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A live, two-hour morning news-analysis program.

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Migrants Die In A Tractor-Trailer

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:31:43 -0400

The human smuggling tragedy in the Walmart parking lot. We'll look at illegal border crossing now. And the latest on the wall.

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Cleaning Up The Carbon In Our Skies

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:19:48 -0400

When a cleaner footprint is no longer enough on climate change. Scientists now say we need negative CO2 emissions. Cleaning carbon from our skies.

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Week In The News: Health Care Collapse, G-20 Revelations, McCain's Diagnosis

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:49:42 -0400

The GOP health care push collapses. Trump and Putin's private conversation. John McCain fights brain cancer. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Black Motherhood In The Spotlight

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:45:34 -0400

Beyoncé's out front with new twins. A pregnant Serena Williams is nude on the cover of Vanity Fair. We'll look at American images of black motherhood.

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Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Kicks Off

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:03:37 -0400

The White House's voter fraud commission meets for the first time this week. There's a big backlash across the country. We'll get the whole story.

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Privatizing The War In Afghanistan

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:09:39 -0400

Talk in the West Wing about using a private army of mercenaries to take over the war in Afghanistan. Blackwater founder Erik Prince is with us.

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Week In The News: Russia Emails, FBI Pick Testifies, Revised Health Care Bill

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:15:31 -0400

Don Jr.'s emails. FBI nominee says heck no to a loyalty pledge. GOP stares down failure on health care bill. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Who Wants The Olympics?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:45:31 -0400

Paris and Los Angeles are vying for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics. But a lot of other cities won't touch the Games. We look at what's up, what's wrong and what's next.

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The Alt-Left Media Landscape

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:37:31 -0400

It's not just the alt-right. A vibrant alt-left media landscape is peddling conspiracies to politicians and news consumers alike. We'll go inside.

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Tensions Rise In America's Gun Debate

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:43:35 -0400

After the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, some lawmakers want to loosen gun laws. We'll look at America's new "gun battle."

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The Politics Of Paid Family Leave

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:45:44 -0400

The growing call for paid family leave. Washington State just passed it. Ivanka Trump is pushing for it. We hear the debate around an idea whose time may have come.

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Have Faith, Millennials

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:03:29 -0400

A rabbi, imam, Episcopal priest and a Catholic priest. Millennial clergy on the challenges of reaching out to a country that's redefining what faith means.

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At The G20, Heavy Topics On The Table

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:24:37 -0400

We look ahead to this week's G20 summit in Germany. Global trade, climate change, security, and – maybe – the future of the West, all there.

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Vanishing Summer Jobs For Teens

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:33:12 -0400

That rite of passage: the teen summer job is disappearing. We'll ask why and probe the costs beyond the missing paycheck.

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The Global Cyberattack Challenge

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:03:12 -0400

The latest global cyberattack—using NSA cyber-weapons—has raised the stakes. We'll look at real vulnerability and defense.

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Best Summer Books: 2017

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:21:20 -0400

Just in time for the fourth of July, we've got your hot summer reading list — from "The Hate U Give" to "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" — all cued up.

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At Odds In The Briefing Room

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:30:05 -0400

No cameras allowed. Dueling press secretaries. Briefing blow-ups. We'll look at the increasingly fraught relationship between the White House and the reporters who cover it.

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Witnessing And Prosecuting Police Shootings

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:21:31 -0400

We can't let it go. Why, despite all the dashcam video, do police who kill civilians keep walking out of the courtroom free men?

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The Health Of Our Credit Scores

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:49:30 -0400

What's in your credit score? Millions will get a bump next month. We'll look at why, and at Google's anti-trust troubles in Europe.

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Editorials In The Age Of Trump

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:15:30 -0400

Editorial page editors from across the country are taking tough stands on President Trump and his policies. They join us to defend their judgments.

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Health Care, Medicaid Cuts And The Opioid Crisis

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:45:28 -0400

Could the Senate health care bill make the opioid crisis worse? We'll look at how deep cuts to Medicaid could hobble efforts to save lives.

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Pulling Out Of Car Ownership

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:07:34 -0400

Is car ownership going the way of the horse and buggy? We'll look at how ride sharing and driverless cars are turning the way we move.

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Week In The News: Health Care Reveal, GOP Victories, Philando Castile

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:31:34 -0400

Curtain's up on the Republican Senate health care bill. The GOP scores in Georgia. Dashcam video of the Philando Castile shooting. Otto Warmbier dies. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.

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Impacts And Infrastructure In Extreme Heat

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:45:45 -0400

Commuter planes that can't fly. Door handles too hot to touch. The heat dome crushing the southwestern U.S. This week puts other heatwaves to shame. We'll look at dealing with heat in abnormal new normal.

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Hoarding The American Dream

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:25:06 -0400

The top 20 percent of this country, not just the top one percenters, is leaving everyone else behind. We'll talk with the author of "Dream Hoarders."

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