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  1. Trump’s move to cancel congressional trip during shutdown raises debate2019/01/17
    On day 27 of the partial government shutdown, President Trump rescinded approval for a military plane, effectively cancelling a trip to Afghanistan planned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation. The move comes after Pelosi asked to postpone the president’s State of the Union Address over safety concerns. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff for an update on the shutdown.
  2. News Wrap: Giuliani comments raise new questions about collusion by Trump campaign2019/01/17
    In our news wrap Thursday, President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, seemed to reverse himself on CNN Wednesday night, claiming he "never said there was no collusion between the [Trump] campaign" and Russia. He sought to clarify his remarks on Thursday. Also, Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer, admitted he paid a tech company to boost Trump's standing in online polls.
  3. Trump’s new plans for missile defense may spark arms race, critics say2019/01/17
    Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has built missile defenses primarily to counter rogue states. President Trump on Thursday expanded the program's ambition, including calling for updated space technology. Officials say the new policy responds to Russian advances. Nick Schifrin talks with Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund and Rebeccah Heinrichs of the Hudson Institute.
  4. Why many stores can’t accept food stamps during the shutdown2019/01/17
    While so far there have been no major lapses in benefits for the nearly 39 million people who depend on food stamps amid the partial government shutdown, 2,500 retailers around the country are unable to take any form of SNAP EBT payments.
  5. Why tech industry monopolies could be a ‘curse’ for society2019/01/17
    In the early 20th century, Standard Oil was broken up because of its vast power. Today, many think Facebook, Google or Amazon present similar threats, but they proceed unchallenged. In "The Curse of Bigness," law professor Tim Wu argues that America has abandoned antitrust enforcement and left us with an economy dominated by de facto monopolists. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
  6. Report: Number of families separated at the border unknown due to bad bookkeeping2019/01/17
    The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services paints the most detailed picture to date of the Trump administration's actions to separate immigrant families at the southern border. The report found that the government was separating children long before it announced its policy; thousands more may have been separated than previously reported. Amna Nawaz joins Judy Woodruff.
  7. How Colin O’Brady mentally prepared for his Antarctic feat2019/01/17
    There have been many expeditions on the frozen continent of Antarctica, but Colin O'Brady's 54-day solo trek across more than 930 miles without any assistance was the first of its kind. "You are locked in a prison of your own brain," O'Brady said. "Fortunately, I like my own company." William Brangham talks with him and his expedition manager and wife Jenna Besaw about this test of endurance.
  8. Mental illness ‘is not a problem that we can arrest ourselves out of’2019/01/17
    When Alabama closed a regional hospital, the warden of Metro Jail says that the population of people with mental illness doubled at their facility. Trey Oliver says they often see the same people over and over again, people who should have a different kind of around-the-clock care. Oliver gives his Brief But Spectacular take on why incarceration can’t solve mental illness and life at his jail.
  9. How the State of the Union became ‘leverage’ in shutdown debate2019/01/16
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested President Trump’s State of the Union be postponed for safety reasons related to the shutdown, although the Department of Homeland Security countered it is able to handle the event. Meanwhile, President Trump met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to negotiate, as another payroll deadline approaches. Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor and Lisa Desjardins.
  10. News Wrap: Death toll from Kenya hotel attack rises to 212019/01/16
    In our Wednesday news wrap, the death toll from Tuesday’s attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, climbed to 21. The Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility, saying it was retaliating for the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Also, in Zimbabwe, police are cracking down as violent protests erupt over spiking fuel costs amidst an economic crisis.
  11. After deadliest day for U.S. forces in Syria, withdrawal could get more complicated2019/01/16
    ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in northern Syria's Manbij that killed four Americans, countering the Trump administration's assessment that the terrorist group had been defeated. While Vice President Pence repeated that the U.S. is now able to "hand off" that fight to allies, other officials expressed concern that withdrawal plans have enlivened the enemy. Nick Schifrin reports.
  12. These 2 cities illustrate the shutdown’s profound national impact2019/01/16
    While lawmakers in Washington, D.C., battle over whether to reopen the government, the ripple effects of the shutdown are extending far beyond the Beltway. Two mayors, Republican David Holt from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Democrat Michael Passero of New London, Connecticut, tell Judy Woodruff how the stalemate is affecting their cities' federal workers and even their populations as a whole.
  13. New to Capitol Hill, Reps. Riggleman and Spanberger face shutdown’s added pressure2019/01/16
    Two new House members, Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., and Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., belong to the largest congressional freshman class in decades. Even before their offices were fully set up, these Capitol Hill newcomers had to cast votes on how to handle a government shutdown that's stretched on for weeks. Lisa Desjardins accompanies Riggleman and Spanberger on their first days in Congress.
  14. With much of the EPA closed, industrial safety and pollution inspections come to a halt2019/01/16
    Andrew Wheeler, the EPA's acting head, appeared before a Senate committee for confirmation hearings in his bid to keep the position on a permanent basis. But the government shutdown has brought many of the EPA's daily operations to a halt, so most safety and pollution inspections are skipped. Judy Woodruff looks at reporting by Coral Davenport of The New York Times and the AP's Ellen Knickmeyer.
  15. Supreme Court declines to hear case about toxic burn pits on military bases overseas2019/01/16
    The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from veterans who had sued defense contractors over claims that toxic smoke from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan caused them serious health problems. One of the contractors, KBR, countered that waste elimination procedures were directed by the military itself. As Hari Sreenivasan reports, the afflicted soldiers have no remaining legal recourse.
  16. New York Knicks center Enes Kanter on why he fears Erdogan2019/01/16
    New York Knicks center Enes Kanter is foregoing a team trip to London due to safety concerns. An outspoken critic of Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter fears retaliation from associates of Erdogan, and that he might be detained or even killed. Meanwhile, Turkish prosecutors are accusing the athlete of connections to terrorism. Kanter tells Amna Nawaz why he feels "like an American."
  17. For low-level offenders, this Boston court provides a second chance2019/01/16
    In more than two decades as a district court judge, the Honorable Kathleen Coffey has sent plenty of people to jail. During her monthly sessions at homeless court, though, her goal is to avoid that. This Boston initiative aims to keep people charged with low-level crimes from being left on the streets, unable to break out of a perpetual cycle of offense. Tina Martin of WGBH reports.
  18. News Wrap: Bipartisan group working on shutdown compromises2019/01/15
    In our news wrap Tuesday, a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers say they met behind closed doors last night in hopes of forging a compromise to reopen the government. President Trump met with a group of House Republicans; the White House said Democrats declined to attend. Also, at least 600 people carrying backpacks started out from a Honduras bus station on Monday, heading for the U.S.
  19. Barr pledges to protect Mueller probe from partisanship and ‘personal interests’2019/01/15
    In his confirmation hearing, William Barr wasted no time declaring independence from the president who nominated him. President Trump's pick for attorney general vowed not to fire -- without just cause -- special counsel Robert Mueller, nor interfere with the probe into Russian election meddling. Yamiche Alcindor reports.
  20. Klobuchar ‘very concerned’ about Barr’s independence in light of Mueller memo2019/01/15
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she has serious concerns about Attorney General nominee William Barr’s stances on the Mueller investigation, but that it was positive to hear him say he would let the probe run its course. The senator joins Judy Woodruff to discuss Barr’s answers on obstruction of justice, voting rights, his rhetoric on immigration and more from Tuesday’s hearing.
  21. Barr’s Mueller probe memo shouldn’t be disqualifying, former deputy says2019/01/15
    Lots of lawyers have thoughts about the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference, said former Deputy Attorney General George Terwilliger, and the fact that Attorney General nominee William Barr shared his thoughts isn’t “really unusual.” Terwilliger joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the confirmation hearing, including immigration issues wrapped up in the government shutdown fight.
  22. Parliament rejects Brexit deal, leaving May to scramble for a plan B2019/01/15
    Just 10 weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to press ahead despite the overwhelming rejection of her Brexit deal in Parliament on Tuesday. If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement, many worry it could plunge the economy in recession or worse. Special correspondent Ryan Chilcote joins Judy Woodruff for more.
  23. Why Republicans are rebuking Rep. Steve King now2019/01/15
    After a long history of controversial statements by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, House Republicans stripped the 16-year congressman of his committee membership on Monday night. He recently wondered in The New York Times how terms like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became "offensive." Lisa Desjardins gets analysis from O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa and Asma Khalid of NPR.
  24. Shutdown takes a bite out of business in South Florida2019/01/15
    The gates are open at the Everglades National Park, but with no one to collect entry fees, business is drying up. The partial government shutdown couldn't come at a worse time for the region, which depends on tourists and is suffering its second bad season in a row. From TSA officers to hurricane scientists, John Yang reports on how residents are hurting.
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