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Paul Manafort arrives at federal court, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Paul Manafort arrives at federal court, Friday, June 15, 2018, in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

With Anthony Brooks

We’ll kick off the week with a look at what’s to come in Washington and around the globe.


Abby Livingston, Washington bureau chief for the Texas Tribune. (@TexasTribAbby)

Jeff Pegues, justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News. Author of "Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy." (@jeffpeguescbs)

McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic. Author of "The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House." (@mckaycoppins)

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Politico: "New Manafort docs appear to contradict own lobbying claims" — "New documents filed in court by Paul Manafort’s lawyers appear to contradict his legal team's own claims that the former Trump campaign chairman’s team only lobbied on behalf of the Ukrainian government in Europe."

Vox: "At court deadline, more than half of separated migrant families have been reunited" — "As the court-ordered deadline passes for the government to reunite more than 2,000 families separated at the US-Mexico border, two things are clear: The majority of families have been reunited, but some remain separated. We don’t know exactly how many families have been reunited — the federal government’s numbers aren’t quite precise enough for that. We don’t know what the fate of the families who have been reunited is — and how quickly parents will start getting deported after being reunited with their kids. And we don’t know what the timeline is for reunifying the remaining families — the majority of them separated because the parents have already been deported — and how many (if any) are likely to remain permanently separated."

CNN: "Trump's right: The economy is doing well and he deserves some credit" — "President Donald Trump thinks he's overdue some credit for steering the strongest economy on the planet — and he's probably right. 'These numbers are very, very sustainable — this isn't a one-time shot,' Trump said on Friday, speaking from the South Lawn of the White House after news that the US economy grew at a 4.1% annual rate in the second quarter of the year. Fresh from a trip to the Midwestern heartlands, the President is making the very best possible case for his administration as the pace heats up ahead of the midterm elections. He's belting out a strong economic message with a fervor that Democrats have yet to match this election cycle."

The Atlantic: "The Art of Failing Upward" — "On Tuesday evening, denizens of Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., gathered at a tavern on the capital’s southwest waterfront to toast one of the most widely ridiculed White House press secretaries in history. The official occasion for the night’s festivities was the release of Sean Spicer’s new memoir, The Briefing. But the event doubled as a more general celebration of Spicer’s lucrative return to D.C.’s polite society—if he’d ever really left—and a reminder that even those who serve in the establishment-reviled Trump administration are guaranteed access to that grand, bipartisan tradition of failing upward in the swamp."

As the week begins, President Trump threatens a government shutdown if Congress won’t pay for his wall on the southern border. The president’s war on the press heats up. The trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is set to begin. And, after the Trump administration says it managed to reunite all eligible migrant families, what happens to those who remain separated?

This hour, On Point: A reporters roundtable on the week ahead.

— Anthony Brooks

This program aired on July 30, 2018.


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