Photo: Paul Manafort of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's staff listens during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, August 17, 2016. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
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President Trump today announced new authority for economic sanctions on North Korea and other nations that do business with that country. He was at the UN, sitting next to the leaders of South Korea and Japan.
John Park, director of the Korea Working Group at the Harvard Kennedy School, says the move was not unexpected by North Korea and was seen as more "bark" than "bite."
It's reported that, while he was chair of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Paul Manafort offered to brief a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin. That's just the latest revelation about evidence being collected by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he probes Russia's effort to influence last year's election. Recent reports by CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post suggest that Mueller's investigation has reached a "critical stage." Were the President's own associates involved? If so, did he know it? When he fired James Comey as head of the FBI, did he commit obstruction of justice? Trump has called the investigation a "witch hunt." We look at the "knowns" and the "un-knowns."
Susan Hennessey, Brookings Institution / Lawfare (@Susan_Hennessey)
Asha Rangappa, Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs (@AshaRangappa_)
Renato Mariotti, Thompson Coburn (@renato_mariotti)
As we go to air, it's been roughly 48 hours since Mexico City was hit by a massive earthquake -- 32 years to the day since a previous tremor destroyed much of the city. At least 230 people have died.
Rescue workers search through the rubble for students at Enrique Rebsamen school
after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, September 20, 2017
Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters
Kate Linthicum, who is in Mexico City for the Los Angeles Times has reported on a "gesture of hope, solidarity and resilience" during the effort to locate survivors. We hear from her and from former Mexican congressman Carlos Heredia, now a professor at CIDE in Mexico City.
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