Photo: A man walks by Mindaugas Bonanu's mural on the wall of a restaurant in Lithuania that shows Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin kissing each other.
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The ceasefire in Syria is holding — at least for the moment. But the UN is still having problems delivering humanitarian aid to Aleppo and other parts of a country devastated by five years of civil war. Philip Issa, who is based in Beirut, Lebanon for the Associated Press, has an update.
Donald Trump admires Vladimir Putin for what he calls "strong leadership" — especially compared to Barack Obama. The President says "strong leadership" means cronyism, corruption and censorship, while healthcare, education and the economy are in decline. But polls show many Republicans, once warned by Ronald Reagan about an "evil empire," now look more kindly on Russia under Putin’s iron-fisted control. We talk with a reporter who interviewed Putin for two hours. What did he say about Donald Trump? What about trying to manipulate American voters? As Trump sings praises for Russia's leader, how strong is the appeal of Putin's authoritarian style to American voters?
John Micklethwait, Bloomberg News (@business)
Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist and author (@mashagessen)
Jonathan Weiler, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (@jonweiler)
Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek (@kurteichenwald)
Jonathan Weiler and Marc J. Hetherington
The controversial "bathroom law" is facing a tough challenge from professional and college sports leagues pulling out of North Carolina.
The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, HB 2, is North Carolina's new law, also known as "the bathroom bill." It's aimed at anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. HB 2 provides that individuals may not use bathrooms that don't correspond to the sexual designations on their birth certificates. Now, in a state where sports may be more important than politics, it's facing a challenge from both the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference. David Gardner, College Sports Editor for Sports Illustrated, has the story.
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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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