Author: Camila Domonoske

Israel Arrests Man Suspected In Wave Of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Centers – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department K-9 officers search the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada after an employee received a suspicious phone call that led about 10 people to evacuate the building on Feb. 27. A suspect in Israel has been arrested in connection with the waves of bomb threats like this one. Ethan Miller/Getty Images A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Israel as the “primary suspect” behind a string of phoned-in bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the U.S. and elsewhere. The arrest was the result of an investigation by Israeli police and the...

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The FBI Is On The Case — And Other Takeaways From The House Intel Hearing

NPR FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers testify during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images At an hourslong public hearing on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and pushed back against President Trump’s allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Obama. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence also heard from Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers about Russia’s general attempts to influence the U.S....

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Ben Carson Confirmed As Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development – NPR

Ben Carson arrives for the presidential inaugural parade in front of the White House on Jan. 20. Carson was confirmed as Housing and Urban Development secretary on Thursday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has been confirmed as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, by a 58-41 Senate vote. Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve the nomination — mostly Democrats who are up for re-election next year and represent states that voted for President Trump, NPR’s Arnie Seipel reports. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who received blowback from liberals for voting for Carson in committee, voted against his nomination today,” Arnie says. Carson was a controversial nominee to lead HUD because of his lack of experience in either housing or development — or government in general. Before Trump announced his selection of Carson, an aide told the media that Carson wasn’t interested in joining the Cabinet because he “feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency.” But the same aide, Armstrong Williams, later told NPR’s Rachel Martin that Carson was qualified to lead HUD because of “his life growing up in subsidized housing, growing up in poor communities.” “He’s never been disconnected from these inner cities and these people who live these lives,” Williams said. “Dr. Carson may have aspired to become a world-renowned pediatric surgeon and a...

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Trump Adviser Repeats Baseless Claims Of Voter Fraud In New Hampshire

Voters went to the polls at Amherst Street Elementary School on November 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images White House adviser Stephen Miller doubled down on the Trump administration’s groundless claims of voter fraud in New Hampshire — and across the nation — during in an interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. Earlier this week President Trump claimed, with no evidence, that voters from Massachusetts were bused to New Hampshire to vote illegally. A member of the Federal Election Commission called it an “extraordinarily serious and specific charge” and asked Trump to “immediately share his evidence with the public.” On This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Miller, a senior White House policy adviser, to provide that evidence. In fact, he asked three times. Miller said the show was “not the venue” to supply evidence, but repeated the baseless claim multiple times. He said in part: “I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real. It’s very serious.” New Hampshire’s secretary of state has said there is no proof of buses appearing at polling places, and that a large number of voters arriving like that would have attracted attention. The New Hampshire voting fraud claims are a variant on a frequently repeated Trump claim of nationwide voter fraud —...

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Trump Jokes, Of State Senator, 'We'll Destroy His Career' – NPR

Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to county sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday. Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images At a gathering of sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump joked about destroying the career of a Texas politician who is trying to set limits on an often-criticized police practice. The remark came after a participant at the sheriff’s roundtable raised the issue of asset forfeiture — that’s when the government seizes “suspicious” assets and keeps them, even if the person who had the item was never convicted (or even accused) of a crime. The resulting funds often go directly into police budgets. Taking property from people who haven’t been convicted of a crime is legal, but controversial. “Police confiscate cars, jewelry, cash and homes they think are connected to crime. But the people these things belong to may have done nothing wrong,” NPR’s Laura Sullivan explained a few years ago. “Prosecutors say the seizures are helpful tools to combat drug dealers and drunken drivers,” Laura wrote. “But for people who haven’t committed a crime, the cases are expensive to contest and often disproportionately affect people without means or access to a lawyer.” One sheriff at the gathering mentioned that some critics have said the practice violates due process, and called for limits. Trump responded: “I’d like to look into that...

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In Meeting With Sheriffs, Trump Repeats False Murder Rate Statistic

Enlarge this image President Trump speaks during a meeting with county sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP At a roundtable meeting with county sheriffs on Tuesday morning, President Trump repeated a false statistic about the U.S. murder rate that he repeatedly deployed on the campaign trail. On multiple occasions Trump has suggested the murder rate is at a historic high, a claim that’s been repeatedly debunked. In fact, the murder rate is currently at less than half its peak. But here’s what Trump said to the county sheriffs at the White House on Tuesday: “… the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years. I used to use that — I’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised, because the press doesn’t tell it like it is. It wasn’t to their advantage to say that. But the murder rate is the highest it’s been in, I guess, from 45 to 47 years.” According to the FBI, the murder rate for 2015, the last year for which data is available, was 4.9 per 100,000 people. Every year between 1965 and 2010, the FBI reported a higher rate than that. Article continues after sponsorship In some cases, it was much higher. In 1974, 1980, 1981 and 1991, the...

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1st Trial Over Nevada Standoff Begins For Cliven Bundy Followers – NPR

Enlarge this image Supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy camp near his ranch on in Bunkerville, Nev., in April 2014. Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management have been locked in a decades-long dispute after Bundy stopped paying grazing fees, which led to an armed standoff against the U.S. government in 2014. David Becker/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption David Becker/Getty Images The federal conspiracy trials against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his followers is beginning on Monday, with jury selection for the trial of six of Bundy’s supporters. The cases, stemming from a 2014 armed standoff against federal agents in Nevada, are unfolding in several stages. Bundy and his four sons are among the 17 total defendants but won’t be immediately entering the courtroom. Instead, the first phase involves six of Bundy’s followers, each facing up to 101 years in prison, according to The Associated Press. The six men — from Idaho, Arizona and Oklahoma — have been “characterized as the least culpable ‘followers and gunmen’ among the 19 men arrested a year ago,” the AP writes. (Two of the men arrested already pleaded guilty to conspiracy, the news service explains; the other 17 men are the defendants in the current case.) “They’re not the Bundys,” an attorney for one of the men tells the AP. “But realistically, this is a Bundy case. The outcome of this trial affects...

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Confirmation Hearing For Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, Delayed A Week – NPR

Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, the billionaire philanthropist who is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of education, has been delayed for almost a week. DeVos’ hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, but late on Monday night the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee announced it had been delayed until Jan. 17, next Tuesday. The move comes after Democrats had raised concerns about the wealthy philanthropists’ incomplete financial disclosures and unfinished ethics review, as Politico reported last week. The top Democrat on the HELP committee asked for a rescheduled hearing, saying she was concerned about “extensive financial entanglements and potential conflicts of interest,” Politico says. DeVos submitted her financial disclosures to the Office of Government Ethics last month, but has not yet finalized or signed the paperwork, Politico reported on Friday. The Washington Post reports that DeVos’ “vast wealth and considerable financial holdings have overwhelmed the bipartisan Office of Government Ethics,” which vets Cabinet nominees. The office has not finished examining DeVos’ investments for possible ethical concerns, the Post reported on Saturday. But in announcing the delay, the HELP committee made no reference to concerns over conflicts of interest. Instead, the committee said the delay was “at the request of Senate leadership to accommodate Senate schedule.” DeVos is a “strong supporter of school choice” with “limited experience with public education,” as NPR’s Eric Westervelt has...

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