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As promised, Donald Trump's first day in office included a string of executive orders — most prominently to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal negotiated by former President Obama. The action brought praise from progressive Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and criticism from veteran Republican Senator John McCain, as we hear from William Mauldin, who covers trade policy for the Wall Street Journal.
What started out as the Women's March on Washington turned out millions of people in dozens of cities in all 50 states — and around the world. In addition to women's rights, it was all about racial justice, immigration, climate change, jobs and gender discrimination: a vast array of political and social issues. The one, unifying grievance might have been opposition to Donald Trump, but is there a way to consolidate it all into concerted action? Was it the beginning of a movement for real political change or a feel good moment that's liable to fade away?
Dana Fisher, University of Maryland (@Fisher_DanaR)
Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice / Black Lives Matter (@culturejedi)
Micah White, Occupy Wall Street (@beingMicahWhite)
Aisha Moodie-Mills, Victory Fund (@AishaMoodMills)
Christian Ramirez, Southern Border Communities Coalition (@RamirezUSMEX)
The Trump Hotel in Washington is the place to be — at least for the moment. How long will that last?
Photo by Mr. Gray
As the new president never tires of pointing out, his new Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue is midway between the White House and Capitol Hill. Luxury suites command hundreds of dollars a night as foreign officials and business people compete for overnight bookings. Sounds like a roaring success — but that's exactly the problem, according to some of America's foremost Constitutional scholars. One member of the legal team filing suit today is Zephyr Teachout, Professor of Law at Fordham University and author of Corruption in America.
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Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
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