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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2:20pm

Thu June 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Burst Oil Pipeline In California Severely Corroded, Investigators Say

Oil fouls the shore north of Goleta, Calif., following a pipeline rupture near Refugio State Beach.
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The pipeline that ruptured and spilled more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil along the California coastline near Santa Barbara last month was badly corroded, according to federal investigators.

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7:35pm

Wed June 3, 2015
The Two-Way

NFL To Stream Online-Only Game For The First Time This Fall

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 9:38 am

The NFL, long a mainstay of network TV, will be coming to more screens this fall. The league announced that it is partnering with Yahoo to live-stream the October 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.

It's the first time the NFL will stream an Internet-only game (although fans in the two teams' markets will also be able to view the game on their usual TV stations.)

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6:30pm

Wed June 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Lincoln Chafee's Improbable Quest For The White House

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced he will seek the Democratic nomination to be U.S. president during an address to the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at their campus in Arlington, Va., Wednesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Lincoln Chafee has been a Republican U.S. senator and an independent governor and now is taking a shot at the presidency, as a Democrat.

Chafee announced his bid in a speech in Arlington, Va., at George Mason University on Wednesday. In his speech, Chafee said, "I enjoy challenges, and certainly we have many facing America. Today I'm formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president."

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3:51pm

Wed June 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate Panel Says Obama Administration Lacks Watchdogs

Would a permanent inspector general at the U.S. State Department have flagged then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private account for her e-mails? That was one of the questions raised at a Senate panel hearing on the lack of permanent inspectors general in the Obama administration.

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3:12pm

Tue June 2, 2015
The Two-Way

Was Recent IRS Data Breach Preventable?

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 4:33 pm

A government watchdog says the Internal Revenue Service ignored many of its recommendations to improve computer security. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate panel Tuesday that a data breach reported last month involving the accounts of 104,000 taxpayers is an example of "a perfectly good security mechanism ... being overtaken by events."

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4:28pm

Mon June 1, 2015
The Two-Way

American Freelance Journalist Released By Rebels In Yemen

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:51 pm

An American freelance journalist who had been held by Houthi rebels in Yemen has been freed. The U.S. State Department says Casey Coombs is now in Oman, where he is undergoing a medical evaluation. Coombs had been reporting for The Intercept website and was one of a number of Americans being held in Yemen.

The New York Times spoke with Coombs' mother, Jill Marie Hammill:

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12:23pm

Mon June 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Rules For Woman Denied Abercrombie & Fitch Job Over Headscarf

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:53 pm

Samantha Elauf (right) stands with her mother, Majda, in February outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

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11:21am

Mon June 1, 2015
The Two-Way

S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham Joins Battle For Republican Nomination

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 5:18 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to supporters after announcing his bid for presidential election in Central, S.C.
Rainier Ehrhardt AP

Three-term U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the latest entrant into the GOP presidential field, announcing his candidacy Monday in his hometown of Central, S.C.

"I want to be president to protect our nation that we all love so much. So get ready. I'm ready," he told supporters. "I want to be president to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us, not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them."

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6:03pm

Thu May 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:37 pm

Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

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5:18pm

Thu May 28, 2015
The Two-Way

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low-Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:53 am

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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4:47pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Technology

FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

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2:09pm

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:31 pm

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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11:01am

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:05 pm

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

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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5:57pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Economy

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

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:31 pm

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12:50pm

Tue May 26, 2015
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Malaysia Airlines Plans To Cut A Third Of Its Workforce

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:41 pm

Malaysia Airlines planes sit on the tarmac last year at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
Vincent Thian AP

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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