Author: Scott Simon

Why I Don’t Say ‘First Lady’

NPR Enlarge this image First lady Melania Trump arrives for the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mark Wilson/Getty Images “The one thing I do not want to be called is first lady,” Jacqueline Kennedy once said. “It sounds like a saddle horse.” You may not have noticed I try to avoid saying, “first lady” on the air. But Hillary Clinton noticed when we interviewed her at the White House years ago, and told me she thought I was being fussy. “I don’t use it much personally,” she told us in...

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President Trump’s Slur Is An Insult To America, Too

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump talks during a news conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway at the White House Wednesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The ugliest profanity President Trump uttered about immigrants and their countries of origin may not be the single word we’ve heard and read over and over these past couple of days. It’s when the president reportedly asked the bipartisan group of legislators at the White House, “Why do we want all these people here?” — an apparent reference to people from Africa especially — then added:...

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Trump Retweeted A Racist Group, But How Did He Find Their Videos?

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May in New York in September. This week Trump passed along malicious messages from the racist, ultranationalist fringe group Britain First. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption toggle caption Evan Vucci/AP This week the president of the United States passed along malicious messages from a racist, ultranationalist fringe group directly to almost 44 million people. Those 44 million follow him on Twitter, and may have now retweeted those anti-Muslim messages to millions more. The president retweeted three videos posted by a leader of the group Britain First. All the...

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In China, Trump Helped Basketball Stars But Not Human Rights

NPR Enlarge this image President Trump joined China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 9 in Beijing. Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pool/Getty Images The three UCLA basketball players President Trump helped spring from China this week looked shamefaced when they told reporters in Los Angeles they were guilty of shoplifting sunglasses in China. They added they were grateful to President Trump for raising their case with President Xi Jinping. Mr. Trump reportedly referred to them as “knuckleheads,” which will probably not deter pro teams from one day signing the suspended college...

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