NPR: Brian Naylor

After almost a decade spent reporting on Congress for NPR, Brian Naylor has turned his microphone toward the issues, people, and events of the Mid-Atlantic region. His coverage now encompasses developments in the area stretching from Pennsylvania through Virginia. In addition to his reports heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition, Naylor can be heard as a substitute host on NPR's newsmagazines.

As NPR's congressional correspondent, Naylor documented the first Republican majority in Congress in 40 years, and filed many reports chronicling the 73-member year freshman class who, according to Naylor, were the driving force behind the revolution. Naylor was elected to the Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio/TV Gallery in 1995. His congressional work earned national praise; Naylor's stories were among those that won NPR the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism award presented for political reporting in 1996. Before becoming NPR's congressional correspondent, Naylor served as NPR's White House correspondent during the Reagan administration.

During his tenure at NPR, Naylor has also reported from abroad. He filed from London during the Gulf War and from Jerusalem in the aftermath of the Temple Mount shootings. He also covered the 1988 Olympics from Seoul. Naylor joined NPR in 1982 as a newscaster for All Things Considered. Before coming to NPR, Naylor served from 1979 to 1982 as State House/political reporter and anchor for WOSU-FM in Columbus, Ohio. Naylor has also worked at radio stations in Maine.

A native of Pound Ridge, NY, Naylor graduated from the University of Maine in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting/film.

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4:09pm

Thu July 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama's First Trip To Kenya As President Is Less About His Roots This Time

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:19 pm

A man in Nairobi, Kenya, stands in front of a mural of President Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, ahead of Obama's trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.
Ben Curtis AP

President Obama leaves Thursday night on a trip that will take him back to his father's homeland, while at the same time making him the first sitting president to visit two key East African nations: Kenya and Ethiopia.

The president's first stop is Kenya. He will not visit his father's ancestral village, administration officials say, citing security and logistical reasons. But he will meet privately with relatives, who may well include his father's second wife; Obama's step-grandmother, known as Mama Sarah; and his half-sister Auma Obama.

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4:17pm

Thu July 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Government Extending Federal Benefits To All Married Same-Sex Couples

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:35 pm

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, seen at a May news conference at the Justice Department, announced the change in federal marriage benefits on Thursday.
Cliff Owen AP

The government said Thursday it will make federal marriage benefits available to all same-sex couples.

The Obama administration had previously extended most federal benefits to married same-sex couples. But the federal government could not distribute Social Security and VA benefits to couples living in states where such marriages were prohibited.

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4:17pm

Thu July 9, 2015
The Two-Way

OPM: 21.5 Million Social Security Numbers Stolen From Government Computers

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 9:41 pm

Updated at 9:40 p.m. ET

The U.S. government says it's concluded "with high confidence" that the Social Security numbers of 21.5 million people were stolen from government background investigation databases.

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3:01pm

Thu July 9, 2015
The Two-Way

NYSE Says Software Update To Blame For Trading Halt

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 5:17 pm

The New York Stock Exchange says a planned software update caused Wednesday's system shutdown that halted trading for more than 3.5 hours.

In a statement, the NYSE says its problems began Tuesday night with the rollout of a software release. The exchange says that as customers began connecting after 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, "there were communication issues between customer gateways and the trading unit with the new release."

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The NYSE says it turns out the gateways were "not loaded with the proper configuration compatible with the new release."

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12:33pm

Wed July 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Trading Resumes On New York Stock Exchange

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 4:04 pm

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in New York before trading was halted on Wednesday.
Seth Wenig AP

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange, after computer related problems forced the exchange to suspend trading for more than three and a half hours.

The exchange "temporarily halted" trading as of 11:32 a.m. ET; trading resumed at approximately 3:10 p.m. ET.

The NYSE released a series of Tweets in which it said the issue was technical and not due to malicious activity:

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3:47pm

Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Excellent: Harry Shearer To Return To 'The Simpsons' Cast

Big news today from Springfield: The voice of Mr. Burns is returning. Harry Shearer isn't leaving the cast of The Simpsons after all.

Fox, which has aired the show since 1989, said today that it is "proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series' voice cast will be returning to the roles they've brought to life since the show's beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago."

Shearer also provides that voices of Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders and many other Simpsons characters.

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1:37pm

Tue July 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Aims To Expand Access To Solar Power

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 2:53 pm

Solar panels gather sunlight in Florida.
John Raoux AP

The Obama administration hopes to make solar power more accessible for low- and middle-income Americans. It's announcing a series of moves, including installing more solar energy units in federally subsidized housing, low cost loans for homeowners and a program to help renters.

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6:39pm

Thu July 2, 2015
The Two-Way

Virginia's Pamunkey Tribe Granted Federal Recognition

The federal government Thursday granted recognition to the Pamunkey Indian tribe of Virginia. The tribe, whose members encountered the first permanent English settlers some 400 years ago, had long sought the recognition.

The Pamunkey tribe has just over 200 members, about a quarter of whom live on a reservation near Richmond.

The announcement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that it would recognize the tribe is "vindication," said tribal Chief Kevin Brown.

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10:39am

Thu July 2, 2015
The Two-Way

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 12:31 pm

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 people and resulted in the nation's largest offshore oil spill.
Gerald Herbert AP

BP on Thursday announced an $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments. The agreement comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Eleven workers were killed in the accident.

The company says the payments, to be made over the next 18 years, "settle all state and local claims arising from the event."

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4:43pm

Wed July 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Justice Department Investigating Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:46 pm

The Justice Department says it is investigating "possible unlawful coordination" by several major airline carriers. American, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have all confirmed receiving letters from the Justice Department.

In a statement, American said the department "seeks documents and information from the last two years that are related to statements and decisions about airline capacity."

A United spokesman said the company is complying fully in regard to the probe.

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4:28pm

Wed July 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Militants Stage Series Of Deadly Attacks In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Militants launched a number of deadly attacks on checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday. A group linked to the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Merrit Kennedy filed this report from Cairo for Newscast:

"In Egypt, militants launched a coordinated series of assaults in the restive north Sinai peninsula. The military says 17 soldiers were killed, though local security officials earlier in the day said more than 50 soldiers were killed.

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2:13pm

Wed July 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Somebody Is Cutting Internet Cables In California

The FBI is investigating a string of recent physical attacks on Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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12:15pm

Wed July 1, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S., Cuba Formally Resume Diplomatic Relations

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:26 pm

President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, spoke about U.S. ties with Cuba during remarks Wednesday in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama on Wednesday announced the formal resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of hostilities. The two countries have agreed to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana.

Standing in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called it "a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people."

Obama said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Havana this summer to "proudly raise the flag over our embassy once more."

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4:12pm

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Prison Officials On Leave After New York Escape

Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured on Sunday. Authorities say he has told them he and Richard Matt performed a dry run of their escape the day before they broke out.
AP

Twelve officials at an upstate New York prison have been placed on leave, as authorities investigate how two convicted killers managed to escape from the facility on June 6.

Among those placed on leave are Superintendent Steven Racette, of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown, according to multiple media accounts.

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2:34pm

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Deadline In Iran Nuclear Talks Extended To July 7

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 3:17 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (left) and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman met with Iranian negotiators Tuesday at a hotel in Vienna.
Carlos Barria AP

The Iran nuclear talks, which had been scheduled to wrap up Tuesday, have been extended. The U.S. and the five other nations negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program announced they'll meet for another week, as it became clear that they weren't likely to reach a deal by today's deadline.

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11:45am

Tue June 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Chris Christie Declares His Candidacy For President

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 4:06 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands with (from left) his wife, Mary Pat Christie, and their children, Patrick, Sarah, Andrew and Bridget, on Tuesday at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose political career has taken almost as many turns as a roulette wheel at an Atlantic City casino, is running for president.

He made the announcement Tuesday at Livingston High School, which he attended and where he was class president. Declaring "America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness" in the White House, Christie said he is ready "to fight for the people of the United States of America."

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11:33am

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:36 pm

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The Supreme court has ruled against an Obama administration effort to limit toxic mercury emissions from power plants, saying the costs of compliance should be taken into account at the very earliest stages of the regulatory process.

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3:27pm

Fri June 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Police Shoot, Kill Escaped New York Convict

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:01 am

Law enforcement personnel take cover Friday afternoon after cornering two escaped prisoners off of Route 30 in Malone, N.Y. One prisoner, Richard Matt, was shot dead by law enforcement. Authorities were still searching for escapee David Sweat late Friday night.
Matthew Healey UPI/Landov

Updated 11 p.m. ET

Hundreds of officers are following leads on the possible whereabouts of escapee David Sweat, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday night, but it's unclear right now whether the two men were hiding out together.

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2:19pm

Thu June 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Haven't Found The Gown? The GSA Can Help With That

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 8:15 pm

Pallas Athena Wedding Gown, Size: 6, Pearl/Sequin Beading. Color:Ivory (Lot 25)
U.S. General Services Administration

The government wants you to say yes to the dress.

It's auctioning off the contents of a bridal shop in Juneau, Alaska, that were seized by the U.S. Marshals service after the owner was sentenced for her role in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

Prospective brides can find gowns, women's and men's formalwear, and even a 3-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring.

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7:04pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Acts To Ease Family Detentions

The Department of Homeland Security says it is changing its family detention policies, but critics say the steps don't go far enough.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin releasing families now being held at ICE facilities who are "successful in stating a case of credible or reasonable fear of persecution in their home countries."

The families will have to post a monetary bond or other condition of release.

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4:27pm

Wed June 24, 2015
The Two-Way

OPM Chief Again Grilled On Data Hack

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 6:58 pm

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill again today on the hack of federal employees' personal data in agency computers.
Susan Walsh AP

The director of the Office of Personnel Management underwent another grilling Wednesday, this time from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Katherine Archuleta sat for more than three hours as lawmakers questioned her competence and her estimates of how many government workers may have had their data breached in the hacking of OPM's computers discovered this spring.

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4:50pm

Tue June 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Just In Time For Summer: National Parks Hiking Entrance Fees

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:23 pm

Many national parks, including Yellowstone, are raising visitor fees.
Anick Jesdanun AP

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Visiting a national park this summer?

Be prepared to pay more for the experience. Many national parks across the country, faced with tight budgets and delayed maintenance, are increasing entrance fees.

The National Park Service says 106 of the 128 parks that charge entry fees are raising those fees or planning to do so in the coming year.

The list includes many of the most popular parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, as well as monuments and historic sites.

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3:51pm

Mon June 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Weighs In On Raisins, Spider-Man And Hotel Registries

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 5:27 pm

We're still awaiting U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the two big blockbuster cases that have drawn attention this term: same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act. But the court did issue a number of decisions Monday in some lesser-known but interesting and important cases.

Here's a rundown:

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6:29pm

Fri June 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Obamacare Repeal Would Add Billions to Deficit

Nonpartisan government analysts say repealing Obamacare would modestly add to the budget deficit, boost the economy, and increase the number of uninsured Americans by more than 20 million.
Don Ryan AP

Congress' official scorekeeper says repealing Obamacare would increase the federal budget deficit and the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million.

The report from the Congressional Budget Office comes as Washington awaits a ruling by the Supreme Court that could end insurance subsidies for some six million people in 30 states.

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4:07pm

Fri June 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Kansas City Royals Are Running The Bases In All-Star Game Balloting

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 5:46 pm

Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante hits an RBI single in the second inning during a game last month against the Cincinnati Reds.
Ed Zurga AP

Could it be a virtual stuffing of the ballot box?

Major League Baseball says it is invalidating more than 60 million online ballots for the upcoming All-Star Game, citing irregularities.

Baseball fans outside Kansas City have been watching with shock and some outrage as the voting has so far placed Royals players in eight of the nine American League starting positions for the July 14 game.

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1:32pm

Fri June 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Brazil Arrests Heads Of 2 Construction Giants In Petrobras Probe

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 5:43 pm

The Brazilian national flag flutters at the front of the headquarters of the Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras, in Rio de Janeiro.
Vanderlei Almeida AFP/Getty Images

Police in Brazil have arrested the leaders of the nation's two largest engineering and construction companies. Marcelo Odebrecht, head of Odebrecht SA, and Otavio Marques Azevedo, head of Andrade Gutierrez, were taken into custody in Friday morning raids linked to a scandal involving Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports for Newscast:

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3:21pm

Thu June 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Congress Breathes Life Into President's Fast-Track Trade Plan

President Obama's "fast-track" trade proposal, written off by many last week, got a key boost in the House on Thursday when lawmakers voted 218-208 to approve the measure.

The bill now moves back to the Senate, where a vote is expected next week.

The fast-track measure would enable the President to send to Congress, for an up or down vote, a trade deal with Pacific rim nations called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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12:24pm

Thu June 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Slain Charleston Church Pastor Heard Calling At Early Age

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:47 pm

The desk of S.C. Sen. Clementa Pinckney is draped in black cloth with a single rose and vase in an empty chamber prior to a Senate session, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Among the nine victims of Wednesday's shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. was its pastor, Clementa Pinckney, who was also a was also a Democratic state senator. He was 41.

According to the church's website, Pinckney "answered the call to preach at the age of 13 and received his first appointment to pastor at the age of 18."

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4:28pm

Mon June 15, 2015
The Two-Way

Jeb Bush Makes It Official: He's Running

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 5:34 pm

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush takes the stage to formally join the race for president Monday at Miami Dade College in Miami.
David Goldman AP

Jeb Bush formally declared his candidacy for the White House on Monday.

"Our country is on a very bad course. And the question is: What are we going to do about it? The question for me is: What am I going to do about it? And I have decided — I am a candidate for president of the United States," Bush said during a rally at Miami Dade College's Kendall campus.

With that announcement, the former Florida governor becomes the 11th major Republican candidate seeking the party's presidential nomination.

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7:07pm

Thu June 11, 2015
The Two-Way

IRS Announces Effort To Fight Fraudulent Tax Returns

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 8:09 pm

The Internal Revenue Service, hoping to reduce the number of fraudulent tax returns filed each year, says it's partnering with several tax preparation and software firms in an effort to protect taxpayers.

The initiative, announced by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, will include steps the IRS believes will better authenticate the identity of taxpayers and the information included on tax return submissions.

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