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Jared Kushner told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did not collude with Russia, and he didn’t know anyone on the campaign who did. As the Russia story threatens to dominate another week in Washington, we look at the Democrats’ new legislative agenda called “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.”
President Trump is filling federal judge openings faster than previous presidents. Those judges are generally more conservative and younger than usual, meaning they could be around for decades. Also, California’s new and very controversial recall election law has its first legal challenge.
The LA Times dropped a bombshell a week ago about the former dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Carmen Puliafito used illegal drugs and regularly consorted with a prostitute. In the week since the Times investigation came out, USC has begun the process of firing Puliafito. He remained on the faculty - and kept seeing patients - after he left his post as dean.
Dr. Lydia Dugdale, Yale School of Medicine
Rez Courdee is second-generation Iranian American, born and raised in wealthy Laguna Beach. He likes to surf and smoke weed. When jihadi terrorism hits a nearby mall, many neighbors and friends start looking at him as a possible enemy. Rez then looks into what means to be Muslim. That’s the setup for Laleh Khadivi’s novel “A Good Country.”
While Frank Ocean sang at FYF on Saturday night, a close-up of Brad Pitt showed up on the giant screen, with him standing at the lip of the stage and looking soulful with a cell phone to his ear. Missy Elliott did her first full live show in almost a decade. The lineup also included Bjork, Nine Inch Nails, and A Tribe Called Quest.
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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