Episode #237: To Russia with Love

The almost surreal news conference in Helsinki between President Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin was the big story of the week, and we’ve got it covered.  Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution reviews Trump’s relationship with NATO allies and discusses the reaction in the aftermath of Helsinki.

Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, talks about how — and if — Trump’s remarks about Putin (and the American intelligence community) might affect the president’s relationship with the Republican Party, as well as the November midterms.

And NPR’s Ron Elving returns for a conversation about Helsinki, NATO, “treason,” the Kavanaugh nomination, the 2018 midterms, and the death of John Stormer — the rightwing author of the 1960s political book, “None Dare Call It Treason.”  And hey, what about Hillary’s emails?

Photo via Twitter @EmbassyofRussia

Music used in this podcast:

The French Song by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Trusted by Ben Folds

Why Can’t We Be Friends by War

In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson

Ronnie by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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