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Episode #5648

KQED 9: Fri, May 26, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

* The federal investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election reached President Trump's innermost circle Thursday. The Washington Post reported that the president's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is a focus of investigations and officials believe he has information relevant to their ongoing probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Kushner has not been accused of wrongdoing, but he is now the only current White House official considered key to the investigation. The FBI is still interested in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
* Congressional inquiries continue to move ahead as well. Fired FBI Director James Comey is set to testify next week. Earlier this week, former CIA Director John Brennan testified about interactions between the Trump campaign and Russia - but stopped short of calling it collusion.
*All this is unfolding as the president is wrapping up his first foreign trip. At the NATO summit, Trump was forced to mend fences with British Prime Minister Theresa May after the UK stopped sharing intelligence about the recent terror attack with the United States. < br>Robert Costa will get an update on stories from Washington to Italy with: Adam Entous of The Washington Post, Vivian Salama of the Associated Press, Peter Baker of The New York Times, and Erica Werner of the Associated Press.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, May 28, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 28, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 27, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 27, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, May 27, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5647

KQED 9: Fri, May 19, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

Donald Trump is facing the harsh reality of being president just 118 days into his administration. The plume of scandals emanating from the White House grew larger each day this week as Trump continues to push back against investigations into Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential election and possible ties to his campaign.
The uproar that started with the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week intensified with the revelation of memos Comey wrote that said Trump asked him to end the inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. By Thursday, the president used Twitter (link is external) to call the appointment of a special prosecutor to oversee the Russia investigations a "witch hunt."
Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are publicly committed to continue their own investigations. While more Democrats openly discuss impeaching the president, Republicans are starting to distance themselves from the Trump administration.
Robert Costa will make sense of another busy week in Washington with: Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times, Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics, Michael Scherer of Time Magazine, and Manu Raju of CNN.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, May 21, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 21, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 20, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 20, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, May 20, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5646

KQED 9: Fri, May 12, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

Two words that have been central to President Trump's persona for more than a decade sent shockwaves through Washington this week: "You're fired." Lawmakers are grappling with the consequences of the abrupt removal of FBI Director James Comey and what it may mean for the continuing investigations into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election.
Democratic senators are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. The acting FBI director told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the bureau's probe will continue and that the White House has not tried to impede the inquiry.
Robert Costa will explore the fallout of Trump's decision to fire the FBI director with: Pete Williams of NBC News, Margaret Brennan of CBS News, Erica Werner of the Associated Press, and Dan Balz of The Washington Post.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, May 14, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 14, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 13, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 13, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, May 13, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5645

KQED 9: Fri, May 5, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

This was the week Congress got busy.
* Republicans in the House performed life-saving measures to revive their long-promised plan to replace Obamacare weeks after their original replacement bill fell short. The re-crafted measure does not require people to have health insurance, rolls back state-by-state expansions of Medicaid, and includes $8 billion to help cover people with pre-existing conditions. Health care industry groups including the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society oppose the bill and it's likely to encounter hurdles when it is debated by the Senate.
* The health care win came just days after Congress reached a bipartisan budget deal to fund the government through the end of September. The $1.1 trillion spending bill increases defense and border security funding but does not include money to pay for President Trump's border wall. Despite the compromise, Trump suggested the need for a "good 'shutdown' in September" to get more Republican spending priorities.
Robert Costa goes behind-the-scenes in the halls of Congress and the White House to understand the negotiations and impact of this consequential week with: Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post, Erica Werner of AP, Peter Baker of The New York Times, Molly Ball of The Atlantic.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, May 7, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, May 7, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 6, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, May 6, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, May 6, 2017 -- 1:30 AM
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