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Today โ€” July 21st 2018NPR Politics

Former South Korea President Sentenced To 8 More Years In Prison

By Vanessa Romo
South Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye was sentenced on Friday to an additional eight years in prison.

Park Geun-hye was already serving 24 years in jail. On Friday a court convicted the disgraced leader of illegally receiving funds from a state agency and breaking election laws.

(Image credit: Kim Hong-ji/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 21st 2018 at 01:25

Denied Asylum, But Terrified To Return Home

By Joel Rose
Sisters from Guatemala seeking asylum, cross a bridge to a port of entry in to the United States from Matamoros, Mexico, in Brownsville, Texas.

Immigration lawyers say they're seeing an alarming spike in the number of asylum claims that are being rejected at the earliest stage, known as the credible fear interview.

(Image credit: Eric Gay/AP)

  • July 20th 2018 at 23:17

Former National Intelligence Director Discusses Dan Coats' Current Situation

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats has been repeatedly put on the spot by President Trump's actions in Helsinki and at home. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with former director John Negroponte about how he might navigate the situation.

  • July 20th 2018 at 23:17

What Is The GRU And What Role Does It Play In Russia's Cyber And Military Operations?

By Greg Myre

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces is accused of masterminding the assault on the 2016 presidential election. The agency has a history dating back to the Bolshevik Revolution.

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

Voters In Florida's Panhandle Still Have Faith In Trump's Foreign Policy

By Debbie Elliott

President Trump has faced backlash this week as he's tried to clarify his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Republicans in Congress say he's making a mistake by cozying up to an American enemy. But in the conservative Florida panhandle, voters still have faith in Trump's foreign policy.

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

Week In Politics: Reactions To The Trump-Putin Summit

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Margaret Hoover, host of Firing Line on PBS, the Helsinki summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump and Russian interference in elections.

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

'NYT' Reports Michael Cohen Recorded Conversation With Trump About Playboy Payments

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with New York Times Matt Apuzzo about the recording attorney Michael Cohen made of his conversation with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump about payments to a Playboy model.

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

From Helsinki To Another Potential Meeting With Putin, A Look At Trump's Week

By Scott Horsley

From the joint press conference in Helsinki to the news that President Trump had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C., for a second meeting — it has been a banner week.

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

What Could Come Of The Indictments Of Russian Agents For Election Interference

By Philip Ewing

The 24 Russians indicted for election interference in 2016 will probably never face trial in the U.S. So, other than to present the public with evidence of the Russian government's campaign to undermine democratic institutions, what are other reasons to make the names of those Russian operatives known?

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

What The Interpreter's Code Of Ethics Says About Conversations In Private Meetings

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Barry Slaughter Olsen, an interpreter who has worked with the State Department, about the interpreter's code of ethics and not talking about what was said in private meetings.

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26

Politics In Zimbabwe Has A New Soundtrack

By Ari Shapiro
Zinzile Majola, 27-year-old singer of Friends Band, says it felt like a window opening when Mugabe left. "It actually gave us more confidence that things would change from now on, from the way they were, from the way they used to be," Majola says.

Ebba Chitambo, 66, made music during Zimbabwe's fight for independence. Now, he's giving advice to a new generation of musicians about writing political music.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

  • July 20th 2018 at 22:26
Yesterday โ€” July 20th 2018NPR Politics

Republicans To Hold 2020 Convention In Charlotte, N.C.

By Arnie Seipel
Then-candidate Donald Trump onstage with his running mate, Mike Pence, and their families at the end of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Republicans have chosen Charlotte, N.C., a city that hosted Democrats

The city hosted the Democratic National Convention that renominated Barack Obama in 2012. President Trump won North Carolina in 2016, a swing state key to his victory.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • July 20th 2018 at 20:13

Trump Tops Agenda At Merkel Press Conference

By Noel King

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a wide-ranging press conference today in Berlin with the German and foreign press. On the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, she seemed to welcome that the two met.

  • July 20th 2018 at 15:52

American Baby Trump Blimp Set To Breeze Onto Namesake's Home Turf

By Amy Held
Activists say they are bringing replicas of the Trump baby blimp stateside.

Activists aimed to bring one balloon to the president's backyard; they overshot their fundraising goal and now say they will create more than one replica.

(Image credit: Robert Stevens/AP)

  • July 20th 2018 at 00:25

Russia Says Agreements Were Discussed With Trump On Syria. The U.S. Is Silent

By Tom Bowman
Participants at a global security conference in Moscow in April gather near a big screen showing a Russian warplane unloading its weapons over a target in Syria. Russia became involved in the Syrian civil war in 2015 in support of its ally President Bashar Assad.

The Trump administration has offered no information about supposed "specific" proposals that Russian officials have mentioned publicly.

(Image credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

  • July 19th 2018 at 23:49

Trump's Week

By Mara Liasson

We have a recap on President Trump's week of various statements about Russia and its interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

  • July 20th 2018 at 13:15

Is Trump The Toughest Ever On Russia?

By Scott Horsley
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin answer questions during a joint news conference after their summit on July 16 in Helsinki.

President Trump boasts that he's tougher on Russia than any other president. His administration has adopted some tough policies, even though Trump's rhetoric is almost always friendly toward Moscow.

(Image credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:53

Jonah Goldberg On Trump, Putin And The GOP

Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg of the National Review talks with NPR's David Greene about how Republicans are responding to President Trump's deferential treatment of President Putin.

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11

Week Of Trump Reversals Puts 2018 Election Security In The Spotlight

By Brett Neely
Ballots in New York City ahead of the 2016 general elections. While U.S. election officials have made progress increasing security, gaps still remain.

The security of the midterm vote is a question that's coming up again after President Trump's press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, where Trump seemed to doubt Russia interference.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11

News Brief: Trump Invites Putin To Washington, Comic-Con Preview

By Ayesha Rascoe

Top Trump administration officials publicly diverge from their boss. A new surprise: Trump invites Vladimir Putin to Washington. And Comic-Con in San Diego brings costumes, cameos and creativity.

  • July 20th 2018 at 11:11
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