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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6:18pm

Thu June 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Union: All Data Of All Federal Employees Hacked

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:41 pm

The president of the largest federal employees union says all data for every current and retired federal employee and up to 1 million former employees were stolen by hackers. He says those data include names and Social Security numbers, military service and insurance and pension information.

The government has acknowledged that data of as many as 4 million current and former employees and retirees were stolen, but it hasn't detailed which employees were affected. Nor has it specified which data were stolen.

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2:43pm

Wed June 10, 2015
The Two-Way

After Nearly 30 Years, Librarian Of Congress Is Calling It Quits

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 11:30 am

The Librarian of Congress, James Billington, speaks at an event last year at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Wolf AP

The head of the world's largest library has reached the end of the story.

James Billington, who has been the librarian of Congress since the Reagan administration, says he is retiring. The Library of Congress says Billington, 86, will step down on Jan. 1, 2016.

In a statement, Billington says, "Leading this great institution ... for nearly three decades has been the honor and joy of my 42 years of public service in Washington." The statement adds:

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10:25am

Wed June 10, 2015
The Two-Way

Amtrak Engineer Not On Cellphone Before Philadelphia Derailment, NTSB Says

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 10:43 am

Emergency personnel work at the scene the day after a deadly train derailment on May 12 in Philadelphia.
Patrick Semansky AP

The engineer at the controls of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last month was not using his cellphone during the time he was operating train No. 188.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released a long-awaited analysis of cellphone records to determine whether the engineer was distracted at the time of the May 12 accident. Eight people died and some 200 others were injured in the derailment.

The NTSB states:

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5:52pm

Tue June 9, 2015
The Two-Way

NPR Red Cross Investigation Prompts Call For A Congressional Hearing

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:52 am

A Minnesota congressman is calling for a hearing into how the Red Cross spent millions of dollars donated for disaster relief in Haiti, following the devastating 2010 earthquake there.

The subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation, the Red Cross raised nearly $500 million and promised to provide housing for more than 130,000 people, yet built just six homes.

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4:58pm

Tue June 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Watchdog Questions Whether TSA Can Do Its Job

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:31 pm

Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth testifies Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he's concerned about security lapses by the TSA.
Cliff Owen AP

The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security says his office is "deeply concerned" about the ability of the Transportation Security Administration to carry out its mission. John Roth told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that despite hundreds of recommendations on security procedures "some problems appear to persist."

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3:37pm

Mon June 8, 2015
The Two-Way

After Spending Millions On Communications, Homeland Security Fails Radio Test

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 5:47 pm

One of the difficulties that first responders during the Sept. 11 attacks faced was problematic communication, including radios that didn't allow different agencies to speak with one another.

It would seem like a simple problem to solve, and in the years since, the Department of Homeland Security has spent heavily, equipping agencies with new radios and special reserved frequencies for them to operate on.

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11:58am

Mon June 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law In Jerusalem Passport Dispute

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 3:11 pm

Menachem Zivotofsky stands with his father, Ari Zivotofsky, outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a law that allowed Americans who were born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on their passports.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court said that the law, passed by Congress in 2002, interferes with the president's constitutional right to recognize foreign nations. The U.S. State Department has a long-standing policy not to recognize any nation's authority over Jerusalem until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status.

The case is seen as an important separation-of-powers ruling.

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7:19pm

Thu June 4, 2015
National Security

Chinese Hackers Breach Government Personnel Office Computers

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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3:55pm

Thu June 4, 2015
The Two-Way

In A First For Online Media, Gawker Writers Join Union

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 9:32 pm

For the first time, workers at a digital media company have voted to join a union. Editorial employees at Gawker Media are joining the Writers Guild of America, after a vote in which 80 employees or 75 percent voted in favor of forming a union, and 27 employees, or 25 percent opposed.

In a post on the Gawker website, the editorial employees say the next steps are "determining what we want to bargain for, forming a bargaining committee and negotiating a contract."

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1:37pm

Thu June 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Burst Oil Pipeline In California Severely Corroded, Investigators Say

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 2:20 pm

Oil fouls the shore north of Goleta, Calif., following a pipeline rupture near Refugio State Beach.
David McNew Getty Images

The pipeline that ruptured and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil along the California coastline near Santa Barbara last month was badly corroded, according to federal investigators.

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7:01pm

Wed June 3, 2015
The Two-Way

NFL To Stream Online-Only Game For The First Time This Fall

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 9:38 am

The NFL, long a mainstay of network TV, will be coming to more screens this fall. The league announced that it is partnering with Yahoo to live-stream the October 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.

It's the first time the NFL will stream an Internet-only game (although fans in the two teams' markets will also be able to view the game on their usual TV stations.)

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5:51pm

Wed June 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Lincoln Chafee's Improbable Quest For The White House

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:30 pm

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to be U.S. president during an address to the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at their campus in Arlington, Va., Wednesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Lincoln Chafee has been a Republican U.S. senator and an independent governor and now is taking a shot at the presidency, as a Democrat.

Chafee announced his bid in a speech in Arlington, Va., at George Mason University on Wednesday. In his speech, Chafee said, "I enjoy challenges, and certainly we have many facing America. Today I'm formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president."

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3:51pm

Wed June 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate Panel Says Obama Administration Lacks Watchdogs

Would a permanent inspector general at the U.S. State Department have flagged then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private account for her e-mails? That was one of the questions raised at a Senate panel hearing on the lack of permanent inspectors general in the Obama administration.

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3:12pm

Tue June 2, 2015
The Two-Way

Was Recent IRS Data Breach Preventable?

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:33 pm

A government watchdog says the Internal Revenue Service ignored many of its recommendations to improve computer security. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate panel Tuesday that a data breach reported last month involving the accounts of 104,000 taxpayers is an example of "a perfectly good security mechanism ... being overtaken by events."

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4:21pm

Mon June 1, 2015
The Two-Way

American Freelance Journalist Released By Rebels In Yemen

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:51 pm

An American freelance journalist who had been held by Houthi rebels in Yemen has been freed. The U.S. State Department says Casey Coombs is now in Oman, where he is undergoing a medical evaluation. Coombs had been reporting for The Intercept website and was one of a number of Americans being held in Yemen.

The New York Times spoke with Coombs' mother, Jill Marie Hammill:

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12:23pm

Mon June 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Rules For Woman Denied Abercrombie & Fitch Job Over Headscarf

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:53 pm

Samantha Elauf (right) stands with her mother, Majda, in February outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

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11:21am

Mon June 1, 2015
The Two-Way

S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham Joins Battle For Republican Nomination

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 5:18 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to supporters after announcing his bid for presidential election in Central, S.C.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Three-term U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the latest entrant into the GOP presidential field, announcing his candidacy Monday in his hometown of Central, S.C.

"I want to be president to protect our nation that we all love so much. So get ready. I'm ready," he told supporters. "I want to be president to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us, not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them."

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6:24pm

Thu May 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:37 pm

Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

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5:18pm

Thu May 28, 2015
The Two-Way

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low-Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:53 am

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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2:09pm

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:31 pm

The Obama administration announced new clean water rules Wednesday that it says will protect sources of drinking water for 117 million Americans, rules welcomed by environmental groups, but bitterly opposed by congressional Republicans and farm state democrats.

The rules clarify which waterways fall under the Clean Water Act.

President Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said that in recent years:

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11:01am

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:05 pm

A man walks along a section of the Blanco River on Tuesday where sweeping floodwaters overturned vehicles and knocked down trees in Wimberley, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

Residents of southeastern Texas woke up Wednesday morning to another flash-flood warning, as a new round of thunderstorms rumbled across parts of the already flood-soaked state.

The National Weather Service forecasts more storms for Wednesday across the region, some of them possibly severe.

Near Dallas, the Padera Lake dam was breached for a time, forcing evacuations before officials drained the lake to reduce pressure on the earthen structure.

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6:31pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Economy

IRS Reports Theft Of More Than 100,000 Taxpayers' Information

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1:41pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Malaysia Airlines Plans To Cut A Third Of Its Workforce

Malaysia Airlines planes sit on the tarmac last year at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
Vincent Thian AP

Malaysia Airlines, which last year had one of its planes disappear off the face of the earth and another shot down over Ukraine, is about to undergo an overhaul — one that means layoffs for as many as one-third of its 20,000 employees.

In an interview with Reuters, the company's new CEO, Christoph Mueller, said he plans to run the restructured airline like a "startup." The news service reports:

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12:21pm

Wed May 20, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Releases Documents Seized From Osama Bin Laden's Compound

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:28 pm

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, seen in Afghanistan in this undated photo, was killed in 2011 during a U.S. raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
AP

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

Intelligence officials on Wednesday released a trove of newly declassified documents, books and magazines found during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. They're calling it "Bin Laden's Bookshelf."

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5:01pm

Tue May 19, 2015
The Two-Way

FTC And States Sue Sham Cancer Charities

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 5:13 pm

Four cancer "charities" and their operators have been charged with bilking more than $187 million from consumers. The Federal Trade Commission, along with each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, says the charities claimed to be providing assistance to cancer patients, but the donations were in reality benefiting only "the perpetrators, their families and friends, and fundraisers."

Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli's report on the suit:

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12:35pm

Tue May 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Plan Bee: White House Unveils Strategy To Protect Pollinators

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 3:50 pm

The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations.
Andy Duback AP

There is a buzz in the air in Washington, and it's about honeybees. Concerned about an alarming decline in honeybee colonies, the Obama administration has released a National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

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1:51pm

Mon May 18, 2015
The Two-Way

President Gets His Own Twitter Account: 'It's Barack. Really'

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:59 pm

President Barack Obama might have just gotten his own Twitter account, but he's been tweeting for years, such as during this "Twitter Town Hall" in 2011.
Charles Dharapak AP

"Hello Twitter! It's Barack. Really." And with that, President Obama became part of the Twitterverse. The White House announced Monday that @POTUS would be "the official Twitter account of the President of the United States."

According to a post on The White House Blog:

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5:20pm

Wed May 13, 2015
It's All Politics

Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

An Amtrak train leaves Chicago's Union Station on its way to Los Angeles.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Amtrak was formed in the 1970s out of the ashes of several bankrupt rail lines, including the Penn Central. Its has been criticized for poor service, and shaky finances, but its safety record has been good.

More than 31 million passengers rode Amtrak in fiscal year 2013, the last for which figures are available. In the Northeast Corridor, more than 2,000 trains operate daily on Amtrak's rails, between commuter lines and Amtrak trains. And far more passengers ride Amtrak between Washington, New York and Boston than fly.

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4:00pm

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 4:38 pm

Democrats in the Senate have blocked — for now — a vote on the fast-track trade authority that President Obama had sought and Republicans had supported.

The tally was 52 to 45 in favor, eight short of the 60-vote threshold needed to take up the bill.

It's a rebuke to Obama, who has made the trade bill a key part of his second-term agenda, from his fellow Democrats.

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11:48am

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Christians In U.S. On Decline As Number Of 'Nones' Grows, Survey Finds

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:14 pm

A cross stands above St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

The U.S is home to the most Christians in the world, but the number of Americans who identify as Christian is declining, according to a newly released survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey of more than 35,000 Americans also found the number of people who consider themselves unaffiliated with any religion, or "nones," is growing.

According to Pew:

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