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Hurricanes, Rising Seas May Someday Force Florida Communities To Move. Can We Learn From Louisiana?

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 01:11:01 +0000

Florida and Louisiana face a shared threat from sea-level rise -- a threat that's growing as higher seas increase flood risk and warmer temperatures strengthen hurricanes . Mark Schleifstein is a Pulitzer-winning environment reporter with and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He attended high school in Miami. Schleifstein spoke with WLRN’s Kate Stein about the future of both places -- and about a community that’s already had to move away from the coast because of rising seas. SCHLEIFSTEIN: Isle de Jean Charles is a Native American Indian village, and that community had been leaving for a while prior to Katrina and the hurricanes that occurred after Katrina that affected them. That portion of coast where they lived has been eroding much more rapidly; those wetlands have been disappearing. And the people there now live literally along a road, and on both sides of the road, there’s water. So the state and the federal government made the decision that a levee system being built

Voter's Guide: Navigating The Amendments, Referenda On The 2018 Ballot

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:56:07 +0000

It’s going to be a marathon for South Florida voters this general election. They’ll run into a long ballot: several candidates for state and local office, a dozen proposed constitutional amendments and all the local referenda.

Exhibit In Dania Beach Follows Capture And Famous Trial Of One Nazi Leader

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:54:29 +0000

The entire crowd inside the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center on Sunday joined in singing the national anthem of Israel. It was the opening of the exhibit: Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichman . The Nazi official orchestrated much of the Holocaust. He was hanged in Israel in 1962. More than 500 people came to see the exhibit, which features original documents from when Eichman was captured in Argentina, and artifacts from his trial. The exhibit will be in Dania Beach through the end of March, before it travels to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. Avner Avraham - a former officer of Israel's intelligence agency, Mossad, was one of the curators of the exhibit. "[This is] One of the most famous and important trials ever," he said. "Of course, it's related to the Holocaust and the Jewish people." More than 60 survivors of the Holocaust came to the opening, including Adele Besserman, 88. She was 9 years old when the Holocaust began and she was able to

Migrant Caravan Grows to 5,000

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:57:00 +0000

A growing crowd of Central American migrants in southern Mexico resumed its advance toward the U.S. border on Sunday. The advances have overwhelmed Mexican officials' attempts to stop them at the border. The Associated Press reports that the number of migrants swelled to about 5,000 overnight. On Saturday, President Trump told reporters the migrants were " hardened criminals." With the November midterms less than three weeks away, Trump has become more vocal about the mass migration. At an election rally on Friday in Arizona, he told thousands of supporters, "Democrats want to throw your borders wide open to criminals. I want to build a wall." Reporter James Frederick was in southern Mexico and spoke to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro on Sunday. He observed officials stopping migrants from crossing the bridge that stretches over the Suchiate River, which is the legal crossing between Guatemala and Mexico. Mexican Federal Police, however, did not stop those migrants who crossed the river by

U.S. To Pull Out Of International Arms Control Agreement

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 17:47:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And now another story in our Troll Watch series. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) MARTIN: In this program, we've been trying to keep track of the ways that Internet trolls, especially those directed by foreign governments, have been trying to influence American voters by pushing fake stories or hyping up stories with a partisan or mean-spirited edge. Now we've heard about an Army veteran who's trying to eliminate disinformation on Facebook that targets service members and veterans. He's flagged about 100 Facebook pages that have millions of followers, and he's with us now. Kris Goldsmith is the assistant director for policy and government affairs at Vietnam Veterans of America, and he's also founder and president of High Ground Veterans Advocacy, and he's with us from NPR's bureau in New York. Kris Goldsmith, thanks so much for talking to us. KRIS GOLDSMITH: Hey. Thanks for having me. MARTIN: So let me - I'm going to ask you to walk me

How One Group Is Galvanizing Dissatisfied Voters

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 17:47:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Voters are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with both major political parties. Nearly 70 percent of Americans say that the two parties fail to adequately represent the American people, according to a recent nonpartisan survey. A Colorado-based group called Unite America is trying to use that dissatisfaction to elect more independent candidates to office nationwide. From Colorado Public Radio, Bente Birkeland reports. BENTE BIRKELAND, BYLINE: Unite America wants to galvanize voters like Anthony Cross. He's a Democrat but says he'd absolutely back an unaffiliated candidate if he agreed with their policy positions. ANTHONY CROSS: If anything, the last presidential election has kind of proven that both parties, in many ways, are flawed. The leadership in those parties are flawed. BIRKELAND: Still, Cross thinks the chance that he would ultimately vote for someone who is unaffiliated is pretty slim. CROSS: Because there's a high

Congo Rebels Kill 15, Threaten Ebola Containment Efforts Again

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 15:40:00 +0000

Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo's military said Sunday. The violence has threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus contamination efforts. The Allied Democratic Forces rebels, a Ugandan Islamist militant group active in the area since the 1990s, attacked Congolese army positions and several neighborhoods of Beni on Saturday and into Sunday, Capt. Mak Hazukay Mongha told The Associated Press. Last month, Ebola prevention activities were suspended for days in Beni after a deadly rebel attack, further complicating ways to find and track individuals infected by Ebola. Since then, many of the new Ebola cases have alarmed aid groups. The number of new confirmed cases has more than doubled. The latest attack comes after two medical workers were killed by a militia in Eastern Congo Saturday while manning a port of entry to try to control the spread of Ebola. It's believed to

White House Counsel's Exit Brings Attention To An Office With A Past

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 14:48:00 +0000

In a year of news tsunamis, this past week surpassed most. So you may not have noticed the quiet departure of a key player in President Trump's White House. Donald McGahn II, the White House counsel, vacated his West Wing office without a news conference or a public send-off. But as counsel to the Trump campaign in 2016, general counsel for the transition and the only White House counsel since, the 50-year-old Washington insider has been integral to some historic proceedings. Arguably no one has had more of an impact or done more to advance the Trump agenda. McGahn supervised the process that produced both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the two newest members of the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, McGahn oversaw the vetting of a score of new judges on the powerful federal courts of appeal and more than twice that number at the federal trial court level. Working with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, McGahn has seen these candidates

What's Cookin', Kiddo? America's Test Kitchen Unveils Book For Young Chefs

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:12:00 +0000

Eight-year-old Lucy Gray is wide-eyed and quivering with anticipation when I arrive at her house in suburban Maryland. I am sorry to report that I am not the object of her excitement. She is thrilled because she will soon be cooking with my companion, Molly Birnbaum, editor in chief of America's Test Kitchen Kids . America's Test Kitchen has long been a reliable source of advice for home cooks. The kitchen tests tools, techniques and recipes before making recommendations through its TV show, magazines and cookbooks. Now, all that know-how is becoming accessible to kids in The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs . The book has more than 100 recipes for foods that kids love to eat: blueberry muffins, cheese quesadillas, creamy dreamy tomato soup, sesame noodles with snow peas and carrots, chocolate mug cake. Birnbaum is going to show Lucy how to bring one of these yummy recipes to life. Lucy has chosen "One Pot Pasta with Quick Tomato Sauce." Although Lucy has helped with cooking in the

In Hurricane Michael's Wake, Florida Panhandle Faces Steep Path Back To Normal

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:12:00 +0000

More than a week after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle, cities and towns are facing the daunting task of trying to rebuild. The recovery is hampered by catastrophic damage not only to homes and businesses, but to vital infrastructure as well. The small Gulf coast town of Port St. Joe, with a population of about 3,500 residents, is one of countless communities that was hit by the storm. "Everywhere you turn and go you see some kind of destruction," says the town's mayor, Bo Patterson. "Whether it was wind damage, whether it was water, one of the two." Patterson says Hurricane Michael pushed in a 13-foot storm surge that flooded the streets closest to St. Joseph Bay on the west side of Port St. Joe. The rest of town saw roofs ripped off, windows blown out and huge oak and pine trees toppled. "Devastating, devastating," he repeats. "I don't know any other word to describe what you're seeing." The roof is off at the local Baptist church; its steeple is bent over. The

Sen. Jeff Merkley On Khashoggi, Russia Treaty

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:12:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Growing international outrage over the killing of a Washington Post columnist has the Trump administration on its heels while a migrant caravan at the border between Guatemala and Mexico has the president on the offense. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, sits on the Senate foreign relations committee, and he joins us this morning. Senator, thanks for being on the program. JEFF MERKLEY: You bet. Good morning. GARCIA-NAVARRO: Good morning. You've joined your voice to a bipartisan chorus of criticism regarding Jamal Khashoggi. He died at Saudi hands in their Istanbul consulate. The Saudis took a very long time to explain his death, and many details of those explanations seem difficult to believe. But the president wants to give the kingdom the benefit of the doubt. Will the Senate allow that? MERKLEY: Well, the Senate needs to have a very intense discussion about this because, basically, President Trump is giving a

What's At Stake In State Elections

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:12:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: In little more than two weeks, voters will decide 33 Senate races, all 435 U.S. House seats and some 6,000 state legislative contests. There's more at stake in those state House races than purely local concerns, and that's saying something coming from someone who has such strong opinions about my local trash schedule. I'm joined now by Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill. Welcome. REID WILSON: Thanks for having me. GARCIA-NAVARRO: All right, let's talk general trends. We've heard the president and his predictions of a red wave. What are you seeing state to state? WILSON: Well, it is almost certain that Democrats are going to pick up quite a large number of these state legislative seats, and that's because Republicans own so many seats to begin with. But if there is some kind of blue wave that develops, if President Trump turns out to be a drag on the Republican ticket, it's going to impact these state

A Brief History Of Nixon's 'Saturday Night Massacre'

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:12:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Forty-five years ago this Sunday morning, America was waking up to the news of Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. President Nixon had upended the Justice Department, having let go of his attorney general, deputy attorney general and the special counsel investigating the Watergate scandal. President Trump is vocally frustrated with Robert Mueller's investigation, so could it happen again? Here's Ron Elving, NPR's senior editor and correspondent, with the story of the Saturday Night Massacre. It's why we call him professor Ron. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: The Democratic National Committee is trying to solve a spy mystery. RON ELVING, BYLINE: Most Americans alive today hadn't even been born in 1972, the year five men were discovered inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters and arrested. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: The five men carried cameras

The Role Of Identity In Politics

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:12:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Ahead of the midterm elections, we are taking a look at what is often called identity politics and how the groups we come from affect our point of view. The way politicians express or suppress their identities has come up this campaign season. Just look at Texas. In a campaign jingle, Texas Senator Ted Cruz went after a Hispanic nickname his rival, Beto O'Rourke, has long used. (SOUNDBITE OF POLITICAL AD, "IF YOU'RE GONNA RUN IN TEXAS") UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: (Singing) I remember reading stories. Liberal Robert wanted to fit it. So he changed his name to Beto and hid it with a grin. GARCIA-NAVARRO: But Cruz himself hasn't escaped scrutiny. Hear from Chris Cuomo on CNN. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) CHRIS CUOMO: Look. Your name is Rafael. You know, you go by Ted. That's an anglicized version of it. He went the other way. GARCIA-NAVARRO: And just this week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who President Trump has

Meet The Jews Of The German Far Right

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 12:02:00 +0000

A small group of unlikely supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) — a party whose members have been accused of racism and downplaying the Nazis — has launched a new association. It's called "Jews in the AfD." Just 19 members turned up to its launch event in the city of Wiesbaden last month, but the development has unsettled many in Germany's Jewish community. According to police statistics, anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise in Germany. One incident caught on camera late last year shows a German man shouting abuse at the owner of Feinberg's, a well-known Jewish restaurant in the Berlin borough of Charlottenburg. The man rants "what do you want here? You belong in the gas chambers. Nobody wants you here with your stupid Jewish restaurants," until a police officer shows up. Mike Samuel Delberg, a restaurant regular and friend of the owner, posted the footage online to show others what he says he and other Jews have to put up with. Anti-Jewish aggression like this has

U.S. To End Cold War-Era Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia, Trump Says

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:01:00 +0000

President Trump said the U.S. will withdraw from a decades-old treaty with Russia that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons after he accused Russia of violating the treaty. "We're the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement," Trump told reporters in Nevada, "so we're going to terminate the agreement, we're going to pull out." Signed by President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty banned the U.S. and Soviet Union from having "ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers," and required the destruction of the missiles, launchers and "associated support structures and support equipment," according to the State Department. The two countries eliminated 2,692 missiles after the treaty's "entry-into-force" in 1988, the agency says. For several years, U.S. officials have accused Russia of violating

Report: Women Everywhere Don't Know Enough About Ovarian Cancer

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000

A new study of women with ovarian cancer shows that ignorance about the condition is common among patients in all 44 countries surveyed. And that ignorance has a cost. The disease is more treatable, even potentially curable, in its early stages. The women's answers also suggested their doctors were ignorant. Many of them reported that diagnosis took a long time and that they weren't referred to proper specialists. The study was based on an online survey of 1,531 women who had been diagnosed with the cancer and was conducted by the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit support group between March and May of this year. Ovarian cancer is the eighth leading cause of cancer in women, according to the World Health Organization. Nearly 300,000 women will develop it this year. The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition estimates that one in six will die within three months of diagnosis and fewer than half will be alive in five years. Prior to their diagnosis, two-thirds of the women surveyed