Brian Naylor

NPR News' Brian Naylor is a correspondent on the Washington Desk.

In this role, he covers politics and federal agencies, including transportation and homeland security.

With more than 30 years of experience at NPR, Naylor has served as National Desk correspondent, White House correspondent, congressional correspondent, foreign correspondent and newscaster during All Things Considered. He has filled in as host on many NPR programs, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.

During his NPR career, Naylor has covered many of the major world events, including political conventions, the Olympics, the White House, Congress and the mid-Atlantic region. Naylor reported from Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, from New Orleans following the BP oil spill, and from West Virginia after the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine.

While covering the U.S. Congress in the mid-1990s, Naylor's reporting contributed to NPR's 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism award for political reporting.

Before coming to NPR in 1982, Naylor worked at NPR Member Station WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at a commercial radio station in Maine.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

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

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 10:31 am

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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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Wed May 27, 2015

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

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

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:05 pm

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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Economy
3:57 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 4:31 pm

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Tue May 26, 2015

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

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 11:41 am

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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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Wed May 20, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:28 pm

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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The Two-Way
3:13 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

FTC And States Sue Sham Cancer Charities

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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The Two-Way
10:35 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Plan Bee: White House Unveils Strategy To Protect Pollinators

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

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 1:50 pm

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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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Mon May 18, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:59 pm

"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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It's All Politics
3:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

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

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:56 pm

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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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Fast-Track Trade Measure Fails Key Test Vote In Senate

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 2:38 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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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Tue May 12, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 11:14 am

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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News
3:49 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

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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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Mon May 11, 2015

EU Proposes A Plan To Address The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

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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The Two-Way
11:21 am
Fri May 8, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 3:27 pm

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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The Two-Way
11:40 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Whole Foods Launching Lower-Cost Stores Geared Toward Millennials

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

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 2:00 pm

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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It's All Politics
3:01 am
Thu May 7, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 8:03 am

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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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Sun May 3, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

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

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:56 am

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

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It's All Politics
1:54 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

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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It's All Politics
3:12 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

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

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.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 11:22 am

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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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Tue March 24, 2015

House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 1:19 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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It's All Politics
2:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

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

"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

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 5:58 pm

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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Politics
4:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Secret Service Director Grilled About Agency Scandals In House Hearing

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:18 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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It's All Politics
3:08 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

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

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:48 pm

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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Politics
6:02 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

As Clinton Defends Email Policy, Department IG Finds Flaws

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (center) types on her cellphone with Roberta S. Jacobson, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs (left), and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon in Brasilia, Brazil, before heading to Brussels in 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 10:41 am

A day after Hillary Clinton's explanation of her use of a private email account while secretary of state, a State Department watchdog reported that only a fraction of the department's emails have been preserved. The Inspector General's report says that of the 1 billion emails sent by State Department employees in 2011, just over 61,000 were kept.

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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

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

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:52 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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It's All Politics
1:44 am
Thu February 26, 2015

On Net Neutrality, Republicans Pitch Oversight Rather Than Regulation

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

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 7:37 am

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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Business
3:10 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

FAA's Proposed Drone Rules Ground Many Commercial Aspirations

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 2:47 pm

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It's All Politics
10:12 am
Fri February 13, 2015

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

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

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 6:09 am

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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Business
3:12 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Victims Of Social Security Number Theft Find It's Hard To Bounce Back

Stolen Social Security numbers can be used to create bogus documents like these, but also over the phone to open bank accounts or make purchases.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:26 pm

Tens of millions of people may have had information stolen, including their names, Social Security numbers and birth dates, when health insurer Anthem's database was hacked.

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Politics
3:02 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Critics Worry Visa Waivers Could Allow Foreign Fighters To Slip In

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

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 11:56 am

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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