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Photo: CIA Director John Brennan is one of the intelligence chiefs who briefed President-elect Donald Trump.

Republicans plan busy week of confirmation hearings 6 MIN, 21 SEC

At Trump Tower this morning, the President-elect told reporters that this week's accelerated Senate confirmation process will be no problem for any of his cabinet appointees. "They're going great. Confirmations are going great. I think they'll all pass. I think every nomination will be, they're all at the highest level." But Siobhan Hughes, who covers Capitol Hill for the Wall Street Journal, reports that missing ethics reviews could slow down the process.

Guests:
Siobhan Hughes, Wall Street Journal (@siobhanehughes)

Will Donald Trump make peace with US intelligence? 33 MIN, 58 SEC

The last time Donald Trump had a full-fledged news conference, he urged Russia to find and reveal more of Hillary Clinton's emails. That was in July. Now he's in an unprecedented public battle with all 17 US intelligence agencies, accusing them of "a political witch hunt." He denies Vladimir Putin helped him defeat Clinton -- alarming Republicans as well as Democrats about future Russian relations. How serious is Putin's meddling in US politics? Will Trump's own financial ties to America's powerful antagonist be a risk to national security?

Guests:
Tim Weiner, journalist and author (@TimWeinerAuthor)
Paul Pillar, Georgetown University / Brookings Institution (@GeorgetownCSS)
John Schindler, New York Observer (@20committee)
Carrie Cordero, Georgetown University Law School (@carriecordero)

More:
Pillar on Trump, the anti-intelligence president
Schindler on Trump's soft spot for Russia as his possible undoing

Legacy of Ashes

Tim Weiner

Questions about Sessions remain as confirmation hearings set 9 MIN, 6 SEC

In 1986, Jeff Sessions was US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. When Ronald Reagan nominated him for a federal judgeship, the US Senate said "no," largely because of his record on racial discrimination and civil rights.


Photo by Gage Skidmore

Now Sessions is a long-time veteran of the Senate, and Donald Trump has nominated him to be Attorney General. One of those testifying before the Judiciary Committee will be David Cole, Georgetown Law School Professor and National Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Guests:
David D. Cole, American Civil Liberties Union / Georgetown University (@DavidColeACLU)

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