Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep

@MorningEdition, @UpFirst; #Jacksonland: Coming 1/14/20: Imperfect Union: John Fremont, Jessie Fremont, and the Identity of America

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Wednesday at 9:30am ET, many @NPR  stations will carry live coverage of a memorial service at the Supreme Court for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Internal NPR memo notes "Election Day" is less distinct than it was. It's evolved into "voting season," with voting for weeks before the date. Counting mail-in ballots takes days afterward. All presidential elections used to be so. Imperfect Union describes the election of 1844:

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McConnell alleges that Democrats want to permanently alter the rules of the game. Republicans, of course, are themselves accused of trying to permanently alter the rules through the census, voter suppression-- and McConnell's own open effort to pack the courts. 1/

McConnell waited little more than an hour after news of Ginsburg's death to give an elaborate rationalization, which he'd publicized in advance, for why his Garland rule applied solely to 2016, not 2020. What remains the same in both cases: his party has more than 50 votes.

Am spending the day judging a high school debate tournament - young people arguing the merits and demerits of Medicare for All - and I think the country will be all right if we can hold it together long enough to leave it to them.

Here’s the video where McConnell, in 2019, first said he would fill a vacancy in an election year. As it becomes clear he will disregard the principle he publicly articulated in 2016, his audience laughs.

It’s like you walked into ancient ruins but it seems like the people just left.

In an election where so much debate centers on race, what are Black voters thinking? We listen in neighborhoods around Pittsburgh, PA: @MorningEdition  @NPR 


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 

A journalist is a citizen. Who informs other citizens, as free citizens need. Some are killed doing it. I'm grateful to many who inform me.

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 

Wow. "Carrier is using the $16.5m investment in the Indiana plant to automate it, which will lead to more layoffs."

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.

Right-wing extremists "borrowed from ISIS's playbook" and "learned how to radicalize people online." But a former DHS official says the president wasn't "comfortable" discussing "domestic terrorism" except "in the context of antifa." @MorningEdition  @NPR 

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

$12 per month for a checking account? Some math: If you have $1,000 in the account, $12 is 1.2% of it—per month. Multiply by 12 months: people without much money are charged an annual rate of 14.4% for the bank to hold their money and process checks.