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Friday, January 17, 2020

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President Donald Trump broke the law. He did it by withholding aid to Ukraine. That's the conclusion of a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But will it affect the Senate impeachment trial? Three men were arrested this week in connection with a white supremacist group called "The Base." The suspects planned to build an assault rifle and had amassed over 1,600 rounds of ammunition. Who are they and what were their plans? Also, after more than 1,000 earthquakes in...

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

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President Donald Trump "knew exactly what was going on" in Ukraine. That's according to Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas. But how credible are his claims? In Russia, the prime minister and his entire cabinet resigned. The dramatic move came shortly after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping constitutional changes. Many see the shakeup as Putin's doing. We also get an inside view from China of the newly signed "Phase One" trade deal. What are Chinese officials telling people about...

Duration:00:13:18

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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The House on Wednesday will vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. This as new details come to light about the pressure campaign against the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Will it amplify calls to allow new evidence in the upcoming Senate trial? In the final Democratic presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) confronted doubts over a woman in the White House head on. And 18 months after he began his trade war with China, President Donald...

Duration:00:13:17

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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Can U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper explain the intelligence that led to the killing of a top Iranian general? And what's the strategy if Iran retaliates in the future? In an interview with NPR, Esper answered those questions and more. Also, the Democratic presidential race is getting more personal. Tonight is the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses. Apple is refusing to comply with the FBI's demand to unlock the phones of an alleged mass shooter. U.S. Attorney General...

Duration:00:13:50

Monday, January 13th, 2020

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Iranians are in the streets protesting again, but they have turned their rage away from the U.S. They're demonstrating against their own government after it admitted to shooting down a Ukrainian airliner. President Donald Trump said Iranian general Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to U.S. interests. So why did Defense Secretary Mark Esper say he didn't see any specific evidence? Also, Puerto Rico is dealing with the aftermath of some strong earthquakes. How are people coping, and...

Duration:00:12:53

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

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Iran admitted that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane this week — blaming it on human error. We'll have reaction to the admission. Also, President Trump claims that multiple embassies were part of the "imminent threat" that led to the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian military commander last week. Power is returning to Puerto Rico after an earthquake earlier this week, but people are still sleeping outside there, as strong aftershocks continue to shake the island.

Duration:00:12:49

Friday, January 10th, 2020

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Iran said that it will let U.S. government experts help investigate an airplane crash in Tehran. The U.S. is saying nothing in public about the cause of the crash, but officials of several other nations suggest Iran apparently brought down the plane by mistake. The House told the president to consult Congress before taking further military action against Iran. But what will happen to that demand in the Republican-controlled Senate? Also, newly released documents show that some Boeing...

Duration:00:13:13

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

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The House will vote on a resolution to limit President Donald Trump's use of military force. Even some Republicans in the Senate now say they're concerned. Trump himself called on U.S. allies to take a stand against Iran. But how have the recent events affected one of U.S.'s closest allies, Saudi Arabia? And Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are calling it quits — not with each other — but with the royal family, at least in part.

Duration:00:13:06

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

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Iran fulfilled its promise to retaliate after a U.S. airstrike killed a top general. Iranian missiles struck bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq. President Trump tweeted "All is Well!" But is this a step closer to a war? What are officials in Iran and Iraq saying about the possibility of further escalation? Also in Iran, a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed just after takeoff, killing all 176 people on board. Why did the plane go down, and who were the victims?

Duration:00:13:39

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

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Are American troops really leaving Iraq? Iraqi lawmakers voted to kick them out following the U.S. airstrike that killed an Iranian general and an Iraqi commander, but the Pentagon says there's no plans for a troop withdrawal yet. What's the response today on the ground in Baghdad? Also, as the second day of Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial begins in New York, he's facing new charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles.

Duration:00:12:45

Monday, January 6th, 2020

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Both Iranian leaders and crowds of mourners are vowing revenge against the U.S. following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. What's the impact to Americans' safety abroad? President Donald Trump has responded with threats to target Iranian sites should Tehran retaliate, but would that be legal? And how have months of bushfires in Australia affected the environment and the health of those breathing in the smoke-filled air?

Duration:00:12:48

Saturday, January 4th, 2020

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The funeral for a top Iranian military commander assassinated by the U.S. begins in Baghdad. President Trump addresses a key part of his base in the wake of the killing — evangelical Christians. Plus, fires in Australia continue to devastate in the worst fire season on record there.

Duration:00:12:55

Special Report: Analysis On The U.S. Assassination Of Iran's Qassem Soleimani

1/3/2020
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What can we make of a U.S. airstrike in Iraq overnight that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani, a general both famous and infamous for leading a shadowy force that operated outside of Iran? Listen for analysis on the U.S. decision to call for the strike and Iran's promise to retaliate.

Duration:00:16:53

Friday, January 3, 2020

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President Trump ordered the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps. U.S. officials said a drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday was ordered to deter "future Iranian attack plans." What will this mean for escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran?

Duration:00:12:40

Thursday, January 2, 2020

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Bushfire season is nothing new to Australians, but this summer has been calamitous — and it may still get worse. Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will seek immunity from prosecution in corruption cases he's facing. And, a look at what state legislatures are doing in 2020 that could have national impact.

Duration:00:14:20

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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The Pentagon is deploying military reinforcements following an attack by Iranian-backed militia members and their supporters on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Also, North Korea's Kim Jong Un says he no longer felt bound by a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile testing. And, a look ahead to what will be a busy year in politics in 2020.

Duration:00:12:52

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Federal prosecutors in New York have filed hate crime charges against the man accused of carrying out a stabbing rampage north of New York City over the weekend. Also, as Australia rings in the New Year, much of the country is still dealing with the dangers of an ongoing bushfire emergency. And, the Justice Department is pursuing many allegations of Chinese espionage, efforts they say will continue in 2020.

Duration:00:14:05

Monday, December 30, 2019

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Five Hasidic Jews were stabbed at a rabbi's home in Monsey, New York in an attack that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called an "act of domestic terrorism." Also, a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas on Sunday morning, killing two people before being killed by volunteer security. And, the U.S. carried out airstrikes against five locations in Iraq and Syria on Sunday.

Duration:00:12:49

Saturday, December 28, 2019

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President Trump has impeachment on his mind over the holidays, as the trial in the Senate looms in the New Year. Also, Iran begins war games with new partners Russia and China, causing concern among some U.S. officials. And 2020 may be a banner year for the U.S. space program.

Duration:00:13:46

Friday, December 27, 2019

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she's "disturbed" by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to coordinate with the White House on impeachment. Also, the Philippines is recovering from the latest typhoon to hit the country. And, a plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Kazakhstan killing at least 12 people.

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