Author: Bill Chappell

Joe Arpaio Will Run For A U.S. Senate Seat

NPR Enlarge this image Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio helped President Trump during his 2016 campaign — and now he wants to help him in Washington. Brian Snyder/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Brian Snyder/Reuters Arizona Republican Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff who became famous for his controversial stance on immigration, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, saying he wants to join Congress so he can help President Trump. Arpaio, who will turn 86 in June, made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday. He said: “I am running for the U.S. Senate from the...

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Steve Bannon Is Quoted Saying Trump Tower Meeting Was ‘Treasonous’

NPR Enlarge this image Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, seen here speaking in Alaska last month, had pointed words for his former teammates from the Trump campaign. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Jonathan Bachman/Reuters Steve Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist and campaign CEO, once called a now-famous meeting between Donald Trump Jr., campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and a group of Russians “treasonous,” according to accounts of an upcoming book. Bannon is being quoted making the remarks in Fire and Fury, a book about the Trump White House by journalist Michael Wolff....

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South Korea Seizes Ship Suspected Of At-Sea Oil Transfer To Benefit North Korea – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image U.S. reconnaissance images show a North Korean ship, the Rye Song Gang 1, conducting a ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, in an effort to evade sanctions on Oct. 19. South Korea has seized a ship it suspects of participating in such transfers. U.S. Treasury Department hide caption toggle caption U.S. Treasury Department South Korea has seized a Hong Kong-flagged vessel under suspicions that it illegally transferred oil to North Korea, in violation of U.N. sanctions. The vessel, the Lighthouse Winmore, was seized one month after it allegedly ferried oil, South Korean media report. Such...

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RT America Firm Registers As Foreign Agent In U.S.; Russia Looks To Retaliate

NPR Enlarge this image Russian lawmakers are reportedly preparing to retaliate for the U.S. approach to the state-funded RT’s operations in America. In this photo from 2015, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan (right) is seen with Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and Kremlin’s first deputy chief of staff, Alexei Gromov, as they marked RT’s 10th anniversary in Moscow. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption toggle caption Mikhail Klimentyev/AP Bowing to pressure from the U.S. Justice Department, the production company behind media outlet RT America registered as a foreign agent on Monday. Russian leaders are criticizing the move, and lawmakers in Moscow are...

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Supreme Court Takes On Case About Free Speech And Abortion

NPR Enlarge this image After California passed the Reproductive FACT Act in 2015, a number of anti-abortion pregnancy clinics filed lawsuits. The Supreme Court says it will consider the law in its upcoming session. One of the clinics was the East County Pregnancy Care Clinic in El Cajon, Calif., seen here in a file photo. Becky Sullivan/NPR hide caption toggle caption Becky Sullivan/NPR Does a California law violate the Constitution by requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform clients about free or low-cost abortion and contraception services? That’s the question the Supreme Court is taking on, in a new case...

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Lawyer For Rand Paul’s Neighbor Says ‘Trivial’ Dispute Led To Assault

NPR Enlarge this image Rene Boucher’s address in Bowling Green is listed in police records as 582 Rivergreen Lane. He lives next to Sen. Rand Paul, with whom he’s had a long-running dispute, according to Boucher’s attorney. Google Maps hide caption toggle caption Google Maps Days after Sen. Rand Paul suffered five broken ribs, the lawyer for the man who’s been charged with assaulting Paul says politics are not involved — and that it was a case of “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.” The new details shed...

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‘I’m The Only One That Matters,’ Trump Says Of State Dept. Job Vacancies

NPR Enlarge this image President Donald Trump says of job vacancies in his administration, I tell my people, ‘Where you don’t need to fill slots, don’t fill them.'” He’s seen here at a White House event Thursday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP President Trump says “I’m the only one that matters” in setting U.S. foreign policy, downplaying the importance of high-level jobs such as the assistant secretary of state, which is currently vacant. “Let me tell you, the one that matters is me,” Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News Thursday night. “I’m...

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Paul Manafort Has Surrendered To Federal Agents

NPR Enlarge this image Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, seen here leaving his home in Alexandria, Va., early Monday, was reportedly told to report to an FBI field office. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, surrendered himself to federal law enforcement authorities on Monday morning, a Justice Department source tells NPR’s Ryan Lucas, representing a new phase of the investigations into figures from Trump’s inner circle. Both Manafort and Rick Gates, his former deputy, were told to surrender, The New York Times reports. Over the summer, the pair registered...

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