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The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos — and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon — are trying to keep alive the peace deal with FARC rebels. Colombia’s voters defeated it yesterday by a margin of less than one percent. Nick Miroff, Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post, joins us from Bogota.
With the presidential campaign now focused on personalities and family histories, how is a voter to know how either candidate might actually govern? This is the first of a five-part series exploring issues that could be critical for people trying to make up their minds. Hillary Clinton is a known “policy wonk” with detailed plans for “college affordability” and how to pay for it. That invites both support and criticism. Donald Trump has just made a few statements — leaving supporters and critics to speculate about what he might try to do.
Jonathan Cohn, Huffington Post (@CitizenCohn)
Robert Shireman, Clinton campaign (@bob_shireman)
Jason Delisle, New America Foundation (@delislealleges)
Michael Stratford, Politico (@mstratford)
A leaked document suggests that Donald Trump might have avoided income taxes for 18 years. Is that a credible claim?
Donald Trump has refused to release his income tax returns, as other presidential candidates have done for decades. Now the first pages of 1995 state returns from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey have been leaked to the New York Times. Trump’s former tax accountant says they appear to be authentic. They show that Trump suffered a massive business loss — almost a billion dollars. And that could mean that he avoided paying any income taxes at all for three years prior to 1995 and 15 years after that. Lily Batchelder is former chief tax council for the Senate Finance Committee and a senior economic advisor in the Obama Administration. She’s now a professor at the New York University School of Law.
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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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