Week In The News: Trump-Cohen Latest, Reuniting Migrant Families, Heat Wave

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President Donald Trump and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)
President Donald Trump and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)

With Jane Clayson

The Trump-Cohen tapes. Deadline to reunite migrant families. A sizzling global heat wave. The roundtable dives in.


Weijia Jiang, White House correspondent, CBS News. (@weijia)

Catherine Rampell, Washington Post columnist who covers economics, public policy, politics and culture. (@crampell)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

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CNN: "Cohen claims Trump knew in advance of 2016 Trump Tower meeting" — "Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said."

Washington Post: "The economy’s great. That doesn’t mean Trumponomics is." — "Economic growth probably surged last quarter. If so, expect President Trump and his supporters to crow that Trumponomics has been validated at last. But that probably is the exact opposite lesson Trump, and everyone else, should take from the numbers."

BBC: "Trump and EU's Juncker pull back from all-out trade war" — "The US and EU have agreed to avoid an all-out trade war and work to lower tariffs, in talks that US President Donald Trump hailed as 'a very strong understanding.' He and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker announced a 'new phase' in EU-US relations, after more than two hours of talks at the White House."

NPR: "Under Deadline, Government Scrambles To Reunite Migrant Families" — "The U.S. government is racing to meet Thursday's court-ordered deadline to reunite migrant families who were separated at the border to discourage other illegal crossings. But the government has acknowledged many parents won't be able to rejoin their children. And for those parents who do get to be with their children again, the future is uncertain."

Los Angeles Times: "'This is what the future looks like': Heat wave stokes fears of power outages and fires" — "When a blistering heat wave struck the Southland earlier this month, the region’s electric grid was so overwhelmed that more than 100,000 customers in Los Angeles had at some point lost power. Some went days without electricity. Now, as Southern California endures another round of scorching heat that forecasters expect will shatter daily records in some areas on Wednesday, utility officials are hoping to avoid similar chaos by staffing extra workers and imploring residents to ease up on their thermostats to give the aging power system a chance to cool down."

The week began with the president’s all-caps warning to Iran and ends with some big economic numbers. In between: Everyone listened to the Cohen-Trump tape. Some House Republicans talked about impeaching Rod Rosenstein. Another deadline for migrant family reunification has come and gone. Scorching temperatures around the world. Facebook lost billions, North Korea turns over remains of U.S. servicemen.

This hour, On Point: The Week In The News panel dives in.

— Jane Clayson

This program aired on July 27, 2018.



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