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Government Accountability Office Says State Department Lacks Diversity

All Things Considered

02:05 min | 4 months ago

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

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US puts visa restrictions on Chinese officials over tensions with Hong Kong

Morning Becomes Eclectic

00:43 sec | 4 months ago

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.

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Trump fired watchdog who was probing Saudi arms sales, Democrats say

Fresh Air

00:47 sec | 5 months ago

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

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Fired State watchdog was probing Saudi arms sale, top Democrat says

Here & Now

04:53 min | 5 months ago

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

All Things Considered

00:51 sec | 6 months ago

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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Palestinian Leader Denounces Trump’s Mideast Plan at U.N.

All Things Considered

03:37 min | 9 months ago

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

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Nigeria ‘Blindsided’ by Trump Travel Ban, Its Top Diplomat Says

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00:55 sec | 9 months ago

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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Nigeria working to have U.S. travel ban lifted -foreign minister

All Things Considered

00:50 sec | 9 months ago

Nigeria working to have U.S. travel ban lifted -foreign minister

"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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Trump administration to roll back restrictions on land mine use: report

All Things Considered

02:59 min | 9 months ago

Trump administration to roll back restrictions on land mine use: report

"The trump administration is planning to loosen restrictions on the use of weapons that have been banned by more than a hundred and sixty countries land mines the new policy is set to be announced tomorrow and the state department has already informed its embassies and here's Michele Kelemen reports according to a diplomatic cable first reported by the news website vox the trump administration is re sending president Obama's two thousand fourteen directive on land mines that was a policy that came out of long discussions with the department of defense says Robert Shinseki who served on Obama's National Security Council DOT came to the position that other than with respect to very specific circumstances on the Korean peninsula they are not of military utility and and thus it agreed with what became the Obama administration policy which was not to use these weapons outside of Korea CNN reports that the trump administrations change in approach followed a Pentagon review the new policy is expected to allow the military to use land mines anywhere as long as they have a self destruct mechanism wyshynski says even those types of land mines are dangerous because there's no person involved to make a distinction between enemy fighters or child who thinks it's a toy like a rifle where there's a person deciding to pull the trigger or it's our own for that matter where there's someone watching the video feed and deciding whether to fire the weapon or not these are at the end of the day so called dom munitions even those that self destruct after after thirty days time a former commander of US army Europe lieutenant general Ben Hodges though says the US has to be realistic especially after Russia's military aggression in Ukraine so as you start thinking about the possibilities not the probabilities but the possibilities of a conflict with the Russian federation forces up along NATO's eastern flank the need for land mines they can stop large armored formations is still valid the U. S. is not a signatory of the treaty banning landmines the Obama administration didn't go that far Hodges now with the center for European policy analysis says the U. S. would need Russia and China on board for that I've seen nothing in the last in my study of Russian or Chinese history they give me any confidence that they would respect international also this is about being able to protect allies to protect our own troops the former Obama official Brzezinski doesn't buy that we've been engaged in two decades of persistent conflict and DO decently haven't used these weapons that's because they're not particularly useful on a modern military battlefield and land mines continue to be a danger to civilians around the globe Michele Kelemen NPR news the state

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NPR sends letter to State Dept. demanding answers for reporter's removal from trip

KCBS Radio Overnight News

00:38 sec | 9 months ago

NPR sends letter to State Dept. demanding answers for reporter's removal from trip

"Action P. R. is demanding answers after secretary of state Mike Pompeii barred one of its reporters from his plane for an upcoming trip here's Steve Dorsey in a letter to Pompeii owe the public broadcaster called on the state department to reverse its decision to remove diplomacy correspondent Michele Kelemen from an upcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia NPR also wants the state department to explain its decision president trump appeared to praise Pompey was handling of NPR after another female reporter Mary Louise Kelley pressed him on Ukraine last think you did a good job and her actions Pompeii lashed out at Kelly following the

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"michele kelemen" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

760 KFMB Radio

02:15 min | 9 months ago

"michele kelemen" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

"Bodies from the scene of Sunday's helicopter crash in Calabasas kill retired Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant this is investigators try to figure out what caused the crash that killed the NBA legend and eight others including young players in their parents CBS news Chris Martinez has the latest from LA recovery efforts at the crash site in Calabasas are expected to take several days to bring his scattered in rough terrain across about six hundred feet it was a pretty devastating accident scene NBA legend Kobe Bryant his thirteen year old daughter Jaana and seven others died when their chopper went down in dense fog Sunday morning NTSB investigators are on the scene asking the public for any photos of weather in the area at the time of the crash we're not just focusing on whether here though we look at man machine and the environment and weather is just a small portion of that Chris Martinez CBS news Los Angeles the state department says it's the nine M. P. R. a C. to board Mike Pompeii ales plane for an upcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia the network says correspondent Michele Kelemen was not given a reason more from CBS news Steve Dorsey in Washington the group that represents state department reporter says the agency is retaliating against N. P. R. it comes after NPR host Mary Louise Kelley press Pompeii during an interview one whether he's defended former US ambassador to Ukraine glory of on the edge of figure in the president's impeachment Kelly says Pompeii cursed at her and launched into a tirade after the interview concluded he responded in his own statement saying Kelly lied to him and called her conduct shameful Steve Dorsey CBS news Washington the city council is taking its final vote to ban electric scooters from boardwalks and beaches in San Diego the band was approved five to four and will be enforced in mission beach Pacific beach mission bay park in the hallway shores the rule will not apply to any physically disabled person using motorized devices for transportation an important vote is taking place at the County Board of supervisors meeting today as they address the issue of parental leave it county offices that story next hi Duncan Newman founder and owner of.

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US citizen dies in Egyptian prison after hunger strike

Morning Edition

02:26 min | 10 months ago

US citizen dies in Egyptian prison after hunger strike

"News an American citizen has died in an Egyptian prison the state department says his death was tragic and avoidable Egypt has jailed tens of thousands of political prisoners and Mustafa Qassam was caught up in a crackdown and here's Michele Kelemen tells us about it an auto parts dealer from New York Mustafa costume was visiting family in Cairo in twenty thirteen when he was stopped near the scene of a protest after showing his US passport he was beaten and dragged away according to his brother in law years later custom was convicted in a mass trial former political prisoner Mohamed Soltan was in the same prison with Kassem early on in his ordeal one two three prison together you the good kind man he thought he would along with a long time customer diabetic had been on a hunger strike and reportedly died of heart failure so ton who runs a nonprofit called the freedom initiative says there are tens of thousands of political prisoners in Egypt including at least seven Americans there's actually been chewed out over been arrested just missed last year that we that we documented it's it's it's a big middle finger to the United States this is in our lives in the country that gets one point three billion dollars of our of our taxpayer dollars so don says the Obama administration used that aid as leverage to get him out of prison in twenty seventeen president trump who talks about his good relations with the Gyptian president Abdel Fattah al CC helped win the release of IRA Hijazi from both the best all he needed to get me at present much talk with you do you know if that's all it's still great one more stock would get out of prison defect political charges if people have not committed any crime she's also now working to advocate on behalf of political prisoners especially women and children and while the state department and other top officials continue to raise human rights concerns with Egypt he just he says president trump has sent the wrong signals called easy at his favorite dictator and raise several hi Senate Democrats Patrick Leahy says he holds CZ responsible for the death of Mustafa custom and says the U. S. can't reward such conduct Egypt says it's ordered an autopsy Assistant Secretary of state David Schenker called the death needless tragic and

US citizen dies in Egyptian prison after hunger strike

Morning Edition

02:26 min | 10 months ago

US citizen dies in Egyptian prison after hunger strike

"News an American citizen has died in an Egyptian prison the state department says his death was tragic and avoidable Egypt has jailed tens of thousands of political prisoners and Mustafa Qassam was caught up in a crackdown and here's Michele Kelemen tells us about it an auto parts dealer from New York Mustafa costume was visiting family in Cairo in twenty thirteen when he was stopped near the scene of a protest after showing his US passport he was beaten and dragged away according to his brother in law years later custom was convicted in a mass trial former political prisoner Mohamed Soltan was in the same prison with Kassem early on in his ordeal one two three prison together you the good kind man he thought he would along with a long time customer diabetic had been on a hunger strike and reportedly died of heart failure so ton who runs a nonprofit called the freedom initiative says there are tens of thousands of political prisoners in Egypt including at least seven Americans there's actually been chewed out over been arrested just missed last year that we that we documented it's it's it's a big middle finger to the United States this is in our lives in the country that gets one point three billion dollars of our of our taxpayer dollars so don says the Obama administration used that aid as leverage to get him out of prison in twenty seventeen president trump who talks about his good relations with the Gyptian president Abdel Fattah al CC helped win the release of IRA Hijazi from both the best all he needed to get me at present much talk with you do you know if that's all it's still great one more stock would get out of prison defect political charges if people have not committed any crime she's also now working to advocate on behalf of political prisoners especially women and children and while the state department and other top officials continue to raise human rights concerns with Egypt he just he says president trump has sent the wrong signals called easy at his favorite dictator and raise several hi Senate Democrats Patrick Leahy says he holds CZ responsible for the death of Mustafa custom and says the U. S. can't reward such conduct Egypt says it's ordered an autopsy Assistant Secretary of state David Schenker called the death needless tragic and

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"michele kelemen" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:28 min | 10 months ago

"michele kelemen" Discussed on KCRW

"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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Pompeo rejects Trump impeachment report as 'all wrong'

All Things Considered

00:57 sec | 11 months ago

Pompeo rejects Trump impeachment report as 'all wrong'

"Secretary of state Mike Pompeii is brushing off the house intelligence committee report on the impeachment inquiry it describes him as one of the administration officials who knew about and facilitated the effort to get Ukraine to open investigations that could help trump politically here's NPR's Michele Kelemen the house intelligence committee writes that trumps quote scheme to subvert US foreign policy toward Ukraine was undertaken with the knowledge and approval of senior administration officials including secretary palm pale it also criticizes Pompeii and others for withholding information from Congress and the American public secretary Pompeii was asked about the findings during a news conference in Portugal I'll answer only this it's just all wrong from a who is on the July phone call when trump mention the investigations his private lawyer was seeking a new car sign as secretary consistently avoids questions about lawyer Rudy guiliani Michele Kelemen NPR news the state

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House releases 2 more impeachment transcripts

All Things Considered

00:51 sec | 1 year ago

House releases 2 more impeachment transcripts

"In testimony to the impeachment inquiry to White House aides offer new details about the trump administration's effort to get Ukraine to open investigations they saw as politically motivated and peers Michele Kelemen reports on one meeting they described lieutenant colonel Alexander vin men whose on trump's National Security Council says he had a visceral reaction when he heard a U. S. ambassador tell Ukrainians they had to open an investigation into the bite and to get a White House visit then national security adviser John Bolden cut short the meeting as a former official Fiona hill also recounts in her testimony she says Boldon told her he was not going to be part of any quote drug deal though says Boldon also encouraged his staff to keep their distance from trump's private lawyer Rudy guiliani calling him a hand grenade that's going to blow

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Pressure builds on Pompeo as impeachment inquiry charges ahead

All Things Considered

03:45 min | 1 year ago

Pressure builds on Pompeo as impeachment inquiry charges ahead

"Secretary of state Mike Pompeii is in Germany to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall Germany of course being far away from the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill which is probably just fine with the secretary who has tried to avoid the spotlight in the impeachment drama nevertheless career diplomats have been testifying and Pompeii does not come across very well in those depositions as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports Mike Pompeii says he walk down memory lane today visiting a Germantown where he served in the U. S. army during the Cold War following him though are many questions about US policy toward the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine at issue is whether the administration delayed security assistance this summer in order to get the Ukrainians to open investigations that are of personal interest to trump what happened in Washington this year was that we provided two hundred and fifty million dollars worth of security systems defense assistance than a hundred and forty million dollars or so of additional security systems just like happened in fiscal year eighteen and fiscal year seventeen he didn't comment on the delay in that aid or the reasons behind it nor did he answer a question about the ambassador he recalled from Ukraine earlier this year Maria von of it too is facing a series of false allegations spread in part by trump's lawyer Rudy guiliani she's testified that she was told she did nothing wrong but that the secretary could no longer protect her from home Pompey was asked at that press conference with Germany's foreign minister you can see the media in Washington suffix and a lot of things that you and I didn't spend any time talking about today house committees have released hundreds of pages of closed door testimony ahead of next week's public hearings one longtime diplomat Mike McKinley said in his deposition that he tried several times to get Pompeii to put out a statement of support for your bondage in late two September and after reading that trump colder bad news and a phone call with Ukraine's president Pompeii would only say that McKinley didn't raise concerns when you've on of its was first withdrawn from Ukraine in may when that took place he didn't say anything to me McKinley quit before testifying about his contacts with Pompey on this in another deposition the current acting ambassador bill Taylor described the cable he sent upon pale raising concerns about what he called the folly of withholding security assistance to Ukraine at a time when Russia was watching he didn't get a response though he heard that the secretary brought those concerns to the White House the White House is called those who have testified radical unelected bureaucrats a former ambassador to Ukraine Stephen Piper's says many are frustrated that Pompey has not stood up for diplomats who are carrying out US policy nor has he distanced himself from trump's private lawyer who is pushing the president's personal agenda I think he's done a lot of damage in the last five or six months by his silence on for example what happened to investor Ivanovic and then the recent criticism leveled at his officers and it creates the impression that you know his audience is really one person is sitting at sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue that sentiment is echoed by Alexander Vershbow a three time U. S. ambassador and former deputy secretary general of NATO secretary Pompeii this clearly made a calculated decision to stand with president trump and possibly support the White House smear campaign against state department officials who have chosen to uphold their oath of office those who have testified do so under subpoena without public support from palm pale but he didn't today that help might be on the way at least to cover part of their mounting legal fees Michele Kelemen NPR news the state

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Gordon Sondland revises impeachment testimony

Fresh Air

00:55 sec | 1 year ago

Gordon Sondland revises impeachment testimony

"House investigators of release more transcripts from their impeachment inquiry this time from the former US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and US ambassador to the European Union Gordon song one revised a bit of his testimony is NPR's Michele Kelemen the link the transcript of garden Sunland includes an unusual addendum he says his memory was refreshed after reading some of the opening statement of others who have testified at issue is what someone thought about trump's hold on U. S. security assistance to Ukraine he now says that by September he understood that the aid was linked to the Ukrainians making a public statement promising to investigate corruption Sunland says trump's lawyer was seeking a statement that specifically mention the energy company that had former vice president Biden's son on the board Kurt Volker says he agreed with the Ukrainians they should did not issue such a statement Michele Kellerman NPR news the state

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Trump says U.S. sanctions on Turkey will be lifted

Fresh Air

01:19 min | 1 year ago

Trump says U.S. sanctions on Turkey will be lifted

"The trump administration is lifting some sanctions on Turkey after praising ridge of type air to one's government for holding its incursion in northern Syria against the Kurds until about a week and a half ago the U. S. had maintained a diplomatic balancing act for years between Turkey a NATO ally and the Kurds ineffective ally on the ground against ISIS but with trump's order for American forces to leave Turkey and Russia which is allied with Syria's Assad regime now have a stronger foothold on the swath of land along the Syrian border and peers Michele Kelemen says the US envoy for Syria is facing tough questions on Capitol Hill about the president's decisions the Democrat who chairs the house foreign affairs committee says this is an example of trump's quote fly by the seat of his pants foreign policy US envoy Jim Jefferies says the U. S. didn't want Turkey to fight the Kurds in Syria the Turkish incursion into **** Syria are is a tragedy it was a long standing US government policy in two administrations to keep that from happening and we clearly were not successful the US believes over one hundred ISIS fighters have escaped recently but Jeffrey ads at the U. S. is confident that Kurdish forces continue to control prisons were other ISIS fighters are being

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Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani a Hand Grenade

Morning Edition

03:45 min | 1 year ago

Bolton Objected to Ukraine Pressure Campaign, Calling Giuliani a Hand Grenade

"We're learning that president trump's former national security adviser John Bolton was concerned about Rudy Giuliani's activities in Ukraine that's according to multiple reports coming out of the house impeachment enquiring yesterday former national security official Fiona hill testified to congressional investigators behind closed doors and here's diplomatic correspondent Michele Kellerman is online from the state department good morning Michelle good morning no else so Fiona hill testified behind closed doors but some information about her testimony has come out what do we know well well we know it lasted a really long time she's there for more than ten hours she raised concerns about how the ambassador to Ukraine Maria von of age was treated remember you've on of H. was withdrawn in may after a smear campaign led in part by trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani and a hill also had concerns about Giuliani and another key figure in all of this court in Sunland he's that trump donor who's now in basket or to the European Union and and was tasked with dealing with Ukraine together Giuliani in Sunland seem to be carrying out kind of a side foreign policy not the one that was agreed to by the National Security Council we're told for instance that hill described a tense exchange between Sunland and national security adviser John Bolton about that SO Fiona hill was working with John Bolton what was the relationship between those two well I've been told she worked quite well with Bolden Fiona hill as long as I've known or his really tried to stay above the political fray she sees herself as kind of a non partisan expert on the region someone who's you know she's a critic of Vladimir Putin to be sure she's someone who is a critic of Russia's president Vladimir Putin but also someone who spent her whole in a don't life studying Russia and the region and she's known to be kind of a non partisan political expert who knows how governments normally function and so when she sees something that out of the ordinary like this she went to the hill and talked about it how did the White House feel about Fionna hill's testimony well the White House has been trying to block a lot of people from going up to testify they see this as a democratic run kangaroo court as they've called it they tried to warn her against talking about anything that was that would be out of executive privilege I should point out that Fiona hill actually left the government she had had turned over all her responsibilities before that phone call between president trump and Ukrainian president vo demerit still Lansky so she was not on that call and and wouldn't have been able to talk about that part of this story there are other state department witnesses who are going to be testifying in closed door hearings this week who are they well one is Deputy Assistant Secretary George candy was the number two at the US embassy in Kiev until last year and he was also a lead figure in U. S. anti corruption efforts for the region before that a day after his deposition another career diplomat Michael McKinley has been called to appear he just resigned last week as a top aide to secretary of state Mike Pompeii ale I I expect you know these two will be talking a lot about how the U. S. ambassador Maria von image was treated among other things and here's Michele Kelemen at the state department Michelle thanks so much sure

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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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02:59 min | 2 years ago

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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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01:59 min | 2 years ago

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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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02:02 min | 2 years ago

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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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"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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01:33 min | 2 years ago

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"Point what the us is doing there i mean broadly the mission is to make sure isis doesn't reemerge and to help those syrians who fought to liberate the city after months of us air strikes that that they're able now to stabilize the place at that result we've heard that i mean that's what we've heard in iraq and afghanistan we gotta stay there as long as it takes to keep the the bad guys away that could be interminable well that's right and then you look at the amount of devastation here and think about how you fix all of that you know they say that there that this is not a nation building project that this is really just stabilization but i can tell you it's going to be a huge task given just how much rubble there is on the streets to get any semblance of normal life back to rocco hide npr's michele kelemen she got a rare look inside the syrian city of rock was once not long ago a stronghold the center of the isis caliphat isis has been pushed out the us and its partners are trying now to rebuild michelle thanks so much thank you and when were so we were watching this morning a seven point nine magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of alaska the us geological survey says the epicenter of the quake was a hundred and sixty miles off the coast of alaska's kodiak island we'll be covering the story all day check for updates at npr dot org.

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"Country today including nearly twenty americans and some green cardholders npr's michele kelemen reports in the lobby of the state department iwr a is trying to raise awareness about her parents they were about to moved to seattle when they were arrested at their seaside home in egypt in june and put in a mass antiterrorism trial collapsed says she still doesn't really know why they're being held there and like kind of a very small room without windows without air of insulation they have no access to food are getting outside to exercise they don't see anyone they're completely isolated from anyone else no one is allowed to visit them not us or the lawyer that's basically what we know she's particularly worried about her mother whose from qatar the case against her began when egypt along with saudi arabia and others were oh ties with counter and collapse fears her mom is a hostage in a diplomatic squabble she lost a lot of which has lost conscious twotimes and they refused to give her any medical care the laugh who was born in texas knows the us won't be able to get consular access to her parents though they are green cardholders they're not u s citizens but she says they have eight family members who arm and that was the case she was making up the state department's office on hostage affairs along with attorney jared dgainst sir battle responsibility includes helping notched american citizens actually but also explicitly legal permit residence with quote strong ties to the united states the situation of her songchol off at a law carte already very clearly falls within the mandate of this office and the responsibility of the united states government they're also reaching out to the white house to try to get vicepresident pence to raise this case when he goes to cairo oh ravine moderate zhu is trying to do the same for two of his clients both us citizens a fifty two yearold father of two from new york and a 27yearold student they've been in jail in egypt since 2013 part of a massive crackdown on protestors we've asked the white house to help the family multiple times over the past eight or nine month and we haven't heard anything from them mud erosion who is an attorney with the nonprofit called pretrial rights international he says pence and the rest of the.

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02:30 min | 3 years ago

"michele kelemen" Discussed on KQED Radio

"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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"michele kelemen" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:31 min | 3 years ago

"michele kelemen" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Get ready for their return turning january two thousand nineteen senior administration officials say the acting secretary couldn't make a decision on honduras meaning a status to some eighty six thousand people will automatically renew for six months hondurians and nicaraguans forgiven the temporary status to live in working united states went devastating hurricane ripped through their countries in 1998 but since then they've put down roots having children buying homes and actively participating in the workforce the department of homeland security is expected to make decisions on the status of haitians and salvadorans in the coming weeks leyla fardon npr news you're listening to npr news a federal judge in washington says she's inclined to ease bail conditions for former trump campaign chair paul manafort and his business associate rick gates both men have pleaded not guilty to a twelve count indictment as part of a special council probe into alleged russian interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential election us district court judge amy berman jackson says she needs more financial information before deciding if the defendant should remain under house arrest the un security council is urging the government of myanmar to allow access for aid groups and to halt violence against rominger muslims as npr's michele kelemen reports the viall lens has forced more than half a million people to flee in a formal statement the security council is calling for an end to the violence against roe hangar muslims the safe return of refugees and immediate access for humanitarian aid groups british ambassador jonathan allen says it sends a clear and unified message to myanmar these demands from israel security council is the first time security council spoken in this way for a decade and we will judge me amalgam judge burma on how they act the uk and france had been pushing for a security council resolution but they faced opposition from to veto holders russia and china so instead they opted for a presidential statement which though strongly worded is not legally binding michelle kelemen npr news washington on wall street stocks closed higher monday with chipmakers and media companies among the gainers the nasdaq composite index rose twenty two points the dow jones industrials added nine on shea stevens npr news in washington support for npr comes from npr stations other contributors include american jewish world service working together for more than thirty years to build a.

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"michele kelemen" Discussed on NPR News Now

NPR News Now

01:42 min | 3 years ago

"michele kelemen" Discussed on NPR News Now

"Live from npr news in washington i'm windsor johnston president trump is welcoming the prime minister of singapore to the white house today speaking in the rose garden the president said the relationship between the us in singapore is at its highest point and we'll continue the united states and singapore share profound belief in a society built on a foundation of law a nation ruled by law provides the greatest security for the rights of citizens are the best path to shared and lasting prosperity trump also touted the signing of a large contract for singapore airlines to by 14 billion dollars worth of planes from boeing secretary of state rex tillerson made as second unannounced stop today npr's michele kelemen reports tillerson first traveled to afghanistan now he's in iraq tillerson is making an appeal for unity in iraq following the defeat of isis in some parts of the country he's raising concerns about the tensions between kurdish fighters who help the u s battle isis in the north and iraqi government forces now moving back into areas that isis has left tillerson made a quick trip to show support for the federal government and call u us friends in the north to resolve their disputes peacefully earlier in the day he flew to bagaram airbase in afghanistan to say the us remains committed to defeating the taleban and is looking for ways to promote a peace process michelle kelemen npr news baghdad a lack of clean drinking water and prayer to reco appears to be driving an outbreak of leptospirosis the bacterial infection spreads through the yorin of infected animals.

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"michele kelemen" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:47 min | 3 years ago

"michele kelemen" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Is wnyc wnyc dot org cigarette one live from npr news in washington i'm shea stevens iran and north korea will likely dominate president trump's speech to the un general assembly trump calls the iran nuclear deal one of the worst he's ever seen as npr's michele kelemen report souther countries involved in the deal want trump to keep it so far the trump administration has kept its end of the bargain continuing sanctions relief to iran in exchange for strict limits on the iranian nuclear programme but trump often raises his concerns about the deal known as the jcpoa a top state department official brian hook says trump raised with his french counterpart who's also speaking at the un and so the president was very candid with him about what he thinks of the shortcomings of the jcpoa you told him that it is under review the europeans are organizing a meeting on this wednesday where secretary of state rex tillerson could encounter his iranian counterpart for the first time michelle kelemen npr news new york the us senate has overwhelmingly approved seven hundred billion dollars in military spending for fiscal year 2018 the vote was eighty nine to aid arizona senator john mccain is among lawmakers insisting that us military branches neater major new funding to maine team their combat readiness and superiority we are gambling my friends we are gambling with the lives of the best among us and we're now seeing the costs a tragic but foreseeable costs of an overworked strain force with aging equipment and not enough of it mccain asserting that us service members are being killed in unnecessary training accidents more than and combat the fence arbitary jim madison says he has not drawn that conclusion but that he's looking into any link between military accidents and budget constraints the trump administration is considering some dramatic changes to protections for six national monuments and three marine monuments and pierce sigler is more on a leaked memo from interior secretary ryan zinke to the president there's been a lot of speculation over the administration's controversial review of large national monuments in particular that protect more than one hundred thousand acres of us public land's and several offshore marine sanctuaries all of these places were protected by the previous three presidents by executive order this memo suggests the trump administration is looking to dramatically reduce the size of.

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"michele kelemen" Discussed on NPR News Now

NPR News Now

01:41 min | 3 years ago

"michele kelemen" Discussed on NPR News Now

"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.

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