Author: David Greene

News Brief: Immigration Negotiations, False Missile Warning

NPR President Trump says Republicans are ready to make a deal on DACA, but he doesn’t think Democrats want to make a deal. And, Hawaii residents were falsely warned of a ballistic missile threat. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: A reporter asked President Trump once again on Sunday if he’s a racist. The president gave an answer he’s offered before. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No. No, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have interviewed. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Now, this question grew out of a meeting with lawmakers on immigration. Some say the president...

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Morning News Brief

NPR Christmas is celebrated in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Pope Francis to deliver Christmas message and President Trump celebrates Christmas in Florida but Washington politics are on his mind. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Singing in Arabic). DAVID GREENE, HOST: That is “Joy To The World” being sung in Arabic at a Christmas prayer service in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. NOEL KING, HOST: This year in Bethlehem, Christmas celebrations were tinged with anger after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinians, of course, also have claims in Jerusalem. Vice President Mike Pence was supposed to visit Bethlehem before Christmas, but after Trump’s announcement Palestinian officials said he wasn’t welcome. GREENE: Let’s turn now to Bethlehem and NPR’s Daniel Estrin. Good morning, Daniel. DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: Good morning. GREENE: So I know usually there are these big celebrations in downtown Bethlehem next to the church that marks the spot where tradition says Jesus was born. It sounds that – like the feel of it has been very different this year, though. ESTRIN: Two things put a damper on Christmas this year – the weather and politics. The weather because it got really cold and started pouring rain, and tourists and Palestinians and cotton candy vendors ran to seek cover. But there were also fewer visitors for Christmas...

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Nixon White House Counsel John Dean Sees Uphill Climb For Trump In Leaks Fight

NPR John Dean, shown testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2006, served as White House counsel to former President Nixon. Dean says he sees echoes of the Watergate scandal in the Trump administration and its handling of the Russia investigation. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images John Dean is very familiar with the Trump administration’s declared war on leaks. Formerly President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel, Dean says Nixon’s battle against leaks proved costly and led to the Watergate scandal. Dean revealed the former Republican president’s involvement in the attempted cover-up and pleaded guilty to his own role. While Dean has...

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