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FBI Director James Comey said today that his agency had uncovered new emails related to the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server. That bombshell came 11 days before the election -- in the form of a letter to Congress. At a rally today in New Hampshire, Donald Trump tried to make political hay of the news. But Devlin Barrett, who covers the Justice Department for the Wall St Journal, says the investigation is more political than legal.
Cybersecurity experts quickly reached a worldwide consensus that the recent hack of Democratic National Committee emails bore a Russian fingerprint. But pinning down the Russian government's involvement in the leak is a harder case to make since most of the nation's expertise is focused in the private sector. This is according to the author of a book about to be published in Russian next week. The Red Web is about the unique history and makeup of Russia's cyberscene. Fred Weir, Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, spoke recently with the one of the authors.
This week the Obama administration announced that more than 11 million consumers in the federal exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act will see their healthcare premiums jump by an average of 25 percent next year. In some states they could even double. As October surprises go, this week’s news should count as a boon to Republicans eager to gut the Obama administration’s prize legacy. But this election isn’t like any other. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores how faltering health exchanges are playing on the campaign trail, and gets a status report from parts of the country where Obamacare is actually working as planned.
All seven anti-government protesters led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy in the Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation were found not guilty of federal conspiracy and weapons charges in federal district court in Portland yesterday. The verdict sent the courtroom into chaos and holds wide ranging implications for militia movements and the federal government’s control over public lands in the West. Amanda Peacher of Oregon Public Broadcasting covered the original stand-off at the refuge.
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Scott Pruitt and James Comey: In and out of the Trump Administration EPA Director Scott Pruitt is undergoing an ethics investigation, but his Obama-Era predecessor, Gina McCarthy, says the real scandal is that he “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” We’ll also tackle the backlash against fired FBI Director James Comey. Can his credibility survive angry public exchanges with President Trump?
The internet, privacy and data protection Mark Zuckerberg survived this week’s Congressional grilling. But Facebook still profits on free information: yours and mine. Three experts on big data explain how it works and lay out the risks as well as the benefits. Also, a veteran of Washington’s war games says President Trump is right to want U.S. troops out of Syria
Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century President Trump and Kim Jong Un have revived fears about weapons of mass destruction. But “tactical” nuclear weapons for use on the battlefield are still around, too. Is President Trump--like Barack Obama before him--relaying on a World War II technology ill-adapted to modern threats like cyber warfare? Would the use of low-level nukes inevitably escalate into an all-out atomic warfare? Also, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright on his new TV miniseries “The Looming Tower” about the FBI, the CIA and September 11th.
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