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White House press secretary Sean Spicer is out. He'd been keeping a low-level profile recently — with his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders handling many news briefings. But now he's officially handed in his resignation. This ends what's been at times a bumpy relationship between Spicer and the Washington press corps. Exactly six months ago today Spicer was chastising the press for their coverage of President Trump's inauguration.
Guest host Chery Glaser talks with Hadas Gold, media reporter for Politico, about Spicer's departure and what it could mean for the Trump Administration and the press.
It's been a month since President Trump said he'd withdraw America from the Paris climate accord. Now, a story in New York magazine has taken the debate about the dangers of global warming to an unlikely boiling point. The report paints a picture of un-breathable air and food shortages. More than two million people have read the doomsday warnings, which have been shared 640,000 times from the magazine's website. But some scientists call it dangerous alarmism. Others call it "not scary enough." We find out why.
Kopp on managing climate risk in Trump's America
Matthews on alarmism as the argument we need to fight climate change
Maibach on the consumer as climate activist
Nature on three years to safeguard our climate
Late last month, Republican attorneys general from 10 different states issued an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either dismantle DACA - the Obama era program granting legal status to undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children - or they'll sue to take it apart themselves. Last week, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with 20 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to deliver some news: he and the Trump administration didn't believe that DACA would stand up in court. Democratic Representative Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois was in that meeting and he speaks with guest host León Krauze.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
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