Sexual-assault allegations against Roy Moore have reverberated from Alabama to Washington, D.C. Many Republican leaders have pulled their support from Moore, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the head of National Republican Senatorial Committee, the committee in charge of electing GOP senators. McConnell, trying to save every seat possible for an already too-narrow-for-comfort majority, is gaming out scenarios to try to hold the seat long in GOP hands as Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election. But, speaking Friday, Kay Ivey, Alabama's Republican governor, said she saw no reason why the election should not proceed as planned next month. And she holds many of the cards in the Moore saga. She set the election date and made a temporary appointment of Luther Strange to the Senate seat. In a number of scenarios she has some discretion to appoint someone els..
When President Trump returned this week from a 12-day, five-nation swing through Asia, he gave himself high marks for the "tremendous success of this trip." But experts say that while he avoided major blunders during his stops in Japan, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, the president missed more than one opportunity to offer his administration's strategic vision for the region — the world's largest, most populous and fastest growing. "It was all fluff," says David Shambaugh , a professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School at George Washington University. "Nothing came out of it except Trump flying in and being treated well himself." Shambaugh points to the lavish dinners, honor guards at nearly every stop and the tea to which the president was treated in Beijing's Forbidden City as "symbols" that the Chinese and "in fact, most Asian leaders, have figured out Trump" — by flattering his ego. The first two legs of the trip — ..
Every time there is a mass shooting in the United States, there is a flurry of concentration on those who died, the alleged or confessed perpetrator, and the sobered, devastated town that will be forever changed. Then at some point, the press caravan moves on — from Sutherland Springs, from Orlando, from Las Vegas. And within weeks, or sometimes just days, another mass shooting is being reported. The public attention moves on, but those affected families don't. More families joined the ranks of the grieving this past week, when five people were killed in Rancho Tehama Reserve, Calif. "It is a pain that will never go away," Tom Mauser says. He's been living with it for more than 18 years. His 15-year-old son Daniel was killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. "My son Daniel was a very gentle, soft-spoken kid," Mauser says. "He was a Boy Scout, piano player, loved to play video games, straight-A student." Daniel was shy, but faced his fears head-on, his father says. "..
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When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him to get a respectable haircut. "I had a Mohawk, which is the traditional style of my people and I wore it because of that," he said. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Rather than argue, Echo-Hawk cut his hair. Then, a few months later, he broke his ankle and had to take some time off. "When I finally came back to work, one of the managers their told me: 'That's what happens when you Indians get your firewater,' " he said. "And so, I filed a complaint very quickly, and basically put in my two weeks notice." About a third of Native Americans say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace when seeking jobs, or when getting promotions or earning equal pay, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Slightly more said..
On a sunny weekday afternoon, chef Bonnie Morales leads me past the Q subway line in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. We are going shopping for Russian food. Morales owns Kachka , a restaurant in Portland, Ore., that serves food from the former Soviet Union. It's one of the most popular places to eat in one of the hottest food cities in the country. Now, Morales has a new cookbook — also called Kachka . Its publication inspired this jaunt to Little Odessa, the kind of neighborhood where the child of Eastern European immigrants feels at home. "Because there's such a concentration of people from the former Soviet Union," Morales explains. People like Morales' own Russian Jewish immigrant parents. (Her husband is part Mexican; her maiden name is Frumkin.) She was born in the Chicago area, and as a child in the early 1990s, her relatives flocked to the United States after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Every week, it seemed, her parents threw another part..
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For all the negative headlines that 2017 have generated, Republicans are on the cusp of accomplishing two major policy goals that have eluded them for decades, at the same time. The Senate could soon approve oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with its bill to overhaul the nation's tax code. ANWR has long held an outsized symbolic role in the tug-of-war between environmental protection and the desire to increase domestic oil and gas drilling. In that regard, you could argue, it was the original Keystone XL Pipeline — an issue activists on both sides could rally, fundraise and organize around. Legislation opening up a portion of ANWR for leasing cleared a key Senate hurdle this week, when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved it on a 13-10 vote. The measure is tied to the budget process that Republican leaders are using to advance the tax overhaul, which means the bill would only need 51 votes – not the usual 60 – to advance in the ful..
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It was an unusually busy week on Capitol Hill. The House passed the tax bill , largely along party lines. Now it's on to the Senate, where Republicans are tacking on a rollback of the Obamacare individual mandate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress — again — and says his story about Russia contacts during the Trump campaign "has never changed." Another committee held hearings on the issue of sexual harassment on the Hill. That hearing was planned even before the new allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore , the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama, and now against Sen. Al Franken , D-Minn. Listen to the full roundup on the NPR Politics podcast. Here are the highlights Susan Davis on taxes : "Getting the first version of the bill through the Senate is seen as the most critical hurdle. Because there is broad confidence that if they can do that, they can get a bill out of conference, and they can get that bill to president Trump's desk — yes,..
You are in a foreign country. And things are certainly looking a bit foreign. Do you sit or squat? Can you toss toilet paper down the bowl or hole? Let the signs guide you. That is, if you can understand them. Doug Lansky, author of the Signspotting series of books, knows how toilet etiquette signs can be mysterious, misleading and hilarious. His books include all types of funny warning and advice signs, but the topic of toilets is especially popular. Lansky, who gave up a job offer at the New Yorker to travel the world, has seen his share of terrifying toilets. The worst? "A second-class Indian train toilet. The train is shaking, there is no light and it's pretty clear everyone else has missed the target too. Plus, it's your standard messy hole in the floor, but underneath it's just train tracks whipping by. You have to be a really confident squatter." Ew. Goats and Soda asked Lansky to share some thoughts on funny toilet signs around the world. Copyright 2017 NPR. To s..
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Two dozen third-graders wiggle in their seats. Their attention is on their teacher — up front. He has a question for them: How many know about condoms? About half of the class raise their hands. The students are fixed on his talk — a lesson on sexual education and gender equality. Everyone inside the classroom in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, is captivated with this lesson. It's the people farther away — across the small island nation — that are not happy about this. The class was captured in a 3-minute public TV station's coverage of the 80-minute course, in which the teacher wrote down "sexual intercourse behaviors between same-sex and opposite-sex" on the chalkboard. Students practiced using condoms on dildos. The coverage early this year was intended to showcase the class as an example of school children respecting gender differences and protecting themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. But soon after the segment aired, complaints about the class s..
KAPA Hawaiian FM morning personalities Jaz and Ka’ea welcomed Nathan Aweau to the KAPA Cafe. Nathan is a multi-award winning musician and singer. He was formerly a member of the Hoku award-winning groups, Ka’eo and The Ali’i’s. In 2001, his album “E Apo Mai” won “Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Contemporary Hawaiian Album of the Year”. Nathan is currently touring and plans to release his new album next year. He will be performing at the 15th Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival, which takes place this weekend (Nov 16th-18th) at the Kahilu theatre.
KAPA Hawaiian FM morning personalities Jaz and Ka’ea welcomed Chef Paul to the KAPA Cafe. Chef Paul has been with the Palamanui West Hawaii Culinary Program for 17 years, and is the chef instructor and coordinator. Palamanui will be having a culinary festival/fundraiser on Saturday, Dec 2nd at 5:30 p.m. It takes place at the courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, and includes live music and a silent auction.
It's Friday, so I'm weaving in and out of upbeat songs, leaning heavily on Mexican folk coming out of California . Tickets to Monday's Valerie June show can be found HERE. Follow Me on Facebook Shoot Me an Email Listen To Mixes on Soundcloud or Mixcloud Support Hawaii Public Radio Online Tickets for the Atherton can be found at hprtickets.org Upcoming Live Sets: ~Saturday Sunsets at Hula's (Last Saturday residency)- Saturday November 25th 4-7pm ~La Hiki at The Four Seasons Ko Olina 6-9pm ~Soulgasm w/ Jeremy Sole (KCRW) at Bar 35- Friday December 15 th , ~Four Seasons Pool Bar- December 22 nd & 23 rd (Tenative) ~Silent Disco Wanderlust Oahu- Friday March 2 nd Set List:
The snorkeler was brought to shore after reportedly experiencing a medical emergency in waters at the ʻĀhihi-Kinaʻu Natural Area Reserve.
ʻĪao Valley State Monument will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, following completion of a second phase of slope stabilization to the stream areas in the park that were damaged by a massive flood event in September 2016. The park was originally expected to reopen by Dec. 16, 2017.