Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying as we speak before his former colleagues on a Senate Committee today, saying he recused himself from the investigation of Russian influence on the Trump campaign, which he was involved with, but not from defending his honor against what he called "scurrilous attacks."
Edward Isaac Dovere, Washington correspondent for Politico, has more on today's testimony.
As Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others testify about what they knew and who they talked to, is the basic issue being lost in the political drama? It's reported that Russian hackers gained access to the voting systems of 39 American states during last year's elections. There's no evidence they affected the outcome. But, as the fired FBI Director James Comey warned last week, "They'll be back." What's in store for America's democracy in the future? How does this compare to the long history of US involvement in other countries' elections?
Jonathan Landay, Reuters (@JonathanLanday)
Molly McKew, expert on information warfare (@MollyMcKew)
Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter Institute for Media Studies / Boston Globe (@Indira_L)
Dov Levin, Carnegie-Mellon University
Reuters on Sessions calling his collusion with Russia 'detestable lie'
Landay on political feud over the House Committee's probe of suspected Russian meddling in election
McKew on Russia's war on America
Levin on whether foreign meddling in elections matters
Two 13-year-old boys in Park city, Utah, are among the dead from the synthetic opioid fentanyl — now the fastest-growing cause of overdoses nationwide. Authorities say another local teenager bought the drugs on the dark web using Bitcoin. That's according to Nathaniel Popper of the New York Times, who reports that the online drug trade is on track to be "even more formidable than the cartels."
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Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
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 .
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