Author: Brian Naylor

White House Security Clearance Trouble Shines Light On ‘High Risk’ Backlog Problem

NPR Enlarge this image Ousted White House staff secretary Rob Porter speaks to President Trump after remarks he made on violence in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption toggle caption Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP The resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter after media reports of domestic abuse allegations against him — allegations he has denied — raises some key questions about government security clearances, and how they’re obtained. More than 3 million government employees hold some type of security clearance, most in the Department of Defense....

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Homeland Security Secretary Says She ‘Did Not Hear’ Trump Use ‘That’ Vulgar Word

NPR Enlarge this image Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen looks on during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images The Secretary of Homeland Security testified Tuesday that she did not hear President Trump use a vulgarity in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration last week. The president was widely reported to have used a disparaging word to describe African nations and wondered aloud why people from countries like Haiti were allowed to come to the United States. “You were in the room, you’re under oath,”...

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Paul Manafort Sued By Russian Oligarch’s Company Over Business Deal

NPR Enlarge this image Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces new legal headaches. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, already under indictment by Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller, now has a new legal worry: a civil lawsuit filed by a company linked to a Russian oligarch. Oleg Deripaska, the oligarch, is an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska’s company, Surf Horizon Limited, alleges Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates misappropriated millions of dollars. The lawsuit was filed in a New York state court. Deripaska had earlier...

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Trump Again Blasts Libel Laws, Calling Them ‘A Sham’

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump says the nations’ libel laws “do not represent American values.” Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP President Trump promised Wednesday to “take a strong look” at the country’s libel laws, saying they are a “sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values and American fairness.” Trump made his comments at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting. “You can’t say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account,” said Trump, a president who has made more than 2,000 false or...

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Trump Calls For ‘Bill Of Love’ Allowing DACA Recipients To Remain

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump says he is prepared to “take the heat” for a compromise immigration deal. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP President Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers that he wants a bill to allow young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally to remain, saying such a measure should be “a bipartisan bill of love,” and that “we can do it.” Trump also said he was open to a larger measure overhauling immigration laws, but that it made most sense to first settle the Obama-era Deferred Action On Childhood Arrivals...

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A Trump Interview With Robert Mueller Would Follow Presidential Tradition

NPR Enlarge this image Special counsel Robert Mueller may be seeking an interview with President Trump, which Trump’s lawyers are reportedly preparing him for. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images If President Trump answers questions from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, as reports indicate he may, Trump would follow the precedent set by many previous occupants of his office. NBC News reports the president’s lawyers are “discussing a range of potential options for the format,” which may include written responses to questions rather than a sit down interview. The story says the discussions were...

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Oprah 2020? People Are Asking After Golden Globes Speech

NPR Enlarge this image Oprah Winfrey, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, gave a rousing Golden Globes speech that spurred talk of a 2020 presidential run. Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images A fiery and impassioned speech by Oprah Winfrey at Sunday night’s Golden Globes Awards has set the Internet abuzz with speculation and perhaps wishful thinking: Oprah for president in 2020? The former talk-show host, actor and businesswoman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and delivered...

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As ‘Fire And Fury’ Goes On Sale, Trump Attacks Keep Coming

NPR Enlarge this image Publication of Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump White House was moved up, despite president’s threat to block it. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images The book that created a rift between President Trump and his former campaign chief and adviser Steve Bannon hit the shelves Friday morning, ahead of the original Tuesday release date, despite the president’s threat to block its publication. Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House by journalist Michael Wolff went on sale at midnight in at least one Washington, D.C., bookshop (and reportedly sold...

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