Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep

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For about six years I've been asking Donald Trump for an interview. It never happened until the former president came on the line today. Tomorrow on @MorningEdition  we'll hear what he said, up to the moment that he hung up on me. @NPR 

And I feel like this stat would shock some people who work in media.

A lot that’s thought-provoking here.

Video: Here's a big part of the @NPR  interview with former President Trump, along with lots of context from @DomenicoNPR :

“Today,” reports @DomenicoNPR  , “Trump's political organization has become a juggernaut. Not only are most Republican elected leaders falling in line, but he has also installed allies controlling many levers of political power across the country.”

This is a quote I stand behind.

John Mellencamp: “What I’ve discovered at my ancient age is that we are all in solitary confinement inside our own skins.” Says we all lie to each other and hide who we really are. We’ll still try to connect with him as we hear his new music Friday on @NPR  @MorningEdition .

Numbers: Russia has 127k troops near Ukraine. In 1979, 100k Russians invaded Afghanistan, won at first, but fought 10 years and lost. Ukraine is more populous (41m) than Afghanistan was (13m). Similar land area. Also far bigger than Iraq, where 180k US troops weren’t enough.

Finally. If you’re tempted to reply that Afghans and Iraqis were uniquely warlike, heavily armed or tribal, pause long enough to ask yourself if you really, truly know why you assume that. Ask if you truly think human beings elsewhere in the world are not heavily armed or tribal.


Startling: Kimberly Karol, of postal service workers' union in Waterloo, Iowa, tells @noeleking  the USPS not only banned overtime, but is having sorting machines removed in her area: "That also hinders our ability to process mail. @NPR 

So far in 2020, we've had a near-war with Iran; a presidential impeachment trial; a string of presidential primaries; and a global pandemic that crashed the stock market and shut down the country and much of the world. Today is March 27.

Appalling story by @timkmak : three weeks ago, a key senator told paying insiders the truth about coronavirus. In public, the senator gave no similar warning. The president downplayed the threat, and others stuck to Fox propaganda. @MorningEdition  @NPR 

We should be clear that the defeated president’s efforts are in a new phase. He lost a free and fair election. He has almost entirely lost his court challenges, reinforcing the reality of his defeat. Now he’s asking fellow partisans to simply hand him the presidency.

Two weeks ago: RBG dies One week ago: Ginsburg lies in state at the Capitol Last Saturday: Amy Coney Barrett nominated Sunday: Trump taxes Tuesday: Presidential debate Thursday: Hope Hicks tests positive Friday: Helicopter carries POTUS to Walter Reed.

March 11 was arguably the day life changed: the president gave an ill-received speech, markets fell, Tom Hanks said he tested positive, and the NBA played its final games. Other sports and most schools closed within days. March 11 was five months ago today.

“Democrats have dangerously and intentionally misled the American people on #Coronavirus  readiness,” said the senator, downplaying the threat as she sold her own stock.

Thanks for asking. @NPR  exists to tell the truth. Citizens support NPR to inform themselves and all citizens. We ask real questions, which many officials welcome, though some walk away. Through staff, you agreed to an NPR interview in 2016. You haven’t done it yet. Are you ready?