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Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The Trump Administration insists that the U.S. economy is in great shape. But the White House is exploring tax cuts - a move often used when an economy is struggling. So why these cuts and what could they look like? The U.S. has promised to continue its economic sanctions on Iran. With no end to the sanctions in sight, how are U.S. pressure tactics effecting everyday life in Iran? And Syrian opposition fighters are facing defeat in a key strategic town they've held for years. This comes after a major offensive carried out by Assad's government forces and backed by Russia. What's the humanitarian impact on civilians living there?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Five years after Eric Garner's death - the police officer who placed him in a choke hold has been fired. Garner's family wants more. But the officer is planning to fight back as well. What does that action look like? We've seen the fight for democracy in Hong Kong, play out on the city's streets. Now the world's biggest social media companies say it's also unfolding online. They describe a state-backed Chinese misinformation campaign. What message is Beijing sending? And we've got new data on gun control. Regardless of political affiliation, regardless of whether you own a gun or not, we found that the majority of Americans want 'red flag' laws. What impact would that legislation have?

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

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Monday, August 19th, 2019

A suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul killed 63. The Islamic State in Afghanistan claimed responsibility. This comes amid peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban. What does this mean for the security of Afghan citizens? In California, the shooting of Stephon Clark last year led to widespread demonstrations. Now, a new law there will raise the bar for when it is reasonable for the police to use deadly force. Could it be adopted nationwide? And there are changes coming for reproductive health clinics. As of today, if they want federal money, they can't refer patients to abortion providers. What does this mean for the low-income women who rely on these clinics?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

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Friday, August 16th, 2019

After banning two Muslim members of Congress from visiting, Israel is now allowing one of them limited access to visit a relative. Why did Israel deny Representatives Omar and Tlaib entry in the first place? Also, how is President Trump convincing his base to back him for a second term? Plus, business owners worry about losing their immigrant workforce to ICE raids.

Friday, August 16th, 2019

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Thursday, August 15th, 2019

The Dow dropped 800 points yesterday, marking the worst day for stocks this year. Are there signs of an oncoming recession? And six officers were shot during a stand-off in Philadelphia yesterday. What do we know about the suspected gunman now in police custody? Plus, how divisions among demonstrators in Hong Kong could undermine the pro-democracy movement.

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong have been demonstrating for 10 straight weeks. How could China clamp down, and what kinds of consequences could it face for doing so? Also, the U.S. is postponing some tariffs on Chinese goods until after the holiday shopping season. What kind of economic pain is the Trump administration trying to avoid? Plus, one of opera's most renowned stars is accused of sexual misconduct. What are the allegations against Plácido Domingo?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

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Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The Trump administration wants to deny green cards to immigrants who use welfare programs. How will officials determine which immigrants are too poor to live in America? Also, Attorney General William Barr takes aim at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide. The jail has a long history of severe staffing shortages and violence, so why are officials just now expressing outrage? Plus, how is Beijing preparing for escalating tensions with anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

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Monday, August 12th, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking underage girls, died in jail by apparent suicide Saturday. Why was he not being closely watched after a supposed suicide attempt just three weeks ago? Also, Hong Kong airport grounds all flights because of anti-government protests. How much worse can clashes between protesters and the government get?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

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Friday, August 9th, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signals he's ready to talk about gun reform. Why are Republicans starting to consider gun legislation they've long resisted? Also, President Trump names a new acting Director of National Intelligence. Why was the woman next in line for the position overlooked? Plus, a Michigan man deported to Iraq was found dead this week in Baghdad. He had lived in America almost his whole life, so why did he end up in Iraq, a country he'd never seen?

Friday, August 9th, 2019

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Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Hundreds of ICE agents raided food processing plants across Mississippi yesterday. What will happen to the 680 workers now in detention? Also, Republicans are signaling support for so-called red-flag laws, which would get guns out of the hands of people deemed dangerous. So, why are Democrats unsatisfied? Plus, Puerto Rico swears in its third governor in a week. Has the island moved past the worst of its political turmoil?

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

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