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    The News Agents - USA

    Join Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel in a weekly podcast that unpicks everything you need to know about the world of US politics - all of it delivered with Emily and Jon’s astute analysis, world-class insight and wry sense of humour. Episodes are available every Tuesday/Wednesday. The News Agents USA is a Global Player Original podcast and production. For advertising opportunities on this podcast email: dax@global.com
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    Trump shot: What does it mean for the election? - The News Agents

    Trump shot: What does it mean for the election? - The News Agents

    Hours after Presidential candidate Donald Trump was shot at a rally in Pennsylvania, Jon and Lewis take a look at how the assassination attempt will impact the election in November.

    Will it strengthen Trump's campaign? And does it mean Joe Biden will now definitely stand against him?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

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    The News Agents - USA
    enJuly 14, 2024

    The sharks circle Joe Biden

    The sharks circle Joe Biden

    George Clooney leads a growing list of people who have called on Joe Biden not to stand again in 2024.

    Will this shift the White House thinking on this thorny matter? Or will it take former Democratic presidents to weigh in before anything changes.

    Last night House Democrats seemed resigned to the status quo after their caucus behind closed doors.

    Biden is currently meeting Keir Starmer and others to celebrate NATOs birthday. NATO a full six years younger than Joe. And how is Trump responding to the idea Biden might walk? He's about to choose his VP, as we gear up for the Republican National Convention next week. We'll be there.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly

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    The News Agents - USA
    enJuly 10, 2024

    Has the Supreme Court given Trump the power to be a dictator?

    Has the Supreme Court given Trump the power to be a dictator?

    The majority decision by America's Supreme Court to grant Trump almost complete immunity from actions taken whilst in office make him - in the words of one dissenting justice, "a king above the law".

    What are the implications of this ruling on Trump's future trials?

    On his behaviour if he wins a second term?

    And on America's trust in the highest court in the land?

    Later, the Democrats find themselves, like their presidential candidate at times, frozen, in the aftermath of that TV debate. Will anyone close to Biden dare to suggest he pull out of the race? We hear from those who have come closest.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly

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    The News Agents - USA
    enJuly 02, 2024

    Biden's TV debate disaster - will he now be replaced?

    Biden's TV debate disaster - will he now be replaced?

    This was a TV debate unlike any other. Excruciating doesn’t even cover it.

    Whilst Trump confidently lied his way through the facts, Biden barely reached the end of his sentences without meandering off into a far distant phrase.

    It was painful to watch and it will raise serious questions now amongst senior Democrats. Can they, must they replace Joe Biden as their presidential candidate?

    And if so who will be the first top figure to say it out loud?

    We take you through the most painful moments of the night and the conversations after the debate and ask if the voters will forgive this more easily - or if it’s time to take drastic action to save the Democratic Party from disaster in November.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly

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    The News Agents - USA
    enJune 28, 2024

    Biden freezes, Trump rambles: Who's winning the cognitive war?

    Biden freezes, Trump rambles: Who's winning the cognitive war?

    Biden's appearances at the G7 photo call and the Democrat fundraiser have raised eyebrows because of video circulating that appears to show him freezing at certain moments.

    The White House says don't fall for the clips- they're edited videos or 'cheap fakes'.

    What's going on? Why are Dems so defensive? And why is Trump mixing up his own doctor's name when he talks about his superior cognitive abilities.

    It's all shaping up to be a bizarre first TV debate 9 days from now - and we may - may see one more candidate on the stage in the shape of Robert F Kennedy JR.

    Later, what's going on at the Washington Post - that bastion of investigative reporting. Mutiny in the newsroom currently over their newish British publisher - and his past role working for Murdoch. We speak to writer for The Daily Beast, Harry Lambert.

    And why is the Governor of Maryland pardoning hundreds of thousands of convicts?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly

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    The News Agents - USA
    enJune 18, 2024

    America Q & A: Hunter Biden, Deep Fakes, and best campaign moments.

    America Q & A: Hunter Biden, Deep Fakes, and best campaign moments.

    What does the Hunter Biden conviction do to the Presidential race? When will there be a female president?

    What's the campaign you wished you'd covered and why and who will be the next front runners for either party?

    Your questions answered - and we have one for you. Help us spot the audio deepfake.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly

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    The News Agents - USA
    enJune 12, 2024

    How is Donald Trump planning his revenge?

    How is Donald Trump planning his revenge?

    Donald Trump is wondering aloud what prison would be like.

    He probably doesn't have to -it's extremely unlikely that the sentence eventually handed down to him in July will be custodial. But his MAGA henchmen are already talking about what happens if he wins in November, and what their revenge on the prosecutors who tried him will be.

    Has belief in the rule of law amongst MAGA voters broken down? And what is this doing to America?

    And whilst one trial is behind us, another has just kicked off.

    Hunter Biden, the President's only living son, is in court in Delaware on charges of falsification after he bought a gun as a drug addict. But can Democrats use this moment to their advantage?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Rory Symon

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    The News Agents - USA
    enJune 06, 2024

    Donald Trump: guilty on all counts

    Donald Trump: guilty on all counts

    Trump is found guilty in New York.

    Just before 5pm on Thursday New York time the airwaves started cracking with news of an imminent verdict. Twenty minutes later the jury in a Manhattan court returned. And pronounced Donald Trump guilty on each one of the 34 counts.

    Donald Trump can still run for president. So in one respect this may change nothing.

    But let’s not let this moment of history escape - a former and possible future president who is now a convicted felon. What happens to his freedom, his vote and his temper now? And how should the Democrats play it?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

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    The News Agents - USA
    enMay 30, 2024

    The Trump trial is over. Will he be found guilty?

    The Trump trial is over. Will he be found guilty?

    The Trump first trial, over hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, is over. The real question is, as the jury deliberate - will he be found guilty?

    All this, while the Biden campaign sweats over stuttering polling data and a president who is apparently obstinate and determined to run the campaign his way. How can they turn the tide?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Production: Abigail Brierley

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents - USA
    enMay 29, 2024

    Bleach blonde butch body - American politics goes full Jerry Springer

    Bleach blonde butch body - American politics goes full Jerry Springer

    American legislators in the House are hurling personal insults at each other - meanwhile Biden and Trump have committed to debate each other on TV and Trump is using an attack ad - a riff off of a Tom Petty song- to accuse Biden of “free falling“.

    What has happened to rational discourse in America?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents - USA
    enMay 21, 2024

    "He should go to jail!" Michael Cohen tell's Donald Trump's trial

    "He should go to jail!" Michael Cohen tell's Donald Trump's trial

    If the adult porn director Stormy Daniels was the star witness of the Trump trial last week, this week it got even hotter. Trump's former fixer, friend and lawyer took the stand.

    Except now, Michael Cohen is no friend of Trump. What's more, he's a convicted felon, a liar and a perjurer. Will his presence as a key witness help or hinder the prosecution?And does it matter that he's told a jury he'd like to see Trump jailed?

    Later, why are 21 foreign born sailors still stuck on the cargo ship that collapsed the Baltimore bridge?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    The News Agents - USA
    enMay 15, 2024

    Stormy Daniels takes the stand against Donald Trump

    Stormy Daniels takes the stand against Donald Trump

    In a surprise move, the sex worker and pornstar Stormy Daniels appeared as a witness yesterday in the trial of Donald Trump to reveal details of the night they spent together in a Nevada hotel room.

    The details were specific, and to some ears rather lurid - and included a description of her beating him on the backside with a rolled up magazine. None of this is illegal - but what might be is the money she alleges he paid her to hush it up - money from his campaign funds.

    Later, we revisit dog murderer-in-chief Kristi Noem's fortunes as a potential VP pick. And ask what happened overnight in Indiana.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon & Arvind Badewal

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    Should a president be able to "assassinate" his political opponents?

    Should a president be able to "assassinate" his political opponents?

    Is Trump above the law and should he have immunity from a case involving his actions around the January 6th insurrection?

    That's what the Supreme Court has spent the last week arguing about. Amazingly, they might be making a case for why he checks notes... IS immune.

    We hear from The New York Times Supreme Court supremo Adam Liptak.

    Later is Joe Biden wise to joke about his age at the White House Correspondents Dinner?

    And why did Trump's potential vice president pick shoot dead her pet puppy - and then boast about it?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon

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    Trump on trial... and should America arm its teachers?

    Trump on trial... and should America arm its teachers?

    Later in the show...Why are teachers now being given guns in Tennessee schools?

    We start this episode with the astonishing testimony of former Trump ally David Pecker - who ran the National Enquirer tabloids - and freuquently bought up the embarassing stories about Trump to save him face when he was running for president in 2016.

    Was this against the law? Does it hurt Trump's defence?

    And why does Trump keep slagging off his critics on social media when he's been gagged ?

    Later what's actually happening on the Columbia campus protests?

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

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    How do you pick a jury for Donald Trump?

    How do you pick a jury for Donald Trump?

    How do you pick a jury of right-minded individuals to pass a fair verdict on Donald Trump?

    His lawyers say it's impossible, that this trial is a witch hunt, that he's been gagged AND denied the chance to go to his son's graduation.

    Meanwhile, the judge has just carried on. They're selecting a jury which will witness the first ever criminal trial of a former US president.

    We talk to criminal defence attorney - and hardened New Yorker - Randy Scott Zelin about whether justice can be served in such a politicised atmosphere.

    Later, what actually happened on the film set of RUST in October 2021, when Alec Baldwin accidentally shot dead the lead cinematographer. Today the armourer - responsible for weapons and ammunition on set - Hannah Guttierrez-Reed was sentenced to 18 months prison. We ask an armourer here how film set rules are followed - and what he thinks went wrong.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly

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    Why is David Cameron getting snubbed in America?

    Why is David Cameron getting snubbed in America?

    David Cameron flew to Washington to try and seek more funding for Ukraine. But he's been snubbed by the House Speaker Mike Johnson.

    Was it hubristic to think he could change minds in America? What happens to Ukraine now?

    But we start with what happened dramatically, overnight in America where the state of Arizona has just brought BACK an abortion ban dating from 1864.

    How popular will this antebellum law be? And could women's rights ultimately lose Trump the election?

    And we speak to Democrat Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-2), about Mike Johnson, Marjorie Taylor Greene and whether Joe Biden should debate Donald Trump.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Rory Symon

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    Could Florida’s new abortion ban actually help the Democrats win?

    Could Florida’s new abortion ban actually help the Democrats win?

    Trump‘s Truth Social company has plunged in value on the stock market after losses of more than 58 million were revealed.

    Luckily, though, he still has his bible business in which he tries to flog a double whammy bible constitution combo for a neat 60 dollars.

    Trump is trying to win few more Christians whilst simultaneously trying not to endorse an abortion ban that could see the Republicans lose the massive electoral state of Florida.

    Meanwhile, Senator Chris Coons - close Biden ally - tells us the TV debates are ‘probably a waste of time’ and appeals to Taylor Swift to come aboard the Biden boat.

    Will anyone move on banning arms to Israel? We try for answers on this too...

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    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

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    Trump to face criminal trial ... before the election

    Trump to face criminal trial ... before the election

    Trump will face a criminal trial in front of a jury before the presidential election. He'll be the first ex-president to do so - all while he has to stump up the not so measly 175 million dollars to write off his fraudulent asset evaluations. At least it's not the original $464 million - which was knocked down at the eleventh hour on Monday. Truth Social, his social media site, looks to be earning him a pretty penny at least as it's set to go public.

    Plus - we talk to Ben Smith of Semafor about the crisis at MSNBC after the network hire Republican election-denier Ronna McDaniel to be part of the 'sensible right-wing commentators' paid to contribute on the shows.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Rory Symon

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    Is Donald Trump broke?

    Is Donald Trump broke?

    Elon Musk has given an interview to former CNN Anchor Don Lemon. He gets quite upset when Lemon asks him why X has gone to shit under his stewardship, and whether hate speech is still welcomed on his platform.

    Meanwhile, Trump is talking about a blood bath in Ohio and no one can decide whether he means the car industry or the state of democracy. Nigel Farage has got him to commit to NATO in his interview, and a new choir made of Jan 6th prisoners and supporters appears to have reached number one in the Apple charts. Hello America.

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    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly

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    The News Agents - USA
    enMarch 20, 2024

    Is TikTok about to be banned in America?

    Is TikTok about to be banned in America?

    The US House have voted to force TikTok to either part ways from Chinese-owned company ByteDance or be banned in the US. Why now? Why is Trump actually not that fussed? And does this benefit or hinder Biden's efforts to capture the youth vote through social media?

    This, all as Trump and Biden become the official nominees for their respective parties... though we all knew that already. Meanwhile, the pair launch their campaign ads and attack each other on age, incompetence, and their records.

    And... we look back on last week, that Marjorie Taylor-Greene moment, the State of the Union address and why the White House are now being asked if they also digitally alter photos of Joe Biden.

    Editor: Gabriel Radus

    Video Production: Rory Symon

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