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As the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort begins, what impact will it have on the ongoing Mueller investigation, and on President Trump? Manafort is accused of financial fraud and tax evasion, and his conviction could have implications for alleged election interference and collusion with Russia.

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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What did Russian President Vladimir Putin have to gain from his meeting with President Trump? The latest analysis on the relationship between the US and Russia.

That's on the next Morning Edition from N-P-R News.

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• An LGBT activist from Columbia who traveled to Moscow for the World Cup was detained for over 15 hours by Russian authorities after he and 5 others took pictures showing the LGBT rainbow pride flag in violation of the country’s propaganda laws. 

• Not every conservative group is happy about President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

 

• In California, reported hate crimes are up for the third year in a row following six years of a steady decline.  Hate crimes victimizing LGBT people were up by over 18%.

During the Cold War, the U.S. State Department started sending jazz musicians overseas with the tactical aim of using their hot licks to thaw relations with Eastern Bloc countries. Jazz great Dave Brubeck recalls how Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. “Ambassador Satch,” won international hearts and minds with his trumpet. Band member Arvell Shaw saw Armstrong literally disarm Russian guards in East Berlin. Meanwhile, fear of nuclear war with the Soviets infiltrated American popular consciousness resulting in gospel, bluegrass and pop odes to and protests against atomic weapons.

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.

Since Russia meddled in our election, there's been concern that the fake news and disinformation that's so prevalent there could be taking hold in this country. But is that hyperbole? This week we look at what it's actually like to live in the confusing information landscape that is Putin's Russia. 

Promoting Organ Donation in Russia

Feb 3, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

A Russian film crew visited Bodega Bay over the weekend to recapture the story of 7 year-old Nicolas Green, with the intent of boosting organ donation rates in their home country. 

The issue of organ donation—and the huge need for donors—is far bigger than the story of Nicholas Green, says his father, Reg. So he helped the visiting Russian film crew expand their focus during their visit to northern California last weekend.