Chaos in Congress over border security; 'None of the above' wins Nevada's primary
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Congressional Republicans are regrouping after a chaotic evening. The House failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on charges of failing to enforce border policy. Four Republicans joined Democrats to reject the measure. Additionally, a bipartisan Senate package that pairs border security policies with foreign aid for Israel and Ukraine could fall apart because Republicans now oppose the border policy they previously demanded.
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley lost the Nevada primary yesterday despite her opponent, former President Donald Trump, not being on the ballot. Nevada voters opted for the "none of the above" option on their primary ballots. Trump will compete in Nevada's Republican caucus tomorrow. Because the party uses the caucus to award delegates, a primary win would have been purely symbolic for Haley. Still, the loss is a setback for her campaign.
Jennifer Crumbley, the mother of the Oxford High School shooter, was found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter yesterday. Ethan Crumbley, who killed four people at the Michigan high school in 2021, is currently serving a life sentence for the mass shooting. Ethan Crumbley's father, James Crumbley, has yet to go to trial.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Israel to work out terms to negotiate a Gaza cease-fire. Yesterday, Hamas leaders responded in a "positive" manner to the ongoing proposal talks, according to the Qatari mediator who helped draw up the plan. In Gaza, people took to the streets to call on Israel to accept the deal, chanting, "The people want peace right now."
A cartoon created in 1969 is a symbol for Palestinian resistance. But who is this spiky-haired boy? His name is Handala, and he was created by Palestinian newspaper cartoonist Naji al-Ali, two years after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. "This character represents insurgency, refusal and struggle," says Egyptian columnist Nadi Hafez of al-Qabas newspaper, where al-Ali worked for a long time.
See some versions of Handala here.
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Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition radio show and Up First podcast. Today, he reflects on one of NPR's founding mothers: Linda Wertheimer. She announced her retirement yesterday after more than 50 years of service.
When I first encountered Linda Wertheimer, I was a broke freelance reporter who occasionally got to file for NPR. Once, I filed a feature about a tiny West Virginia town with a rich history. It was for All Things Considered, which she co-hosted. It was thrilling to hear her great voice saying a line I had written for the introduction: "A handful of people live amid the ruins of another age."
Years later, we crossed paths in presidential election seasons and shared the airwaves on September 11, 2001. Years after that, she sometimes guest hosted alongside me on Morning Edition. It was a joy to share the studio with her because we talked when the microphone was off. She knew everybody in politics — or at least knew people who knew them — and had insights and observations about them all.
In a farewell interview, She told me something she had learned from delivering breaking news, which often was disturbing: "One of the things that live radio teaches you is that you just forget [what] you're terrified by. And you keep talking, and you acquire information and convey that information. That's the job." It struck me as a metaphor for life: you figure out the situation you're in, then you face it and go on.
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