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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?

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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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What issues are on the table for President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin? Trump has said he will speak with Putin about Ukraine, Syria, and nuclear proliferation. And he says he'll bring up Russia's efforts to influence American elections. Also - after testy summits with NATO and Britain - what will be the tone of THIS meeting? Trump said it might be "easiest of them all."

An investigation into Russian political interference is in full swing in the U.K.

We'll be in London talking to the man leading that investigation on the next All Things Considered from NPR News.

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We talk with Michael McFaul, who served as the U. S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama.  He'll talk about the upcoming Trump/Putin summit, and what McFaul’s experience was like in the room with Putin.  Putin blamed McFaul and Hillary Clinton for the protests surrounding Putin’s 3rd election as President. 

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