President Trump shocks the world by standing with Vladimir Putin over American intelligence agencies. Even his own director of National Intelligence essentially rebukes Trump and reaffirms that Russia was responsible for the 2016 election hacking. We talk about what the Republican response on Capitol Hill has been, and what this does for Vladimir Putin.
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The fallout from last week’s indictment of 12 Russians continues. Roger Stone wasn’t officially named in the indictment. It only describes online conversations between incognito Russian officials and a person “in regular contact” with senior Trump campaign officials. But Stone admitted that unnamed person is “probably” him. Now that his exchanges are part of an official federal indictment.
Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, but he grew up in Oakland. He writes that he’s one of many urban Indians who “know the sound of the freeway better than we do rivers, the howl of distant trains better than wolf howls.” Orange’s new novel, “There There,” is set in Oakland. His many disparate characters -- all urban Indians -- struggle with what it means to be Native and struggle to connect with disappearing traditions.
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France beat Croatia in yesterday’s World Cup final. While it sounds like France is singing with one voice today, the country is deeply divided over immigration and the impact of immigrants on French culture. France’s winning team is made up largely of the children of immigrants. Fifteen of the 23 players have links to African nations, mostly former French colonies.
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