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The Political Junkie: Homeland Security In Flux and William Barr Faces Congress

Department of Homeland Security
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Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady is the latest to step down from the Department of Homeland Security. The week began with the departure of Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary.

Sunday, Trump posted a tweet thanking Nielsen for her service and announcing Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, would become acting secretary effectively skipping over Grady who was next in line for the position. McAleenan has been widely criticized for supporting the separation of children from their parents at the border. As Trump moves closer to trying to secure the border, his personal safety may have been at one of the places he calls home. Yujing Zhang was in court this week after breaching security at Trump’s private resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Zhang was reportedly carrying two Chinese passports, four cell phones, an external hard drive, and a thumb drive containing malware. A search of her hotel room revealed she also had a device that can detect hidden cameras. Charged with illegal entering and lying to a federal agent, the FBI is now investigating to see if she is a spy. Shortly after the breach, the Trump administration fired another leader in the Department of Homeland Security Randolph “Tex” Alles, the director of the Secret Service. How will these shake ups reshape and redefine the department? Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins host Frank Stasio with an update. Plus, Democrats gave Trump until Wednesday to release six years of personal and business tax returns. Trump has publicly stated that he will not comply. Rudin and Stasio talk about options the Democrats have when it comes to accessing the financial statements. Plus, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke before Congress this week and signaled he was open to sharing more from the Mueller report. Rudin tackles these topics and more.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
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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