johnson will win the argument and say we just have to leave without a deal if you guys want pasta deal. as they see is an independent member of parliament thank you for joining.
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"They have indeed for today without a deal. President Trump plans to impose the tariffs on Monday. If Mexico does not do more to stop the flow of migrants to the US NPR's. Michele Keleman reports our. Hours before vice president Pence sat down with visiting Mexican delegation of the White House. President Trump on an overseas trip again, called on Mexico to stop the millions of migrants who he says are swamping, our border Mexico can stop to. Otherwise, we just won't be able to do this, and then they will stop that want to do something. I think they wanna make a deal. No deal has been reached yet, but Mexico's foreign minister Marcelo abroad has been sounding hopeful optimistic because we have a meeting with respect to Flynn. Position from both parts after the White House meeting. He had follow on talks at the State Department with secretary of state Mike, Pompeo, many analysts including Mexican professor Carlos Heredia are far, more pessimistic. If there is any logic to the way, the President Trump handles policy is that he likes conflict likes to create problems, and then fresher the opponent on humiliate the opponent and keep the threat lingering. Speaking of the Wilson center on Tuesday, Heredia said he expects this uncertainty to continue through the US election cycle because talking tough about Mexico plays. Well, with Trump's base. So I don't think there is a way to bee's Trump. He argues that the US and Mexico have to work together on migration and should be addressing the root causes violence, and poverty in central. Erica. The Trump administration though, wants to see Mexico do a better job of securing its border with Guatemala to prevent central Americans from starting that journey north. It's no easy task says the Wilson centers Rachel Schmidt, gay in part because there are three hundred informal crossings at the Mexico Guatemala the border. There was some staffing issues with the national migration institute of Mexico, and so there has been challenges for sure on the enforcement front. Mexico has deported tens of thousands of migrants this year, still a former US ambassador to Mexico. Earl Anthony Wayne says Mexican and US officials are overwhelmed by the numbers is also not a problem you can turn on and off in a week period, as some of the tweets we've seen suggests is very deeply rooted. And it is hard pro Wayne was speaking to the council of the Americas today, after he and six other former US ambassador to Mexico. Oh, called on the administration to stop linking trade immigration. He says a trade war will hurt everyone this one million dollar minute trade that we have Mexico's touch a lot of people. And if we get into a big trade disputes, going to be very costly, not just for American consumers farmers and manufacturers, he said, but also for the US Mexico relationship, which he and the other former US ambassador said they tried to foster for the past few decades. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news, the State Department, let's bring in another voice on this story, Pennsylvania Republican, Pat Toomey, who is on the record calling the president's proposed tariffs on Mexican exports, quote the wrong remedy, and misguided Senator Toomey, welcomed all things considered. Thanks for having me, misguided, y gimme the nutshell version of why you think these tariffs would be a really bad idea. Well, the several levels to that, not the least of which is, it's a tax on Americans tax on Americans who choose to purchase products that originate in Mexico Mexico's one of our biggest trading partners nearest neighbor closest ally. And so it would directly diminish the value of the tax reform that we did by raising taxes on consumers, it would disrupt supply chains for American companies thereby making them less competitive. And, and, and so that's the direct practical economic impact the indirect economic impact would be if the Mexican government decided they had to retaliate and impose tariffs on American products than we would sell fewer products to Mexico. That's not good for our exporters, including those in Pennsylvania. And then Finally, I would say, you know, it's going to be more difficult for the administration. To reach trade agreements, if while we have a trade agreement, and right now NAFTA is in force, and NAFTA is a zero tariff agreement. If the president can wake up on Thursday morning and unilaterally announced. So there's going to be twenty five percent tax tax on all of your products. Well, what, what meaning is there to the trade agree? All right. So you're laying at immediate economic impact potential impact on future trade deals. Have you reached out told the White House directly, please don't do this? I, I've had a lot of conversations with people in the White House, including the president over recent months. They know very well what my view is on tariffs. Like h so according to President Trump. These tariffs will go into effect on Monday what they may go into effect on says they're going to affect on Monday. So we will see what, what the coming hours and days bring, but you as a co-equal as a member of a Coequal burn, government have. Essay here, what, what are your thoughts in terms of how congress might want to block them? Well, I we have to see whether or not they in fact go into effect, and you know what the nature of that is. But ultimately, I think if the president chooses to impose a round of tariffs, the authority under which the administration has indicated they would do this, I think there is a resolution of disapproval mechanism available to congress. And so we would certainly have to seriously consider voting to disapprove it. A resolution of disapproval. This is something that was deployed when the president wanted his national emergency. It's not the most forceful sounding response. If you'll forgive me for saying should there, be an outright vote to. Tariffs, so will it would have that effect if it were to succeed and could overcome a presidential veto, it would have the effect of preventing the tariffs going into effect? So it is. So you raise the sticking point, which is you would need a veto proof majority are enough Republicans prepared to override the president on this. It's not clear until you have the votes. So we'll find out, but I can tell you, I do think there would be more Republicans of voting against a designation of this sort then voted against the last one. And there were twelve of us who voted against the last one. So it's entirely possible that we would have a veto proof majority. It's will we won't know until the vote occurs if about across what about another possible area of leverage that, that you as lawmakers have, which is withholding support for, for the NAFTA deal. The US MCA that the president has said he really wants well, the so I'm not a supporter of the new the newly negotiated NAFTA deal because. I think it's going to diminish trade. So my threatening to withhold my support, it would be a hollow hollow, you're happy to withhold support either, but that would appear to be one area of levers, that Republicans raised a valid point because the existence of the steel and aluminum tariffs. I think we're, we're certainly an obstacle to US MCA approval in the Senate. And I think the president realize that and I think that probably contributed to their decision to lift those stealing aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. So if the president were to go ahead and impose these tariffs on Mexico. It's very hard to see how you as MCA goes forward. I mean in how how the Mexicans respond when they have a free trade agreement that precludes tariffs like this, and the president, nevertheless, imposes tariffs like this. It's hard to imagine the Mexican Senate ratifying this agreement it's hard for me to imagine the US. Senate approving it or the house for that matter. So I do think that is a serious obstacle for the administration and you said, we should wait and see what happens. Are you optimistic? Some deal may be reached to avert, the I, I think there's a real chance there might be a deal to avert the towers, but this is a very hard to predict Ivan non the predicting business. We'll find out Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Thanks so much. We appreciate your time. All right. Thanks for having me..
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"This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Elsa Chang, and Mary Louise Kelley the Trump administration's America first foreign policy has led to the US pulling out of major international agreements a nuclear deal with Russia from the Cold War era may be next on the chopping block. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo told a meeting in Europe today changes good NPR's. Michele Keleman reports. In a major foreign policy speech. In Brussels secretary of state, Mike Pompeo began with a tribute to the late President, George Bush who helped reunite Germany in the wake of the Cold War. Then Bombayo began to criticize the very institutions that have preserved western ideals for decades multi-lateralism has too often become viewed as an end unto itself. The more treaties we sign the safer way. Supposedly are the more. Bureaucrats? We have the better the job gets done. He took aim at the European Union. The United Nations international financial institutions and the international criminal court. Politico reporter writes that aside from two brief heckles the European audience that mostly in silence. Secretary palm peyot says Trump's European critics are wrong to assume that the US is abandoning international leadership. Sometimes it's not popular to buck the status quo to call out that which we all see, but sometimes refused to speak about. Frankly too much is at stake for all of us in this room today not to do. So this is the reality that President Trump so viscerally understands Pompeii oh did embrace NATO calling it an indispensable institution and after meetings there today, he said he's giving ally something they wanted a bit more time before the US pulls out of the Cold War era nuclear agreement with Russia. Russia has sixty days to come back into compliance with the treaty, though Pompeo says so far Russia has given no sign it's willing to do. So Michelle Kellerman NPR news, Washington historic changes have come to Ethiopia now that it's reached peace with its longtime enemy era. Trae phone lines. That were once dead have come alive flights have resumed and the border that was once a killing field just months ago is now suddenly open NPR's. Ada Peralta visited that once contentious territory. Pretty much everywhere you go here and tell him to stop there are reminders of floor buildings and houses are in rubble walls are still riddled with bullet holes and trenches still far the border. But today, a young woman has set up a cafe here and kids are selling drinks, candy travelers. Has a beer is just returning from Eric trae up on a horse-drawn cart. He's been ferrying people things back and forth and every.
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"This is all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Ari Shapiro. The Trump administration is closing down the diplomatic mission that represents Palestinians in Washington. The US has also been cutting aid hundreds of millions of dollars for Palestinians. And for the UN agency that helps them this is all meant to pressure them to negotiate with Israel as NPR's. Michele Keleman reports. President Trump has been promising the deal of the century to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict. So far his administration has taken steps that support Israel's position recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and questioning the definition of the Palestinian refugee Trump's national security advisor John Bolton now says the US is closing down the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization or PLO. The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel Palestinian see the move and the aid cuts as collective punishment Deanna to a lawyer who wants to advise Palestine. Indian negotiators puts it this way. What we're talking about here blackmail, and what the administration is saying that unless the Palestinian succumb to what Israel wants than the United States hitting Palestinian, very hard stack. The Palestinians say they plan to move ahead with their efforts to gain international, diplomatic recognition and challenge Israel in the international criminal court, but Bolton longtime critic of the ICC told the federalist society today that the US will do whatever necessary to shield Americans from the court and allies like Israel, while the court welcomes the membership of the so-called state of Palestine it has threatened Israel, a liberal democratic nation with investigation into its actions in the West, Bank and Gaza to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks, there has also been a suggestion that the I will investigate Isreaeli construction of how. Housing projects on the West Bank. He was referring to Jewish settlements in the Israeli occupied territory bolt. In says, the IC is quote dead to us lawyer Deanna Boudou says the Trump administration wants to upend the international order that the United States is giving to back Israel to the point where even prevents Yang law from taking effect showed you Zachary where the Trump administration is taking us and what they're saying. Is that power is right? Might is. Right. Not law. Not justice. But might is right. A former ambassador to Israel Edward Walker sees domestic politics at play. He says the Palestinian diplomatic post, which is being shut down wasn't really influential. But it was a symbol that Palestinian statehood was possible. He doesn't see a lot of room for maneuver for the Palestinians. Now, I don't think they have many options at this point. They're boxed in they haven't got a great deal. Support our world every leader has his own problems right now, and they are putting a lot of emphasis on this blogs Lee because they don't think this administration is actually serious about wanting to have an agreement. This date department blames Palestinians for not taking steps do quote advance. The start of direct in meaningful negotiations with Israel. No word yet on when the Trump administration will unveil its peace plan. Michele Kelemen, NPR news. The State Department all this week. We'll be looking into drinking water around the world who has access to it who doesn't and the forces that separate the haves from the have nots Pakistan has one of the worst water situations in the world there just isn't enough to go around and in Karachi a city with more than sixteen million people gangs control much of the water supply. They delivered dirty or drinkable water, depending on the price. You're able to pay NPR's Diaa Hadid reports. In.
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"It calls hypocritical npr's michele keleman reports secretary of state mike pompeo has a long list of concerns about the geneva based human rights council its membership includes a thorough teheran governments with unambiguous and of human rights records such china cuba and venezuela the council's continued in welldocumented bias against israel his unconscionable un expert richard gallon though says the us departure could tip the balance further toward autocrats china in particular is really trying to rewrite the un's approach to human rights really limit what the un can do in defending liberal values speaking via skype gallon who's with columbia university says european countries that remain on the human rights council will struggle to set the agenda without us help andy worries that this is just the latest move by the trump administration to back away from multilateral ism and that means that a lot of other countries are beginning to look at the multilateral system as a whole wonder whether it's on death watch the us ambassador to the un nikki haley says she tried for a year to reform the human rights council but says european countries didn't offer much help many of these countries argued that the united states should stay on the human rights council because american participation is the last shred of credibility that the council has but that is precisely why we must leave the u n high commissioner for human rights aid rod alhussein says the move was disappointing if not really surprising this week he criticized the trump administration's policy of separating children from families at the southern border us officials say the decision to withdraw from the human rights council was in the works before that criticism michelle kellerman npr news the.
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"Strategy is the right one michele kelemen npr news the state department president trump is demanding the department of justice make sure launches an investigation into whether the fbi infiltrated his presidential campaign trump has long dismissed special counsel robert mueller's probe into the financial dealings of trump campaign associates as well as their ties with moscow as he conducts an investigation into russia's interference in the two thousand sixteen election trump has called the entire thing which hunt moore's investigation has yielded indictments and guilty pleas the nation's former first couple barack michelle obama getting into the film and tv business the online streaming company netflix says the obamas have signed a multi year deal to produce feature films documentaries and series scripted and unscripted recalling the first lady's memorable response nasty political jabs when they go low we go hi they'll work under the name higher ground productions this is npr former convicted coal baron don blankenship lost his bid for us senate in the west virginia gop primary earlier this month however now he is waging a third party challenge and peers us mccall it has the latest don blankenship is not going away quietly the gop establishment had feared he would become their nominee he did not but now blankenship plans to run for the us senate as a member of the constitution party the one major hiccup is that it's a move that appears to violate state election law west virginia has what's known as a sore loser law that explicitly prevents primary losers from mounting a third party challenge in the general election blankenship could either mount a massive writing campaign or he could challenge the rule in which case a decision will be up to the courts either way if blankenship manages to find a way forward he could seriously endanger republican efforts to flip what seen as vulnerable.
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"Live from npr news in washington i'm janine herbst north korea's state news agency says the country released three american prisoners as a response to an official suggestion from president trump as npr's michele keleman reports the three men are expected to arrive at joint base andrews overnight north korean officials gave the three men amnesty warning the visiting u s secretary of state mike pompeo that the men shouldn't make the same mistakes again all three or korean americans who were accused of hostile acts against the country the family of tony kim thanked all those who worked for his return and credited president trump for engaging directly with north korea he and one other american kim hawk zone were teaching pyongyang university for science and technology when they were arrested last year businessman kim dong chew was arrested in october twenty fifteen michele keleman npr news the state department gina hassle president trump's nominee to head the cia so she doesn't think that torture works facing tough questions in the senate intelligence committee today in her confirmation hearing show so said she would not carry out any presidential order that she felt was immoral my moral compass is strong i would not allow cia to undertake activity that i thought was immoral even if it was technically legal i would absolutely not permitted hezbollah is the current acting cia director and if confirmed she will officially become the agency's first female chief a lawsuit challenging president trump's decision to end a special status for certain immigrant groups has been amended to include honduran immigrants and fears richard gonzalez has more the expended lawsuit was filed in federal court in boston by the massachusetts best lawyers committee for civil rights and economic justice it argues that the administration's decision to end temporary protected status or tps for salvadorans haitians and now honduras.
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"From npr news in washington i'm gene herbst both israel and saudi arabia are welcoming president trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with iran and reimpose sanctions as npr's michele keleman reports european officials though are dismayed and businesses around the world are now seeking guidance on how this will affect them state department officials say the us is giving companies time to wind down their contracts in iran those importing iranian oil and working with the central bank will have six months to comply with us sanctions officials say within ninety days the treasury department will terminate licenses that had allowed some deals in civil aviation that includes licenses for boeing and airbus according to treasury secretary steven mnuchin he's downplaying concerns that the sanctions will cause price hikes on oil markets saudi arabia's promising to support debility on that front and as ron's main regional rival saudi arabia is backing president trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal michele kelemen npr news the state department secretary of state mike pompeo visits north korea wednesday to plan for a summit between president trump and north korean leader kim jong hoon npr's anthony kuhn reports from seoul that pomp heo is only the second sitting us secretary of state to visit that country pompeo's pao's expected to try to nail down at time and place for the summit before it's announced publicly you will also press north korea to release three korean american citizens in their palm pale told reporters aboard his plane that the us will not lift sanctions on the north until it reaches its goal of ridding the korean peninsula of nuclear weapons pompeo's trip comes as president trump prepares to pull out of a nuclear deal with iran some experts believe this could cause north korea to question the value of any deal made with trump anthony kuhn npr news soul frizette and trump sent lawmakers a spending plan today that races more than fifteen billion dollar.
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"To go to the middle east this weekend state department spokesperson heather nauert says no other secretary of state in recent history has gone on a trip this quickly bomb paige was spending the day at nato planning for an upcoming summit he heads next to saudi arabia israel and jordan the trip comes as the trump administration ways next steps for the iran nuclear deal and prepares to move the us embassy in israel to jerusalem npr's michele keleman reporting german chancellor angela merkel is in washington for meeting with president trump where she's expected to talk about trans atlantic trade but this meeting will be far more low key than the recent visit by francis president unlike trump's state dinner for emmanuel macron miracle and trump will meet in a working lunch with a joint press conference held after row financial markets asian markets were higher by the closing bell the nikkei in japan up more than six tenths of a percent the hang sang up nearly one percent you futures contracts a trading and mixed territory this is npr news from washington amazon is raising the yearly price of its prime membership twenty percent the annual fee will now cost one hundred nineteen dollars that's up from ninety nine dollars that new higher price applies to renewal starting june sixteenth amazon has more than one hundred million prime members around the world a member of one of new orleans storied musical families has died terms neville of the neville brothers died thursday at the age of seventy nine npr's justin richmond has more charles art zero and little brother aaron made up the novel brothers charles neville played saxophone percussion and saying the second oldest of the bunch charles's career began in the nineteen fifties he was assigned man for torn be groups throughout much of the nineteen sixties and seventies his career was hampered by drug addiction while his other brothers found success his career eventually turned around when the four by the scott together as a group in nineteen seventy seven charles is horn plane was a foundation of their only grammy win in nine thousand nine hundred for the song healing.
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"The next secretary of state the senate foreign relations committee voted along party lines and ford in his nomination on to the full senate npr's michele keleman reports this follows a last minute change of position by one republican critic rand paul senator rand paul was an early opponent to bump his nomination describing him as a champion of the iraq war who now seems bent on regime change in iran but paul says he received assurances that pump ao now believes the iraq war was a mistake and that it destabilize the region other republicans were already supporting palm peyot and expect him to be confirmed by the full senate this week npr's michele keleman hearings will be delayed for president trump's nominee to run the department of veterans affairs senators say dr ronnie jackson has limited management expertise but npr has learned that there are separate unspecified allegations against jackson that have been raised on capitol hill you're listening to npr online retailer amazon has been working to convince people to allow courriers to drop packages inside their homes now the company wants to deliver your shopping to your car npr's lena seljuk reports this is amazon's ongoing battle against porch package thieves the service essentially turns your car into a secure dropbox but it's not just any car for now it has to be a twenty fifteen or newer chevrolet buick gmc cadillac or volvo and you have to have an active on star or volvo on call account which means these are already connected cars that can be unlocked remotely shoppers have to confirm they've barked in a publicly accessible area within the determined range of the deliver location and can track the progress through an app called amazon key this was the app launched for amazon's service that lets courriers inside people's homes while streaming security camera video to the user's phones alina so you npr news a warning some listeners may find this next story.
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"The daily show one of the bids he did on the show was based on the observation that trump brags like rappers do so would did a rap video dressed as trump with lyrics taken from phrases trump actually said democrats and love women love love everybody loved would grew up in what he describes as a rough neighborhood with gangs in birmingham alabama where his father was a well known radio personality out of respect to my father guys will leave guns around the corner they will lead the liquor up the street and when they came to our house switzerland would also host the comedy central series this is not happening and had a recent standup special roy wood junior coming up on fresh air first news live from npr news in washington i'm jack speer the suspect in a series of deadly bombings in austin texas left behind a recording in which he explained in detail the devices he built the detonated killing two people and wounded four others that's according to law enforcement officials but austin police chief brian manley says the recording found on twentythreeyearold mark anthony condit's phone failed to address key questions including why he carried out the attacks on this recording this suspect describes the six bombs that he constructed with a level of specificity that he identified the differences among those six bombs we have told you all along that they all had similarities which they did as far as the civic components but there were also differences between them were also apparently able to track condit via his cell phone suspected bomber detonated one of his explosive devices as police were closing in killing himself early this morning a top state department official says he's been having constructive talks with europeans about fixing a nuclear deal with iran but he's making no promises will be enough to keep president trump in the agreement npr's michele keleman has more president trump has threatened to walk away from the iran nuclear deal unless it's fixed by may twelfth he doesn't like the fact that some of the restrictions on iran's nuclear program are phased out over time and the two thousand fifteen deal doesn't cover iran's ballistic missile program the.
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"Such both auctions was that an eight hundred yet i go to a under that egged virtual reality might be a cool way to watch a movie or play a video game but the father of vr has a pretty dire warning if we don't get our act together says his heidi average reality could really be so manipulative and so dark it could be the end of us all that more coming up we'll be right back on the take away after these headlines live from npr news in washington i'm lakshmi sang in what the united states calls a historic moment for zimbabwe the african nations president robert mugabe is relinquishing control as npr's michele kelemen reports mugabe resigned today the news sank crowds of zimbabweans to the streets celebrating what they hope will be an end to nearly forty years of oppression an economic ruin the us embassy in zimbabwe says the time for change was overdue even before mugabe's resignation acting assistant secretary of state for africa donald yamamoto was telling reporters this could be a chance for zimbabwe to chart a new course to implement real genuine economic political reforms in compliance with the constitution and uh and also respect for due process in human rights the us wants to be able to help zimbabwe but there are sanctions against some officials for human rights abuses he's urging the ruling party not to manipulate elections and did take into account the concerns of the opposition michelle kelemen npr news the state department the department of justice is giving harvard university until december first to respond to allegations that its admissions policies discriminate against white and asian american applicants we have more on this from npr's cloudy of sanchez harvard university publicly states that its admissions policies and ongoing efforts to enroll a racially in economically diverse to embody or in compliance with the nineteen sixty four civil rights act titled six of that law prohibits federally funded institutions from discriminating on the basis of race colour or national origin a us justice department argues that harvard is nodding compliance and investigators are demanding that the school turn over documents that the department feels will show that harvard's admissions policies favour black and latino applicants over quite an asian applicants the complaint dates back to two thousand fifteen when asianamerican students threatened to sue harvard says that twenty percent of students had admitted.
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"Why in written statements republican congressman tom emmer and jason lewis called daca an example of executive overreach by president obama for npr news i'm dwa please psychout tally in minneapolis the white house's it's time to step up economic and military pressure on north korea the latest tensions coming in the wake of pyongyang's latest nuclear weapons tests and threat to continue them as npr's michele kelemen reports the un secretarygeneral calls the situation alarming the un security council is considering even more sanctions on north korea and secretary general antonio gutierrez says it is crucial that the international community remains united he says north korea is needlessly and recklessly putting millions of people at risk let us promote the dialogue and communication necessary to avoid miscalculation and misunderstanding garang ira thought it may lead to an intended consequences a white house spokesperson says all options around the table the deal with north korea adding the us is not focus for now on talks michelle kelemen npr news the state department you're listening to npr news pope francis heads to colombia today four or five day visit it's the argentineborn pontus fifth trip to latin america but his first to colombia as john otis reports francis aims to bolster colombia's fledgling peace process now that the country's long wars over the official motto of the pope's trip to colombia is demos premature bustle spanish fort let's take the first step towards national reconciliation.