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Episode #5704H

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

Seven years of campaign promises led to a showdown on the Senate floor this week as the upper chamber debated what many Republicans considered their last, best hope to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. After hours of late-night arm-twisting by GOP leadership and the White House, three Republican senators including John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, voted against the so-called "skinny repeal." McCain's no vote sent audible gasps throughout the Senate chamber as Republicans figure out the best path forward.
*Meanwhile, President Trump continued a week of public criticism of his "beleaguered" Attorney General Jeff Sessions even as Republican senators rally to Sessions' defense. Trump, angry that his attorney general recused himself from the ongoing Russia investigations, is reportedly considering appointing a new AG through a recess appointment if Sessions resigns or is fired. White House advisers are cautioning the president against taking such action.
Robert Costa will discuss the political ramifications of the week of health care votes and Trump's harsh critique of his cabinet official with:
Jeff Zeleny of CNN
Nancy Cordes of CBS News
Geoff Bennett of NPR
*Plus, Nancy Youssef of BuzzFeed News will report on President Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military and why the policy reversal may stem from a spending bill that would provide funding for a border wall.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 30, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 30, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #5703

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 21, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

*President Trump's legal team is trying to blunt the impact of ongoing investigations in Russia's meddling in the presidential election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. In an attempt to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, aides are looking into the background of investigators, according to The New York Times. Plus, aides are researching the president's ability to grant pardons to his aides, family members and himself, according to The Washington Post.
*As Mr. Trump marks his six-month anniversary in the Oval Office, he is also sharing frustration about the stalled efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
*After the latest Senate health care bill to replace the ACA collapsed amid party divisions, Mr. Trump shifted blame between Democrats and his own party for the failure. He said senators should stay in town until they pass a plan that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to vote next week on a revised plan that would open the bill for debate and amendments.
*Robert Costa will discuss six months of achievements and setbacks for the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress with:
Peter Baker of The New York Times
Molly Ball of The Atlantic
Dan Balz of The Washington Post

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 23, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 23, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5702

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

As intelligence agencies and Congress continue to investigate the scope of Russia's efforts to meddle in the presidential election, a newly revealed meeting among President Trump's son, son-in-law, a top adviser and a "Russian government attorney" in June 2016 is raising new questions about potential collusion. Emails released by Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday detail the meeting that was set up to provide "information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia" as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."
The president has defended his son's decision to meet with the attorney as standard opposition research, but the younger Mr. Trump is facing criticism from lawmakers in both parties who believe law enforcement should have been consulted. The Senate Judiciary Committee is asking Trump Jr. to testify next week as the cloud of questions about Russia continues to follow the Trump administration.
*Plus, Senate Republicans released not one but two new plans to replace the Affordable Care Act. Does the GOP have the votes to pass either measure?
*Robert Costa will discuss new details of the Russia investigation and how it is impacting the rest of the legislative agenda in Washington with:
Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times
Ashley Parker of The Washington Post
Michael Scherer of TIME Magazine
Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 15, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5701

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 7, 2017 -- 7:30 PM

President Trump is meeting with world leaders for the second time since taking office in January. The G20 meeting in Germany will provide a clearer picture of how the Trump administration is shifting U.S. foreign policy and how other nations view America's role as a global leader.
*Mr. Trump is set to meet face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since taking office in January. The meeting comes just a day after the president publicly questioned American intelligence reports saying Russia was behind attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election.
*The United States is also deciding how to respond to North Korea test firing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska. Trump said he is considering "severe" consequences. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told the Security Council, "The US is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies."
* Trump will also meet with one of Europe's most influential leaders who is one of his most frequent critics, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
*What is President Trump's vision of American leadership and how is his nationalist message playing to a global audience?
Robert Costa will get answers and analysis from:
Peter Baker of The New York Times
Yeganeh Torbati of Reuters
Nancy Youssef of Buzzfeed News
Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 9, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 9, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5653

KQED 9: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 1:30 AM

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell struggles to find 50 Republican 'yes' votes for health care reform, he has delayed a vote on his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess. McConnell will unveil an updated bill on Friday that he hopes will appease both conservative and moderate members of his caucus.
How does the revised Senate bill compare to the status quo under Obamacare?
And how will people across the country be impacted by any proposed reforms?
Robert Costa will discuss the policy and consequences of health care reform with:
Sarah Kliff of Vox, Nancy Cordes of CBS News, Michael Scherer of TIME Magazine, and Yamiche Alcindor of The New York Times.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 2, 2017 -- 11:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 2, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 2:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 -- 4:30 AM
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