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KQED 9: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
* President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care reform bill from the House floor after it became clear it did not have the votes to pass. Moments after the decision, Trump told The Washington Post's Robert Costa that he is open to a bipartisan deal in the future. "When it explodes, [Democrats] come to us and we make one beautiful deal," Trump said. We explain the fallout of the high stakes debate with Costa, The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and The New York Times' Yamiche Alcindor.
* While President Trump pushes for a win on health care, he continues to face ongoing questions about coordination between his top campaign officials and Russia. The FBI director told Congress there is an ongoing investigation and said there is no evidence to back up the president's claims that his predecessor wiretapped Trump Tower. Democrats are also questioning the credibility of the House Intelligence Committee investigation after Republican Chairman Devin Nunes, a close Trump ally, briefed the president about evidence of the "incidental collection" of communications by Trump associates. Michael Crowley of Politico shares the latest details of the ongoing investigations.
* Plus, President Trump has repeatedly responded to events during his first 60 days in office with unsubstantiated tweets and questions about the reliability of U.S. intelligence. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board harshly called into question Trump's credibility, writing that he "clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle." The Trump administration's reliance on alternative facts also led Time Magazine to ask, "Is truth dead?" We explore Trump's relationship with the truth and the consequences of falsehoods with Time's Michael Scherer, who interviewed the president for this week's cover story.
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KQED 9: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
* The White House is aggressively defending President Trump's claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones in Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign. The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee wholly dismissed the accusations and said they saw no evidence of surveillance. In an interview on Fox News, Trump promised to submit more information to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the coming weeks.
* Meanwhile, after the Congressional Budget Office estimated 24 million people could lose insurance coverage, the Republican-backed health care plan is running into roadblocks on Capitol Hill. Speaker Ryan said he is open to modifying the Obamacare replacement plan to ensure it will pass both houses of Congress. Trump, who once promised health care for everybody, signaled he is open to imposing work requirements and co-pays on Medicaid recipients.
* President Trump also laid out his budget priorities less than 100 days in office. The president says his legislative agenda will promote "America first" and fulfill his campaign promise to shrink the federal government. To make up for increased spending for the Pentagon and Homeland Security, the White House proposes deep cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid.
As a defiant president rallies enthusiastic supporters in red-state campaign events, is Trump's campaign poetry being stalled by the realities of governing prose? We get answers and analysis from: Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Peter Baker of The New York Times, Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal, Ylan Mui of CNBC, and Dan Balz of The Washington Post.
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KQED 9: Fri, Mar 10, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
* Republicans have been promising to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act since President Obama signed the controversial law 7 years ago. This week, House Republicans made their most significant dent in the replacement process revealing their plan that would eliminate the individual mandate to buy insurance and offer tax credits based on age. 2 key House committees offered their stamp of approval after more than 18 hours of debate on the bill. The White House is also fully behind the bill, but it faces an uphill climb as opposition grows from Democrats and Republicans in Congress and from health care stakeholders including hospitals, doctors and insurers.
* The White House is also pressuring Congress to investigate President Trump's claims that his predecessor illegally wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.
* The CIA is scrambling to respond to new allegations from a WikiLeaks hack that revealed secrets about the agency's cyber tools used to spy on personal information through phones, computers and televisions.
We'll get an update on the nation's health and cybersecurity from: Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Yamiche Alcindor of The New York Times, Margaret Brennan of CBS News, and Peter Baker of The New York Times.
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 12, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
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KQED 9: Fri, Mar 3, 2017 -- 7:30 PM
* Russia's intrusion in the U.S. presidential election continues to distract the Trump administration. Less than a month in office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire for two conversations he had with Russia's ambassador to the United States last year, which he denied during his confirmation hearing in January. While the attorney general now says he did not discuss the presidential campaign during his meetings with Russian officials, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Top Democrats on Capitol Hill, including the minority leaders in both the House and Senate, are calling for Sessions to resign. Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post and Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times report on contact between Trump campaign advisers and Russian officials during the campaign.
* How do ongoing concerns about Russian interference in the U.S. election affect President Trump's domestic agenda? The president delivered his first speech to Congress this week where he outlined his priorities for his first term including a huge increase in military spending and substantial cuts to other departments like State and Environmental Protection Agency.
We get reporting on President Trump's efforts to turn the page on questions about election interference by Russia and his efforts to work with Congress to advance his domestic agenda from: Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics, Michael Scherer of Time Magazine, and Dan Balz of The Washington Post.
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