Brian Naylor http://publicradioeast.org en Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog http://publicradioeast.org/post/report-decries-cozy-relationship-shared-dhs-and-watchdog A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39763 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy http://publicradioeast.org/post/obama-administration-opens-review-its-deportation-policy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policy. According to the president, it's an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is leading the review, meeting with numerous groups, ranging from agricultural workers to religious leaders to members of Congress. Many organizations have been weighing in with ideas of how they'd like to ease the rules. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39662 at http://publicradioeast.org New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-deal-treasure-government-searches-long-lost-art At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt enacted a raft of New Deal programs aimed at giving jobs to millions of unemployed Americans; programs for construction workers and farmers — and programs for writers and artists.<p>"Paintings and sculpture were produced, murals were produced and literally thousands of prints," says Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.<p>In all, hundreds of thousands of works were produced by as many as 10,000 artists. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39097 at http://publicradioeast.org New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized http://publicradioeast.org/post/man-faces-nature-more-often-us-agency-scrutinized <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ju2e0InMus</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 38251 at http://publicradioeast.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate http://publicradioeast.org/post/rising-gop-star-oklahoma-aims-us-senate The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.<p>Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.<p>On Saturday night, the Comanche County Republican Party held its annual barbecue. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37736 at http://publicradioeast.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate Why Don't Planes Stream Their Flight Data In Real Time? http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-dont-planes-stream-their-flight-data-real-time Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Stormy weather over the southern Indian Ocean today once again squelched the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Bad weather may be a recurring problem there as the Southern Hemisphere edges toward winter. Satellite data points investigators to those remote seas. There have also been satellite images of floating objects. But so far, no debris has been positively identified and the search area is still huge.<p>Experts say the disappearance of the Boeing jet wouldn't be such a mystery if it had been streaming its location data. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37473 at http://publicradioeast.org In Airliner Search, Countries Still Wonder What Parts To Play http://publicradioeast.org/post/airliner-search-countries-still-wonder-what-parts-play FBI investigators are now joining the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It's one more instance of increasingly closer international cooperation in the search — though confusion persists. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36828 at http://publicradioeast.org Toyota, Justice Department Reach Settlement On Recall http://publicradioeast.org/post/toyota-justice-department-reach-settlement-recall The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it has reached a billion-dollar agreement with Toyota, settling a federal probe into the company's handling of a recall for faulty gas pedals. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36796 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Checks For Stolen Passports, But Other Nations Fall Short http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-checks-stolen-passports-other-nations-fall-short One of the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is the appearance of two men on the flight manifest who were apparently traveling with stolen passports.<p>On U.S.-bound flights there are safeguards aimed at preventing that from happening. Interpol, the international police organization, issued a statement criticizing Malaysia for allowing the passengers to board the flight.<p>Since 9/11, Interpol has maintained a database of stolen passports containing more than 40 million entries, according to the agency. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36124 at http://publicradioeast.org Government Printing Office Is Churning Out Less Paper http://publicradioeast.org/post/government-printing-office-churning-out-less-paper Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The government is often dismissed as nothing but paper-shuffling bureaucrats, but in reality, there's a lot less paper being shuffled these days. Far fewer copies of the federal budget came off government presses this week, just one example of how Washington is trying to wean itself off paper and to online distribution of information.<p>Of course, this being Washington, this is not without controversy, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The Government Printing Office is an imposing New Deal-era edifice, a few blocks from the U.S. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 35791 at http://publicradioeast.org Behind The Curtain At The Clinton White House http://publicradioeast.org/post/behind-curtain-clinton-white-house Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The Clinton Library and the National Archives released some 4,000 documents today from the Clinton administration. Among other things, the papers the deal with the Clinton's defeated healthcare reforms and then First Lady Hillary Clinton's image. They're part of a trove of documents and the first of several batches to be made public. NPR's Brian Naylor has been going through them and he joins me now. Brian, welcome.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: Hi, Melissa.<p>BLOCK: And why the release now? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 35410 at http://publicradioeast.org Feeling The Fiscal Squeeze, EPA Seeks To Slim Down http://publicradioeast.org/post/feeling-fiscal-squeeze-epa-seeks-slim-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has a lot on its plate, now add to that budget concerns. The agency is hoping to trim its staff. Like a number of other government agencies, the EPA is offering buyouts to employees.<p>As NPR's Brian Naylor reports, it's all part of a shrinking federal workforce.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The EPA has a pretty significant workload these days. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 35219 at http://publicradioeast.org In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience http://publicradioeast.org/post/west-virginia-polluted-water-squeezes-wallets-and-patience Nate May's Prius is loaded down with water. The back is filled with boxes, each holding three one-gallon jugs that he just bought at Walmart. He and other volunteers are driving around Charleston, W.V., dropping off the jugs to people who have contacted his ad hoc group, the West Virginia Clean Water Hub. It's paid for with donations.<p>"There are a lot of people this has put in a difficult bind. Some of them can't get out, some of them are elderly, some of them — it's just too much of a financial burden," May says. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34285 at http://publicradioeast.org In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience Congressional Panel Probes W.Va. Chemical Spill http://publicradioeast.org/post/congressional-panel-probes-wva-chemical-spill Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>SENATOR JAY ROCKEFELLER: I wouldn't drink that water if you paid me.<p>INSKEEP: That's West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller yesterday, telling NPR he does not trust his own state's water. More than a month has passed since a chemical spill left 300,000 West Virginians without usable tap water. Specifically, residents were told not to drink or cook with the water.<p>While the ban has been lifted, officials will not declare the water safe to drink. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34047 at http://publicradioeast.org Legislators Make A Field Trip To Investigate W.Va Spill http://publicradioeast.org/post/legislators-make-field-trip-investigate-wva-spill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Officials in Charleston, West Virginia, testified today that the water there is now suitable for drinking and bathing, but nobody seemed ready or willing to call it safe. The testimony came at a field hearing held by members of Congress one month after a chemical in spill in the Elk River tainted the water for some 300,000 people. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34017 at http://publicradioeast.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services http://publicradioeast.org/post/post-office-could-rack-billions-offering-money-services As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money each year, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a check cashing card that would allow holders to make purchases and pay bills online or even take out small loans. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 33766 at http://publicradioeast.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis http://publicradioeast.org/post/undermanned-and-limited-chemical-safety-board-confronts-crisis Transcript <p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: I'm Brian Naylor in Washington.<p>The agency responsible for investigating just what happened in Charleston is the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. It's a relative newcomer to Washington. It first got to work in 1998 and was modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes and other transportation accidents. The Chemical Safety Board's mission is to investigate significant chemical accidents. Its current chairman is Rafael Moure-Eraso, an academic and native of Colombia. He says the issue of chemical safety in the U.S. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 33485 at http://publicradioeast.org Virginia's Gay-Marriage Decision Shows 'Disrespect' http://publicradioeast.org/post/va-attorney-generals-decision-gay-marriage-shows-disrespect Virginia's attorney general surprised the state's political circles on Thursday when he announced he will not defend Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage when it goes before a federal judge next week. Virginians had varying reactions to Mark Herring's decision. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 32725 at http://publicradioeast.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail http://publicradioeast.org/post/putting-brake-who-can-see-your-cars-data-trail At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, carmakers are happy to demonstrate the technology in their vehicles. A spokeswoman for Buick points out some of the safety features in the new Regal:<p>"Automatic crash preparation," she says. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 32605 at http://publicradioeast.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail Former Va. Gov. And Wife Face 14-Count Indictment http://publicradioeast.org/post/former-va-gov-and-wife-face-14-count-indictment Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Just 10 days after leaving office, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was indicted today by federal prosecutors for corruption. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting gifts from a wealthy Virginia businessman.<p>NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The cloud of a possible indictment hung over McDonnell's final months in office, ever since it became clear that the U.S. Attorney in Richmond was investigating the McDonnells for taking gifts and loans from Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 32531 at http://publicradioeast.org