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"I'm Noel King in Washington, D. C and Martinez in Culver City, California. How do you go about implementing a federal rule that calls for companies to require their employees to get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing? That's the proposal of the Biden administration. Now, under the plan, businesses with more than 100 employees will be forced to do so or face fines this morning. We have the perspective of the FDA is former commissioner Scott Gottlieb. He served from 2017 to 2019. And we should note that Dr Gottlieb is a member of fighters board doctor. You've argued that President Biden's Covid 19 action plan could backfire and actually delay more people from getting their vaccines explain that for us Well, look, I think the administration has done a very good job rolling out this vaccine, and we now have 75% of adults over the age of 18 with who've had at least one shot of the code vaccine. Most of them will complete the series. I think the administration is well within their purview to mandate vaccinations for federal employees for members of military people who fall within The scope of federal employment. I think when it comes to small businesses, those businesses with 100 more employees what you mentioned the outset, it gets a little bit more challenging. They're going to try to apply this mandate on businesses through OSHA through the Labor Department. It's going to take time to get that rulemaking in place. Then we're going to have to issue guidance on how businesses should implement that and give them a grace period to actually implement this provision. I think in the interim period, a lot of businesses that might have been contemplating imposing mandates on, uh their employees requiring to get vaccinated. Might now wait and see what these new rules are going to look like, and the inevitably I think it could delay a lot of businesses that might have made a decision to mandate vaccination for their employees from going forward and doing that. The doctor, why couldn't it be argued that these companies if they haven't gone forward, like, say, Cisco, a Citigroup, Google or Delta that they were going to wait anyway? And they were waiting for cover from the federal government to go ahead and do this, right? I think I think businesses have a lot of cover. Now. I think the fact that the federal government's requiring vaccination for federal employees gives them a lot of cover. I think the risk is that you take something that has been furtively political Which is the decision around Mandating vaccination and getting vaccinated, and now you make it objectively political. This is going to be more of a political discussion, and I think some of the fault lines that we've seen evolving in society and now going to be hardened. And the question is, Are you going to achieve a lot more vaccination with a mandate like this? And I think it's an open question we're going to be. We've got 75% of the adult population with at least one does. We were going to get to 80% on our normal course. I think with some added measures we could have gotten perhaps to 85% most childhood vaccinations, which were mandated We don't get above 90 92%. So we're not going to get to that kind of a level with this vaccine. So the question is, Where do we think we're going to end up? We may end up around 80 85%. Will you pick up a couple of extra percentage points with this kind of a mandate? Perhaps. But now I think you're going to take something that has been sort of, uh, a quietly political discussion. It becomes more objectively political. I don't think the federal it's been political for a long time, Doctor. Yesterday I spoke with Jeff Freeman. He's the president of the Consumer Brands Association Trade group that represents more than two million workers. He's in support of vaccines, but has unanswered questions about this new proposal. Let's listen to what he said. We certainly hope answers are coming soon. They are aware of our concerns. Unfortunately, our experience throughout the pandemic going back 19 months is that too often we're waiting weeks or even months to get answers. This is not going to work in this environment. So, Doctor what needs to happen in your view to answer these industry questions and concerns? While the administration is going to have to put out guidance now to implement this new this new mandate this new regulation, which isn't written yet, by the way, I think this could be a multi month process and it's going to get litigated. You know, my personal view is I don't believe Governor should be preventing businesses from imposing mandates. I dont think the federal government should be forcing them to. I think this is something that should happen at a community level, with local communities implementing mandates around schools. Around businesses. People have to make objective decisions about how they best protect their workplace, their school environment, their local community. In many cases, that's going to be with vaccine mandates. I would do everything possible to support them in those decisions to give them guidance on how to implement those decisions. But let those decisions happen as local as possible, so this doesn't become a national political debate over vaccination, which I think in the end Is going to discourage hardened certain positions of people who don't want to get vaccinated. Unfortunately and doctor quickly while I have you here, you sit on fighters board. The FDA meets this Friday to discuss fighters request to authorize a booster shot. How soon are you expecting a decision? A decision could come right away, depending on what the outcome of that meeting is there going to review new evidence, including the evidence from Israel, which is going to be presented in an open forum at that meeting? Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the author of Uncontrolled Spread Y Covid 19 crushed us and how we Can defeat the next pandemic, Doctor. Thanks. Thanks a lot. For the first time ever. Voters in Boston are on the verge of electing a mayor who is not a white man in today's preliminary vote. There are five leading candidates and all of them are people of color. Here's W B. U. R S Anthony Brooks. For more than 200 years. Boston voters if only elected white men to lead their city, The last one Marty Walsh left town earlier this year to become president Joe Biden's Labor secretary and City Council president, Kim Janey, a black woman became interim mayor and made history. Today is a new day I stand before you as the first woman and the first black mayor of Boston, the city that I love. Now, Janey is one of five candidates for women. One man, all of them people of color, not a white man among them. Today, Boston voters will send two of them to the general election in the fall. Polls suggest the front runner is city Councillor Michelle Wu, a Taiwanese American who promises to embrace equity in a series of progressive policies now the moment to knock on doors so that we deliver a green new deal in Boston. Universal, pre K and child.
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"I'm Noel King in Washington, D C and I'm Leila Fadel in Culver City, California This fourth of July weekend at least 150 people were killed in about 400 shootings across the nation. President Biden is trying to walk a thin line trying to tackle this surge in violent crime while also getting a police reform bill across the finish line. Biden has been a loyal ally to the police for years, but now he's also calling for more accountability in their ranks. NPR's Asma Khader joins us now to talk about this Good morning asthma. Good morning, Leila. So how would you describe the president's relationship with the police right now? Well, the president is trying to balance calls from activists for this major overhaul of policing with concerns about law and order amid a crime wave. The president himself has a long personal relationship with police dating back to his time in the Senate working on the 1994 crime bill. The question, of course, is whether those old ties will help him now the president seems to think they will here he is last summer at a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. No. Most cops are good, decent people. I know how they risk their lives Every time they put that shield on a number of us go back, you know, 25 years with Joe Biden. Chuck Wexler leads police think tank in Washington, D. C. We knew him when the Senate we had him speak at our meetings. When he was vice president. He would routinely have law enforcement at the residence. You know, he told President Obama when he was vice president. He wanted the police portfolio. So he knows this issue. But Jim Pasco with the fraternal Order of Police says Biden has had an evolution from the nineties. Which was probably the point at which the relationship was its closest Is moved to the left in his thinking and that colors his approach to pretty much all things law enforcement. At the same time, Pasco says attitudes among police officers have also shifted. And it has gone from a rather centrist position in the nineties to the right of center. At this point, Pasqua's union actually endorsed former President Donald Trump over Joe Biden and the 2020 election. He says. There's still a lot of affection for Biden among people of his generation. The thing is that same feeling doesn't necessarily exist among younger officers and law enforcement skews young. Law enforcement groups described the relationship with the Biden White House as cordial and candid. They've spoken to the attorney general and senior administration officials multiple times, but they have not spoken directly to Biden. It's a contrast to how quickly former President Trump reached out. Just a couple of weeks after he was inaugurated. Jonathan Thompson is with the National Sheriff's Association. We were asked to sit down within President Trump and did so and spent two hours going through the top 10 things that he wanted to achieve in the top 10 10 things we thought he should be achieving and That's a temperature check that we have to take. It's a temperature check. He says They have not yet taken with President Biden. But some law enforcement groups have taken that temp check with senior advisers to the president like Cedric Richmond. If the question is do they have access? The question is that they do, um, because it's important to us. To make sure that we're keeping families safe and making sure that they know that we're concerned about unconstitutional policing and excessive force in this country, and we've relayed that to him. But the fact that the conversation the White House is having with police is about excessive force is a problem for some in the law enforcement community..
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"I'm Noel King and I'm Rachel Martin. After two decades of war, the U. S military has left its largest military base in Afghanistan. Bagram Airfield was the epicenter of the U. S war. It grew to a sprawling city walk around inside, You see American fast food chains outside the gates, Afghans set up rows of shops to cater two U. S. Troops and Afghans who worked there. Bagram held crucial operational significance but symbolic power to as a sign of America's presence and commitment to Afghanistan. Now U. S troops have left NPR's DEA. Haddie joins us Now. D a good morning. What details can you share? Good morning. So Rachel a. U. S defense official and an Afghan defense official. Both confirmed to NPR this morning that coalition forces had left the Bagram air base. This was first reported by Fox News. The American official. We spoke to requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media. He says They've been coordinating a hand over with Afghans over the past few weeks, and he says that the top American commander in Afghanistan general Austin Miller, Still does retained the capability and authority to protect remaining forces. What is the departure, though, from Bagram say about the overall withdrawal. It says a lot. It says that it suggests that the American mission Afghanistan is winding up soon, certain, perhaps within days, certainly months ahead of President Biden's announcement. That they'd be gone by the symbolic date of September 11. It's worth recalling most NATO soldiers have already left as of this week, and then there's the symbolic significance as you noted earlier, Rachel This is the airfield that's long signal to controls Afghanistan. The Soviets built it. The Mujahideen destroyed it in the nineties, and the Americans rebuilt it. After 2000 and one. It's where tens of thousands of American forces first arrived. In Afghanistan. It was said epicenter of the war to ask the Taliban so winding up Bagram and handing it over to Afghans is one of those turning points. It's where you can probably see the American commitment to leaving Afghanistan. And, of course, the Soviets left after a failed war there now the U. S was leaving. Do you just a couple days ago, the top U. S general in Afghanistan, Austin, Scott Miller said. The country is on a trajectory that could end in civil war. What's the status of the Afghan fight against the Taliban? It is a civil war. What's clear is that you know, with winding up Bagram, the American forces leaving is that this is the end of the direct Western involvement in the Afghan war rather than and to the war itself. In the past few weeks, the Taliban have been searching through Afghanistan. They've doubled the number of districts they hold respected Think tank, the Afghanistan analysts Network reported today that Afghan forces Had largely collapsed in the country's north and northeast. So as the last American forces leave, we can expect to see the Taliban trying to overrun provincial cities, and the fear is they'll try much onto Kabul as well. All right. NPR's DEA Hadid covers Afghanistan and Pakistan. DEA. Thank you for this update. We appreciate it. Thank you, Rachel. Search and rescue operations have started up again in Surfside, Florida. They were suspended for 14 hours yesterday because there were some concerns that the site had become unstable. 18 people are confirmed dead so far and more than 140 people are still missing. One of the missing is a 21 year old man named Ellen Ni Brief. He didn't live in the building. He was supposed to go to a funeral last week, and so he was staying with his girlfriend disappear in 12 seconds. He was there because it was a funeral on the day after That's Alan's dad. Carlos Ni Brief. Ellen's parents are very proud of him there Immigrants from Argentina and they told us he's a brilliant student of physics major at the University of Chicago and a great athlete. They also told us they're having a really hard time. This is Dad. Carlos and Mom run. It fills her very hard to digest very hard, very hard. These are things are true shooting her. Did we ever think that a building would just collapsed? I mean, it's inside. President Biden traveled to Surfside yesterday and spent a few hours with families that are grieving. Sat with one woman who had just lost her, her husband and her little baby boy. Didn't know what to do. I sat with another family that lost almost an entire family. Cousins. Brothers sisters. NPR's Greg Allen has been covering the story in Miami. Good morning, Greg. Good morning. What was it like yesterday with the president there? The meetings with the families were closed to press for the people who were there, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said the families appreciated the time they spent with them. The president went table to table talk to each family, you know, hearing their concerns and talking about the person had lost, Biden said. They asked wrenching questions. One of them was, you know, would they be able to recover their loved ones for burial? It's a big one. Biden was also welcomed by Florida's elected officials, including Governor Rondy Santa's, who's often been a harsh critic in the past. The Sanders thank Biden for recognizing the severity the tragedy from day one helping cut through the bureaucracy. It was a rare bipartisan moment, and I think Biden appreciated it. The one thing made me feel good about this is that is a cohesion that exists. There's no Democrat or Republican out there, but just people wanted to do the right thing for their fellow Americans. And Greg With time really being of the essence. Why was the search and rescue shut down for 14 hours exactly well early Thursday morning, electronic monitors that have been set up signal that the building appear to be shifting. So there there's concerns that condo tower that's still standing could come down so rescue crews were pulled off the site. Structural engineers say they later determined that it was mostly debris shifting both in the pile and on the building to cruiser back on the site. Uh, I'm dealing with the rubble, but they're doing so only in areas that are considered safe at this time. Miami Dade County Mayor Daniel Levine, Cava says Now they're looking at how best to demolish the standing building. This is a decision that we need to make extremely carefully and methodically, as we consider all the possible impacts to the pile of debris and to our search and rescue operation. It'll be weeks before demolition plan will be in place. Yeah, a lot of logistics involved there. I'm sure So. In the meantime Greg NPR's been looking at a bunch of documents from the Champlain Towers Condo Association. What else have you guys found? Well, you know, these condominium association documents show that they kept putting off for years. The need to make repairs this 40 year old building. Something that was needed to be done to comply with Kennedy Law. A new document shows that just in 2020, they were still fighting about it and saying there's a memo from, uh Building managers saying, complaining and shouting to each other just doesn't work. And they were just starting work on that when the building collapsed last week, Okay,.
Vietnam's New Covid-10 Hybrid Variant is Replicating Very Quickly
"And I'm Noel King. Good morning. Why are covert 19 cases surging in parts of Southeast Asia in some cases? Public health officials 0.2 new, more transmissible variants in Vietnam officials found a new Corona virus variant over the weekend that appears to be a hybrid of two other strains with me now is Dr Ali Meqdad. He's with the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Morning, doctor and thank you for being here. Good morning. Where are we? Seeing new variants emerges that the entire world at this point Almost everywhere, especially right now in Asia. We're seeing it in Vietnam, Thailand and a lot of countries in that area and is the variant that emerges in Vietnam, for example, the same variant that emerges in Thailand or are they different ones? They're mainly coming from what we have first discovered and India and they are variation orbit. I see so a very in emerges in India. Then it spreads to Thailand and its prints to Vietnam. Or maybe simultaneously and then it becomes a different type of variant. Exactly. Despite this is they think that they faster rate. And we have ever expected and we are seeing a new mutations.
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"Area. Many of the victims appear to be women of Asian descent. Police have a suspect in custody and are investigating a motive on morning edition from NPR news jury selection in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derrick Show Vin is now in its second week. I'm Noel King Me Martinez how recent developments have complicated the process of finding impartial jurors. India is the world's largest vaccine producer. This hour, we hear how in his role in producing covert 19 vaccines is getting even bigger. It's Wednesday March 17th are your work from home swept pants green while they better be because it's ST Patrick's Day. The news is next. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Dave Mattingly. A suspect is under arrest in Georgia in connection with a string of deadly shootings in the Atlanta area. NPR's child. Snyder says Eight people were shot to death at separate massage parlors. Atlanta police have issued a statement saying they have video. That place is a vehicle of the suspect in a deadly shooting at a massage parlor and Cherokee County. In the area of the city, where four people were killed, three respond northeast Atlanta and one at a separate spot across the street. The bodies were discovered after the Cherokee County shooting in which four others were killed. Police have not definitively linked the shootings, but say that the video evidence suggests it's extremely likely. Most of the victims are women of Asian descent. A white moment in a white man are also among the dead. Last week, President Biden used a nationally televised speech to condemn a surge and violence against Asian Americans amid the Corona virus pandemic.
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"News. I'm Noel King, and I'm Steve Inskeep. Some news and President Biden's first foreign policy speech involved a civil war in Yemen. U. S allies, including Saudi Arabia, are involved in that war. Speaking yesterday, Biden said the U. S will engage diplomatically to try to end that war and the U. S. Will also end support for Saudi Arabian offensive operations. There also is the world faces record numbers of people fleeing conflict. Biden plans to increase the number of refugees Who can resettle in the United States. We're joined now by two NPR correspondents who cover these issues. Jackie Northam and Deborah Amos. Good morning to you both Good morning and let's listen to a little bit of what the president had to say about Yemen. This war has to end. And to underscore our commitment. We're ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales. Jackie would you remind us what the U. S involvement Isse? Sure, well, actually just go back with low, But the conflict started about six years ago when you see militias ousted the government of Yemen and took control of the capital, and they have backing from Iran. The Saudis have led a military coalition against the WHO sees and the U. S. Is part of that coalition has been providing logistical support intelligence some targeting, But Steve the war has dragged on. Thousands of civilians have been killed in indiscriminate bombing, and even so, the Trump administration continued to sell weapons to the Saudis. Now Biden is making good on his campaign pledge to get the us out of that war, so no more weapons sales air support, But he's also named a special envoy to UM and Timothy Lender King and, you know, he's a career diplomat long experience in Yemen and the Gulf region. And his task is to revive dormant peace talks and ultimately get a cease fire, which will help get some desperately needed humanitarian aid to Yemen. But I want to think this through the U. S. Has been allied with the Saudis since World War two support for this specific war started in the Obama administration. It didn't start into the Trump administration. Does this change the U. S relationship with the Saudis? You know, this is more about Biden, saying there's a new sheriff in town and one that's going to take a much tougher stand on Saudi Arabia than President Trump. Did you know Trump was really seen a sort of turning a blind eye toe. No human rights abuses and regional bowling by Saudi Arabia, particularly under its crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Biden administration has already said it's freezing the sale of millions of dollars of weapons to the kingdom, and this was a deal that was hammered out in the final days. The Trump Administration. And now, of course, the administration says it's pulling a support for Yemen. But, you know, as you say, Steve, Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally, and there isn't the sense that Biden wants to completely sever the relationship, and in fact, the administration told Saudi leadership in advance that it was going to cut off support for the war because it says it's trying to pursue a policy of no surprises and also, you know, the Biden administration says the U. S. Will continue to sell defensive weapons to support the Saudis. Against missile attacks from Yemen in Iran. No surprises interesting, since the previous administration often did surprise US allies abroad. Now, let's bring Deborah Amos into this conversation because Right After talking about Yemen, the president talked about the refugee problem. Let's listen. We also faced a crisis of more than 80 million displaced people suffering all around the world. United States moral leadership on refugee issues. Was appointed bipartisan consensus for so many decades when I first got here. We shine the light of lamp of liberty on a fresh people. So Deb, how many oppressed people are going to get in now? Well, Biden pledged to raise the cap on refugees at 125,000 in fiscal year. 2020 two's That's October. It's up from 15,000. Where Trump captain this year, you know, President Trump said refugees were a security threat, and one of his first acts was to suspend the program. Biden was a senator in 1980. That's when Congress passed the refugee act on a bipartisan vote. So Biden sees this as a moral obligation for the U. S. And we heard him say that His figure. 125,000 may sound like a lot, but Obama's cap was 110,000 so these air people from around the world and camps and crowded apartment blocks displaced by war. For the first time, But Biden ordered to report on the impact of climate change on forced migration, including opportunities for protection and resettlement. Is it hard, though, to go from 15,000 up to 125,000 so abruptly? Oh, yeah, it's complicated. Biden seemed to say it would start later this year, he was acknowledging that the program has been gutted over the past four years. Steve, There are nine official resettlement agencies. Most are faith based. These are the people that find homes, furniture, school bus schedules, health care, but their budgets have been slashed staff has been cut. Plus, the government has to fund the agencies that do the bulk of the security screenings, those air face to face interviews. Cove. It could also complicate this. So for now, Biden has said all the right things to start the refugee program. It's enough for now. It may not be enough for long, because this is about money and budgets. Well, let's talk about the politics here because the new administration has said it once U. S foreign policy to relate to what Americans need and want, especially the middle class. They want there to be a Political constituency for what Americans do abroad. But here we are talking about refugees and talking about Yemen, where someone might ask what's in this for me, Jackie. How does the announcement in Yemen relate to what the administration wants to do? Well, I think it'll go a long way to help dampen. You know some of the outrage, particularly in Congress about the Yemen war in the U. S role in that bloodshed, but also Saudi Arabia as human rights abuses. You know, activists being detained the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Kasogi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that sparked outrage, You know, not only here in the U. S, but worldwide Trump Administration scene is not taking any action on it on Biden is taking a different path, so I think it'll go a long way these announcements and when you hear Biden say that he wants foreign policy to have political support that seems like a reaction to former President Trump, who attacked refugees and called them a danger as part of his politics. Is there a constituency Deb for resettling more refugees? Yeah, there's a recent Pew study that showed 73% of Americans say taking in refugees is an important goal. And there's some people who will tell you that the Trump Administration brought so much attention. To this, uh, to this policy that that's why people change their minds. You know, refugees pay their taxes over time they do as well as native born Americans. Many are health care workers. Many are on the front lines of the pandemic. So it is a popular program despite these past four years So you're telling me that former President Trump increased American support for refugees? Deb, Thanks so much. Thank you. That's NPR's Deborah Amos, along with NPR's Jackie Northam, Jackie, thanks to you next week..
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"It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King and I'm Steve Inskeep. It's been a golden age of gardening. People have done a lot of that during the pandemic, with more people working from home and also wanted to grow their own food, which is increased the demand for seeds. Illinois Public media's Dana Cronin, reports, seed companies are struggling to keep up. Steve Larry Moore. It was hoping to triple the size of his garden this year near Bend, Oregon. Once his seed catalog arrived, he started to put his order together. And then he hit a snag added about 60 items. I ordered A third of them or sold out already. Tomatoes, kale, lettuce is sweet corn all gone. He couldn't even get a hold of his favorite zucchini. The Zucchino ramp a contact. That was when I was really looking forward to growing again because it did very well. It's quite unusual gets about. 2 to 3 FT long and curls up in all kinds of interesting shapes. Home gardeners across the country are facing similar problems sourcing seeds for their spring gardens. Last year, nurseries and seed companies saw historic levels of demand and so far this year is no different. The closest before Cove it hit was drained Y two k. Y two K with this little blip compared to this. Nico's. Cavagna is a purchaser for Fed co seeds based in Maine, she says. Since the pandemic Fed Co. Has hired more customer service Reps. Increase the number of daily worker shifts and.
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"I'm Noel King in Washington, D C and I'm David Greene in Los Angeles. Well, President Trump's efforts to overturn the election have failed. But the president will leave office having convinced a lot of his supporters falsely that the election was stolen, and that could have big consequences for the country. It's also having a very dramatic impact on the lives of some individual Americans and to talk about this. We have NPR's miles parks with us. He Has covered voting in this very busy year. Miles. Thanks for being here. Hey, David. Thanks for having me. So you've been digging into some of these conspiracy theories that the president has been pushing over the last month and a half or so, What do you finding Well, The volume is just staggering. Honestly, I reached out to a firm that does data analysis on Internet trends. They're called Zignallabs, and I asked them to look at miss information related specifically to the election. So in the seven or so weeks since Election Day, November, 3rd Signal found more than 40 million, mentions just a vote by mail misinformation alone across the media spectrum, traditional media sources and social media. So to me, this indicates two things one. There are a lot of people in this country who believe this stuff and are sharing it. But the other thing is just how successful Trump has been at creating this whole narrative of election theft. At 40 million number encompasses fact checks as well as misinformation in stories that are true, too, So it's just this loop of disinformation that's being spread. Then it's debunked. And then it just kind of goes back and forth like that. Keeping these storylines alive. It's amazing that 40 million number I mean, you have to think that there's a new impact there when it comes to trust in in our democracy of a lot of people just don't trust the outcome of the election. Believe this stuff. But I'm curious to me. You've been reporting that there's people's lives are being impacted here. Two lives are being impacted here, too. Yeah, it's really easy to forget that behind all of this bureaucracy, there are normal people at every level of these elections with lives and with families and this flood of conspiracy theories is really hitting some of those people hard. One of those people was Eric Coomer. Was an employee at this voting company called Dominion. He's actually gone into hiding for the last month and a half or so. And this week he announced that he's suing the Trump campaign and some of its allies alleging defamation. He talked about his experience with our colleague at Colorado Public Radio, Bente Berglund. Eric Coomer was forced to leave his home one week after the presidential election ended. He's been living in.
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"W N Y. C And thanks It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King in Washington, D C and I'm David Greene in Los Angeles. Good morning. While President Trump now says he has problems with the covert relief Bill Congress passed earlier this week. Here's Trump last night. A few months ago, Congress started negotiations on a new package to get urgently needed help. The American people. It's taken forever. However, the bill they are now planning to send back to my desk is much different than anticipated. It really is a disgrace. Trump is not wrong that it took a long time. Seven months, Republicans and Democrats were divided over how much money should be spent and how it should be spent. President Trump, for his part, was largely absent from negotiations. But then Congress Got it done. So what does the president's late criticism mean here? Well, we start with NPR. White House reporter Aisha Roscoe usual. Good morning. Good morning, so as far as you can tell, what are Trump's issues with this bill? And what is he calling for in terms of changes? And he says the package addresses more than the Corona virus pandemic. But that's because it's tied to a spending bill, which funds the federal the entire federal government. So there is a lot in there, and this is actually something that President Trump's team asked for. Trump gives a long list of things he doesn't like in it, including money appropriated for museums, environmental programs and foreign aid. You know, Once again, that's money that's not coming out of Corona virus relief money, but that's money that's coming out from this massive government spending bill. Um, but you know, as for what he wants change, he specifically says he wants largest stimulus checks. Negotiators had agreed to $600 Here's more from Trump. I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low. $600 to $2000 or $4000 for a couple. I'm also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill. Or else the next administration will have to deliver a covert relief package. His overall point is that there's too much money for special interests and not enough for Americans who are struggling. But Trump also called for an extension of this tax break for businesses that entertain climate clients that restaurants the so called three martini lunch tax break, But critics say that would benefit executives and not hurting restaurants. So is he actually going to try and and stop this bill at this late stage, and if he wants to do that, can he actually stop the filth? This late stage it is on his desk, and he did not. He notably did not use the word veto in the V in the video Congress actually passed, it would veto proof majorities. A big question now is whether Republicans on the Hill will feel pressure to make some changes or to try to bend to Trump's demand somehow. All right. NPR White House reporter I used to Roscoe Force this morning. I should thanks so much. Thank you. And on the line with us now a Senate Democrat who helped to get this deal done. Chris Coons of Delaware. Good morning, Senator. Good morning, Doyle. What do you think of the president calling for changes after Congress spent seven months working toward this moment? No. Well, I'm I'm just I'm just speechless. It is Yet another example of how President Trump has Engaged the role of president He stayed out of these negotiations for weeks. He did not press for a bigger package. In the final days before it was enacted. And once the bill has finally been passed by the House and Senate, and the entire Congress has gone home. He announces he wanted a bigger bill then Republicans were willing to accept in the Senate. Remind you a few days ago. Before this happened, We passed our annual defense authorization bill, which provides a pay increase for our troops and funds. Wronger Cyber security. That Bill President Trump has specifically threatened to veto because it doesn't do something that's not directly relevant to the fence, but that he wants to do to social media companies. So we already had a veto threat on the table We don't know is pointed out hang on as I used to point to have. The president like very notably did not use the word veto in the video last night. Uh, do you have any real concern that he could take this bill? Yes, he could tank the bill. One of the challenges of legislating in the Eric Trump has been. We never really know what he's going to do right up until he does it. And because Congress has now gone home to their districts and states all over the country, it's not easy to bring us back. I think we should call his bluff and by offering to pass by unanimous consent, which can be done without all the members of Congress presents and increase to the dollar around. He's asking for Democrats would support this. Let's see if Republicans will. Well, yeah, this is interesting is some Democrats have responded to the president's argument that direct payments should be $2000 to give people more money. Nancy Pelosi came out on Twitter and said, and I quote, Let's do it. It sounds like you agree, and it sounds like you think many Democrats would agree. Look. Democrats who control the House passed a much larger stimulus, a much larger covert relief bill months and months ago, It was in the Senate that the Republican majority leader And the carcass that he leads refused to take up a bill that was higher than 500 million, and it took weeks of disciplined engagement by a bipartisan group of eight senators to get us to this point. Last night, I texted two of my Republican colleagues. Folks I've worked with to get bills into this package to say seriously, Do you seriously think your president our president is going to veto this bill? And I got a little dots. Little does little dots. And after a few minutes, I have no words for one of the other senators. I was gonna ask you. What do the little dots tell you? No one wanted to give you an answer. It just didn't know what to say. OK, because this is not the last relief bill will need, But it is the bill we need right.
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"Now, 6 35. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King in Washington, D C and I'm David Greene in Los Angeles. NPR has new data this morning. It reveals that some states finally are catching up on covert testing, and that is crucially important at a time when the virus is spreading faster than ever, also killing record numbers of people. We've been tracking the data in partnership with Harvard and Brown University's and NPR's. Rob Stein is here to tell us about it, Rob. Good morning. Good morning, David. So how much better have these testing levels gotten in the U. S? You know, things have gotten way better. There are lots more tests out there these days. You know, people could even test themselves at home now. More than 234 Million tests have now been done. And the U. S. Is doing about two million tests a day now, so big improvements I mean, early on, you were talking about the standards we needed to sort of meat for the amount of testing is is this enough now? Can we say So, according to the new analysis, this team at Harvard and Brown just did for NPR. The U. S is finally just about hitting the target for the very basic amount of tested needed nationally. That's testing everyone who has symptoms and at least two other contacts that would be about two million test today. But they're too big caveats about that number one. There's still a lot of variation around the country. According to this analysis, 12 States Plus the District of Columbia are finally doing enough of that kind of testing. Air Alaska, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York organ in Vermont, and about another nine are very close. Okay, you You definitely listed far fewer than 50 states. There. It sounds like there's a lot of variation. Yeah. Yeah, So the remaining 29 states aren't even close and the second big caveat. This a big one is that two million test today is far below what's really needed, And that's a test lots of people without symptoms because you know, there are huge reason the virus is spreading so fast. I talked about this with doctors. She's Josh. He's the dean of the Brown School of Public Health. We know that about half the spread happens for people who have no symptoms at all. And that has been the Achilles heel of our entire disease. Outbreak control is that we've really never had a strategy for how to identify asymptomatic people. So how much more testing do we need to spot people who don't have symptoms? Rob? So, according to this analysis, the U. S would need at least six million tests a day and a very bare minimum that would test 20% of students and teachers in K through 12 every week..
How A Cybersecurity Firm Uncovered The Massive Computer Hack
"David Greene in Los Angeles. And I'm Noel King in Washington, D C. Good morning. How should the U. S government respond to a computer hack that breached both government networks and private companies? Most cyber security experts think Russia is responsible for the Hack and NPR's national security correspondent Craig Marie has been talking to some of them. Good morning, Greg. Good morning. No. Well, perhaps most importantly, is the half over. Absolutely not. It's still ongoing and we're continuing to learn details. We've heard now that the Treasury Department hack occurred in July, and like other government departments, this was just uncovered in recent days. Email of top officials was hacked, though apparently not. The account of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, also no evidence that classified systems were breached. This information has come from Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, who was briefed on the matter and we can expect this kind of information to sort of dribble out in the weeks and months ahead. As government agencies and private companies go through their computer networks. But clearly much of this is going to fall on the Biden administration to make sure the hack inside government computer networks is over that there's clear attribution on who did it and then to decide how to respond. These major breaches have happened before. Does the government have a strategy to deal with them? No, absolutely not. Again. There are no rules or red lines are clear consequences for adversaries who get caught Now, today what we end up seeing is lots of hand wringing and ultimately some sort of limited responses. Right now, With this current hack. We're seeing wrestling over the definition. Some members of Congress called this an act of war. Now, cyber experts and the intelligence community do see it is a big deal but more along the lines of traditional espionage, albeit on a massive scale. I spoke about this with P. W singer cyber expert at the New America think tank. This was not an act of war. This is more cold War style back and forth espionage stealing of secrets. That's why you've seen the reaction from the intelligence community to be a mix of Oh, my God. What just happened? And Gosh, we got a tip the hat to them. What a coup for them. So if there is no clear way to respond, Greg what of the range of options here? Traditional spying might generate public criticism, kicking out suspected spies, perhaps, um, sanctions, But when this has happened, it really hasn't changed the behavior of Russia. Any other adversaries they still seek. Hacking is a low cost high return proposition. Singer says the U. S can and needs to do much more and should create deterrence in two ways gave a boxing analogy, saying US needs to punch back harder and also develop more resiliency to absorb the growing number of cyber blows. Make the parallel to Mike Tyson. You don't hit him because he'll punch you back in the face vs Mohammad Ali rope a dope right through resilience where you don't hit me because it just won't work out for you. What else do we know? So we know that the government and private companies were both hacked. What do we know about the private companies? We haven't heard that much from them. Have we? No, that's right. But we are hearing more of the hackers clearly targeted. Many tech companies in this makes a lot of sense. They hackers Coley want these cutting edge cyber tools that these companies have, so presumably the hackers can use them themselves. And the first organization to detect this hack two weeks ago was fire I, a prominent cyber security firm, Fireeye CEO Kevin Mandia spoke with NPR's all things considered yesterday. And he said, these hackers were extremely sophisticated, and once they got into the system, they carried out an operation that was specifically designed to attack fire. I he realized very early on as they launch their own investigation that this was a level of tradecraft he'd never seen before. And he said the scale of this hack really drives home the need for a strong national cyber policy. It's time this nation comes up with some doctrine on what we expect Nations rules of engagement to be And what will our policy or proportional response beat of folks who violate that doctrine Because Right now. There's absolutely in escalation in cyberspace. It just seems astonishing that we don't yet have the doctrine in the year. 2020. The US, however, does have a lot of cybersecurity might what is preventing us from using it more effectively? No. Well, you're still seeing a lot of things that are in the works. Homeland Security Cyber Agency was just launched in 2018 and focused on the elections this year. And and by all accounts, did I did I did a good job. Right now, There's the military authorization bill on the president's desk waiting to be signed. It has money for additional cyber upgrades, and by all accounts, you're seeing a lot more cooperation between the government and private tech companies. But this country is losing huge sums of money due to the cyber attacks. And a couple years ago, the N S a director Paul Marcus, Sony was at his confirmation hearing. And he was asked if adversaries fear the U. S and cyberspace, he said the answer is absolutely not. MPR's Greg Marie, Thanks so much, Greg. My pleasure. America's hospitals are really
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"During a pandemic. So what happened most things that the changes that we experience this year could actually provide kind of a framework or baseline for how voting happens in the state going forward what we learned from the 2020 election and how it might be. Future voting in the Golden State that's coming up on the California report. First up at 5 51 also heard at 6 51 on KQED Public radio, where it's seven after three. Good morning. I'm Michel ST It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King, and I'm David Greene. Good morning. President. Trump's former national security adviser, is appealing to his fellow Republicans. John Bolton wants them to abandon President Trump and admit the reality that he lost the election. He spoke to Steve Inskeep. Bolton is a polarizing figure he entered. The Trump administration is a deeply experienced diplomat who was often criticized for hawkish policies. By the time he left the administration, he was portrayed as more mainstream that his boss He's always had many supporters among Republicans in Congress, and he says he wants to address those fellow Republicans. The arguments the Trump and his campaign or making on the conspiracy to deny him re election is this conspiracy is so vast And so successful that apparently there's no evidence of it. Some Senate Republicans have said it's time for the president to cooperate with his inevitable transition. If you have called out the president for lying on television that he won or for the false conspiracy theories and disinformation he has spread for months and agency of the Department of Homeland Security yesterday declared this election quote the most secure in American history. And so for his fellow Republicans Bolton as a warning. Donald Trump has one paramount interest in life, and that's Donald Trump, whereas the party has higher interest, the country and the party. Why is someone like Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, apparently going along with that. McConnell has defended the president's right to go to court, which is fine, but it's also declined to acknowledge the results. The election well, I can't speak to anybody's motivation, but my point is, it's a truism to say people have a right To avail themselves of appropriate election law remedies. There's no doubt about that. But does it make sense? Is it prudent? Does it help the country and the answer is if the president has evidence And has arguments to overcome the majority's against him in key states. Then where are they? What is it? You want your fellow Republicans to do, then acknowledge the reality. Biden is the president elect. They may not like it, but the country deserves to give him the preparation. He needs a gracious president who kept the country's interest first. Would acknowledge that is there evidence for your point of view and the fundraising emails that the president's campaign has set out and these air fundraising emails that appeal for money for the President's Legal defense fund. But then the fine print says the money goes first to his personal political action committee, then to the Republican Party, and only then if there's some left over would go to any legal defense. Now I know that's been reported, and it's typical. This is kind of a con game and it's unfortunate that people are going to think they're contributing to Legal Defense fund. Honestly, what they should be contributing to is the campaigns for the Republican nominees for the two Senate run offs and Georgia. It's very interesting, though, Ambassador You mentioned the upcoming Senate runoff races, two races that will decide control of the U. S. Senate. It's been widely presumed that Republican Party leaders have been reluctant to criticize the president because they want the party unified for those run offs. The two Republican candidates have both made a baseless demand that the Republican secretary of state in Georgia resigned because of completely undefined problems with the election. It seems that some of your fellow Republicans are making a political calculation that it's good for them to promote conspiracy theories. Well, I'm not going again. I can't speak to any particular individual. But all I'm saying is that Showing disagreement with the president is not fatal to your political future. I'm not asking anybody to climb Mount Suribachi and plant the American flag on top of it. I'm just saying, for example. Agree that Biden and keep people on his transition team should have full access to intelligence briefings agree that at least on the National Security Agency's The individual transition teams at the State Department, the Defense Department, the intelligence community can begin their work. It's good, prudent planning for the benefit of the country, and I think, stressing that Helps separate Republicans from the negative aspects of the trump presidency that are only going to cause us enormous harm down the road. If we allow the Democrats and you'll forgive me for saying so, but many in the media Try and portray Trump as equivalent to the Republican Party. That is a false equivalency that we need to start demonstrating isn't that what actually has been demonstrated in recent years, Though ambassadors so money rank and file Republican voters are with the president and a great many of them according to polls or with the president in claiming fraud without evidence. Well, I think that's in part because many other Republican leaders are not telling the facts and I think until Republican leaders do that, Ah, lot of people will be very disappointed when the so far completely baseless claims. Run up against reality in a court of law. I think that's where the rhetoric that we're seeing is going to disappear. But the longer that takes, ultimately, I think the more damage that will do the party how much damage if at all, is the president doing to national security by firing the defense secretary and making other key personnel moves and national security agencies in the days since the election? Well, there's absolutely no justification to firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who's done a great job, no excuse for firing many of his subordinates and the idea that decapitating the national security leadership of the country. Is going to do anything other than satisfied. Donald Trump's personal pique is unclear to me, and there's simply no reason that people need to accept it or feel any obligation to defend it..
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"From NPR News. I'm Noel King, and I'm David Greene. When all of the votes from last week's election are accounted, they'll be counted again. In some states, Georgia's secretary of state has announced that every one of the nearly five million ballots will be reviewed again. My hand. This comes as the Trump campaign's legal strategy to overturn the president's loss keeps crashing onto the rocks and let's bring in NPR's Miles parks, who covers voting miles. Good morning. Hey, David. Let's start with Georgia. I mean, Joe Biden of 14,000 vote lead. They're talking about hand counting $5 million. What are the chances that this recount could change the result? Seems very doubtful. At this point. There is usually a shift a slight shift in the vote tally from this sort of hand recount, but it's not usually very big. The voting nonprofit group Fair Vote did a report on this recently. They found that since 2000 have been 31 statewide recounts, just three of those have actually overturned the results. But more importantly than that is the amount. The vote margins got changed in those three that got overturned. Margins changed by 390 votes, 239 votes and 400 votes. All three of those numbers a lot smaller than 14,000 votes, which is Joe Biden's currently Let's talk about some of the things we've been hearing from the president and his allies. I mean, they have made these claims that people were kept out of counting centers. People in eligible to vote of cast ballots. They're suggesting wide scale fraud took place we've talked about. They're just being no evidence of this kind of stuff. You've been digging in the and doing reporting. What are you learning? Right. I mean, my reporting hasn't turned any of these allegations into truths. You know, there's so many accusations flying around right now. It's kind of hard to keep them all straight, but generally their allegations based on one person's account with no corroborating evidence, and it's important note that these air completely unoriginal accusations. You know, ballots arriving in the middle of the night. Dead people on ineligible people voting. I talked to Chris Thomas, who oversaw Michigan's elections for both Republican and Democratic state administrations. For decades, he said. The claims are the same sorts. He's been hearing his entire career but which have never actually been proven out. This is all being spoon fed as if it's gospel, and it's not and as the society has separated into its camps. It's clear that even when things are debunked and found to be false That that is often not accepted. He also said election officials have this really patriotic attitude about their jobs about not having their thumb on the scale one way or the other. So it's kind of insulting to them when they're accused of cheating after working this hard to make this election happen in a pandemic, no less. Yeah, I'm glad you brought that up. I mean, they really do seem like the unsung heroes in this election, pulling this off in a moment like this. Let me just ask you the trump campaign. All of these lawsuits, Miles and in many states, many of the states that gave Biden his victory. It sounds like they're just not going anywhere. Is that right? Is it fair to say Yeah, If your definition of success is you getting ballots thrown out or changing vote counts, the campaign has been completely unsuccessful. So far, I talk to Josh Douglas about that. He's an election law expert, The University of Kentucky and what he said was. Basically the campaign has not supplied the facts to back up their claims..
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"Dot org slash it's morning edition from NPR news I'm Noel king and David Greene back in February the centers for disease control and prevention mounts a plan to contain the corona virus before it got out of control in the United States right so at that point most people couldn't get tested because there weren't enough tests the CDC's plan was that six cities would get the tests they need and they would test even people with mild symptoms see if they were infected and they can determine if the virus was spreading the problem was the CDC was really slow an NPR investigation found the project took more than a month to get going in some cities so what happened well let's ask NPR science correspondent Lawrence summers who has been looking into that question hi Lauren the morning so remind us first how this was supposed to work yes these cities and the ones the CDC announced in mid February where Chicago Los Angeles New York San Francisco and Seattle with Honolulu added a little bit later they all work with the CDC already to track the flu so the idea was to piggy back on that system and run some of those flu samples from patients for corona virus too it's what's known as Sentinel surveillance video as a test patients with mild symptoms who didn't meet the CDC guidelines for testing at the time I mean remember this was early on when corona virus testing was extremely limited yeah that's because most states they couldn't run the CDC's tests in February because of problems with the test kits so there was a lot of concern that if people are getting corona virus in their communities it would go undetected because almost nobody could get a test but even a month after the CDC announces only one of those cities actually had any test results from the surveillance projects muscles just wasn't getting up and running at all in the way was expected so so talk about talk about what was behind these delays yeah and it's a good city to look at his Los Angeles county health officials there were in discussions with the hospital to do this testing but the hospital's board declined actual over concerns it would stigmatize the hospital if it was found there because remember when there was only one case in the county at the time testing only got underway when another hospital reached out LA county USC Medical Center felt like they were flying blind they told me not being able to test my patience they ran the surveillance testing which showed corona virus was spreading in the community that was information that officials used they put in one of the earliest orders in the country for residents to stay home which happened three days after the testing wrapped up so what what was happening in these other cities yeah I mean most forget also struggling to get it going you know for example New York City they didn't get results from the Sentinel testing until March thirty first now I couldn't get more information about why it took so long I mean the city is obviously overwhelmed right now but at that point the surveillance was just too late to be useful there are already forty thousand cases Seattle tried to get going in February by using an academic lab but the CDC didn't approve it at the time and it took another month to get started after that so learning I know there's no way to really know but the can we speculate about what differences might have made if if this testing it got going when it's supposed to yeah I mean it's hard to say of course I asked the CDC that they said they didn't think it would have made a difference and the delays were happening because it was an entirely new drivers they were dealing with but from what I found it's clear that having this hard data that the community spread was happening it really spurred some cities to act and according to epidemiologists you know weeks even days made a difference in the places that had those early or stay at home orders they seem to have done better and avoided having their medical systems be overwhelmed and if your science reporter Loren summer learn thanks a lot thanks so as we know nurses are regularly risking their lives to treat coronavirus patients yep in a union that represents many of those nurses just released.
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"Edition from NPR news I'm Noel king and David Greene across the country people are staging protests against shutdown orders now these protests have been relatively small but the protesters have been drawing inspiration from many places and that includes fox news is imperative for conflict reports this is fueling a fresh wave of criticism of the network so much so the fox news's president privately tried to rein in his stars on Monday there are few major media outlets more devoted to the fortunes of president trump and fox news as trump has blasted governor sitting down restrictive policies to combat the pandemic so his facts they want to keep us locked in our homes they want to keep us away from churches and synagogues they want to make sure we don't go back to work and there's fox's Jeanine Pirro a trump ally adviser in fan slamming governors mostly Democrats at that and egging on the people protesting against them they don't get it the American spirit is too strong and Americans are not going to take it public health officials say the corona virus can easily be spread by people packed together like say a protest fox hosts like Sean Hannity Tucker Carlson and others have cheered the protests usually from the safety of their own home studios you have done so without explicitly noting the risks involved take fox and friends as Brian Kilmeade announcing future spots with the precision of a train conductor guests were also protesting the protesting in Kentucky Ohio North Carolina and Virginia and as more more states go online and get their rights back that is going to fuel I believe other states to go wait a second this is getting ridiculous so what fox does is it takes this very small phenomenon and not only amplifies it gives it a particular political meaning to call hammers a Columbia University scholar who studies conservative media she says the protests are about a lot of things including gun and property rights issues but on fox their way to channel support for president under siege it lets people know that there are upcoming rallies much like we saw back in the day of the tea party as a way of not just throwing light on what's happening amplifying it these protests but also encouraging them as well the liberal watchdog group media matters found fox spent six hours covering the protests over the past week despite drawing relatively small crowds other researchers say what fox does on the year has consequences the media can have significant effects on behavior Harvard graduate student Akash Rao is a part of a team of academics studying how messages in the media affect public health outcomes they're scrutinizing fox news's primetime closely these days and how that might influence viewers you know when people are missing for the shows if they hear suggestions from the anchors then you know they'll take their suggestions into account whether the suggestions are about hand washing or social distancing or your attending public gatherings fox has gotten pushback publicly from critics but it's also stirred some internal friction on Monday fox news president Jay Wallace sent around a memo directing journalists to remind the public on the air that for those who do protest social distancing is a must that's according to someone with direct knowledge shortly after fox host Harris Faulkner interrupted fox news contributor Mike Huckabee's soaring tribute to the protesters well I think the key is understanding that they're not protesting social distancing they're not protesting wearing masks are not protesting taking good care and washing hands and doing those things what they're protesting answer forget because a few demonstrators were shown on screen at that very moment clustered together in bunches mostly without masks even so later that night fox news primetime star Laura Ingram sing the protester places once more landing right back where she and fox had started David Folkenflik NPR news this is NPR news more morning edition just ahead on this Wednesday morning the time now for a fifty ten before five o'clock Joe McConnell here with traffic talking again about that tanker truck it's in a precarious position in the East Bay hi John hi Michael it's been there a couple hours now Sussex city Koopman before highway eighty four the right lane the offramp still closed down it was a tanker truck loaded with about sixty five hundred gallons of fuel that ran off the road they did have all lanes blocked but you can't get through now on five eighty eastbound past the tool five Tracy split at Patterson pass there's a report of a new crash there possible vehicle overturned on the right shoulder eight eighty north bound near to thirty eight south at two thirty eight close to the willing over Kalu willing over crossing it's a report of some debris in the lanes account.
Trump tells governors to expect new social distancing guidelines
"President trump is telling governors his administration is working on new social distancing guidelines as NPR's Frank or donors explains trump reiterated that he wants to open more sectors of the U. S. economy by Easter the president wrote in a letter that the new guidelines will help states make decisions about maintaining increasing a relaxing social distancing measures based on data collected by the administration counties will be categorized as high risk medium risk or low risk his letter echoes comments by advisor Dr Anthony Fauci who told NPR's Noel king the increase testing could help lesser impacted communities trace and isolate cases there are many many many more tests that are out there now than they were just a few weeks ago it was somewhat of a slow start but we're in the process of rather clearly correcting that the sound she added they still need more data to make informed
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"I'm Noel king. And I made to Martin former vice president, Joe Biden wants praise for being someone who can find common ground. The problem is the example he chose to site at a fundraiser Tuesday night, Biden, highlighted his collaboration with two US senators, who supported segregation and other racist policies. Biden's rivals for the democratic nomination have come down hard on him as a result. But the former vice president says he's not going to apologize, might the set the front runner back. I head of the first round of debates we're gonna ask NPR political correspondent, Scott detro- who's in the studio. Hi. Scott morning. First off. Can you just give us the broader context for what Joe Biden said that has caused the stir? Yeah. He was making a point of this fundraiser about how he's been criticized for trying to work with Republicans, and he, he brought up this working relationship, he had with Mississippi, Senator James Eastland. Georgia's Senator Herman Talmadge they were Democrats, but they were staunch segregationist. That's the say they pushed for policies. That kept people separated based on race. And they oppose things like civil rights legislation talking about Eastland in particular Biden said he never called me. Boy, he always called me son. He also said, at least there was some civility, we got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done Eastland in particular wasn't unapologetically, racist, lawmaker, there, some really shocking quotes from him during the Montgomery bus boycott talking about Martin Luther King, and other markers. And very graphic terms and actually talking about abolishing the African American race. Those are the words he us. Wow. So he wants praise for collaborating with these lawmakers, his democratic rivals in the race for the White House have come down pretty hard on him. Yeah. Cory Booker was was one of the first fellow candidates to come out with some criticism. This was this was a little bit surprising on one hand because Booker is not really a democrat who goes on tack against other Democrats that have not. Apprising because Cory Booker talks about the civil rights movement a lot. It's one of the core things he talks about campaigning for president. So book called for an apology here. He was on CNN with Don lemon. I know that somebody running for president states. Somebody running to be the leader of our party should know that using the word boy in the way he did can cost hurt and pain, and we need a presidential nominee and leader of our party to be sensitive to that, California Senator, comma Harris, another black candidate in the race on Booker and Harris or two of just three African American US senators said this at the capitol have a.
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"Noel king. And I'm Rachel Martin. Good morning. We're going to focus in now on the consequences of remarks that President Trump made this week in an ABC news interview anchor George Stephanopoulos, asked the president, if it would be okay in the future. If his if his campaign accepted, dirt on a political rival from a foreign entity let's listen to a bit of that exchange if somebody called. From a country. Norway. We have information on your own. Oh, I think I'd wanna hear you want that kind of interference in our elections. It's not as deferred. Say have information. I think I'd take it if I thought there was something wrong. I'd go maybe to the FBI, if I thought there was something wrong, Republican, Senator and close Trump ally. Lindsey Graham had this to say though, performed government comes to you, as a public official offers to help your campaign giving you anything today. Would it be money or information on your opponent? The, the right answer is no speaker of the house. Nancy Pelosi says the house will take up legislation that would force candidates to report any such effort to federal law enforcement. Congressman John Sarbanes a democrat from Maryland introduced that measure and he is with us on the line. Good morning. Good morning. What exactly is your Bill designed to do? What's pretty straightforward? It basically says that you have a duty to report. If your contacted by a foreign government foreign national, and they wanna give you. Opposition research, or other campaign related material. You have a duty immediately to report that to thirty and that's all designed to make sure that we're fortifying our democracy in our elections against interference. So it's, it's a very simple straightforward proposal. Obviously, it's going in the opposite direction where the president seems to be going. It's breathtaking that he would our ticket late the position he did the other day. So just to be clear now it is illegal to accept something of value from foreign power in a campaign, direct financial support, for example. But you're Bill is saying, even if you are just offered it, you have to report it to the FBI. Would you currently don't have to do? There is no obligation to do that now. That's correct. It would put an affirmative duty on somebody to report it, which is really a matter of kind of putting our democracy on red alert, which is really what we should be doing based on what happened in two thousand sixteen. We know our intelligence community is indicated. Two thousand sixteen was just address rehearsal for what they expect to happen in two thousand twenty coming from from the Russians and Bob Muller and his report identified all the different ways that they can attack our democracy. So this is saying that you've got to make a report of that if somebody approaches you that I want to ask, how do you draw distinction between information coming from a foreign government and a foreign entity I mean Republicans point to the so-called Steele, dossier were fusion, GPS, and Christopher Steele, who was a former British Intel officer were hired to do opposition research against Donald Trump. Where would that fall under Bill? Pointing in that direction and try to establish also quivalent see here. I mean obviously you wanna be on the alert for anything coming in from a foreign source. But here we're talking about the president United States saying that he would willingly, accept opposition research, coming from the foreign government, and that could include a hostile power. He talked about Norway, but we're concerned about people like Russia like we saw in two thousand sixteen so we're going to push forward with this legislation in the coming weeks to make it absolutely clear that under American law. You have a duty to report that kind of contact and to protect your democracy. It's a matter of basic patriotism, congressman John Sarbanes of Maryland. Thank you. We appreciate your time this morning..
Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce
"Vanessa hall. Harper's seems like one of those people who are always in a hurry always rushing. She walks into the public library in north Tolsma Oklahoma carrying this folder that is completely stuffed with papers. Yeah. This is my bible is huge. Because this about five six inches thick. In that folder is everything that Vanessa hall Harper needed to fight the fight of her life. So it's just everything totally unorganized. Vanessa is from north Tulsa. And there's one issue that's been on her mind for years north Tolson does not have a grocery store. Not one got plenty of churches and liquor stores like most disenfranchised communities Vanessa works in public health. And so she knows that people who live in north Tulsa die twelve years earlier than people who live in south, Tulsa and food is a part of that she decides to run for city council on a platform promising to bring a grocery store to north Toalster. I started noticing that anytime there was any development whatsoever in my community. It was a it was a discount dollar store, and I'm trying to figure out what is going on right dollar stores. They keep popping up in north Tulsa, literally within a few blocks of each other. And they were just popping up popping up pop up. And I was saying this has to have an fit on the ability of a grocery store to come in NBC success. Because even though dollar stores are not grocery stores. They do sell groceries like pasta interior, those things that are horrible for you. Causes diabetes and all those types of things. Yes. Dollar stores. Don't usually sell fruits or vegetables or meat. That is not where the profit is grocer say, they don't make the real money selling carrots and lettuce they make the real many selling twinkies and Cheetos like paper towels and dollar stores, they really only sell those high profit items. So at this point there are already ten dollar stores in Vanessa's district, and then eleventh dollar store is asking to open. So she's like hold on. Let's not approve this just yet. I actually think this is going to make it harder for me to get a grocery store in here. I was a couple of counselors of. Well, there's no studies to show that what you're saying is accurate. I don't need. No damn study. Okay. I have common sense. Hello and welcome to planet money. I'm sarah. And Silas, can I'm Noel king today on the show shoud. We hate dollar stores this year, a brand new dollar store will open up every six hours. There are more than thirty thousand dollar stores in the United States that's more than there are WalMart's. Mcdonald's and CVS stores combined dollar stores are everywhere, and they are setting up in places that no one else will go tiny towns urban areas. So are they filling a need or is the dollar store takeover destroying something? More valuable.
"noel king" Discussed on KCRW
"You can find me at NPR green. Noel king is at Noel king. Rachel Martin is at Rachel NPR. And Steve Inskeep is at NPR. This is NPR news and this is morning edition on KCRW ahead on morning edition. Toledo Ohio striking water from lake eerie, but that water is often contaminated with blooms of toxic algae is full of foam. Green slime, you could put your hands through dead carp that are gasping for air and upcoming referendum could empower Toledo's residents to sue polluters on behalf of the lake that story coming up on morning edition here on KCRW to Dan press play as church attendance declines in America. Hundreds of thousands of people are attending the evangelical mega church hill song. One of the leaders is a supreme wearing Instagram celebrity often people ask about that. Because it's just not used to seeing church where people look like people. So our church we already win because I look just like you have regular. Madeleine brand the rise of a star-studded Instagram friendly evangelical church today one on press play on KCRW. News headlines are next live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Dave Mattingly actor Jesse smell lent is under arrest in Chicago on charges of filing a false. Police report that thirty six year old actor from the FOX series empire turned himself in this morning. NPR's? Matthew Schwartz says small at claims he was attacked last month by two men, whom he described as supporters of President Trump smell Etta told police that two masked men beat him wrapped a rope around his neck made racist, and homophobic, comments and yelled that the gay African American man was in maga- country, a reference to Trump's campaign slogan, but police haven't been able to find any evidence of the attack and on Wednesday. They charged smell at with disorderly conduct for filing a false report. The charges were announced yesterday after two brothers originally described as suspects in the attack testified before. Grand jury President Trump's former campaign adviser Roger stone is due in court today. He could have his bail revoked because of a photo posted on his Instagram account. It showed the judge in his case with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun in the background. Stone has apologized saying he was not trying to threaten judge. Amy berman. Jackson stone has pleaded not guilty to charges that include lying to congress and witness tampering. U S China trade talks continue today in Washington a delegation led by China's vice premier will be meeting with Trump administration officials..
"noel king" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"I'm Noel king. And I'm Steve Inskeep. What's a smart way for Democrats to play their hand? Democrats, of course, control the house now like to pass some bills. They would also like to check President Trump and pave the way for the twenty twenty election. One bold. New voice belongs to Alexandria Cossio Cortes, the freshman lawmaker took a turn on sixty minutes last night and had a conversation with Anderson Cooper, she flatly called the president a racist. I think he's a symptom of a problem. What do you mean, the president certainly didn't invent racism, but he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded and created a platform for those things. Do you believe President Trump is a racist? Yeah. She also talked to a top tax rate of up to seventy percent to pay for a green new deal. Another lawmaker used profanity while talking of impeachment. And then there's the house speaker Nancy Pelosi who's been much more measured saying, for example, that if impeachment ever came would have to be bipartisan Margie, yo Mero is watching all this. She is a democratic strategist hosts a podcast called the pollsters as a regular guest here. Good morning. Good morning. Thanks for coming by Howard, Democrats doing it seizing the conversation. I look I think the swearing in ceremony. The. Incredible diversity and excitement. People felt about the candidates in the newly elected congress was incredibly powerful movement moment that really made Democrats feel very excited energize and look at the things that have happened. What the new democratic majority has been trying to do HR one, which is a a broad Bill that would reform the way elections work would try to take corporate special interest money out of politics would make voting more and elections more fair. There are trying to reopen. The government you've been talking about that this morning, isn't that's obviously an important priority. So I think the things that Democrats are talking about are the things that voters say they want to see done. Well, are there voters on the left side of the spectrum who are clamoring for an impeachment? I you know, I look at it. I think there are a lot of tensions and excitement from some folks are on the left, and I think what voters want to see they feel that government is broken in Washington. Is broken. We have a new poll that's come out this morning. Eighty percent of Americans feel that that Washington government is broken. Or was it only eighty percents, okay? Right. I mean, you have a majority who feel the president lies more than other presidents. You have a majority who feel that the democrat feels that Trump feels that he is above the law that he thinks he's above the law. So there are a lot of people a majority of Americans who are really concerned and exhausted and feel anxious about what's happening right now. Now, let's note that in the election just passed a lot of Democrats did not talk about the president that much. They kind of took a pass on direct shots at the president and tried to talk about their substantive ideas. What they wanted to favor some people notice that Elizabeth Warren over the weekend when she went to IRA, she's doing some preliminary presidential campaigning. She was perceived as generally avoiding saying the president's name unless someone prompted her with a question in a town hall meeting kind of format is it smarter for Democrats to simply play their game pass their bills, even if they're not gonna become law, and and let the president sink or swim on his own. But you have a lot of Republicans. Don't wanna talk about the president either. I mean, you have Senator. Cory Gardner at Colorado. Even no votes with the president almost most of the time trying to distance himself in a couple of ways. So this is something that both parties have have been doing. And I think voters voted for Democrats because they they were interested in protecting. I mean, I did dozens and dozens and focus groups throughout two thousand eighteen and people were talking about the issues. There voters are much more nuanced and complex in how they're approaching this. Then I think the a lotta times we give them credit for let me ask about another thing we have elsewhere in the program today. Jonah Goldberg conservative commentator for national review who observed that the wall this battle over the wall that has led to the government shutdown. It's it's a simple, it's a symbolic debate. And in Jonas view, it's hard to compromise a symbol because how do you give up on symbolism? You can't just cut the difference on the money that the president is asking for a wall. That's a problem for the president. Is it also a problem for Democrats? They can't just say, okay. Take one billion instead of five. Million or whatever because it has become symbolically difficult to agree to something that the speaker of the house calls an immorality. I think that, you know, the president is certainly doesn't have a lot of credibility on issues like immigration with a lot of folks on the left and even with a lot of independent to have strongly strongly opposed his position on things like family separation taking children away from their parents at the border. So I think that's where a lot of this is coming from on immigration specifically, this is also around other issues. There are a lot of voters who can see there is a path where we can come together, and and have reasonable discussions and and come up with policy solutions. And I think that that's what voters want to see the next congress, very, very briefly or Democrats, comfortable just letting this shutdown going on for weeks. I I think that it's it's it's her harmful for voters. It's harmful for everybody. People don't wanna see Washington broken. I think everybody wants to see Washington get-back-to-work merger your Merrill. Thanks so much. Thank you. In October of the year two thousand there was a terror attack on the USS Cole seventeen sailors were killed and dozens more were injured Al Qaeda claimed responsibility. And then President Bill Clinton vowed to go after says it now appears this was an act of terrorism. It was a despicable and cowardly act. We will find out who was responsible. In hold them accountable now more than eighteen years later. US central command confirms that on New Year's day. Jamal Elba Dowie was killed in a precision strike in central Yemen. He was one of the alleged planners NPR's quil Lawrence has the story by Dowie was killed in Marib province, east of the many capital sonata, the alleged al-qaeda operative had been indicted by a US grand jury fifteen years ago, but eluded US custody, even as he was twice imprisoned in Yemen and twice escaped. He was believed to be around fifty five years old similar assassinations have been carried out by armed CIA drones. But Centcom officials offered no further. Details of the Badawi strike, the US government had a five million dollar bounty on his head the attack on the USS Cole coming a year before nine eleven would later be seen as an unheeded warning that Al Qaeda's network of extremists was capable of inflicting serious damage on the US military using asymmetrical tactics to. Suicide bombers in a small boat motored alongside the US destroyer as it refueled in the harbor of Aden. They detonated a thousand pound bomb that ripped open the hull killing and wounding dozens at the time. Yemen was relatively stable American ally. Today, the country is riven by civil war and famine with the US supporting Saudi Arabia's deadly air campaign against Iranian-backed rebels. But Dowie organize the logistics of the attack from Yemen. But the alleged mastermind of the Cole bombing Abdelrahim on the Sheree is in American custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he faces charges before a military tribunal which carry the death penalty. President Trump tweeted praise of the military and said, quote, our work against al-qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against radical Islamic terrorism. But Washington has delivered a mixed message about whether it will continue fighting the Islamic state group in Syria after President Trump had signalled his intent to pull out. US troops quil Lawrence NPR news..
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"I'm Rachel Martin. And I'm Noel king morning Bennett. College need to raise five million dollars in about four weeks. The North Carolina school is one of the few historically black women's colleges in the US for years. It has struggled financially and last month the regional body that accredits colleges decided to revoke Bennett's accreditation. The college is appealing the decision and working to raise money Phyllis worthy. Dawkins is the colleges president. She's on the line with me now. Good morning. Good morning. Why is Bennett in such financial trouble? Well for a number of years, and I would take it back to the market crashed in two thousand eight followed by the issues, we had in higher education regards to the parent plus loan the issues we had at that time in two thousand nine and two thousand ten with the pale and that was at the time just before the market crash when they had a record enrollment, and we built three new buildings on campus south from there with the market crash and the other issues are jets rage enrollment started to decline and tell the problem we have now has taken years. And so while we did well with our record audit a last year and increasing enrollment we just had one good year that showed them. We're splitting going forward and making changes on campus. But that's basically what happened. So. So crediting bodies Abbadi sided for financial resources. Recharge it. So basically something that has gone on for a number of years starting with the financial crisis. A lot of institutions you've launched a major fundraising drive. How is that going? It's lonely. Sean, a good return on investment in our social media campaign. So far, we ranged over a million dollars towards the five million. So we've out twenty nine days out from the February I didn't line. And so we we stepping up efforts derided different ways to raise those funds. I wanna give you an opportunity to tell our listeners. What you think Bennett college has to offer students that other schools don't. Well, I would just say they've been in college producers phenomenal women straw women. African American women and women of color who become leaders in their fields across North Carolina, the nation and the world and the women are wrapped in in a sisterhood sisterhood that promotes mentoring promotes social Justice and advocacy work in the community along history of your students being involved in the civil rights movement as well, just briefly, what are you telling current students and prospective students. I'm telling them first of all to return before they left are during exam week. I had a town hall meeting with them and the students overwhelmingly place to return also asked us to talk asked to help fundraise in charge of fundraising. We ask him. People to get on our website at WWW dot Bennet dot EDU slash donate Phyllis worthy. Dawkins is president of.
Examining Whether The GOP Tax Cuts Are Working Out
"It has been one year since the Republican controlled congress, slashed corporate and personal tax rates the promises and boasts at the time assured years of economic growth, this is the kind of tax reform and tax cuts that get our economy growing to reach its potential this gets us better wages, bigger paychecks. And ultimately, what does it mean? It means jobs jobs jobs jobs that was President Trump preceded by outgoing house speaker Paul Ryan. So how are things going today? The economy is still strong with growth topping four percent in one quarter of two thousand eighteen and unemployment remains at a near fifty year low, but how much of that has to do with those tax cuts. Noel king put that question to Richard Rubin. He covers tax policy for the Wall Street Journal a year after the tax cut took effect. Where do we stand we've gotten some of what we would expect in some of what the proponents had hoped for? I think we've seen some increased investment. But a decelerated some in the third quarter. We've seen unemployment continue to drop, but it was already on the way there we've seen people have more money in their pockets. And so we've seen some economic growth particularly in the short run because people had money to spend as their paychecks got bigger in the first part of the year from the individuals out of the tax cuts. And now what we're looking forward to really see is is that going to last is they're going to be not just a one time bump from people having money in their pockets and spending. But is there going to be the kind of sustain prolonged economic boom with three percent growth year after year after year that the administration says as possible, and that most economists were pretty skeptical of the ability of this tax law and other administration policies to get the US economy their system, wait and see here. Some of the effects are clear. They're bigger budget deficits, it was a large tax cut and people will feel that on the individual side as they as they're filing their returns in the coming, months and. One of the thing. I'd add is that companies are still trying to figure this out about what incentives. They have a lot of the pieces of this law are really complicated, particularly on international taxation, and treasury department has been putting out tons and tons of regulations over the course of two thousand eighteen and companies are still really trying to grapple with that to understand exactly what the new incentives are. And what you've seen from company so far is they've really they've done a lot of share buybacks. We saw that early in the year and continuing throughout throughout the year companies had free money, and they bought back their own shares and we've seen some additional investment, but not necessarily as much as the administration had hoped. You mentioned a trend that we've been seeing in which companies that got the tax break used some of the extra money that they had to buy back their stock, and that raised eyebrows. Why is that well raised eyebrows? Because it's not a direct investment. It's you know, it's it really is trying to prop up share price. It's trying to help investor. Offers you send some companies do dividends as well. But counterarguments that would be this that more money to investors than companies that might want investment might have the need for investment can get money from those investors, but but the buybacks had become a political football for sure because the opponents of the tax law can easily point to them and say, look, the people who are benefiting here are really the shareholders. It's not the employees which this was supposed to benefit. I would say two things about that one. Is that an employee's for sure we're supposed to benefit from the corporate tax cuts. But that was going to take time. It was the the causal chain that which talked about of tax cut and then investment and the productivity growth, and then hiring was never going to be a one year proposition. And then on top of that. Of course, employee's are getting tax cuts on the individual side as well. That was Richard Rubin of the Wall Street Journal talking with our co host Noel king.
NPR, President Trump and White House discussed on Morning Edition
"Coleman President Trump's action to strip the. Security clearance a former c. i. director. John Brennan is facing severe criticism Virginia democratic Senator Mark Warner says the White House. Appears to be fixated on the federal. Fraud trial of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and revelations in secret tape recordings from fired White House staffer this is a White House it feels under. Siege because of, the president's, former campaign manager's trial, and obviously. Some of the issues. With his four staffer Omarosa This. Is an. Attempt to distract the American public from those items at this White House faces on. A daily basis John Brennan has sharply criticized Trump the president. Told the Wall Street Journal that he blames. Brennan for special counsel Robert Muller's Russia investigation and said he had to do something about, that Trump didn't offer any evidence that. Could prove,
How One Boy's Fight With Epilepsy Led To The First Marijuana-Derived Pharmaceutical
"It's morning edition from NPR news I'm. David green and I'm Noel king good morning the first medication derived from. Marijuana could be in pharmacies as early, as this fall the FDA recently approved it to treat two types. Of epilepsy cake Leslie mcclurg has. The story of one family's quest to get this drug Evelyn Nissenbaum used to watch her, son Sam suffer through one, hundred seizures a day when they, were bad they were once every three minutes Dan was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was four years old when it did ever seizures. Sort of everything went black kind of. For about twenty seconds just long enough to tumble down a. Flight of stairs at, his house in Berkeley plunge into a dinner plate crack head on window I don't, remember a lot of it really doctors tried nearly two dozen different medications to treat Sam nothing worked long term and the side effects for many were. Severe full body rashes fits of rage strange Fficials a Hillis name that my folks sheets came to life. In that holes in my body seven exhausting years passed and. Then Evelyn came across the study using. Cannabis dial. Or CBD to successfully treat seizures in rats CD is an extract from the cannabis. Plant that doesn't make you high and I thought my son needs. Access to that I gotta get this she dug around and found a. British pharmaceutical company that was making highly, concentrated CBD for multiple sclerosis patients the company agreed to let Sam. Try the drag in the UK. Under a doctor's supervision for two weeks after Wedneday his seizures were down to thirty after, two days they were down, to ten after three days he, had one seizure Sam is now seventeen the drugs still works and he doesn't have any side effects for the past six years the. FDA has allowed what's called a compassionate. Use for Sam along the way hundreds of other patients have. Tried the drug in. Clinical trials which eventually led to its recent FDA approval the brand name for the CBD drug is EPA dialects this is. What everyone asked about Dr Joe Sirven isn't Arale just at the mayo. Clinic in Arizona this almost had like instant name. Recognition he says his. Patient's read about EPA dialects studies on social media and then they'd begged to try it it showed. Really, really great results particularly with certain larger seizures the big convulsions now many patients are using CBD from marijuana dispensaries but, these aren't regulated and the dose inconsistency can vary. Widely still serving doesn't necessarily recommend switching I, would never change it. If it's working for. You if it's not thou here's an option EPA dialects isn't right for everyone it only. Reduces seizures in about thirty percent of epilepsy patients and the drug can cause. Side effects like fatigue nausea diarrhea rashes insomnia and it's not on the market just yet I the Drug. Enforcement Administration needs to reclassify CBD it's. Currently, a schedule one drug meaning at the legal, under federal law that's expected to happen by early fall so once that's, done it could potentially. Be in Walgreens or Rite Aid but there are still. Big holes there, are, big gaps in. The price has not been announced. Yet you will need a prescription and you Zimbabwe's insurance companies, may not cover EPA dialects it looks like we, were, for, ten, bottles, here for now San still gets his drugs at, the investigational pharmacy at UC San Francisco Their from please Someday Sam hopes he's the one prescribing EPA dialects wanna be. An, epilepsy doctor I the seventeen year old is going to get. His driver's license he was just cleared to get. Behind the wheel he hasn't had a seizure in more than two years for NPR news unless they mcclurg. In San Francisco so if you've ever been, on a diet but you didn't, lose the weight you had hoped to lose your gut bacteria might be part. Of the, problem NPR's Alison Aubrey reports on how the microbes in our guts may either help or. Hinder weight loss this is kind of an odd thing, to think about but the bacteria that live in our guts can actually do. Us a favor they eat. What we can't Martin Blaser is a professor at NYU. Langone medical, center he says consider what happens when we, eat an apple we digest, most of it but there's a certain part of the apple that. Can't be absorbed we don't have the right enzymes to digest every, bit of it but are bacteria can after the bacteria consume, what we can't, they Produce, byproducts that we can digest and that's another source of calories. For, us somewhere between five and fifteen percent of all our calories. Come from that kind of digestion where the microbes. Are providing energy for us that we we couldn't ordinarily get and times were bad if we were starving. We would really welcome that but these days, when many people want to lose, weight we may not want these extra calories the microbes give us researchers at. The mayo, clinic in Minnesota wanted to know if they could identify certain types of bacteria that might. Influence the success of dieting Purna cash up a gastroenterologist, helped to lead the study it included people who were enrolled in a one. Year lifestyle program they were. Counseled to follow a low calorie diet and agreed to. Be monitored, closely we started with the premise that people, have different microbial make-up's in, the in the gut and that good insurance how well they do. With dieting Richmond and it turns out when cash up and his, team compared the dieters who were successful with those who are. Not They, did find differences we found that people who lost, at least five percent of their body weight had different gut bacteria as compared to those who did not lose five percent of their body big for instance they found an abundance of bacteria, called dial Lister in the guts of people. Who did not lose, much weight and another type. Of bacteria was high in successful dieters cash up says, down the road if they can show. The same, results in a larger group of dieters they'd like to use this information to help people lose weight what do you hope to do is to be able to individualize care for people and we would also. Try to develop new robotics which we can use to change the. Microbial makeup but manipulating the mix of microbes in your gut is easier said than. Done according to NYU's Martin blazer it's complicated he says in part it depends how lucky will be whether the organisms that we think are beneficial we, can cultivate them well it said that they could become next years probiotic that remains on he says if it's possible It's still some years off. Palace and, Aubrey NPR news Support for your health comes from.
Dozens shot across Chicago in spate of overnight violence
"Which Norman Lear produced and wrote Charlotte Rae in a documentary about the facts of life a spinoff of different. Strokes railroaded giant befall. And a rice sense of humor to both shows which helped revive the flagging fortunes of NBC at the time Charlotte raise last screen appearance. Was in the movie Ricky and the flash When she, was nearly ninety shortly before she was. Diagnosed with bone cancer net Libby NPR. News police in Chicago say at least forty people were shot there over the weekend at least four people died the Chicago Tribune, reports the largest single shooting came early Sunday, morning when gunmen fired on a group of people standing in a neighborhood Chicago police chief Fred Waller link most. Of the shootings to. Gang violence I'm korva Coleman NPR news in Washington Support. For NPR comes from tirerack offering a tire decision guide to help customers find tires that fit their car and, driving conditions with, a network of more than seven thousand independent installers tirerack. Dot com helping. Drivers find deliver install You're hearing morning edition. On k. q. e. d. public radio little later this morning on science will hear about the first pharmaceutical drug derived from marijuana which may soon be coming to drugstores near you it's a medication to reduce, seizures in. Epilepsy patients, a Berkeley teenager was the first patient to try the drug, after his. Mom went to extraordinary efforts and risked. Arrest to get it, for, him here, more on science during morning edition this morning at six twenty two. And again eight twenty two here on kqed public radio. After morning edition it's forum this is. Michael Krasny today on forum in our second hour Airbnb strategic advisor chip Conley joins us to discuss his new book wisdom at warp it's all about how to stay relevant in the workplace as you age join us for forum, it's nine to. Eleven here on public radio Hot and dry weather is forecast in the, Sacramento valley with smoke from wildfires affecting air quality. Today's forecast high in Sacramento is, ninety six degrees with very light to westerly. Breezes this afternoon in the bay area sunny warm day is forecast well hot and dry in the inland valleys of the bay area morning clouds along, the coast should burn off by noon today's highs. Will range from the mid and upper sixties at. The coast to the seventies and eighties around the bay eight upper eighties and low nineties bay area inland seven and a half minutes now past four o'clock morning edition from NPR news I'm David Greene in, Culver City. California and, Noel king in Washington DC good morning what exactly was the, nature of. A meeting between Donald Trump junior and. A Russian operative at, Trump, Tower in, two thousand sixteen the White House I said that meeting was about. Adoption policy but the president has described it in other. Ways and then yesterday he tweeted quote. This was a meeting to get information on An opponent he said in that same tweet that it was legal but he also. Said, that he knew nothing about it the president's, also been tweeting about his former, campaign, chairman Paul Manafort Manafort is back. In federal. Court this week he's on trial for Bank and tax fraud, his trial comes out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference Chuck Rosenberg. Is on the line with me now he's, a former federal federal prosecutor he worked in the. Eastern district of Virginia where manafort's, trial is taking place Mr. Rosenberg good morning Good morning well all right so. This isn't the first time that the, president has acknowledged that this meeting. Was affected Lee an attempt to get dirt. On Hillary Clinton President Trump of course. Was not at that meeting why do you think that President Trump is bringing. This back, up now See'ums mightily concerned about it and perhaps with good reason if, you look at the indictment that the Muller team lodged against the Russian military officials. From the GRU we know that in, March and April of two thousand sixteen so prior to the meeting and Trump Tower the g. are you already started to hack into the emails of, the Clinton campaign the Democratic National Committee and the, democratic congressional campaign, committee fast forward to that meeting I. Think, the operative question Noel is what did the US persons Trump, junior Manafort and others attending that. Meeting know, about what the Russians had already done and did? They joined. That, conspiracy even. After it began with the president has said said on Twitter that this meeting was quote totally, legal also though made an attempt or made. An effort, to to, say I didn't know anything. About it I mean could this particular meeting cause legal trouble for president Trump Quite. Possibly it certainly seems like it could cause legal trouble for the Americans who attended the meeting at the very least meeting with a. Hostile foreign power with the Russians should trigger counter intelligence concerns among any sort of savvy political. Person first thing you do is pick up the phone and call the. FBI they don't seem to have done that could cause legal trouble for the president quite possibly as. Well particularly if having heard about the meeting getting the readout from his son about what happened at the, meeting he tries to cover up the intent of the. Meaning he tells false stories about what the meeting was, four and as we know dictates a statement on Air. Force One, concealing the purpose of the. Meeting that's an obstruction of, Justice quite, possibly and it could land the president and others around him and quite a bit of. Trouble let's talk about one person who formerly was around the president who is potentially in quite a bit of trouble palm Manafort since we last talked to you the trial started the government is laid out some pretty powerful evidence for. The jury do you think prosecutors are in a strong position heading into week two or how. Would you characterize your position no I think that's exactly right I think. It's a strong physician and here's why these cases paper intensive document cases tax fraud and Bank fraud. Tender run according to script there's somewhat formulaic the government introduces income they introduce expenditures they put on accountants, to show that the accountants didn't know that Mr. Manafort. For instance had foreign Bank accounts or that he was, concealing income and then unwittingly these accountants help them prepare. Tax returns, that he files with the. IRS which understated income and, omit the, fact that he has control over these foreign Bank accounts all of that is formulaic and. All of that is precisely what's happening in a courtroom in the eastern district of Virginia manafort's case are testifying to These things yeah That's exactly right and so what I expect you'll see in the coming week is a little bit more. Of the same there'll be some summary witnesses from the FBI who will total up the amount of money in the Bank accounts and ultimately will tie those accounts to Mr. Manafort directly will show that he committed income from his. Income tax returns then I expect we'll hear. From, Mr., gates well. Yeah that is that is that is the big, question? This week right manafort's Paul, manafort's longtime deputy Rick gates expected to. Take the stand how does he fit into the? Prosecution, strategy here well criminals tend to. Run with criminals so Mr. gates. Isn't admitted criminal Mr. Manafort is. An accused criminal it shouldn't surprise the jury very much that these two guys plotted together conspired did much of the same thing tax fraud and Bank fraud to fat in. Their own waltz I think the government will put Mr. gates, on the stand they'll they'll have him. Admit To all his wrongdoing that's fairly typical to and then they'll take him step by step through. The indictment having him explain each of the. Things, that, he and. Mr. Manafort did together to cheat the IRS and, to? Fraud banks and just briefly, how do you see Mr. manafort's defense. Lawyers countering the government's case what's your strategy here? Well, they're gonna try and do two. Things one they'll try and say. That Mr. Manafort lack the intent. To defraud the IRS or the bank's perhaps if his income tax returns understated income they'll say it was an accident because he was a very busy man and second I. Think they'll try to pin as much of this on Mr., gates as they possibly can The real one at fault took Rosenberg, was a federal prosecutor in the eastern district of Virginia thanks so much Israel passed a law last month that continues to cause controversy the, nation state law defines Israel? As the, nation state of the Jewish, people critics say this? Law, discriminates against religious minorities like Muslims and. Christians. Who make up about a fifth of the Israeli population as NPR's Daniel estrin reports from Tel Aviv this law is sparking protests, from religious, group that's one of Israel's staunchest supporters the Druze religious minority in Israel. Held an, unprecedented protests this weekend thousands gathered in Tel Aviv's main square chanting the Hebrew word for quality She The you are religious group and shoot of, Islam their ethnic. Arabs but unlike most other Arab, citizens they've committed to serving in the Israeli, army they.
Apple CEO 'Optimistic' China Trade Dispute Will Be Resolved
"For the arts It's morning edition from NPR news I'm Noel. King and. I'm Rachel Martin a federal judge yesterday blocked the online release, of blueprints for making a gun on a three d. printer this came after attorneys general from eight states and the district of. Columbia filed, suit against the Trump administration which had opened the door to the release of these blueprints by. Recently, settling a related case. Washington state's. Attorney general Bob Ferguson was pleased, with, the judge's ruling makes no damn sense damn sense at all to. Make those available President, Trump tweeted yesterday quote I am looking into three d. plastic guns being sold to the public already spoke to NRA doesn't seem to make much sense exclamation point Matt largely is with member station k. u. t.. And has covered this, issue for a while. Matt thanks for being here you're welcome so we've got, President Trump saying hey it doesn't make sense to have. Blueprints online for for these weapons at the same time it's. His State Department that settled a Case just. Weeks ago. That essentially opened the door to. Their release so can you, explain what's going on here yeah that's right so previously the Obama administration had taken the stance that that these files should not. Be released, and that continued for a while under the Trump administration but yeah then in April there was. Kind, of this surprise settlement. Between the. State Department and defense distributed the, company, that's that's distributing these these online plans and the State Department agreed. To to kind of, carve out an exception for the company But as you note I mean it was the Obama administration that that stopped this company. From from, releasing all these, plans but before two thousand thirteen they had already done so as we all know things that are on the. Internet never actually disappear so if they are essentially already available online does this ruling by this judge yesterday Really. Mean anything well it's hard to. Tell because yeah in. Two thousand thirteen Cody Wilson the guy who founded defense distributed he posted the plans for this. Single shot three d. printed pistol on the internet and it's been online kind of ever since like he hasn't. Been distributing it but those files have, been available on file, sharing sites, they've been passed around by people they that files existed what's new here is that he. Released a whole bunch of other other plans for. Different guns and those have, also been downloaded thousands of times 'cause they were. Online from Friday night until just last night, what are you know about Cody Wilson Well he characterizes. Himself as kind of an anarchist libertarian he's very much into gun rights he he told me that this all. Started for him after the cable gate Thing with Julian Assange. And releasing all those? Diplomatic cables, and he kinda thought about what might, what might WikiLeaks for guns look like and so that kind of. Started him on this journey so? What, happens now I mean legally speaking with the judge. Now saying we need to time. Out, in order to decide where to go how does the case move forward Well I would imagine that defense distributed will probably. Appeal this ruling from the judge But The merits of the case haven't actually been heard. Yet so the actual questions at issue here haven't been decided in, effect they've never been decided the this has been winding its way through the courts for a few years, now but a judge has never actually ruled on whether or not this is. Legal katie's met. Largely thanks so much about you're quite, welcome Apple's share price jumped yesterday after the company reported. Record earnings for the. Quarter on an investor call CEO Tim cook gave credit to strong. Sales he also took questions about. The chilly relationship between the US and China apple is heavily invested. In China and China is responsible for about a fifth. Of apples, revenue reporter Ryan Kyle has the story to get a sense of just how entrenched apple is in China I talked, Scotty Allen he lives in Shenzhen the country's, our traffic's capital and hosted popular YouTube show, called strange parts Allen I went viral when he assembled his. Own iphone out of parts he bought off the street and the, streets in Shenzhen he says are littered with iphone parts literally outside the apartment building that I live in, there are women sitting on small stools shocking cell phones like you would shuck. Oysters cracking them. Open to recycle the silicone keypad the A plastic case. The Shenzhen market stretch on for blocks one whole areas devoted to cell phones of all kinds but mostly, iphone stuff there are entire buildings that. Sell nothing but like iphone cases headphones and charters and keep in mind. This is the informal apple economy Apple's official footprint in China is enormous every iphone is assembled there, most. Of the gigantic Foxconn plant that's the world's largest contract maker like there's an exit on. The freeway called, Foxconn. And they're essentially like a walled city that plan which was heavily. Subsidized by the government has over. Three hundred fifty thousand employees Chinese labor allows apple to keep costs. And prices low and this is where the trade war. Comes in, if the trade war really get serious the stakes are very big David dollar is a senior fellow at the Brookings, institution's China center these companies like apple have, invested a huge amount in developing this production, network And if you start coming in with, major taxes you're disrupting the whole supply, chain all of which is going to be expensive and. Then add cost to. Get passed onto the consumer research group, IHS market estimates tariffs on consumer electronics would add about thirty. Seven bucks to I phone import. Costs now those don't exist yet but. The White House has signaled. It wants to tax every single thing we import from China half a trillion dollars worth of imports Tim cook took a question on this yesterday RBM terrorists is the they show up as a tax on the consumer and wind. Up resulting in. Lower economic growth dividend says China doesn't import enough from, the US to match our tariffs tit for tat. Instead they might try more sideways tactics, in a trade war probably. China's best move is to encourage consumer boycott of American products Chinese. State media actually been criticizing apple heavily this past week over the way prohibited Content, is shared on its I message up it's a potentially dangerous signal for the. Company tariffs serve easy enough to change along with political winds. But if Chinese propaganda turns apple into an enemy of the state. That damage may not be.
The Latest: 'Serious' signs of arson seen in Greece fire
"From NPR news in Washington I'm Dave Mattingly the remains of what are believed. To be fifty five American servicemen killed during the Korean war have been handed over to the US there flag-draped cases were. Placed aboard a US military plane in North Korea today and flown to the Ozan airbase in South Korea The handover was agreed to. And President Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong UN a formal ceremony and South Korea is scheduled next week Officials in Greece say many people are still missing following this week's deadly forest fire search teams, are looking through burned out homes. For more victims divers are in the ocean where. Many ran to escape the flames. As Joanna kakissis reports from Athens the death toll stands at Eighty-three relatives are looking in morgues for missing loved ones medical, examiner say, it's virtually impossible tiger bodies burned beyond recognition in the fire disaster experts from Germany. Or helping the Greeks identify the bodies through DNA sampling Greek authorities suspect arson caused. The fire survivors blame the government for the lack of evacuation routes a large wildfire. In northern California has left one person dead and three firefighters. Injured the body. Of the. Bulldozer operator. Was found last night in the city of reading I'm Dave Mattingly NPR news, in Washington and in New York this is WNYC good morning I'm Kelly Nolan New, Yorkers with ties to Pakistan or closely following this week's election there Imran Khan is claiming victory, is, the nation's next prime minister and critics are accusing the former cricket star of vote rigging and colluding with the military Masud. Owns Lahore a Pakistani deli in SoHo he says he's been a fan of consensus cricket days he's, very ambitious guy he's very strong. So he's he whatever he thinks he can make. It Wednesday's election marked the second. Time in the country's seventy year history that one civilian government handed power to another after serving out a full term US, immigration and, customs enforcement arrested sixty five people last week in New York City and on Long. Island most had been previously deported and forty eight were convicted of crimes other than. Being in the US illegally w. s. h. us Terry Sheridan has more nine or. Being held for prosecution the rest of being processed for deportation. Ice released a. Statement that. Criticize so So called sanctuary cities and. Democratic politicians they said the twenty nine those arrested were released by local. Authorities despite having an active detain her the, agency also says that because. Of this they have no choice but to conduct at lodge arrests, in neighborhoods work sites they warned that there will be collateral arrests one of. The most, powerful politicians in New York before corruption charges. Abruptly ended his career. Is scheduled to. Be sentenced for a second time today the fate of. Former assembly speaker Sheldon silver rests with the judge who ordered him. Imprisoned for twelve years after his first conviction in two thousand fifteen that conviction was tossed out by an appeals court that said his trial must conform with a recent supreme court ruling. Redefining the boundaries of corruption law we'll have mostly sunny skies for. This Friday with a slight chance of a shower maybe a thunderstorm this afternoon and highs in the upper eighties right, now it's partly cloudy in central park and seventy five degrees this is w NYC It's morning edition from NPR. News I'm Rachel Martin and I'm Noel king good. Morning President Trump has been promising that his economic policies are going to launch our economy into. Overdrive he's even predicted that the country will achieve about twice the growth rate of recent years up around four, percent sustained annual. Growth, now many economists think we may actually see a blockbuster growth rate like this when we get the latest reading on the gross domestic product or GDP later this morning NPR's Chris Arnold has been following all of this joins us. Now, hi, Chris good. Morning, well all. Right so why is this number so? Important Well a strong number. Coming right now if it's up well above free percents annual. Growth that would show that. The economy is stronger than. It's been in at least a few years and there's also been some fanfare around this the president was out. Yesterday saying I'm expecting a big number his Treasury Secretary was at a few weeks ago saying this is going. To be a big number so there is some anticipation and. Like you said a lot of. Economists that the stars of kind of aligned here. Of the past few months and we very well may see a very impressive number in Shepardson. Is the chief economist with pantheon macroeconomics he's anticipating a number of above four and a half percent that would, be very big. Here's, how he explains it what's really happened here is a convergence of favorable factors which sometimes happens in any given quarter anything can happen and it just means that all the major components of GDP so that consumption business spending government. Spending, foreign, trades all. Of, those things. Together have gone in the right direction Of course the bigger question is how long can things keep moving in the right direction back quickly. Right okay so when you talk to a. Communist what do they say about, that that's the big question. Of course if the US economy really did of double, and growth from two percent to four percent. That might sound like a. Small change but it's, really it would be huge as they say I mean it would mean higher livers day living, standards for many Americans higher wages better public services as the government rate did more taxes but don't get. Too excited about this because most economists do not expect that. To happen pass this quarter. Certainly growth not at four. Percents is deeply disappointing why don't they expect more good news a bunch of factors are involved in this report. That are sort of one offs just one example this there's there's this kind of perverse situation where we're in. This trade fight with China so ahead of tariffs going into Effect on, soybeans. China but tons and tons of soybeans. I mean, so many soybeans that actually move the scale on our overall economic growth but now that. The. Tariffs. Are in effect that's going to reverse, right or we're gonna have a? Lot fewer if any. Soybeans going, to China so that's gonna be a drag instead of a boost and several other factors, like that that that just mean that, this is probably not going to be repeated and and. What about, the tax cut that was passed by Republicans is that contributing, here it does look like it's giving a boost to consumer spending, but the biggest impact from that happens right or happened right when people started seeing these. Boost to their. Paychecks so, that's already happened we're not going to. Be getting a big raise in our. Pay month after month after month so we've probably seen the big the big head. From the big boost, from, that in growth so tax cuts one time distortions like the soybeans economists I, talked to said this past quarter Was like. Quote a sugar, high that probably, won't last too, long. NPR's Chris Arnold.
Noel King, Iraqi Government and Basra discussed on Morning Edition
"It's morning edition from npr news i'm noel king and i'm david greene let's turn now to iraq the most widespread widespread protests since two thousand three are sweeping through the southern part of the country right now demonstrators have been gathering for a week they're demanding jobs also better services and in response to this the iraqi government has sent army and counterterrorism troops and bears dana raff has been monitoring these protests and she joins us from amman jordan hygiene hi david so why are these protests happening and and what is the timing of them here well first of all is this morning in basra it's a hundred and fifteen degrees temperatures rising it is hot and so imagine you're sitting in that degree temperature and you turn on the tap and all you get a salty water and then the electricity goes out and they've been dealing with this for fifteen years since the us invaded iraq and promise them better lives and they just haven't got it so they've been demonstrating.
Senate Democrats who voted for Gorsuch meet with Trump
"The john d and catherine t macarthur foundation supporting creative people ineffective institutions committed to building a more just verdant n peaceful world more information is at macfound dot org this is morning edition from npr news i'm noel king in washington and i'm david greene in culver city california the white house says president trump has already dug in he is thinking seriously about who he might nominate to replace retiring supreme court justice anthony kennedy the president met last night with a group of key senators both republicans and democrats to consult with them now one big factor in the decision making and the nomination battle that will follow is abortion and the potential that a more conservative court might one day overturn roe versus wade the nineteen seventythree case that legalized abortion nationwide and prayer ceremony common has been recovering this and she joins us this morning hi sarah hi there so you've been talking to activists on both sides of the abortion debate since this big and surprising retirement i mean what are they talking about putting their energies now well both sides are definitely mobilizing their activists and the grass roots they see this as a really important moment and one that they've been preparing for on the antiabortion rights side you know there's been a lot of work over many years to sort of incrementally restrict abortion rights but they see this as a much bigger opportunity here's what kristen hopkins have students for life had to say our goal in the prolife movement has always been to make abortion illegal and on thinkable and so we want road to be overturned and we expect that and her group was out with a video david the day of kennedy's resignation saying this is our moment we have to seize it and urging activists to lobby lawmakers abortion rights supporters on the same token are taking this very seriously in reaching out to their grass roots i've heard kennedy's departure described as devastating and extremely concerning because he was the swing vote and on abortion had often voted to uphold abortion rights in some really key cases so of course now this fight goes to the senate confirmation process will be intense and senators on both sides zina's potentially vulnerable or likely to to be open to to crossing party lines will be getting a lot of attention but it's almost like we're getting ahead of ourselves we don't even know who the president's name yet right i mean so how where is that process right so during the campaign trump you know in an effort to reassure social and religious conservatives released a couple lists of likely supreme court picks and that became a really big issue in the campaign he added a few names to that list last year people seen as socially conservative likely to vote with conservatives on issues including abortion abortion rights opponents were very happy with his first pick justice neal gorsuch those i've talked to say they're largely pleased with the list they've seen and they hope he'll he'll pick from them or something along those lines but of course one of the questions is if and when an actual case would come before the court that would give the quarter an opportunity to overturn roe versus wade how likely is that to happen right well during the campaign trump did promise to choose justices who would oppose abortion rights and he said that as he put it in in the last debate row would automatically be overturned that is not true it would not atomatic automatically be overturned it would have to go through the court process and that would likely come through a challenge to a state law there are a number of state laws out there that could that could be the first sort of test case for the new court when it's configured a couple of states have passed fifteen week bans on abortion in iowa this year a law was passed banning abortion after a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus so that's usually six to eight weeks before a lot of women no they're pregnant that one abortion opponents said they intentionally they believe in the law but they they want to force go to the supreme court to consider this issue at the same time there's no guarantee that trump nominee you know on the court would mean the end of roe versus wade justices sometimes surprise us but at that is the goal so what.
Hundreds protest in Iraq against U.S. airstrikes on Syria
"Nineteen ninety nine movie boys don't cry this is morning edition from npr news i'm noel king and i'm rachel martin the us led airstrikes in syria are having a perhaps unexpected fact in iraq demonstrators gathered yesterday across that country to protest the air strikes the iraqi government calls the strikes on suspected chemical weapons sites near damascus a dangerous escalation of this conflict npr's jane arraf is in baghdad and joins us now jayne good morning good morning rachel explain why a rockies would be protesting us action in a different country in syria well a couple of reasons one is syria is their neighbor and they're affected by everything that goes on there but the other one really is that in all of this they see some disturbing echoes of the us military action in iraq so these demonstrations were called by up to the center who's an influential shia cleric and he's best known in the us is leading the mattie army which fought us forces after saddam toppled but he's now pinned himself as iraqi nationalist and he called for these demonstrations yesterday in baghdad and basra to protest against those strikes.
Kremlin, on Trump Syria tweet, says 'We don't do Twitter diplomacy'
"Democratic senator ben cardin joins us this hour we'll ask what role congress should play as the president weighs what to do in syria after a reported chemical attack i'm noel king david greene president trump tweeted a photo from the white house last night he's with speaker paul ryan and other republicans are giving thumbs up but his ryan's decision not to run again a sign that not everything is right in the party and we begin a series on a new generation of muslims in america taking control of their narrative it thursday morning shoutout to a late night guy david letterman turned seventy one years old today and the news is next live from npr news in washington i'm dwayne brown the kremlin says the russian military is actively using its lines of communications with the us to discuss the situation in syria as npr's lucian kim reports from moscow russia is urging restraint amid tensions over a possible us military strike against it syrian ally trembling spokesman dmitry peskov says both the russian and us military's are making use of existing channels designed to prevent a clash in syria he told journalists in moscow that the kremlin is carefully following announcements out of washington and said any steps that could raise tensions should be avoided peskov said yesterday that russia does not engage in twitter diplomacy after president trump tweeted that russia should be ready for smart missiles fired at syria trump threatened to take military action following a suspected chemical attack by the syrian government in the town of duma the kremlin which is allied with syrian leader bouchara assad maintains the attack was staged by rebels to stoke international outrage meanwhile the russian military says syrian government now controls douma as well as the rest of the eastern good a region outside damascus lucian kim npr news moscow in texas a former nurse fired last month has been charged with murder in the death of a patient last year police say he will likely face additional charges for causing stroke like injuries to several other patients tyler police chief jimmy towler.
Five days after chemical attack in Syria
"Bleaker street presenting the new thriller beirut from the writer of the borne trilogy starring jon hamm and rosamund pike beirut now playing in theaters and from the john s and james l knight foundation helping npr advanced journalistic excellence in the digital age this is morning edition from npr news i'm noel king and i'm david greene it has now been five days since a rebel stronghold outside damascus syria was hit by a deadly suspected chemical weapons strike president trump has been promising a tough response to that attack but unlike a year ago when trump ordered a tomahawk missile strike just two days after another chemical bombardment in syria he has so far held off taking any action this morning the president did tweet than an attack on syria could quote be very soon or not soon at all in the meantime the town of duma has now reportedly fallen to syrian government forces and let's bring in npr national security correspondent david welna david good morning david so the white house is saying all options still on the table but is it is it still looking like the united states is going to carry out some kind of reprisal here.
Under Armour hit by data breach affecting 150 million users
"News i'm noel king and i'm david greene facebook is trying to contain the damage caused by news that millions of users data was shared without their knowledge or consent yesterday the social media giant announced it would make it easier for users to control privacy settings and that it would prevent advertisers from using brokers to access user data all of this is on the heels of news that ceo mark zuckerberg will testify in congress next month i want to bring in congressman mike quigley of illinois he's a democrat on the house intelligence committee and he joins us some good morning good morning thanks for having me up so thanks for coming on.
Flat-earther rides homemade rocket into California sky – East Bay Times
"Good morning i'm noel king a california man had set out to prove that the earth is flat mike hughes wants to launch himself into space in a home built rocket to get a look he worked on the rocket for two years and this weekend he made it to not space exactly he got a third of a mile into the air then fell back to earth the rocket had a parachute but she's got a little banged up he told the reporter he had a sore back in just wanted to get home have dinner and see his cats it's morning edition and it's four thirty one starting march twenty six the sars pro seon and serious art to the lower right of the moon as night falls this evening and wheel down the western sky later on sirius which is quite a ways from the moon is the brightest star in the night sky and which is much closer to the moon is in the top ten is well both stars anchor constellations that point to a curious imbalance in the heavens there are four domestic dogs up there but no cats serious leads kanus major the big dog sirius the dog star looked so bright in part because it's quite close and mir eight point six light years away pro cion is the only bright star in kanus minor the little dog it's also a near neighbour just eleven point four light years from earth and if kanus major and kanus minor aren't enough for dog lovers two more dogs appear south of the handle of the big dipper that's where you'll find the faint constellation canes veneta side which represents a pair of hunting dogs unlike kanus major and minor though canines veneta cy has no bright stars so it's more of a challenge to see altogether then the constellations represent four domesticated dogs if you like cats though you'll search the constellations in vain there's not a single house cat up there but there are few wildcats leo the lion leo minor the little lion and links a small wildcat if you count them though then there's one more dog to add to the list lupus the southern constellation that represents a wolf our web address is start eight dot org for the university of texas at austin mcdonald observatory i'm sandy wood.