Photo: A man walks by Mindaugas Bonanu's mural on the wall of a restaurant in Lithuania that shows Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin kissing each other.
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The ceasefire in Syria is holding — at least for the moment. But the UN is still having problems delivering humanitarian aid to Aleppo and other parts of a country devastated by five years of civil war. Philip Issa, who is based in Beirut, Lebanon for the Associated Press, has an update.
Donald Trump admires Vladimir Putin for what he calls "strong leadership" — especially compared to Barack Obama. The President says "strong leadership" means cronyism, corruption and censorship, while healthcare, education and the economy are in decline. But polls show many Republicans, once warned by Ronald Reagan about an "evil empire," now look more kindly on Russia under Putin’s iron-fisted control. We talk with a reporter who interviewed Putin for two hours. What did he say about Donald Trump? What about trying to manipulate American voters? As Trump sings praises for Russia's leader, how strong is the appeal of Putin's authoritarian style to American voters?
John Micklethwait, Bloomberg News (@business)
Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist and author (@mashagessen)
Jonathan Weiler, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (@jonweiler)
Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek (@kurteichenwald)
Jonathan Weiler and Marc J. Hetherington
The controversial "bathroom law" is facing a tough challenge from professional and college sports leagues pulling out of North Carolina.
The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, HB 2, is North Carolina's new law, also known as "the bathroom bill." It's aimed at anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. HB 2 provides that individuals may not use bathrooms that don't correspond to the sexual designations on their birth certificates. Now, in a state where sports may be more important than politics, it's facing a challenge from both the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference. David Gardner, College Sports Editor for Sports Illustrated, has the story.
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Trump’s war on the FBI Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”
Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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