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Donald Trump is in Louisiana today, surveying flood damage. But the political press is focused on changes in his campaign leadership. Paul Manafort has resigned just days after Stephen Bannon, chair of the rightwing website Breitbart News came on board. Rebecca Sinderbrand, Deputy National Political Editor at the Washington Post, joins us.
Massive flooding that began last week near Baton Rouge is now being compared to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. The Red Cross calls this America’s worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey four years ago. This time, there was no advance warning, but the victims are in for long-term suffering—especially low-income people in vulnerable neighborhoods. Along with multiple fires in California after years of drought, it’s one of many signals we’re already living with climate change from global warming.
Bob Henson, Wunderground (@bhensonweather)
Paul Champagne, Resident of Baton Rouge
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
David J. Mitchell, The Advocate (@NewsieDave)
Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (@JacquiPatt)
Watch out Google, Apple, Tesla and Ford. Uber wants to be first with a self-driving car. You can already order one up on your smartphone in Pittsburgh.
Martial Hebert, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
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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?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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