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Trump, Republicans distance themselves from Alabama abortion law

May 20, 2019
Seung Min Kim, Amy Goldstein | The Washington Post
President Trump has joined a chorus of Republicans distancing themselves from new state laws banning the vast majority of abortions, though he emphasized what he called a “strongly pro-life” stance he has held throughout his time in the White House. Without referring specifically to an Alabama law enacted last week that makes performing abortions a felony unless a pregnancy seriously risks a woman’s health, Trump reiterated his position that abortion should be legal following rape or incest.

FULL EPISODE: Trump administration rolls out merit-based immigration proposal, United States reaches deal with Canada and Mexico on tariffs

May 17, 2019
After the Trump administration reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum being shipped to the United States, the panelists discussed if the move could jolt the negotiations to end the trade war between the U.S. and China. The show’s conversation also turned to President Donald Trump’s new merit-based immigration proposal, the rising tensions between the United States and Iran, and the Republican-led state legislature’s recent passing of a near-total ban on abortion.
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Latest foreign policy developments, Trump administration introduces new health care proposals

May 10, 2019
The panelists discussed the administration's new sanctions on Iran and the move to nominate Patrick Shanahan as the country's new defense secretary. The group also recapped President Trump's new calls to lower prescription drug costs.

Fallout from the Mueller report continues, tariffs rise after U.S. and China fail to reach trade deal

May 10, 2019
The panelists discussed President Donald Trump's move to assert executive privilege over the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report as some Democratic leaders declare that the country is in a "constitutional crisis." Plus, the conversation turned to the ongoing trade battle between China and the United States after the two countries failed to reach a trade deal.
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Synagogue shooting: What can be done to stop the attacks?

May 3, 2019
After a gunman killed one person and injured three others at a California synagogue last week, the panelists discussed what was behind the shooting and what is being done to stop gun violence.

Attorney General William Barr under fire, tensions escalate between Congress and the White House

May 3, 2019
As tensions between the Trump administration and Capitol Hill continue to escalate over special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, the panelists recapped Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, along with the impact of a recently released letter from the special counsel to the attorney general. The conversation also turned to discussing if the White House would allow Mueller and McGahn to testify to Congress.
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Trump’s executive privilege strategy could mean messy fight

April 27, 2019
Jonathan Lemire, Mark Sherman | Associated Press
Since George Washington’s time, presidents have used executive privilege to resist congressional inquiries in the name of protecting the confidentiality of their decision-making.
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A majority of Americans oppose impeachment. Most also say Trump lied to the public.

April 27, 2019
Dan Balz, Scott Clement | The Washington Post
A majority of Americans say they oppose calls for Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the wake of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the president sought to interfere with the probe, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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