What’s on MPR News – 11/2/18

Friday November 2, 2018
(Subject to change as events dictate)

9 a.m. – 1A with Joshua Johnson
Domestic news roundup. The nation is reeling after Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Funerals were held throughout the week for the 11 victims. Robert Bowers, the man accused of the mass shooting, pled not guilty in his first court appearance on Thursday.

With less than a week to go before the midterms, early voting numbers are at a record high in over a dozen states. How close is the battle for control of Congress?

On Monday, President Trump told Axios he will use the executive order to end birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the U.S. Is this move constitutional?

The Department of Defense also announced Monday that it will deploy at least 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as the migrant caravan continues to trek north.

Guests: Wendy Benjaminson, managing editor, McClatchy DC Bureau; Naftali Bendavid, news editor, The Wall Street Journal; Jessica Taylor, lead digital political reporter, NPR.

10 a.m.- 1A with Joshua Johnson
International news roundup. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a ceasefire in Yemen in 30 days. The American government supported the Saudi air campaign for three years prior to this.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that her current term will be her last, and that she will step down in 2021. Her announcement follows state elections that brought double-digit drops in the vote shares of center-left and center-right parties. Who could fill Merkel s role? What’s behind her decision not to run again?

As predicted, in Brazil, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro was elected to the presidency, despite fierce campaigning against him. Bolsonaro is well known for provocative statements about women and other minorities. Why are some calling him Brazil’s version of President Trump?

Guests: Nina-Maria Potts, director of Global News Coverage, Feature Story News; Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC correspondent and anchor for World News America; Clemens Wergin, Washington bureau chief, Die Welt, a moderately conservative German daily newspaper.

11 a.m. – MPR News at 11
There are only four days to go before the 2018 midterm elections. In today’s broadcast, we’ll talk to some of the candidates in races you might not have thought too much about. We’ll hear from the major party candidates for Minnesota Secretary of State and State Auditor, and we’ll hear from leaders of the state House about control of the Legislature.

We’ll also check in with MPR political reporters about judicial races that will be on the ballot – and the final campaign rallies of this election season.

12 p.m. – The Takeaway
A mid-term election preview.

1 p.m. – Science Friday
Are ants a fluid or a solid? A tour of the wonders of the animal world, from squishy balls of ants, to bugs that walk on water, and the amazing drying capabilities of a shaking dog. Plus, researchers give paralyzed patients the ability to walk again.

2 p.m. – BBC NewsHour
The US reinstates sanctions on Iran; the cleric known as the father of the Taliban has been killed; do virtual border guards actually work?

3 p.m. – All Things Considered
The week in politics; the GOP agenda after the midterms; climate change as a Minnesota campaign issue; the reaction on the southern border to the invasion of US troops; how hunters are changing their practices because of CWD; Bob Mondelo’s review of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

6:00 p.m. – Marketplace
It’s combination of a diary, a planner, a sketchbook and a to-do list, all in one. A conversation with the inventor of the Bullet Journal.

6:30 p.m. – The Daily
Two years ago, news organizations including The New York Times were accused of having misled the country with voting projections. Here’s what we’re doing differently this time.

Guest: Nate Cohn, who covers elections, polling and demographics for The Times.

7 p.m. – The World
We asked people from our audience who are new US citizens to let us know what voting in next week’s midterms means to them. Host Marco Werman will share several of the response we got, and speak to one of our listeners in Texas who is voting for the very first time on Tuesday.

Also today, we’ll be focusing on climate change as an election issue for these midterm elections. The World’s Carolyn Beeler will tell us about climate initiatives that are on the ballot in a few states around the US. And Jason Margolis reports from Houston, Texas, where the legacy of Hurricane Harvey and the need to prevent massive flooding from the next big storm are key parts of the debate ahead of a Congressional race there.

Plus we get on update on the progress of thousands of migrants from Central America who continue to make their way north through Mexico, toward the southern US border.

And as “Bohemian Rhapsody” opens in movie theaters across the US, we hear about a part of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s life that doesn’t get much attention in the film: his roots on the island of Zanzibar, off the east coast of Africa.

8 p.m. – Fresh Air
A rebroadcast of Terry Gross’ interview with comic and former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj, whose 2017 Netflix special is about being a Muslim American, and the son of Indian immigrants, in President Trump’s America. His new comedy series, Patriot Act, explores today’s cultural and political landscape.

  • MrE85

    “On Monday, President Trump told Axios he will use the executive order to end birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the U.S. Is this move constitutional?”

    Alternative question: “Is this a serious proposal, or is the president just trying to change the narrative before the midterm election?”

    • Jack

      Great question. Also if he clamps down on immigrant and foreign workers, how are his private businesses going to staff – aka Mar-a-logo, golf courses?

    • Trump’s behavior keeps him in the news every day, even as his rhetoric gets increasingly bizarre. He revels in the attention and needs to stoke the outrage to keep it flowing.

      • MikeB

        And cable news networks are happy to oblige him, giving unfettered access to the airwaves to amplify white nationalism

      • Sonny T

        Nothing new or bizarre about it. Birthright citizenship has been an issue before.

        • The Constitution seems pretty clear on the question. Just a bunch of caterwauling doesn’t make something an issue; it just make political noise for political purposes. Kind of like the GOP embrace of the ebola issue in 2014 which went away exactly at the stroke of 8 o’clock pm on election night.

          It doesn’t take a PhD to figure any of this out.

          • Sonny T

            Like I said, idiot or evil genius. I’ll take idiot.

          • It has a long gestation period so there’s a method that’s been tried and proven. It started with Lee Atwater, and jumped to Newt Gingrich. Nothing that’s happening is happening by accident.

    • Sonny T

      Trump is either an idiot or evil genius. And he can’t be both, although I’ve heard people say so in the same sentence.

      • MrE85

        He can be an evil idiot, tho.

        • Sonny T

          Hmm… wouldn’t think such a person would get far

          • MrE85

            None of us thought so, but he has 62 million kindred spirits in this great nation of ours (or is it theirs?) and they all voted. We’ll find out soon if the other side can vote, too.

          • Sonny T

            I’m just trying to avoid the “He’s stupid and mean and I hate him” line of thinking.

            Also, watch what you hope for. I predict a big red wave of voters, who have tended to sleep in for the mid-terms. They will ignore a major Trump scandal, broken 48 hours before the election. You heard it here first, folks.

          • they’ve ignored everything else about Trump so I doubt this is going to far out on a limb.

          • Sonny T

            Too many stories have turned out to be just that. Of course this is my opinion. I would respect yours.

          • to be just what?

            I would say the Trump experience is best captured by the Evangelicals. He is, perhaps, the most UN-evangelical-like politician in the nation’s history. And they’ll overlook all of that, presumably because of the abortion issue.

            That’s the general state at the moment, the amount of our values we’re willing to sacrifice and ignore because of some singular issue which for some reason neuters those values.

            What a time to be alive. It’s impossible to make sense of any of it.

          • Sonny T

            Trump has a visceral appeal which is being ignored. The loser, the marginalized, the ignored and the outcast loves him. He is them.

          • Hardly being ignored. The angry white man’s lament has been well documented for at least three and a half years. Over documented, in my opinion. And the world has seen that there’s success in finding boogeymen to blame for people’s perceived problems. Find the person that’s different. That’s the source of your problems.

            Home of the brave. What a joke.

          • Sonny T

            Well I don’t know. These aren’t angry people. Pretty happy, actually. I disagree that people voted for Trump out of resentment.

            Don’t forget it’s the people at the top who are segregated. The people at the bottom are fighting it out side by side.

          • Maybe you’re right. I have to depend on what people said about why they voted the way they voted. But maybe they were lying. Who knows.

            It’s not even worth thinking about anymore; it’s too crazy. It’s so much more than politics now. Anyone who wasn’t repulsed by these political rallies on nights of mass shootings is too far gone to have any sort of reasonable dialogue with and yet people keep trying for some reason. It’s utterly insane and probably hopeless in the long run. These sorts of things usually end in civil wars. I think this will too eventually.

            Heck, the first shots have already been fired.

          • Sonny T

            Bob you said to me, Come back to us Bro and I will say the same to you. Things ain’t that bad. Not by a long shot.

            There is far less anger than we’ve been led to believe.
            The political rally thing is just what politicians do. If you think these should be canceled after a shooting I would probably agree. Trump’s an idiot, but that’s all. Any attempt to cast him as a hatemonger is just over the top. It’s echo-chamber stuff.

            In the end Trump will be gone. My guess is in two years (he’s an older man). We will be left with a good economy, a fairer trade situation, lower unemployment, a few slightly-right leaning Supreme Court justices, and some bruised egos.

            I’ll take that.

          • Political rallies on the nights of mass shootings isn’t normal.

            Last week there were assassination attempts, two people killed because they were black, nearly a dozen others because they were Jews.

            This is what sectarian violence looks like and it will continue to grow unless people stop thinking it’s normal.

          • Sonny T

            The synagogue massacre was committed by a man who hated Trump. Publicly and continuously. To tie him to Trump or anything Trump said is wrong.

            When a left wing nut shot up the Congressional baseball game no one blamed the left. And they shouldn’t blame the right for that pipe bomb freak.

            We do not have “sectarian violence”. Unusual or abnormal anger does not exist among Trump supporters. This is fiction.

            I want you to feel better, honestly I do, as a fellow human being and admirer of your column. But I don’t know what to say, except the depictions of Trump and his supporters as hate-filled is the product of a sophisticated propaganda machine. It’s amazing, fascinating, dispiriting.

            Maybe if you came to my neighborhood you’d feel better. Have a beer and play some pulltabs. We aren’t scary. Just broke, and spending our tax cut the only way we know how. Foolishly 🙂

  • >>The Department of Defense also announced Monday that it will deploy at least 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as the migrant caravan continues to trek north.<<

    In addition to the already deployed National Guard troops.

    What a colossal waste of $$…

    • Jack

      Are the troops to keep people from coming in or to prevent us from fleeing?

  • Sonny T

    Very true. They tried to stop him, and couldn’t. He might have energized the party, but his populism remains a threat to the creaking, oily, old-guard GOP. George Bush voted for Hillary. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • Sonny T

    Ma and Pa Kettle chanting Lock Her Up is not a hate-filled mob.

  • Sonny T

    I’m not, “lying to your face.” What are you referring to? As for GOP ads, this is just political cat wrestling, and not worth our time.

  • Sonny T

    Trump’s rallies are meaningless side shows, so I don’t know, again, what significance you’re reading into them. As for GOP ads, again, who cares? Standard political fare every election. GOP asks you to “fear” crime under Dems, Dems ask you to “fear” health care under GOP. Yawn.