Photo: U.S. House Ag Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Conaway, during U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 93rd Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), in Arlington, VA, on Thursday, Feb 23, 2017. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture)
FROM THIS EPISODE
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has recused himself from leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election. We look at his replacement -- a Texas Republican who was a Trump supporter during the campaign.
President Trump is hosting a two-day summit with China’s leader at Mar-a-Lago. We find out more about Trump’s China advisor, Peter Navarro. He authored a book called “Death by China.” His view: China is out to undermine the U.S.
An FBI sting operation in LA has revealed how rich Chinese investors can buy their way into obtaining U.S. visas.
President Trump met with Egypt’s president this week. We get reaction from comedian Bassem Youssef, who launched the first political satire show in Egypt. But for making fun of those in power, his safety was threatened, and he had to cancel the show. He ended up fleeing the country after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power. Youssef is the subject of the documentary, “Tickling Giants,” which premieres April 7 at the Beverly Hills Laemmle Music Hall.
Bassem Youssef was a practicing heart surgeon before he became a full-time comedian. He created the first political satire show in Egypt. (Photo courtesy of Sarkosmos Productions)
Amazon will have to pay $70 million to parents for their kids buying extra goodies on free games without permission. Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 phone will let you scan your face to pay for things. Facebook is expanding its use of photo-matching technology to curb revenge porn.
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Can Kevin de Leon unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is capitalizing on a fury in the state against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
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