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"Those were lies, plain and simple."

Coming up on today's show:

  • Today, former FBI Director James Comey will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey's opening statement, which was released Wednesday, offers a window into his testimony. Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor who worked with Comey when he was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, reflects on today's hearings. 
  • Voters in the United Kingdom head to the polls today. Prime Minister Theresa May called for the early snap election as part of an effort to strengthen political support ahead of Brexit negotiations. Tim Bale, a professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, explains what you should expect. 
  • Lawyers representing Twitter users who have been blocked by President Trump are challenging the move, arguing that the president’s Twitter feed is a forum for public policy. Katie Fallow, a senior attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, has the details. 
  • Late last week, the Nevada legislature passed a bill that would allow anyone in the state to buy into Medicaid. If signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada would become the first state to open Medicaid up to all residents. Nevada Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle, the lawmaker who introduced the bill, explains how this program would work. 
  • The bipartisan momentum to address criminal justice reform was stalled before the 2016 election. Now that President Trump is in office, the prospects for reform appear to be even more dim. Justin George, Washington correspondent for The Marshall Project, weighs in. 
  • Hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin, says journalist Tracie McMillan, who covers stories about food insecurity in America. She explains how hunger has changed in America over the decades, and the challenges low-income parents face trying to feed their kids healthy foods.

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