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Michael Flynn, the President’s first National Security Advisor, is back in the news. The House Oversight Committee says he may have broken the law by taking $45,000 for a speech he made on RT-TV in Moscow. The Committee’s Republican Chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced, "Personally I see no information or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law." Isaac Arnsdorf, who reports for Politico, says Flynn violated the Emoluments Clause by not notifying the Pentagon of his trip or payment he received for it.
President Trump promised big things in his first 100 days, but his most important achievement may be keeping the government open. To get that--even with Republicans running Congress -- he's had to delay his demand for big money for his Great Wall on the Mexican border. His biggest applause line has been replaced by talk about tax reform. So the government probably won't shut down on Saturday — his hundredth day in office. But 100 days is just the beginning of a four-year term, and there's time left for a lot more surprises.
Catherine Lucey, Associated Press (@catherine_lucey)
Nancy Cook, Politico (@nancook)
Julian Zelizer, Princeton University (@julianzelizer)
Mickey Kaus, Political Commentator and Author (@kausmickey)
Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times (@hiltzikm)
Lucey on Trump's tough week with budget, health care battles
Lucey on Dems telling Trump he can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wall
Cook on Trump tax plan not including House GOP's border-adjustment tax
Zelizer on Trump's latest poll numbers
Hiltzik on how Trump, GOP are plotting to give health insurers exactly what they want
Does the President want a trade war with America's northern neighbor?
President Trump is escalating trade tensions with America's northern neighbor. He's planning a 20% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber. In a Twitter post, he says there will be more to come… involving dairy products. Daniel Dale is in Washington for the Toronto Star. His lead in a recent story is, "Holy Cow, he's now coming after us."
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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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