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When you go shopping, how often do you think about where your purchases come from? The Trump administration's recent trade policies have shaken up America's international trade relationships, but could it make us rethink our buying habits?  How consumers are preparing - mentally and financially - in a new culture of global trade.

We hear from Franklin Foer. His new article How ICE went Rogue is the cover story of the new edition of The Atlantic magazine.  The article is also about the booming industry of private detention centers for immigrants rounded up by ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  

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President Trump is increasing the pressure on China over trade, unveiling a new round of tariffs this week. Trump's tariffs would complete his threat to impose 50 billion dollars of import taxes on Chinese goods. How will the President's economic strategy affect China in the short and long terms, and how will Americans potentially feel the pain of this hard-line trade policy?

President Trump is celebrating victories on trade. Some of the issues he's resolving were created by his own administration.

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U.S. lawmakers and defense and intelligence officials have been describing Russia as one of the greatest threats to America. Vladimir Putin insists he has no interest in challenging us, but cyber attacks and election interference prove otherwise. Now, another meeting with President Trump is forthcoming.  Just how much of a threat is Russia to the United States and its institutions, and how do we defend against it?

The midterm elections are only four months away, and worries of election interference are growing. U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Russia interfered with the 2016 election, but President Trump continues to make confusing statements that undermine those findings.

What are the threats to American elections today, and are lawmakers taking them seriously?

What measures are they taking to stop foreign actors from interfering?

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The strong bi-partisan response to President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin has been predominantly critical. But will American voters see it the same way?  We'll continue to analyze the fallout from the President's actions abroad.

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Also, top Republicans continue to push back on President Trump's move to side with Russian President Putin over the administration's own intelligence advisers. Plus, Amazon's Prime Day sale started with a few hitches, but is going strong on the same day that CEO Jeff Bezos has become the richest man in modern history.

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President Trump is projecting optimism ahead of his meeting with Vladmir Putin, despite new charges in the Russia investigation. The latest from Helsinki on the next All Things Considered from NPR News.

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The United Kingdom is currently embroiled in a debate over how it should formally exit the European Union. This is all while Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to keep her government united and keep her job.

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President Trump has criticized European countries for what he calls unfair trade practices and for not paying their fair share in terms of security. As he heads to Brussels this week, he'll be facing a group of allies who are feeling alienated. What does the president's bullish style mean for the future of NATO?

President Trump is not the first commander in chief to invoke national security as the reason behind controversial policies. But he uses it far more often than previous presidents have. A closer look on today's All Things Considered from NPR News.

President Trump announced tariffs on steel from foreign countries in a move that he says will help create jobs for American steelworkers. But Dennis Slater, the president of a trade association for equipment manufacturers says tariffs could cause prices for steel from the U.S. as well as steel from abroad to rise, leading to less business for a variety of American companies.

The Supreme Court has made major decisions in recent years on a variety of issues affecting electoral politics, including campaign finance, gerrymandering, voter identification laws, and interpretation of the Voting Rights Act. President Trump's pick for a Supreme Court could have a big impact on how elections are run in the United States, and as a result, how future leaders are elected. We'll look at how the Supreme Court could affect voting rights throughout the country on the next Morning Edition from NPR News.

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President Trump says the U-S needs new laws to cut down on illegal immigration. But illegal border crossings are actually down since 2000.

Meanwhile, asylum cases are up.

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Polls show that President Trump's policy of separating children from migrant families at the southern border was opposed by a majority of American voters, but supported by most Republicans. This week, President Trump reversed that policy - signing an executive order that would require migrant families to be detained together.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address on January 30th, 2018, to a joint session of Congress. One year into the Trump administration, the Speaker of the House has extended the traditional invitation to the president to "take account of the progress we have made" and "lay out the work that still remains to be done." 

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President Trump is addressing the nation Monday night, beginning at 9:00 PM ET, on U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan and South Asia. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. The decision follows months of deliberation within the Trump Administration, involving top military commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war. NPR journalists from across the newsroom are offering context and analysis about President Trump's remarks. 
 

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With President Trump’s tweets withdrawing the welcome mat from transgender service members, and the Justice Department’s friend of the court brief seeking to remove some employment protections from the LGBTQ community, local activists are wondering what their role should be going forward. Steve Mencher talks with Santa Rosa lawyer and rights advocate Naomi Metz.

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When the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries were expanded in 2015, advocates happily described them as "permanently" protected. That protection is now threatened by an April 28 presidential executive order which seeks to review the expansion, as Steve Mencher reports in the second part of a two-part story.

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Time is growing short to make your voice heard on the president's Executive Order to review and possibly shrink the National Marine Sanctuaries off the coast of Northern California, and elsewhere around the state and nation. The sanctuaries were expanded by President Obama in 2015 after extensive public input and hearings. In the first of two stories, Steve Mencher describes what the protections mean and what's at stake now.

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(Editor's Note: The comment period for public input on these National Marine Sanctuaries has been extended to August 14.)

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It’s similar to the president’s January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.