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