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When “Jurassic Park” debuted in theaters 25 years ago, the prospect of human-made dinosaurs felt like pure science fiction.

Now, it might be closer to reality than ever before.

First Ladies And First In Line

Jun 21, 2018

The people closest to President Trump have come under more scrutiny in recent days. News outlets are reporting that First Lady Melania Trump was a key influence on President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order to walk back the administration’s previous policy of family separation.

As reports swirled about the more than 2,000 migrant children had been separated from their parents at the southern border, Jonathan Blitzer wrote in The New Yorker that “No protocols have been put in place for keeping track of parents and children concurrently, for keeping parents and children in contact with each other while they are separated, or for eventually reuniting them.

Here is audio, obtained by ProPublica, of children who have been separated from their parents at the border.

About 2,000 children have been separated from their parents under the federal government’s “zero tolerance” policy.

The ACLU’s Path Of Most Resistance

Jun 19, 2018

President Donald Trump’s 72nd birthday was on June 14, and celebrity power couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend wanted to celebrate.

America's Longest War: Viewed By Veterans

Jun 19, 2018

Starting on June 15, the Taliban and Afghan security forces held a three-day ceasefire to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The Taliban resumed fighting on June 18, although Afghan President Ashrif Ghani had asked to extend the ceasefire.

Is This America's Border Policy?

Jun 18, 2018

The United States is separating children from their families at the border.

President Trump is blaming Democrats for this, a claim PolitiFact has rated”false.”

The Trump administration may believe that Democrats are responsible for policies that encourage illegal border crossing, but we found no law mandating that children be separated from their parents.

PJ Morton, the keyboardist for Maroon Five, has a lot to say. At a moment when music and pop culture have become hyper-politicized, Morton has released a solo album. He says he wants it to do what other artists’ songs did during the civil rights era, and help push a movement forward.

You can hear an unplugged version of Morton’s new album here:

How does Morton work as both an artist and entrepreneur?

About Last Night's Primaries

Jun 6, 2018

On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota voted in primary elections.

California, especially, is key for Democrats seeking to take control of the House of Representatives in November.

We’ll look at what the results mean for the states and for the country.


Former attorney general Eric Holder is thinking about boundaries.

When asked about the current president’s relationship with the Department of Justice, Holder says pardons are not a boundary toward stopping the Russia investigation.

Artificial Intelligence. Real News?

Jun 6, 2018

Close your eyes and try to picture a journalist. You’re probably imagining someone holding a pencil and a skinny notebook, shouting questions at lawmakers. Or a reporter in front of a camera bringing you the latest from a scene? Or maybe you’re thinking of our show, with Joshua interviewing guests in our Washington, D.C. studio.

Well, what if all of that was replaced … by robots?

Solo: A Trade Wars Story

Jun 5, 2018

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on aluminum and steel put a number of nations on edge.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the assertion that the tariffs are a response to national security threats is “insulting and unacceptable.”

The European Union has opened a World Trade Organization case.

Seymour Hersh is a longtime investigative journalist, hailed as a “scoop artist.” He broke the story of the My Lai Massacre in 1968 and reported on the abuse of detainees by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib. And these are just two of the many major stories he’s covered in his career.

A new study released Sunday says that many women with early-stage breast cancer may not necessarily need chemotherapy as part of their treatment.

As The Washington Post Reports:

A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine places the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria at 4,645. That’s far higher than the government’s official count: 64 people. The report, done by researchers at Harvard, follows other studies and reports that said over 1,000 people died.

Robert Kennedy In His Own Words

Jun 4, 2018

In the introduction to a new collection of Robert Kennedy’s speeches, Edwin O. Guthman and Rick Allen write that “memories of Robert Kennedy have been summoned over the fifty years since his death, by biographers, painters, filmmakers, novelists and tabloid scribblers — and by virtually every Democratic candidate for president since 1968.”

How Does The Law Apply To The President?

Jun 4, 2018

This weekend, news broke that President Donald Trump’s attorneys sent a memo to Special Counsel Robert Mueller arguing “that the president cannot illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling because the Constitution empowers him to, ‘if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon,'” the New York Times reports.

Friday News Roundup - International

Jun 1, 2018

In trade news, President Trump put tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union Thursday.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jun 1, 2018

This week, we learned that President Trump previously asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal from the Russia investigation. And he’s still tweeting about it.