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President Trump today signed Take Two of his travel ban — designed to satisfy the objections of federal courts to the first version. There were official pictures of the signing, but no reporters allowed. Three cabinet members made statements to reporters — the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sessions and the other cabinet members offered no details of the new order, and took no questions. Julia Ainsley, who reports from Washington for Reuters, says the new order should help avoid chaos and confusion at airports -- and shake up the court cases against the original ban.
President Trump is reportedly outraged at his staff because the political flap over false statements about Russian officials just won't go away. At the same time, he's added to all the drama with early-morning tweets of unverified charges that former President Obama "wiretapped" Trump Tower. FBI Director James Comey has raised the ante by asking the Justice Department to refute that claim—by the new President who's kept him in office. Today, cabinet members unveiled the amended version of his controversial travel ban. But the Trump agenda faces stiff competition for public attention.
Molly O'Toole, Foreign Policy magazine (@mollymotoole)
Tim Weiner, journalist and author (@TimWeinerAuthor)
Andrey Kortunov, Russian International Affairs Council (@Russian_Council)
Mark Schrad, Villanova University (@vodkapolitics)
This month, the US Supreme court was scheduled to hear the appeal of a lower court decision allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identities. It was based in part on guidance from the Obama Administration. The Trump Administration has withdrawn support, and that was enough to delay the action.
We hear from Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, and Josh Block, senior attorney at the ACLU's LGBT Project and lead counsel for 17-year old transgender high school student Gavin Grimm.
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Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
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