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Donald Trump attacked Hillary Clinton for close ties to Wall Street and a lack of concern for "real people." Now he's nominated three millionaires for cabinet jobs, including Steve Mnuchin of Goldman Sachs to be Secretary of the Treasury. Josh Barro, Senior Editor at Business Insider and the co-host of KCRW's Left, Right and Center, has more on Trump's latest picks.
Donald Trump lost the popular vote, but prevailed in the Electoral College. Now his claim of a "rigged" election has come back to haunt him. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is paying for recounts in Wisconsin and possibly two other states where he won by very small margins. Trump is acting outraged, but his own, often repeated, warnings have added to public concern about Russian hacking and voting-machine malfunctions. The recounts are unlikely to change the outcome. Will they reveal weakness in the basic tools of democracy or distract attention from the consequences of Trump's victory?
Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (@wisvoter)
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)
David Dill, Stanford University / Verified Voting (@VerifiedVoting)
Ari Berman, Mother Jones (@AriBerman)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on judge rejecting Stein's request for hand recount in Wisconsin
Kilgore on Trump threatening to make GOP the party of permanent voter suppression
Dill on why online voting is a danger to democracy
Berman on Trump's lies about voter fraud are a prelude to voter suppression
The US Supreme Court today considered the plight of thousands of immigrants — often here lawfully, but sometimes detained for years without hearings on whether they should be deported. The Obama Administration appealed the decisions of lower courts that they're entitled to apply for release on bond. A new decision could have major impact on Donald Trump's immigration crack-down.
Arguing on behalf of the immigrants is Ahilan Arulanantham, Legal Director of the ACLU of Southern California and recent recipient of a MacArthur Genius grant.
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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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