Author: Scott Neuman

Kelly Says Trump Now Believes Border Wall Is Unnecessary

NPR Enlarge this image White House chief of staff John Kelly pauses to look to a video monitor as he appears on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News in Washington, on Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told a caucus of Hispanic lawmakers on Wednesday that he has persuaded President Trump that building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is unnecessary, signaling a possible reversal on the key campaign promise. Kelly, who was secretary of Homeland Security before taking over as chief of staff in July, said...

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Photographer Says He Lost His Job After Leaking Pictures Of Rick Perry And Coal CEO

NPR Enlarge this image This March 29, 2017, photo obtained by The Associated Press, shows Robert Murray of Murray Energy, right, meeting with Energy Secretary Rick Perry at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington. Simon Edelman/AP hide caption toggle caption Simon Edelman/AP A former Department of Energy photographer has filed a federal whistleblower suit alleging he lost his job after leaking photos of a private meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a major Trump donor who heads one of the country’s largest mining companies. The photographer, Simon Edelman, took photos of the March 29, 2017 meeting between...

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Majority Of National Park Service Board Resigns, Citing Administration Indifference – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump administration’s energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington in September 2017. Nine of 12 members of the National Park Service advisory board resigned Monday citing Zinke’s unwillingness to meet with the panel. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Three-quarters of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s unwillingness to meet with them. Nine of the panel’s 12 members, led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, handed in...

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No Closer To DACA Deal, Republicans Push Plan B To Keep Government Open

NPR Enlarge this image Demonstrators protest at Sen. Dean Heller’s, R-Nev., office in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), programs on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption toggle caption Jose Luis Magana/AP President Trump and congressional Democrats appear no closer to a deal on protecting “Dreamers” from deportation, but GOP lawmakers are working on a Plan B that would — if approved — prevent an election-year shutdown of the government, extending funding at least another month. A continuing resolution is due to expire this Friday, but Republicans have...

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On Visit To Chile, Pope Faces Anger Over Sex-Abuse Scandal – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image Pope Francis waves at followers on his way to the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago, Chile, on Monday. Victor R. Caivano/AP hide caption toggle caption Victor R. Caivano/AP Pope Francis has arrived in Chile to begin a three-day visit, but the Argentinian-born pontiff is likely to receive a less-than-warm reception from a country still reeling from the repercussions of a local priest-abuse scandal. As Emily Green reports for NPR from the Chilean capital, “Around half a million people are expected to attend Pope Francis’ open-air mass in central Santiago. From there, he will visit a...

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Republicans Join In Condemning Trump’s Use Of Expletive To Describe Africa

NPR Enlarge this image President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Tuesday, where he reportedly made the controversial remarks. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP Lawmakers from both parties joined opinion leaders around the world in condemning remarks made by President Trump during a meeting earlier this week on immigration, in which he referred to “s***hole countries” in Africa and questioned why the U.S. would want to accept immigrants from countries such as Haiti and El Salvador. The comments came out of a...

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France’s Macron Says He Wants Law To Combat Fake News

NPR Enlarge this image French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year wishes to the news media at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on Wednesday. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images French President Emmanuel Macron says he will push a new law aimed at clamping down on fake news, saying he hopes to have it in place by the end of the year. Speaking at a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday, Macron said such a law was essential, especially during elections. “The freedom of the press is not a special...

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Firm That Contracted ‘Steele Dossier’ Says It Was ‘Shocked’ By Findings on Trump – NPR

GOOGLE NEWS Enlarge this image Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, arrives for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 14. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption toggle caption Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP The founders of the political research firm that commissioned the infamous Russia dossier say they were “shocked” by the things they say it uncovered and want their full story to be public. Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, founders of the opposition research shop Fusion GPS, also are accusing Republicans in Congress of unfairly targeting...

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