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Episode #5629H

KQED 9: Fri, Jan 13, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's vow to have better relations with Russia continues to cast a cloud over his transition to the White House as the 45th president. Trump's repeated praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin has put the president-elect at odds with the intelligence community and members of his own party on Capitol Hill.
* During his first press conference since accepting the Republican presidential nomination last July, Trump admitted that Russia was responsible for election-related hacking. However, he dismissed the idea that Russia has any compromising information about him after an unverified 35-page dossier was published online. "If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability," Trump said. * Several of Trump's nominees for key administration positions broke with the president-elect's view of Russia during their confirmation hearings. Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis said the U.S. may need to "confront Russia" and CIA Director-designate Mike Pompeo agreed with intelligence agency assessments that Vladimir Putin's objective is to "sow doubt" about American democracy. Republican senators including Marco Rubio and John McCain are also taking a more hardline approach to how the U.S. should respond to Russian meddling.
* In his press conference, Trump also tried to ease concerns about potential conflicts of interest that may arise while he is in the White House. He will place all his assets in a trust controlled by his sons who will also take control of the family business. The head of the government ethics office called the plan "wholly inadequate."
* Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have not detailed a plan to replace the controversial law, but the president-elect has promised the replacement will occur "essentially simultaneously."
* Developing story: The Inspector General of the Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether the FBI and the Justice Department followed established "policies and procedures'' in handling of its inquiry into former secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email use.
Joining us to examine Trump's transition and his potential ties to Russia: Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times, Michael Crowley of Politico, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, and Manu Raju of CNN.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #5628H

KQED 9: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

The new Congress was sworn in this week and began tackling an ambitious Republican agenda ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration in two weeks.
* Before taking office, Republicans reversed course on a plan to weaken the powers of an independent Congressional watchdog. The representatives backed down after widespread criticism and a disapproving tweet from the incoming president.
* Republican lawmakers have also started plans to fulfill their key campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The future of the controversial health care law set up a showdown between President Obama, who is trying to save his signature domestic achievement, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is seeking to dismantle it. Both men were on Capitol Hill making their case to their members.
* Another showdown is brewing over who's to blame for election-related hacking. The Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings into the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee and other organizations. Committee Chairman John McCain backed U.S. intelligence assessments and pointed the blame for the "unprecedented attack on our democracy" squarely at Russia. The president-elect continues to question the accuracy of reports by U.S. intelligence agencies before receiving a classified briefing on the attack on Friday.
* As Washington returns to work, the fight for power intensifies. Are rank-and-file Republicans listening to Congressional leaders Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Mitch McConnell, or is incoming President Trump calling the shots? And what can the Democratic minority do to push through their legislative priorities and slow down the Republican agenda?
We'll get answers and analysis from: Suzanne Malveaux of CNN, Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Michael Scherer of Time Magazine, and Jeff Zeleny of CNN.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5627H

KQED World: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 3:30 AM

* The Obama administration announced new economic sanctions against Russia in response to the Kremlin's involvement in computer hacking meant to disrupt the presidential election. Five Russian agencies and four high-ranking military officers that U.S. intelligence agencies say were directly involved in the cyberattacks have been sanctioned, and another 35 Russian diplomats are being expelled from the United States. Russia has vowed to retaliate for any U.S. sanctions. A bipartisan group in Congress has called for further investigation and potential sanctions, but President-elect Donald Trump has expressed doubts about Russia's involvement and said we should "get on with our lives." Trump will have to decide in January whether to roll back any of the new sanctions.
* In the closing weeks of the Obama administration, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a sharp rebuke of Israel for continuing to build settlements in Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Kerry accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of hindering the Middle East peace process just days after the United Nations voted to condemn the settlements. The disagreement is the latest strain on the relationship between President Obama and Netanyahu, but it also exposed another rift between the president and his successor. President-elect Trump has tweeted his support for Israel and expressed his disagreement with the current administration's Israel policy.
* Meanwhile, Trump continues to appoint the team to help institute his agenda. Confirmation hearings for his cabinet nominees will begin after the new Republican-controlled Congress takes office next week. The president-elect has accused the outgoing president of throwing up "roadblocks" during the transition - so which of President Obama's executive actions will the new president try to undo when he takes office in 22 days? br>We'll get answers and analysis from: Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Yochi Dreazen of Vox, Indira Lakshmanan of The Boston Globe, Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, and Eliana Johnson of Politico.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 7:30 AM
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