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A Bad Week For Trump

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It has been a bad week for President Donald Trump. Two of his close associates were caught lying as the special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia heats up. Prosecutors for the special counsel say Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied repeatedly to federal investigators and breached his plea agreement. 

And on Thursday, the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about the investigation. Plus, Trump’s controversial federal judicial pick for the Eastern District of North Carolina is not likely to get approved. Republican Sen. Tim Scott announced yesterday that he was withdrawing his support, which effectively kills the nomination.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the latest in politics, plus Trump’s one win from the week: Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in a special runoff election in Mississippi for the U.S. Senate.

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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