Photo: Workers prepare for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 19, 2017. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry took questions today on Capitol Hill over his confirmation as head of an agency he infamously couldn't remember the name of. It's also the agency he vowed to eliminate. The former Texas governor said he no longer believes the Department of Energy should be abolished, but his record of questioning global climate change and supporting fracking gave Senators plenty to dig into this morning. Catherine Traywick, energy and oil reporter for Bloomberg News, has more.
Donald Trump landed in Washington today and he takes office tomorrow with the lowest approval ratings in recent memory. At least 60 Democrats in Congress are boycotting his inauguration, some even calling his presidency "illegitimate." Another record-breaker: Saturday's Women's March on Washington could be one of the largest inauguration-related protests in history. But given Trump's temperament and Republican control of Congress, guest host Barbara Bogaev asks whether any of this will matter when it comes time to actually govern.
Pew Poll on Trump, nation's deep political divisions
Blake on Trump's brutal pre-inauguration poll numbers
Lieu on his decision not to attend the inauguration
Davidson on inauguration boycott's harm no matter who is president
Zelizer on Trump not caring if you don't like him
Zelizer on inauguration protests, a flash in the pan?
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On Saturday, more women are expected to march on Washington than ever have before in response to a Presidential inauguration and an election where gender and sexism became a partisan issue. But a new post-election survey finds Americans are deeply divided over the perception of gender inequality. Who has it better off in 2017, women or men? We hear from Claire Cain Miller, who writes about gender, families and work for The Upshot at the New York Times.
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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 .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
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