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To the Point

To the Point is a fast-paced, news-based program that focuses on the hot-button national issues of the day. Hosted by award-winning journalist Warren Olney, the hour-long show presents informative and thought-provoking discussion of major news stories a

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The president boosts white supremacists

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Once again, President Trump is blaming "both sides" for this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — legitimizing white supremacy like no other modern president. We hear much more.

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North Korea and Trump diplomacy

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Kim Jung Un has backed away from his plan to target missiles near Guam. Is that the result of President Trump's tough talk? Former Defense Chief Leon Panetta says, "It's not time to declare victory, yet." We talk with him and others. 

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President Trump and the alt-right: a test of leadership

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

After two days of demands for "moral clarity" — from black leaders to conservative Republican Senators — President Trump delivered a new statement on racism – but only after he listed a few of his economic achievements.

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Affirmative action debate revived

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Is the Trump Administration on the hunt for "reverse discrimination" in college admissions — the exclusion of whites on behalf of blacks and Latinos? We hear about the politics of affirmative action — after decades of new laws and legal precedents.

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The war of words between North Korea and the US

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jung Un made provocative statements yesterday about the use of nuclear weapons. What are their respective messages, and do they understand one another? 

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RAISE Act cuts legal immigration by half, promises to lift wages

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The President says legal immigration should be cut in half, with Green Cards based on "merit" and not on family connections. Would the US survive as a "nation of immigrants" if it only admitted "the best and the brightest?

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Can a general 'unchaos' the White House?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

With the President away, his White House Staff will play — unless former General John Kelly can establish rules of order in his new role as chief of a group he himself has called "dysfunctional." We hear about his challenges and his record.

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The brave new world of genetic engineering

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Gene editing now used for agriculture and developing drugs can also prevent inherited human diseases. We hear the pros and cons of the latest breakthrough in medical science.

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Will the US help Venezuela or hurt it?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Venezuela is said to be on the verge of becoming a failed state, and President Nicholas Maduro has increased political instability by staging what's being called a fraudulent election. We hear about potential American sanctions; will they make things better or worse?

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President Trump touts a booming economy

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The New York Stock Exchange hit another record today, and the President says that means the economy's booming. Who's reaping the benefits and who's not? What about calls for "tax reform?"

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The isolation of the State Department in Trump's White House

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Career diplomats say the Trump Administration is "hollowing out" the State Department with no clear foreign policy from the Secretary of State or the White House. Congress is already showing impatience as the President has yet to sign a sanctions bill passed with veto-proof majorities.

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A one-two punch on LGBT rights

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's new policies on gender and sexual orientation are a far cry from his promises during last year's election. We hear what they could mean at job sites and in the military. 

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A dramatic defeat for the GOP's health care plan

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Last night Republican failed to repeal parts of Obamacare — even with control of the White House and both houses of Congress. A desperation plan called "skinny repeal" failed in the Senate — with John McCain casting the decisive "no" vote. What's next for the party that’s supposed to be "in control?"

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Chaos and rivalries in the White House and the cabinet

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Republicans in the Senate say President Trump has gone off the tracks with attacks on their former colleague, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Meantime, top White House aides are battling each other in public.

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The San Antonio tragedy: How to make a border safe for everyone

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The gruesome deaths of people found in a smuggler's truck in San Antonio dramatizes the desperation of people trying to cross illegally. Would the border wall now being considered by Congress make conditions better?

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Will a Democrat economic reboot translate into regaining power?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Since Donald Trump's upset of Hillary Clinton last year, Democrats have lost four special elections in different parts of the country. Now they're trying to persuade voters they're more than the Party against President Trump. We hear their opening offers.

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Why can't the GOP seem to get anything done?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Republicans in Washington got their wish: one-party control of Congress, the Senate and the White House. After seven years of promises, why can't they get anything done?

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Do we need to be 'scared straight' on Climate Change?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Maybe you're one of the two million people who read or shared the recent New York Magazine cover story, which dares to imagine an "uninhabitable Earth." Maybe you liked it. Maybe you found it unhelpful or excessive. In this special rebroadcast of To the Point, guest host León Krauze  asks, is it an exercise in journalistic alarmism or necessary scientific awareness?

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Following the money in the Russia investigation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is warning special prosecutor Robert Mueller not to dig too deep into his family's finances. But that seems to be a direction the investigation is heading. Guest host Josh Barro speaks with four guests who can provide an idea of where that inquiry might lead.

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With changing technology, is 'Made in America' the right agenda?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The White House has declared this 'Made in America' week, showcasing products made entirely in the country. But when we say something is 'made in America' the next question is where in America? Guest host León Krauze takes a tour of American capitalism in the digital era.

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GOP healthcare collapses

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Guest host León Krauze looks at the sudden failure of the Republican attempt to replace Obamacare and what comes next, especially for the party that made this a campaign promise ever since 2010. 

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The Senate healthcare bill nears the home stretch

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The Republican-controlled Senate has had a hard time repealing and replacing Obamacare, a goal for the party since 2010. And now the latest attempt by Mitch McConnell got a surprise delay. Guest host León Krauze explores whether that will weaken the bill's chances. If it succeeds, does it even resemble a truly Republican version of a healthcare project?

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Do we need to be 'scared straight' on climate change?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Maybe you're one of the two million people who read or shared the recent New York Magazine cover story, which dares to imagine an "uninhabitable Earth." Maybe you liked it. Maybe you found it unhelpful or excessive. Guest host León Krauze  asks, is it an exercise in journalistic alarmism or necessary scientific awareness?

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Iraqi forces declare victory over ISIS in Mosul

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Western backed Iraqi forces have struck a blow against the Islamic State by devastating half the city of Mosul, leaving more than 700,000 refugees. Will the US and other allies help to rebuild — as ISIS violence continues?

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Is Trump, Jr. email evidence of Russian collusion?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The President's son has now been caught up in the maelstrom over Russian interference in last year's campaign. We hear how he explains his involvement in an ongoing scandal with profound consequences for American democracy.

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Sinclair, One America and conservative takeover of local news

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

One TV station owner's about to get access to more than 70 percent of American households. Local newscasts are being required to carry conservative commentaries produced by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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Can the feds make a dent in Chicago's violent crime epidemic?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump is "sending the feds" to Chicago. Can 20 new agents help get gun violence under control or is this a political stunt with racial undertones?

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The summit within the summit

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Overshadowing other news at the G-20 is the first meeting of Presidents Trump and Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany. The leaders met behind closed doors for two hours and 16 minutes -- more than twice what had been expected. 

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Is Trump's voting commission really about election integrity?

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

As he visits Europe for the second time, President Trump is still obsessed with his loss of the popular vote last year. But many state officials are resisting demands from his new Commission on Election Integrity. We hear about states' rights and personal privacy.

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Hamburg, Germany braces for the G-20 Summit

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

On his second trip out of the country as President of the United States, Donald Trump will go from Poland to the G-20 Summit in Germany.  Bridging the gap between the New and Old Europe is just part of a complex challenge.

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Is it 'geoengineering' or 'hacking the climate?'

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" On this archived edition of To the Point, we hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.

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The divided state of America

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:00:00 -0700

As the US celebrates its 241st year of independence from England, it’s a country more divided than unified. We look at the consequences.

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Travel ban takes effect

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The Trump Administration's travel ban is back in effect. Guest host Leon Krauze explores what's behind this modified version. What will be its future in the courts? And how will it affect America's influence in the world?

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Amazon and the retail revolution

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

It's Amazon's world now. What began 23 years ago as an online bookstore - a romantic experiment, it seemed at the time - has become an absolute gamechanger. Retail stores and workers now face a long list of challenges. With more than a half million retail jobs gone since 2001, the future of retail might predict the future of America's workforce as well. León Krauze  guest hosts.

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Supreme Court ends a quiet term, looks ahead to a blockbuster one

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

With all nine members now in place for the next term, the US Supreme Court is expected to decide cases that could impact the lives of many Americans. We hear what to expect from the newest Justice, Neil Gorsuch, who's already taken some very conservative stands.

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McConnell hits headwinds, delays health bill

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

has a new argument for Republicans who aren't ready to support his version of health care reform. If it's not passed after the July 4 recess... they might have to work with the Democrats. We hear more about the effort to gut Obamacare.

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Russian money laundering and ties to Trump & Associates

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Robert Mueller was named Special Counsel to investigate intelligence-agency findings that Russia tried to help Donald Trump get elected. Now, the President has conceded it happened, and it appears that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is focused on money laundering and organized crime.

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Senate healthcare bill: reductions in medical care, cuts in taxes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

All 48 Democrats are sure to vote "No" on the Senate's version of healthcare reform. Both moderates and conservatives see devils in the details, so not all 52 Republicans are prepared to vote "Yes." We find out what it's likely to mean if they do.

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Military clashes in Syria expose complex factions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Recent strikes against Iranian-backed troops and the downing of a Syrian fighter-plane have Russia accusing the US of “complicity in terrorism.” It's threatening to make targets of planes and drones flown too far into its comfort zone by the western coalition. We'll update divisions in the Trump Administration over what to do.

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Democrats and the lessons of a losing campaign

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Since their candidate lost a congressional race in Georgia last night, Democratic Party regulars are licking their wounds.  But around the country, some party activists aren't just disappointed, they're planning to start something new.

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Britain in a slump as the EU enjoys revival

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

What a difference a year makes. That's how long it's been since Britain narrowly voted to leave the European Union and go back on its own. But, on both sides of the English Channel, political realities have dramatically changed. Will there be a "hard" Brexit, a "soft" Brexit… or no Brexit after all?

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Kansas tax cut experiment: Spectacular failure or national model?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Kansas was the "canary in the coal mine" for an experiment in supply-side economics, but critics say "the canary is now on life support." Even with taxes on the increase again in Kansas, will the experiment be repeated in Washington?

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Big trouble in little Qatar as diplomatic crisis grows

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The tiny nation of Qatar is the latest focus of conflict and confusion in the Middle East. President Trump has joined its Arab neighbors, who call it a funder of terror. But the US is still selling the oil-rich country $12 billion worth of jet fighters.

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Gun violence strikes Congress

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A Congressman is gunned down during baseball practice along with three other people — just one of more than 150 mass shootings this year. Will bullets striking so close to home change anything on Capitol Hill? We get some answers

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Scandal-obsessed Democrats struggle with internal divisions

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In Virginia's Democratic primary for Governor yesterday, a candidate of the Liberal Wing was soundly defeated by a Party Regular. We look at the potential consequences as voices for change challenge the status quo.

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Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls? 

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Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same? 

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Who's to blame for the opioid crisis?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0700

Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election. 

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Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:00:00 -0700

Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans. 

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The Trump agenda: where's the beef?

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.

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Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.

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Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?

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Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war.  What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.

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What happens when America retreats from the world?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.

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Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming

Wed, 31 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.

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The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan?

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years.  Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement?  Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?

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Janesville and the American Dream

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:00:00 -0700

Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years.  On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.    

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Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret?

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.

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Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.

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White House budget proposal slashes and burns

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?

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What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace?

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years? 

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Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.

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The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?

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Will the GOP weather the storm with Trump or jump ship?

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Breitbart news claims that the GOP "establishment" has it's knives out" for President Trump, but Republicans in Congress are mostly supportive… at least in public. We look at whether that's likely to last.

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Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.

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Trump's intelligence disclosures cause chaos

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Just days before departing for his first trip overseas, President Trump is embroiled in another controversy.  It's about reports that he shared highly classified information with two high-ranking Russians. 

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Trump, the GOP and the rule of law

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.

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Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming?

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.

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Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?

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Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.

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Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing

Tue, 09 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?

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The French election and the future of Europe

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Emmanuel Macron won yesterday's election over Marine Le Pen, but nationalist populism is alive and well — in France and elsewhere in the European Union. 

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Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate

Fri, 05 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics. 

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Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world?

Thu, 04 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action.  President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever.  What are the consequences for America's role in the world? 

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A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."

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Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?

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Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses

Mon, 01 May 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?

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100 days of executive action: Accomplishment or posturing?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's first 100 days have featured a flood of high-profile executive orders.  Which ones do what he says they do, and which ones don't?  How are Trump voters feeling now?

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Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm.  Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.  

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Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.

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Trump, the wall and the first 100 days

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

It now appears the Trump presidency will survive its first 100 days without a government shutdown. We hear what's in store between now and Saturday.  

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In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.  

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Will the march for science politicize objective research?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?

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Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.

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Truth and Lies in Trumpland

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world. 

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Why Don't Facts Matter?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

"Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.

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Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.

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The flight bumping heard around 'round the world

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers.  Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers. 

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White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?

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"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."

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After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.  

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Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.

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The attack on Syria: Risky, illegal... or about time?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump’s missile strike against Syria last night has changed his relations with Congress -- and the rest of the world.

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GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow. 

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Trump talks tough on North Korea ahead of talks with Xi

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

We get a preview of the potential benefits — and potential risks — of this week's summit meeting of the Presidents of the US and China.  

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Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship? 

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The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.

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Border security and campaign promises

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has promised tightened borders and a big beautiful wall. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at two tent-poles of the President's immigration policy: extreme vetting of visa applicants and building the US-Mexico border wall.

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Fighting back famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, there's an acute shortage of food and clean water, but the UN has received just a fraction of the money needed for the relief or prevention of famine. Will the Trump Administration push for budget cuts rather than make donations?

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