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As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the White House, attacks on the Clinton Family Foundation are simmering in the media. Is a real scandal about to emerge or is it what Hillary calls the "right wing conspiracy" all over again?

Also, a federal appellate court rules the NSA's bulk collection of phone records illegal. On today's Talking Point, the world's first self-driving 18-wheeler is hitting the road. Should truck drivers be worried?

Photo: Steve Rhodes

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Katie Cooper
Evan George

NSA's Bulk Collection of Phone Records Is Illegal, Court Rules 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Since Edward Snowden revealed massive data collection by the National Security Agency, Congress has been debating whether authorization should be renewed. Today, a federal appeals court in New York ruled it's illegal. This morning, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a Senate Committee, "We are reviewing that decision but given the time issues involving the expiration of it, we are also, and have been, working with this body and others to look for ways to reauthorize Section 215 in a way that does preserve its efficacy and protect privacy." Damian Paletta is national security and intelligence reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Damian Paletta, Wall Street Journal (@damianpaletta)

Clinton Cash: Corruption or Conspiracy? 34 MIN, 4 SEC

President Bill Clinton survived potential scandals, including "Whitewater," "Travelgate" and "Filegate" because no wrongdoing was ever proven. Now, as Hillary Clinton runs for the White House on her own, the family's Global Foundation is making news of a similar kind. It's accused of selling influence for tens of millions of dollars under the cover of doing "good works" all over the world. The latest potential scandal facing the Clinton family originates in a book called Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. Even before its recent publication, stories based on it have been running in newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Once again, the attackers admit that no wrongdoing's been proven. Will the smell of scandal be enough damage the latest Clinton campaign?

Guests:
Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post (@PostRoz)
Joe Conason, National Memo (@joeconason)
David Frum, The Atlantic (@davidfrum)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)

More:
Bill Clinton on why allegations in Schweizer book
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Joe Conason

The First Self-Driving Semi-Truck Revs Up 9 MIN, 12 SEC

The spotlight on self-driving vehicles has been focused on Google and other companies that are automating four-door sedans. That's because "trucks aren't sexy." But they're critical to the economy. Alex Davies, associate editor of Wired magazine, rode along on a test drive of the world's first self-driving 18-wheeler on Interstate roads in Nevada.

Guests:
Alex Davies, Wired magazine (@adavies47)

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