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Regardless of whether it's true, false or what he calls "politically correct," Donald Trump is telling many potential American voters just what they want to hear. We hear about the challenges for the Republican Party… and the traditional news media. 

Later on the program, a climate change agreement in Paris that might exceed expectations. 

Photo: Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christine Detz
Gideon Brower

FBI Director Comey Talks Encryption, Guns and Terrorism 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, FBI Director James Comey had new information about the husband and wife who killed 14 people and injured 21 others last week in San Bernardino. The FBI director testified that, "In fact our investigation to date, which I can only say so much about, indicates they were actually radicalized before they started courting or dating each other online. And online as early as the end of 2013 were talking to each about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged, then married and lived in the United States." Devlin Barrett, who covers the Justice Department for the Wall Street Journal, has an update.

Guests:
Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal (@DevlinBarrett)

Donald Trump: Democracy and the Media 35 MIN, 10 SEC

Despite outrageous proposals and outright lies, Donald Trump's poll numbers keep going up. By telling many potential voters just what they want to hear, he's posing an unprecedented challenge for the rest of the Republican Party. He's also creating a crisis of credibility for the news media — attracting massive attention by breaking all the traditional rules. We hear more about the man and his public persona — from reality TV to Twitter. Are American voters facing a whole new political beast?

Guests:
McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed News (@mckaycoppins)

More:
Washington Post on how a neutral journalism model is straining under pressure from Donald Trump
Greenberg's 'American Ascendant: A Revolutionary Nation’s Path To Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading The 21st Century'
Ariely's '(Dis) Honesty – The Truth about Lies'

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McKay Coppins

Paris Climate Talks… More Progress than Expected? 8 MIN, 13 SEC

The deadline for the UN Climate Change summit in Paris is Friday, with the stated goal of keeping global warming under 2° Celsius. Today, John Kerry says they might do better than that. While the Secretary of State acknowledged that the announced targets will make a "major dent" in global emissions, he cautioned that "they will not hold the warming to…what scientists tell us we need to avoid the worst impacts. Or 1.5, whatever, we need to go as low as we can, as many people in this hall are demanding."

That sounds like an insignificant difference, but it’s not -- especially for the world’s poorest, most vulnerable nations, as we hear from Mark Hertsgaard, who is covering the talks for The Nation.

Guests:
Mark Hertsgaard, Nation magazine (@markhertsgaard)

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