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KQED 9: Fri, Feb 24, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
* President Trump will deliver his first address to Congress next week where he will defend the agenda he has pursued in his first month in office. His actions on immigration and transgender rights have energized the Republican base but have also led to a series of protests across the country that his administration dismissed as paid agitators. For the first time, the president condemned a wave of anti-Semitic incidents that have been increasing this year.
* The lawmakers Trump will be speaking to on Tuesday experienced voter frustration firsthand this week in boisterous town halls across the nation. Many angry voters confronted Republicans about their plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
We will discuss the Trump administration's agenda and the growing undercurrent of anger spreading across the country with: Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times, Dan Balz of The Washington Post, and Molly Ball of The Atlantic.
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 26, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
* Just one month after entering the Oval Office, President Trump told reporters during his first solo press conference that the White House is a "fine-tuned machine" and dismissed reports of chaos in his administration. The president faces new questions about his administration's ties to Russia after the resignation of his national security adviser and new scrutiny about whether anyone in his campaign had improper contact with Russian officials.
* The feud between the president and intelligence community also intensified this week when Trump promised to crack down on "illegal" leaks of classified information and is promising an investigation into intelligence agencies.
* Meanwhile, calls are growing on Capitol Hill from Republicans and Democrats for an investigation into the connection between the White House and Russia. Some GOP leaders are worried that the distractions are stalling progress pushing their agenda of tax reform and repealing the Affordable Care Act.
We will examine the West Wing power struggles and potential conflicts the Trump administration has with Russia with: Suzanne Malveaux of CNN, Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics, Nancy Youssef of BuzzFeed News, and Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post.
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
* A federal appeals court unanimously rejected President Trump's bid to reinstate a controversial executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Despite the ruling of the three-judge panel, there are nearly two dozen additional court challenges to the order being considered, and the future of the ban is likely to end up before the Supreme Court. The president has previously defended his executive action in personal comments about the "so-called" judge who issued a stay on the implementation of the ban, which led Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to distance himself from Trump's "demoralizing and disheartening" comments.
* On Capitol Hill, the battle to confirm President Trump's cabinet also took on a deeply personal tone as Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Democrat Elizabeth Warren for voicing criticism of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. The Senate, mostly along party lines, narrowly confirmed Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, but the weeks-long fight has some people asking if there is any room for future bipartisan cooperation.
We'll discuss the beginning weeks of the Trump administration and the growing Democratic opposition with: Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Michael Scherer of TIME Magazine, Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics, Josh Gerstein of Politico, and Yamiche Alcindor of The New York Times.
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Feb 3, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
President Trump's impact on all facets of government is being felt just two weeks into his presidency. The new president is marshaling a new worldview through a flurry of hastily signed executive orders affecting American diplomacy and domestic policy. The frenetic pace of Trump's actions has surprised some member of Congress, who know from experience that governing and debates over new legislation before new laws are enacted take time.
Trump's executive order temporarily halting the U.S. refugee program and banning residents of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country sparked protests around the country. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice" after a failed missile test, and on Thursday, the administration loosened sanctions on Russia to allow U.S. business transactions with the Russian security service.
Helping to shape Trump's global vision and a "new political order" is an inner circle that includes one-time Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon, whose far-right website fueled the rise of the white nationalist movement that propelled Trump to the Oval Office. Trump's recent executive orders also have the fingerprints of Stephen Miller, a long-time adviser to the Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
We'll explore the new world order of the Trump administration and the influencers jockeying for power inside the White House with: Susan Davis of NPR, Michael Duffy of Time Magazine, Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal, Margaret Brennan of CBS News.
Plus, Pete Williams of NBC News will report on Neil Gorsuch, Trump's nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 -- 1:30 AM