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I interviewed Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) about rising concerns regarding an opioid addiction epidemic in his state and around the country. We also discussed the Trump budget, the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and more.

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Christie Todd Whitman was New Jersey’s first female governor, but she didn’t grow up thinking that she’d like to run for office. She joins us to discuss her path to public service, why she left as George W. Bush’s EPA Administrator, and shared her assessment of New Jersey’s current Governor Christie. Plus, she talks about the state of her party, and the country, under President Donald Trump.

 

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These days, with news about the White House and its possible ties to Russia at a fever pitch and probes adding up by the day, all eyes are on the man leading the congressional investigation: Rep. Adam Schiff. Take a look at this profile of the congressman, whose history of prosecuting cases involving Russia goes back decades.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored the most points of any NBA player in history, and basketball isn’t the only arena where he’s found success. At 70, he’s a best-selling author, an award-winning cancer research advocate, and a prolific cultural commentator who isn’t afraid to speak out on controversial political and social issues. Kareem joined me on the podcast to talk about being black and Muslim in America, surviving cancer, and watching the game of basketball change since his own heyday. Plus, he explains what was so special about his friend and mentor John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who is the subject of his latest book.

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Vanita Gupta, the former principal deputy assistant attorney general and acting head of the Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division under President Obama, joined me on Yahoo News to talk about Attorney General Sessions rolling back Obama- era guidance on sentencing, the firing of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump’s newly created Election Integrity Commission.

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Perhaps no one knows more about the personal fallout that ensues when a president and his intelligence community are at odds than Valerie Plame. The former CIA covert operative was “unmasked” by the Bush administration in the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003. Now, in an exclusive and timely interview, Plame weighs in on President Trump’s acrimonious relationship with the intelligence community, whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, the “unmasking” scandal involving Susan Rice, and her favorite binge-watch — the hit spy show “The Americans.”