Photo credit: U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/ Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
President Trump has complained about illegal leaks -- leaks that led to this week’s resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. What happens to an executive branch when its bureaucrats routinely undermine it?
This week was another dramatic one for the White House. What do Donald Trump’s supporters think? Local Trump supporters share their reactions to yesterday’s press conference and to the president’s first month in office.
Trump suggested that the U.S. might back away from the two-state solution with Israel and the Palestinians. A Middle East expert explains how that’s playing in the region, and whether Trump’s strong relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu might help broker peace.
Cats have roamed the streets of Istanbul for thousands of years. The new documentary “Kedi” explains why Turks are so enamored by cats.
Ceyda Torun, Filmmaker
Our film critics review “The Great Wall,” set in China and starring Matt Damon; the horror anthology “XX,” which features women writers, directors and lead actors; and another thriller called “A Cure for Wellness.”
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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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