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Attorney General William Barr delivers a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. A redacted version of the report is expected to be released on Thursday.

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Legislation requiring minors seeking an abortion to obtain parental consent goes before the full Florida House on Wednesday.


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We're getting an update on the state of the foster care system in southwest Florida with Nadereh Salim, she's the chief executive officer of the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, and a local foster parent, who both join us in the studio to educate us on the current state of the foster care system of this region. The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Embrace Families, is promoting what's called “The Manicure Movement” which aims to polish off child abuse.

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Last fall, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment restoring the voting rights of to up to 1.4 million former felons in the state who have completed all terms of their sentence. The authors of the amendment’s language said it was designed to be self-executing, which means the legislation is immediately effective without the need of intervening court action.

Currently, state lawmakers are considering bills that would demand fines and fees in the effort to restore voting rights. Proponents says these bills are necessary to clarify the amendments, but opponents say it almost looks like the bills are proposing a poll tax.

Neil Volz, the political director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and Howard Simon, the former executive director of the state’s American Civil Liberties Union, join us in the studio to weigh in on the controversy. Kirk Bailey, the political director of the ACLU of Florida, phones in to join the discussion.

Europe and the Trump administration have stopped pretending to respect each other. For the past two years, we have been treated to a transatlantic charade. Everyone knows there’s a problem, but publicly the leaders proclaim that nothing has fundamentally changed. But at the 2019 Munich Security Conference, which took place recently, the charade ended. The American position is collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. The Europeans are defaulting to nostalgia for a multilateral order. Meanwhile, the true challenge of a rising authoritarian bloc goes largely ignored."

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