Photo: Cassini program manager at JPL, Earl Maize, left, and spacecraft operations team manager for the Cassini mission at Saturn, Julie Webster embrace after the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Courtesy of NASA)
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions got some harsh words from President Trump back in May, after the president learned that the Justice Department had appointed a special counsel to look into connections between Russia and his campaign. Trump even told Sessions he should resign. Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller, and the Senate and House intelligence committees continue their investigations. Some senators are now talking about creating a 9/11-style commission.
Tonight’s the deadline for the California legislature to pass several bills, including the sanctuary state bill and a measure that would raise hundreds of millions of dollars for affordable housing. There’s also a bill that would let you choose your gender on your driver’s license.
The spacecraft Cassini discovered oceans and lakes on two of Saturn’s moons. It burned up as it entered Saturn’s atmosphere today. We speak with a lead scientist on the project, who spent 16 years working on it.
Scott Edgington, deputy lead scientist for the Cassini mission
The Grand Finale
Our critics review “Brad’s Status,” which stars Ben Stiller as Brad, who has a midlife crisis as his son tries getting into Harvard; “Strong Island,” a Netflix documentary about the filmmaker’s brother who was killed in 1992; the Belgian film “The Unknown Girl;” and “Mother!,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple.
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