Trump campaign shake-up. Historic flooding in Louisiana. Wildfires in California. Ryan Lochte hits trouble in Rio. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Extreme flooding, extreme wildfire, extreme vetting, all in the news this week. Louisiana drowning. California burning. Donald Trump describing his immigration policy. And how he’s sorry for some things he’s said. Hillary Clinton says you know who he is. From Syria, the image of a bloody, shell-shocked boy shocks. At the Olympics, Usain Bolt, American gold, and a lie by Ryan Lochte. This hour On Point, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. — Tom Ashbrook
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CNN Politics: Donald Trump's shakeup gamble — "Donald Trump's reshuffling of his staff this week portends a risky pivot: a bare-knuckled, outsider-focused effort where no tactic for taking down Hillary Clinton will be off limits."
POLITICO: Is Putin playing Trump like he did Berlusconi? — "Trump is most frequently compared to the 79-year-old Berlusconi. Both men are wealthy populists known for their expensive tastes, outrageous rhetoric, relationships with women and all-around showmanship. Like Berlusconi, Trump has demonstrated an unusual affinity for Putin — along with notable dissent from confrontational U.S. and Western European policies toward Russia. Putin’s friendship with the Italian may simply demonstrate that the Russian leader has a natural chemistry with a rich, politically incorrect businessman."
NBC News: U.S. Olympic Swimmers Weren't Robbed, Fabricated Story — "The four American swimmers who have claimed they were victims of an armed robbery in Rio were the ones causing trouble that night and fabricated their account of the incident, according to reports...It was not clear whether one of the swimmers was involved in an altercation with a security guard at the gas station, as some news outlets reported on Thursday."
This program aired on August 19, 2016.