Author: Miles Parks

Top Railroad Safety Official Resigns, Amid Questions About Holding A Second Job

NPR Enlarge this image Amtrak has experienced four fatal crashes since December, and last year’s 828 railroad deaths marked the deadliest year on rail in at least a decade, according to Politico. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Heath Hall, who became the Federal Railroad Administration’s acting chief in June, resigned Saturday after a Politico report raised questions about whether he was simultaneously working another job. NPR has confirmed the resignation with the Department of Transportation. “DOT was unaware of the information that is being reported regarding outside work Heath Hall took on...

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5 Ways Election Interference Could (And Probably Will) Worsen In 2018 And Beyond

NPR Enlarge this image Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, despite bipartisan agreement in Congress and within the American intelligence community that Russian operatives stole campaign data and used social media sites for misinformation campaigns. Yuri Kadobnov/AP hide caption toggle caption Yuri Kadobnov/AP If you thought 2016 was bad, just wait for the sequel. Russian election interference seeped into nearly every aspect of the political landscape two years ago, but many experts are wondering whether upcoming U.S. elections could be worse. “If we do nothing, if we let the mechanics of voting...

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READ: Democrats Unveil A Blueprint For Battling Putin, Daring Trump To Act

NPR Enlarge this image President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images A strange twist of national security politics in Washington, D.C., has meant the United States isn’t responding seriously to the ongoing threat of foreign interference, Senate Democrats charged in a new report. The study, about Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s international crusade against democracy, is expansive, at more than 200 pages. It documents Russian...

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Comey, Spicey, Fake News And Biden: The Most Popular Politics Stories Of 2017

NPR Enlarge this image Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer was one of the most viral moments of 2017. Will Heath/AP hide caption toggle caption Will Heath/AP Despite President Trump dominating the Top 10 political stories on NPR.org in 2017, he didn’t end up atop the perch. Topping this list is a man who made headlines for not running for president, former Vice President Joe Biden, who teared up as he received the Medal of Freedom in January. The year’s biggest through lines are well represented: Former FBI Director James Comey, political...

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Who’s In Charge? An Awkward Monday Is Coming For This Federal Agency

NPR Enlarge this image White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks to media members after a House Republican Conference meeting in September. President Trump selected Mulvaney to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move Democrats say violates the law. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau effectively has two leaders right now, which should lead to a confusing Monday morning back from the Thanksgiving holiday — and eventually a battle in court. Both the departing head of the CFPB, Obama appointee Richard Cordray, and the White House have named interim...

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A ‘Toothless’ Old Law Could Have New Fangs, Thanks To Robert Mueller

NPR Enlarge this image Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought the Foreign Agents Registrations Act into the spotlight with indictments last month of Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images The law intended to shine a light on foreign entities and foreign governments working to influence policy in Washington, D.C., has been called everything from “toothless” to “a complete joke.” But Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller isn’t laughing — and neither may potential violators if he decides to make it his new weapon of choice. From...

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First Guilty Plea In Russia Probe: Who Is George Papadopoulos?

NPR Enlarge this image George Papadopoulos, left, pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to FBI agents about a series of meetings he took and planned while he was a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. Costas Bej/Courtesy of The National Herald hide caption toggle caption Costas Bej/Courtesy of The National Herald Before George Papadopoulos became the first legal casualty of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 election, he was a 30-year-old energy lawyer best known in DC for getting name-dropped by Donald Trump and for reportedly embellishing his resume. The Justice Department announced Monday that...

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