Author: Bill Chappell

Tom Marino, Trump’s Pick As Drug Czar, Withdraws After Damaging Opioid Report

NPR Enlarge this image Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., was blamed in media reports for sponsoring a bill that the Drug Enforcement Administration had warned would hamper its ability to limit America’s deadly opioid crisis. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption toggle caption Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as America’s drug czar, President Trump said Tuesday. Marino is stepping back days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis. Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from...

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Las Vegas Massacre Prompts Musician To Call For Gun Control: ‘Enough Is Enough’ – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image After a gunman fired from windows in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, guitarist Caleb Keeter, who was on stage Sunday, is calling for gun control — “RIGHT. NOW.” Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history has renewed conversations about America’s gun laws, after one man strafed a country music festival from a high-rise hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday. The attack prompted a musician who played at the festival to say he’s...

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Jared Kushner Used Private Email In Trump Administration, Lawyer Confirms

NPR Enlarge this image Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, reportedly set up a private email account as their family was coming into power in Washington. They’re seen here last week at left, sitting with Lara Trump and Eric Trump. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Drew Angerer/Getty Images White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner has used both a private email account and an official email address to communicate with other government officials, his attorney says. Responding to media reports about Kushner’s email habits, his lawyer said, “All non-personal emails were forwarded to his official address.” The...

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Merck CEO Resigns From A Trump Business Council, Citing His Conscience

NPR Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck, said he was stepping down as a matter of personal conscience. He’s seen here with President Trump during a White House event in July. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier is leaving President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, saying, “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.” The resignation came after Trump was criticized for his response to the violence at white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. The president, famous for his ability to be direct and forceful, was faulted for condemning violence “on many...

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Canadian Sniper Hit A Target More Than 2 Miles Away, Military Confirms – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS A Canadian sniper made a record-setting shot in Iraq using a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle, like the one pictured here at a trade show in 2010. Dan Balilty/AP A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces is being credited with making a world-record shot, after the military confirmed that he hit a target from nearly 2.2 miles away during a recent operation in Iraq. Military sources tell Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper that the sniper killed an ISIS insurgent during an attack on Iraqi security forces. “The Canadian Special Operations Command can confirm that a member of...

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Census Finds A More Diverse America, As Whites Lag Growth – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Pedestrians walk through Rockefeller Center in New York City. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian population recently grew by 3 percent to 21.4 million and people who identified as being of two or more races grew by 3 percent to 8.5 million. Armin Rodler/Flickr America’s diversity remains on the rise, with all racial and ethnic minorities growing faster than whites from 2015 to 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau says in a new snapshot of the national population. The agency also found the U.S. median age has risen to nearly 38. Asian and mixed-race people are...

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Putin Offers Political Asylum To James Comey, Citing Potential Prosecution In U.S.

NPR [embedded content] YouTube “What’s the difference between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden?” Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Thursday during his yearly live call-in show, saying that he would offer political asylum to fired FBI head James Comey in the same way Russia has sheltered former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. By phrasing a question uniquely constructed for these unusual times, Putin put a new spin on the ongoing saga over Russia’s tampering in the U.S. election, links between President Trump’s inner circle with Russia — and allegations that the president tried to stop at least one line of...

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Trump Breaks Silence On Comey: ‘WOW, Comey Is A Leaker!’

NPR President Donald Trump wraps up his speech to a Faith and Freedom conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Jacquelyn Martin/AP President Trump has broken the silence he maintained during former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday, saying on Twitter that he was vindicated in the hearing that explored Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election, its ties to Trump’s security adviser, and Trump’s dealings with Comey. “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” the president tweeted early Friday morning. Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and...

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