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The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos — and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon — are trying to keep alive the peace deal with FARC rebels. Colombia’s voters defeated it yesterday by a margin of less than one percent. Nick Miroff, Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post, joins us from Bogota.
With the presidential campaign now focused on personalities and family histories, how is a voter to know how either candidate might actually govern? This is the first of a five-part series exploring issues that could be critical for people trying to make up their minds. Hillary Clinton is a known “policy wonk” with detailed plans for “college affordability” and how to pay for it. That invites both support and criticism. Donald Trump has just made a few statements — leaving supporters and critics to speculate about what he might try to do.
Jonathan Cohn, Huffington Post (@CitizenCohn)
Robert Shireman, Clinton campaign (@bob_shireman)
Jason Delisle, New America Foundation (@delislealleges)
Michael Stratford, Politico (@mstratford)
A leaked document suggests that Donald Trump might have avoided income taxes for 18 years. Is that a credible claim?
Donald Trump has refused to release his income tax returns, as other presidential candidates have done for decades. Now the first pages of 1995 state returns from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey have been leaked to the New York Times. Trump’s former tax accountant says they appear to be authentic. They show that Trump suffered a massive business loss — almost a billion dollars. And that could mean that he avoided paying any income taxes at all for three years prior to 1995 and 15 years after that. Lily Batchelder is former chief tax council for the Senate Finance Committee and a senior economic advisor in the Obama Administration. She’s now a professor at the New York University School of Law.
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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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