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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5:49pm

Mon May 11, 2015
News

It's Infrastructure Week: More Potholes Than Tax Dollars To Fill Them

All roads lead to Congress as states and the construction industry vie for limited federal funds for infrastructure.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

This is National Infrastructure Week in Washington, D.C. That's when serious policy wonks, along with the construction, labor groups and other related industries, hold conferences, raise awareness and maybe most important, lobby Congress on behalf of road, bridge and other brick and mortar and concrete improvements.

There is added urgency to their efforts this year, as federal highway building money is set to run out, probably sometime this summer, and so is the government's authority to spend what little money it has left.

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1:14pm

Mon May 11, 2015
The Two-Way

EU Proposes A Plan To Address The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 1:20 pm

The Italian coast guard pulls migrants from an inflatable dinghy off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea last month. European Union leaders have submitted a plan of action to save lives in the Mediterranean.
Alessandro Di Meo AP

The European Union has presented a proposal to the United Nations aiming to stem the flood of migrants from the Middle East and Africa to Europe. The plan includes seizing and destroying the boats that smugglers are using to transport the migrants across the Mediterranean Sea. The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, briefed the U.N. Security Council on the proposal Monday morning. "We need to count on your support to save lives," Mogherini told council members.

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1:19pm

Fri May 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Move Over Mount Rushmore, There's Another Club Of Presidents

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:27 pm

The statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
AP

President Obama is accomplishing something today that few of his predecessors can claim. He's going to South Dakota — and his visit will allow him to brag that he has now set foot in each of the 50 states. In fact, only three U.S. presidents can make that claim: Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

(George W. Bush went to 49, but never made it to Vermont.)

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1:40pm

Thu May 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Whole Foods Launching Lower-Cost Stores Geared Toward Millennials

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:00 pm

A man carries a surfboard past a Whole Foods store in Santa Monica, Calif. Whole Foods Market Inc. reported underwhelming second-quarter earnings on Wednesday.
Reed Saxon AP

Whole Foods, the upscale grocery store chain famous for its bright displays of produce and emphasis on organic foods, plans to launch a new chain of lower-priced stores aimed at millennial shoppers.

The yet-to-be-named stores will "feature a modern streamlined design, innovative technology and a curated selection," the company says in a statement.

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5:01am

Thu May 7, 2015
It's All Politics

A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 10:03 am

Gene DeAnna is curator of the National Jukebox project, which is an online collection of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings.
Brian Naylor NPR

Gene DeAnna sits at a computer next to a vintage Victrola, appropriate for his job as curator of the National Jukebox project.

It's an online collection of some 10,000 pre-1925 recordings, made acoustically, without any electrical amplification. DeAnna points to a photo on the jukebox's Web page.

"You can see in this picture here that they gathered the orchestra around a great big recording horn and behind the curtain there is a cutter that is cutting the recording into a wax master," he said.

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5:03am

Sun May 3, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:56 pm

Carly Fiorina at a luncheon Tuesday with New Hampshire Republican lawmakers.
Jim Cole AP

This post was updated at 8:10 a.m. E.T. Monday

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4:42pm

Tue April 21, 2015
It's All Politics

Should The Government Get Out Of The Air Traffic Control Business?

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:25 pm

An air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Ted S. Warren AP

Keeping track of the traffic in the skies above us is a big job. The nation's air traffic control system has been reliable, but it's not very efficient. And efforts to replace it with newer technology have gotten bogged down by a combination of uncertain congressional funding and the slow-moving federal bureaucracy. Now, some in Congress want to get the government out of the air traffic control business.

The Federal Aviation Administration says some 7,000 aircraft are over the U.S. at any given time.

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4:29pm

Fri April 17, 2015
It's All Politics

Oklahoma City Bombing A 'Wake-Up Call' For Government Security

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:22 pm

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was "literally right up against the road so it was extremely vulnerable," said architect Barbara Nadel. One of the government's first responses was to close a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
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Twenty years ago this Sunday, a truck bomb exploded next to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. One hundred sixty-eight people were killed in the blast, hundreds were injured.

The bombing prompted heightened security at federal buildings — around the nation, and especially here in Washington.

One of the government's first responses to the bombing was closing a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

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1:53pm

Tue March 24, 2015
The Two-Way

House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 3:19 pm

A congressional panel on Tuesday released a video surveillance tape of an incident near the White House in which a government car driven by Secret Service agents appears to brush a barrier in an area where a suspicious package was being investigated.

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
It's All Politics

It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

"There hasn't been a change of the portraits since 1929 ... it's time to bring our money into the 21st century," says Susan Ades Stone, spokeswoman for Women on 20s.
iStockPhoto

The college basketball playoffs have turned March into a month when many of us become bracket watchers. There is another playoff taking place that you may not have heard of — an online campaign to choose a woman to put on the $20 bill.

If you look into your wallet, whether you're feeling flush, or not, there's one thing the bills you do find all have in common ... the faces of dead white men. Most are presidents: Washington, Lincoln and Jackson. A few, Hamilton and Franklin among them, famous for other reasons. But not one of the faces is female.

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6:53pm

Tue March 17, 2015
Politics

Secret Service Director Grilled About Agency Scandals In House Hearing

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Tuesday that it took five days before he was informed that a car carrying two agents struck a security barrier outside the White House.

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6:01pm

Mon March 16, 2015
It's All Politics

War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:48 pm

Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, shown in an undated photo, is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four Americans in 1980.
AP

An appeals panel in Florida has upheld a deportation order against a former defense minister of El Salvador, who is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four American churchwomen in 1980. Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was allowed to retire in the U.S. in 1989. Now, a little known unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is trying to expel him as well as others charged with human rights abuses.

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4:51pm

Tue March 3, 2015
The Two-Way

FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:52 am

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told Congress Tuesday his agency is implementing changes to ensure the nation's air traffic control system is protected against computer hackers. Huerta told a House panel "the system is safe," despite a Government Accountability Office report that found "significant security control weaknesses."

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4:23pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Politics

Sen. Mikulski, Groundbreaker For Female Legislators, Won't Seek Re-Election

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:00 pm

Mikulski (left) and her then-opponent Linda Chavez hold hands before the Maryland Senate candidates debate in 1986.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A surprise political announcement Monday — the longest-serving woman in Congress, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, said she will not seek re-election next year. Mikulski was first elected to the House in 1976, and 10 years later was elected to the Senate.

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3:44am

Thu February 26, 2015
It's All Politics

On Net Neutrality, Republicans Pitch Oversight Rather Than Regulation

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 9:37 am

Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's "net neutrality" plan.
Jose Luis Magana AP

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday morning to put more stringent regulations on Internet providers.

Backers, including many tech firms and the Obama administration, say the net neutrality rules will ensure equal access to the net for content providers. But Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's plan.

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5:10pm

Sat February 21, 2015
Business

FAA's Proposed Drone Rules Ground Many Commercial Aspirations

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:47 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

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12:12pm

Fri February 13, 2015
It's All Politics

God, Grits And American Dreams: It's Presidential Candidate Book Season

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 8:09 am

Marco Rubio's second book is titled American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.
Alex Wong Getty Images

It's that time again. Every four years, politicians fan out to Iowa and New Hampshire and other early primary states in search of ... book sales. It seems like you can't hardly run for president anymore without publishing a book to go along with your campaign. Sen. Marco Rubio was in Iowa Friday to hawk copies of his new work. Other potential GOP candidates also have new tomes out.

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5:02am

Mon February 2, 2015
Politics

Critics Worry Visa Waivers Could Allow Foreign Fighters To Slip In

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 1:56 pm

A security officer checks a passport at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Paul Beaty AP

Under the Visa Waiver Program, residents of Europe and other U.S. allies can enter the U.S. without a visa. In return, Americans don't need visas to travel to those countries. The program has been in effect since 1986, aimed at encouraging tourism and business travel.

But now it's being eyed as a possible security weakness. There are an estimated 3,000 fighters in Syria from Europe, many of whom received training from jihadi groups. And some members of Congress are worried those foreign fighters may try to slip into the U.S. and carry out attacks here.

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6:01pm

Wed January 28, 2015
All Tech Considered

Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:25 pm

Leah Bannon (sitting) works on her laptop at 18F, a GSA project that aims to make government websites more user friendly and change the way government buys IT systems.
Emily Jan NPR

When you think of the federal government and computers, these days, the image that likely comes to mind is the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

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5:09am

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:18 pm

Susan Walsh AP

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday began accepting tax returns electronically, and paper returns will begin to be processed at the same time. In a statement, the IRS reminded taxpayers that filing electronically is the most accurate way to file a tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.

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5:05am

Wed January 14, 2015
Politics

Homeland Security Budget Caught Up In Immigration Politics

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 7:48 am

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4:12pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Law

Congress Renews Post-Terrorist Attack Insurance Payments

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 10:15 am

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program guarantees insurance payments in case of a terrorist attack at places like shopping malls, big-city high rises, and events like the Super Bowl.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

A program that grew out of the Sept. 11 attacks became the very first bill to pass in the new Congress. It cleared the Senate overwhelmingly Thursday, a day after passing in the House.

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program — known as TRIA — guarantees insurance payments in the event of a terrorist attack, and it actually lapsed at the end of December.

Shopping malls, big-city high rises and sports stadium events like the Super Bowl all count on this program — but critics call it a form of corporate welfare.

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4:38pm

Thu January 1, 2015
U.S.

Net Neutrality Debate Forces FCC Chairman Into The Spotlight

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 5:54 pm

Editor's note: This piece incorrectly characterizes the position of Netflix and Amazon on the issue of net neutrality. Netflix and Amazon do not support paid prioritization and have previously registered their opposition with the FCC.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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10:55am

Sat December 13, 2014
Politics

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

The spending bill in Congress is not just about money. Tucked inside the bill are provisions to change regulations affecting everything from banking to the environment. One regulatory rollback has those concerned about truck safety especially upset.

The regulation is part of a series of rules that spell out the number of hours that long-haul truck drivers, the ones behind the wheel of the big rigs on the interstates, can be on the road.

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5:06am

Fri November 14, 2014
National Security

Report Released On White House Fence Jumper

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 7:58 am

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12:35pm

Tue November 4, 2014
Politics

Third-Party Candidate Could Help Determine Close N.C. Senate Race

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

On this Election Day, the big question is whether Republicans will take over control of the Senate, a political shakeup with lots of ramifications for what gets done in Washington and how that affects the rest of us.

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4:39am

Tue October 28, 2014
It's All Politics

Bear-Baiting And Big Races Drown Portland, Maine, In Campaign Ads

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:17 pm

A ballot measure in Maine over bear-baiting has drawn ads from both sides of the debate, including this one from the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, which opposes the measure.
Maine Wildlife Conservation Council YouTube

5:44pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Reporter's Notebook

Baseball, Vietnam And Coming Of Age At The 1969 World Series

A ticket for that fateful game.
Brian Naylor NPR

For me, 45 years ago today — Oct. 15, 1969 — was one of those rare days, a day you remember all your life. It was Game 4 of the World Series. Mets vs. Orioles. My Mets were up two games to one. And I was at Shea Stadium.

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5:17pm

Wed October 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Apple Says iOS Encryption Protects Privacy; FBI Raises Crime Fears

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:58 am

FBI Director James Comey says new encryption features allow people "to place themselves beyond the law."
Alex Wong Getty Images

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are up in arms about new technology now available from Apple and soon to be released by Google.

The software encrypts the data on smartphones and other mobile devices so that not even the companies themselves will be able to access the information.

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5:06am

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Secret Service Director To Face Tough Question At House Hearing

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:46 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This is one of those questions that is perfect for a congressional hearing, though not so perfect for the witness. The question is how a man managed to get so far onto the White House grounds.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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