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US Bound Flights Carrying Afghans Temporarily Halted Due to Measles Cases
"White house says flights carrying afghan refugees to the us have been halted after discovery of four cases of measles among people who recently arrived in the us. This as npr's michele keleman reports nineteen more us citizens from the airport in kabul in the state department says to others managed to get out overland national security council spokesperson. Emily horne says the. Us is doing intensive work to give americans clear and safe options to leave afghanistan. The state department says forty. Four americans were offered seats on the latest plane. But not all decided to go. The taliban are still not allowing charter. Flights from northern afghanistan and democratic senator richard blumenthal once the state department to do more about that time precious time. The situation of these individuals is desperate urgen. He's been working with veteran groups and activists to help several at risk afghans and some american citizens get
Taliban Forces in Kabul Airport Ready to Take Over
"To take full control of the airport in Kabul, once the U. S. Military pulls out of Afghanistan. That's according to Reuters news agency, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the State Department says it doesn't expect a functioning airport right away. The U. S has been talking to the Taliban, Qatar, Turkey and others to try to make sure there's a smooth handover of the airport in airfield, State Department spokesperson that price says it's in everyone's interests. That there be a functioning civilian airport with the U. S military set to depart by August 31st. I think that, um It is probably unreasonable to expect that there will be normal airport operations on September 1st. But he says the U. S and Allied Air traffic experts have been laying the groundwork for resumption of civilian air services as quickly as possible after the US leaves Michele Kelemen,
US Troops and Afghans Killed in Suicide Attacks Outside Kabul Airport
"Outside the airport in Kabul, 13. U. S military personnel were killed along with dozens of Afghans near the airport gates. Still, NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the U. S. Is wrapping up its evacuations even as the U. S military responded to the attacks claimed by an offshoot of Isis. Evacuation flights continue. President Biden says another 7000 people have gotten out, including 500 Americans, and he says This effort will continue for several more days before his August 31st deadline. To the extent that we can do that, knowing Threat. Knowing that we may very well have another attack. Military's concluded that's what we should do. He says He's seen no evidence of collusion between the Taliban and Isis K, the group that carried out the deadly attack. Michele Kelemen NPR news, the State Department Nebraska's governor has
U.S. Will Do "Whatever It Takes" to Evacuate Americans From Afghanistan
"Of people continue to try to flee 8000 have been evacuated in the last 24 hours. Just getting to the airport remains dangerous. And NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the State Department says it's stepping in to help Secretary of State Antony Blinken calls it an incredibly volatile and fluid situation outside the airport in Kabul. He tells Fox News Sunday that the State Department and the Pentagon will do whatever necessary to get Americans out. Directing people with whom were in direct contact. As to the best way to get to the airport. Get through the gates get onto planes. That's the safest and most effective way to do it. The administration is also getting private. U. S. Airlines to help transport evacuated Americans and Afghans who worked with the U. S from transit countries onward. Blinken says about two dozen countries have agreed to help temporarily House Afghans while they wait for US visas. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington President Biden is due to deliver remarks on
Iran's President-Elect Says Talking About Missiles Is 'Off Limits'
"On Iran is getting ready for another round of indirect talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. But a newly elected president of Iran doesn't want to take on other issues The Americans are hoping to discuss. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports hardliner Ibrahim Breezy, will be sworn in as Iran's president in August, and he's already making clear that some topics are off limits like the country's missile program. But the Biden administration wants to talk about missiles and get a better nuclear deal with Iran. The first step is getting back into the one the Trump administration left. That job falls to US envoy Robert Malley. I don't think that this window is going to be open forever at some point will have to conclude that this is not succeeding, but we're not there yet. We still think that it's that it's possible. We still think that it's certainly in our interest. We think it's in Iran's interest to, but they'll have to make that decision for themselves. In an interview to air on Fridays morning edition, Malle says the negotiations in Vienna have been tough. Iran wants more financial relief than the U. S. Is willing to offer and the U. S. Wants to. In Malley's words, rewind the tape on work Iran has done since the Trump administration left the deal like building its supply of nuclear fuel. Get back to where we were in 2016. With a cap on on the levels of enrichment, with the cap on what centrifuges they could use and rich with a cap on the amount of enriched uranium they could have. And with the IAEA, the nuclear inspectors being able to monitor Everything they're doing, which is not occurring today. Iran refuses to meet US diplomats, O'Malley passes messages through European diplomats He's also raising the cases of detained Americans, though Biden administration officials insist that this is separate from the nuclear diplomacy.
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"Workers. Mhm. Meanwhile, some New York some of New York state wide rules will remain in the facts, including wearing masks in schools on subways and other large public venues. The war in Syria is likely to be on the agenda at President Biden Summit tomorrow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the U. S has been pushing Russia to keep open key humanitarian route. The biggest name. Honored this year is the Mexican American band Los Lobos from Los Angeles. But this year's fellows represent a huge swath of creative talent who work in the traditional and folk arts. From a Puerto Rican lace maker named Nellie Vera Sanchez to Mississippi Blues musician Cedric Burnside. Other new honorees include the Winds Borough Easter rock Ensemble from the Northeast Louisiana Delta region. They are the last known practitioners of this You're listening to NPR news. And it's on WNBC in New York. I'm Sean Carlson. Nearly 3000 restaurant owners in the US won't get the federal pandemic relief they were counting on to pay rent and utilities. The government says That's because legal challenges from conservative groups have blocked it from prioritizing restaurants owned by women, veterans and people of color. Valerie White of the nonprofit Local Initiative Support Corporation, says this abrupt change hurts people have suffered from Covid, the most both physically and economically. By stopping this through this court case, it gives a real symbolic message that those systemic inequities, um are are not going to be addressed in this particular program. It's not known how many of the 3000 restaurant owners who lost their aid our New York City at least one owner who didn't want to be named, said she got to notice on Sunday that our application for aid was Rejected. As New York City contents with the surgeon shootings. Public defenders are asking the city to bolster community alternatives to police. W N. Y. C is George Joseph reports The legal aid Society says it's made hundreds of community interventions over the last year in neighborhoods afflicted by gun violence, helping residents access benefits, learn about their constitutional rights and clear their criminal records. Staff attorney Never TV anchor Lashley says empowering people can help them say no to dangerous influences and that the city should increase funding to programs like this part of healing. Our community is mentoring our youth and Helping them realize the brilliance and worth in themselves. In a statement, the mayor's office said it's done more to fund community based anti violence groups than any other previous administration. Meanwhile, New York City is refurbishing more than a dozen basketball courts at public housing developments. Mayor De Blasio says the goal is to reduce gun violence by giving young people a place to go the new basketball cord. At the Marcy Houses in Bed Stuy Open today. The city says it's hoping to finish 15 courts by August. It really looks like we've gotten past that rainy bit of whether we had there for the past.
Blinken Heads to Middle East to Build on Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire
"The Middle East. President Biden asked him to go, but only after a ceasefire was in place, ending the latest military conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. Secretary, Blinken has been cautious about jumping into Middle East diplomacy. He started quietly with phone calls while he was on a trip to the Arctic. Plans for a visit came together only after Israel and Hamas agreed to stop fighting. And White House press secretary Jen Psaki is making clear that Blinken has narrow goals for this trip to Israel, the West Bank, Egypt and Jordan, ensuring that we're creating conditions with our partners in the region. For a sustained ceasefire and also discussing the path toward on rebuilding Gaza. Something that there's a great deal of interest in support and the international community on and they're great needs on the ground. This was the fourth military conflict like this between Israel and Hamas since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip about 15 years ago. This last episode has taken Gaza back several years. That's Elizabeth Campbell, who runs the Washington office for UNWRA, U. N agency that runs clinics and schools for Palestinian Of the 66 Children that were killed. 19 of them went to our schools. This is very traumatic for the families for the teachers for the fellow students on DIT is increasingly difficult to keep rebuilding. During the last outbreak of violence in 2014, then Secretary of State John Kerry rushed to Egypt hoping to do some shuttle diplomacy. He stayed in Cairo all week, with little to show as both sides made demands of him and airstrikes and rocket fire continued. This secretary was far more hesitant, says Harland al Gindi Ah, former adviser to Palestinian negotiators. Risk averse is probably an understatement. Secretary Blinken says Israel has the right to defend itself against rocket fire from Gaza. But he also says he wants to make sure Israelis and Palestinians have equal measures of security, peace and dignity. El Guindi says. All those things are lacking for Palestinians that just seems so detached from where
Nord Stream 2: Biden Waives US Sanctions on Russian Pipeline
"The Biden administration reported to Congress today on the steps it's taken to stop a controversial natural gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany. Many lawmakers are not happy with the latest development instead of punishing the company building Nord Stream too. Biden administration has decided to waive sanctions for national security reasons. NPR's Michele Kelemen is traveling with the U. S secretary of State and she joins us from Reykjavik, Iceland. Hi, Michelle. Hi there, Ari. So the U. S strongly opposes this pipeline, saying it increases European energy dependence on Russia. And so why did they decide to waive the sanctions? Well, because these sanctions would mean punishing Germany and the and the Biden administration has been making a point of trying to rebuild relations with European partners relations that restrained in the Trump administration. So, you know, the Germans today were quick to confirm this news. They were certainly glad that the US is putting a premium on relations and waiving sanctions on the company Nord Stream to a G and its CEO who's a German citizen. Now the U. S. Maybe hoping that U. S diplomats can quietly continue to make their case that this is not a good deal for European energy security. Another hope is that if the Green Party in Germany wins elections this fall that it might actually stop the project anyway. The other thing, Ari that I often hear from US officials is that look, This pipeline is almost complete. So it's not at all clear if Thies sanctions will really prevent its
Israel Destroys Gaza High-Rise Housing AP and Other Media Offices
"And Gaza today, a high rise building that houses the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazira. Has collapsed. It's not clear why the building was targeted, but the AP says he owner had apparently received advanced notice of an Israeli strike. Meanwhile, the State Department's point person on the conflict is in the region is NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. Deputy assistant secretary of state Hottie Hummer is visiting Israel and the West Bank holding talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials. Spokesperson Julianna Porter says the trip is part of the administration's high level engagement while he's their whole reinforce our message that we have stressed and many senior level engagements with the parties and Other stakeholders this past week, which is, of course, namely achieving a sustainable calm, she says. The U. S is working through regional partners to send that message to the Palestinian militant group and supporting Israel's right to defend itself. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS
Iran Says Nuclear Program Testing Newest Advanced Centrifuge
"Iran's President Hassan Rouhani today reiterated Tehran's commitment to nuclear nonproliferation. At the same time, he oversaw the launch of new advanced centrifuges at the country's Natanz underground nuclear plant. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. Today's developments come as the U. S and Iran hold indirect talks on returning to full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. This week, European, Russian and Chinese diplomat shuttled between U. S and Iranian delegations in Vienna. A senior Biden administration official describes the meetings as constructive. It says it would be better to talk directly with Iran. The official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, says the U. S. Is ready to let Iran do business again if Iran curbs its nuclear program. But the official also warns that the talks will head to an impasse if Iran sticks to its position that the U. S must lift every sanction imposed by the Trump administration since Trump pulled out of
ISIS Is a Growing Threat in Africa
"Secretary of State Antony Blinken is hosting a virtual meeting of the coalition to defeat Isis, focusing not just on the ongoing threat in Syria and Iraq but also the growing threat in Africa. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports. U. S officials are alarmed it a deadly attack in Mozambique. Acting special envoy John Godfrey says the Isis branch in Mozambique has become increasingly brazen attacks in recent days in the northern town of Palma left dozens dead and thousands missing. Godfrey says one American who was there was successfully evacuated. The attacks there are horrific, frankly and show a complete disregard for the life, welfare and security. Of the local population. The envoy was speaking to reporters in a conference call ahead of a coalition meeting meant to focus on the fight against Isis in Syria and Iraq. Godfrey says the coalition recognizes the need to counter Isis branches and networks in Africa, too.
Biden Administration Attempts to Revive Peace Process For Afghanistan
"The Biden administration is trying to revive a peace process for Afghanistan. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, Administration officials say this is the moment when progress is possible. The State Department isn't commenting directly on Secretary of State Antony Blinken is letter to Afghan officials that a local news agency published or draft peace proposal. Spokesperson Ned Price says the Biden administration is just offering some ideas not trying to be prescriptive. It is ultimately the right and responsibility of Afghans to determine their political future. The United States has a support role to play the international community needs to support that process needs to be constructive. Price says the U. S special envoy will stay in the region and that it's too early to make a judgment about how the diplomacy is
Blinken reportedly offers sweeping plan to bolster Afghan peace
"Biden administration is trying to inject some life into a peace process for Afghanistan, suggesting some ideas on moving forward. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the U. S calls this a moment when progress is possible. The State Department isn't commenting directly on Secretary of State Antony Blinken is letter to Afghan officials that a local news agency published or draft peace proposal. Spokesperson Ned Price, says the Biden administration He's just offering some ideas, not trying to be prescriptive. It is ultimately the right and responsibility of Afghans to determine their political future. The United States has a support role to play the international community needs to support that process needs to be constructive. Price says the U. S special envoy will stay in the region and that it's too early to make a judgment about how the diplomacy
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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"And the NASDAQ ended the week in record territory. The S and P 500 index jumped more than 4.5% during the week, while the NASDAQ soared more than 6% that Al Jones industrial average rose 3.9% and closed on Friday within 40 points of its all time high. The pandemic continues to be a drag on the job market. US employers added Just 49,000 jobs last month, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with financial regulators Thursday to discuss the recent volatility in the stock market. Even in part by amateur investors, who share tips on social media. Regulators say the markets core infrastructure handled the volatility. They're still reviewing whether investors are adequately protected. Scott Horsley. NPR NEWS Washington This is NPR. Secretary of State Tony Blinken has been consulting with European partners about Iran. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports on a virtual meeting that touched on other trouble spots to the UK, Germany and France were all part of the Iran nuclear deal. The one that Trump administration pulled out of State Department spokesperson Ned Price says the new secretary of state held talks with his counterparts from those three European countries. As the Biden administration decides on a new policy toward Iran. We want to make sure that we're working in lockstep with our European partners and to ensure that they know exactly where we are. We know exactly where they are, and we will move forward together. The French foreign minister says. They held quote in depth and important conversations on Iran and touch base on other pressing issues. Russia, China and Myanmar were also on the agenda. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington in Myanmar today, more than 1000 people marched to protest Monday's military coup and to demand that elected leader Aung Song suit she be released. Many of them chanted down with dictatorship as they demonstrated in the country's largest city, Yangon. Some residents there there was a near total Internet blackout after the protests began. The military already has limited Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Active or Christopher Plummer has died, his manager said. He died yesterday at his home in Connecticut. No cause was given in his long career on stage and in movies he often played leading.
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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
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"To the challenges posed by Russia, and this administration is going to take it seriously. That is NPR's Michele Kelemen. Thank you, Michelle. Thank you. You're listening to all things considered from NPR news. The vaccine roll out across the country continues to flail. California has administered only about half the covert 19 shots available on the state. That's why a bunch of volunteer tech workers are stepping in to provide information when the government doesn't Lesley McClurg from member station, KQED explains. A few weeks ago, Tim Swartz was watching the nightly news. New guidelines will be issued today that will expand vaccine eligibility to exports suddenly qualified for a shot. He's a 67 year old resident of San Francisco. He had no idea how to get one. Nobody's calling me emailing me telling. I'm eligible for anything. He checked his doctor's office. But they weren't vaccinating people his age. So we went down to his local pharmacist and asked if they were offering shots. Then he said, no, hey, had heard from corporate Walgreens corporate office that they might in the future. Get it short started scouring the Internet but to no avail. Even California's public health website didn't provide any links to drive up sites walk up appointments or even a help desk. Oh, it's frustrating that in one of the most tech savvy Cities in the most tech savvy country in the world that this kind of information is not available to the residents. Also frustrated by the situation is Patrick McKenzie. He's a tech worker based in Tokyo with ties to California. He was floored that vaccines were sitting on shelves rather than saving lives. So I tweeted out on Twitter and said, one of the best things that I could imagine a technology spending time on right now is Calling the places that could have the vaccine and putting who says yes, in a single place. The call to arms roused many of Mackenzie's followers, which is 100,000 people. Ah, group of really smart folks started designing a dashboard immediately. A few hours later, Mackenzie checked in on his friends. This is all fantastic. You know, just one thing, though, When you're when you're doing the call Center management. I have some suggestions, and then one thing led to another. They launched a website the next morning. Less than a week later, 250 volunteers were calling hundreds of doctors and pharmacists across the state. Every day. One afternoon they found 60 new places offering shots just in Los Angeles. Their dashboard called vaccinate, see a offers up to date information about where supplies exist, who qualifies and how to make an appointment. Similar efforts are underway in Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Throughout the pandemic, Private citizens have offered everything from case tallies to risk calculators. If you go to those sides, you get much more accurate data in a more timely way. Then even the federal government delivering at least today, Dr. Georges Benjamin is the executive director.
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
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"I ran for president because I saw that the economy was not working for everyday Americans for New Yorkers. Yang is calling for more high speed Internet access and for the city to run the subway, which is currently run by a transit authority that's controlled by New York's governor. Gang has faced criticism during the pandemic for quarantining outside of New York City. Hanzo Wang NPR NEWS New YORK, This is NPR news. Top officials at the United Nations are urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse his decision to designate Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the U. N is trying to resolve Yemen's war and stable famine in the country. Three key U. N officials the head of the World Food Program, the UN's humanitarian chief and the man leading negotiations on Yemen are lining up against Pompeo's move. U N envoy Martin Griffiths says that designating the Iranian backed Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization just makes his job harder. We failed in my mission. They will be inevitably a chilling effect. My efforts to bring the parties together, and the terrorist designation could make it difficult to reach millions of Yemenis in Houthi controlled parts of the country. U N humanitarian officials call this a catastrophe in a country that faces potential famine. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington, then Uganda votes are being counted in a presidential race pitting incumbent You were. We move 17. Against musician turned opposition leader Bobby Wine. The vote was being held amid widespread violence and reports that security forces were preventing wine supporters from monitoring polling stations. The wary has ruled the East African nation since 1986 on Wall Street stocks close slightly lower after Big tech shares declined late in the session. The Dow Jones industrials lost 68 points. The NASDAQ composite index dipped 16. U. S futures are little changed in after hours trading. Yes. Is NPR news..
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"Income I ran for president because I saw that the economy was not working for everyday Americans for New Yorkers. Yang is calling for more high speed Internet access and for the city to run the subway, which is currently run by a transit authority that's controlled by New York's governor. Gang has faced criticism during the pandemic for quarantining outside of New York City hands. Lo Wang NPR NEWS New York This is NPR news. Top officials at the United Nations are urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse his decision to designate Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the U. N is trying to resolve Yemen's war and stable famine in the country. Three key U. N officials the head of the World Food Program, the UN's humanitarian chief and the man leading negotiations on Yemen are lining up against Pompeo's move. U N envoy Martin Griffiths says that designating the Iranian backed Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization just makes his job harder. We feel in my mission. They will be inevitably a chilling effect. My efforts to bring the parties together, and the terrorist designation could make it difficult to reach millions of Yemenis in Houthi controlled parts of the country. U N humanitarian officials call this a catastrophe in a country that faces potential famine. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington, then Uganda votes are being counted in a presidential race pitting incumbent You weary move, 17. Against musician turned opposition leader Bobby Wine. The vote was being held amid widespread violence and reports that security forces were preventing wine supporters from monitoring polling stations. Aware he has ruled the East African nation since 1986 on Wall Street stocks close slightly lower after Big tech shares declined late in the session. The Dow Jones industrials lost 68 points. The NASDAQ composite index dipped 16. U. S futures are little changed in after hours trading. Yes. Is NPR.
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"Income I ran for president because I saw that the economy was not working for everyday Americans for New Yorkers. Jang is going for more high speed Internet access and for the city to run the subway, which is currently run by a transit authority that's controlled by New York's governor. Yang has faced criticism during the pandemic for quarantining outside of New York City. It's a little long. NPR NEWS New York This is NPR news. Health officials at the United Nations are urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse his decision to designate Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports the U. N is trying to resolve Yemen's war. And stable famine in the country. Three key U. N officials the head of the World Food Program, the U. N. Humanitarian chief, and the man leading negotiations on Yemen are lining up against Pompeo is move. U. N envoy Martin Griffis says that designating the Iranian backed Houthi rebels as a terrorist organization just makes his job harder. We've in my mission They will be inevitably a chilling effect. My efforts to bring the parties together, and the terrorist designation could make it difficult to reach millions of Yemenis in Houthi controlled parts of the country. U N humanitarian officials call this a catastrophe in a country that faces potential famine. Michele Kelemen NPR NEWS Washington, then Uganda votes are being counted in a presidential race pitting incumbent You weary move, 17. Against musician turned opposition leader Bobby Wine. The vote was being held amid widespread violence and reports that security forces were preventing wine supporters from monitoring polling stations. Where he has ruled the East African nation since 1986 on Wall Street stocks for those slightly lower after big tech shares declined late in the session. The Dow Jones industrials lost 68 points. The NASDAQ composite index dipped 16. U. S futures are little changed in after hours trading. Yes. Is NPR.
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"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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"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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"With that type of boys and use live from NPR news in Washington I am Jack's beer at a luncheon with U. N. security council ambassadors president trump raised concerns about or wan and a crackdown on protesters there his administration believes more than a thousand Iranians have been killed in recent weeks here's NPR's Michele Kelemen president trump calls it a horrible situation in Iran and a big scandal US special representative Brian hook says in one incident in mid November about a hundred demonstrators were gunned down by the Iranian revolutionary guard corps we have seen reports of many hundreds more killed in and around Tehran and as the truth is trickling out of Iran it appears the regime could have murdered over a thousand Iranian citizen since the protests began an Iranian official calls those casualty figures quote purely speculative and highly inaccurate Michele Kelemen NPR news the state department president trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a lower court ruling directing his longtime accounting firm releases financial records to a house committee NPR's ones are Johnson reports the move sets the stage for a legal battle between two branches of government a federal appeals court last month ruled that trumps accounting firm must comply with a subpoena issued by the house oversight committee the president's personal attorneys argue that the committee does not have the authority to conduct what they describe as a law enforcement investigation trump's appeal is the latest development in a legal battle that it could end up before the High Court in the middle of the twenty twenty election NPR's Windsor Johnston federal authorities arrested more than fifty members of the Latin kings gang in Massachusetts today from member station WGBH Isaiah Thompson reports officials announced charges against more than sixty of the gang's members flanked by the head of the F. B. I.'s Boston division U. S. attorney Andrew leveling said the arrests were the result of years of investigation into the Latin kings which he said has grown from a streaking into a major crime syndicate Latin kings originated.
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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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"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 expand. 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 listed 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. seven pretty unprecedented terror to for example you would expect that all the cool remark 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 eight five as he came up with this. crazy idea but the I'm a old saying you could you might expect that 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 all you know is given 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 either he comes back with the deal or he will 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 white pasta deal S. S. A. Z. is an independent member of parliament thank you for joining us on such an eventful day in Britain. you're listening.
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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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"The Trump administration is considering listing the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The broad diverse group is opposed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia and offshoots. Of it have been blamed for violence, but it also has members of parliament in some countries terror listing would complicate relations with them and feed into anti Muslim sentiments in the US as NPR's. Michele Keleman reports. Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has long advocated putting the Muslim Brotherhood on the terrorism list. He cosponsored a Bill calling for that. When he was a Kansas congressman, and that we didn't mention it directly in Cairo earlier this year. He made clear that this administration is confronting what he described as the ugly reality of radical Islam presidency joined us, he joins us in denouncing the twisted ideology, which is brought death and suffering on so many I thank presidency for his courage. Plato CC came to power after toppling the Muslim Brotherhood government. And he's lead a massive crackdown on the group last month. He came to the White House repeating his request that Trump put the group on the terror list. The State Department says it won't comment on internal deliberations. The Washington director for Human Rights Watch Sarah, Margolin points out that bump Eos own personal advocacy could be a factor. He has really taken a pretty hard line stance. But he could easily try to translate into a designation. He's also taken a very close alliance with Egypt's presidency and sought to maintain that relationship despite a significant downward trend ongoing democratic deficit there, but it's not so easy to label. A group like the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization says Jonathan shanzer senior vice president at the foundation for defensive democracies in a former terrorist finance analysts at the treasury depart. -ment? The problem is designated of the entire network because entire network spans ninety something countries. Some of these splinter groups are political factions that are very much part of their local government. And then of course, there are some that are actively engaged in violence founded in Egypt in nineteen twenty eight the Muslim Brotherhood is now a diverse movement. And he says it probably won't meet the strict criteria for a terrorist as a nation shanzer says branches in Yemen or Libya, for instance, could, but he says the administration seems to be looking at a blanket approach has Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others want. These what are described as traditional conservative Sony countries have a real bone to pick with Qatar Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood. There is a new schism that has made it very clear in the Sunni world. It's no longer a Shiite versus Sunni problem in the Arab world. There's now Sunni versus Sunni. As well. And the Muslim Brotherhood at the end of the day is that fault one. The move could also have implications in the US where brotherhood supporters historically had been involved in Muslim organizations and charities Margolin of human rights. Watch says for American Muslims it's like a rotary club. There has been such a push in the last couple of years so much rhetoric out there to turn the Muslim Brotherhood into the the evil boogeyman and all of that is generated by growing as Lama phobia that there's a real lack of understanding of what the organization is an chapters. Do margen says that putting the group on the terror list could have a chilling effect on free speech and association among Muslims in the US. Michelle Kellerman, NPR news, the State Department..
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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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"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.