Here And There with Dave Marash

Shoes keep dropping, without stopping, in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump's Presidential campaign and Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.  Now, Mueller is examining a first draft of President Trump's order to fire then FBI chief James Comey...is it evidence of anything?  And do meetings and other communications equal collusion?  Was the future President’s team just being played? The Wall Street Journal's National Security Correspondent Shane Harris brings us up to date. 

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Today on HERE & THERE: we cross the porous, colonially-designed border from Afghanistan to Pakistan to talk with the Washington Post's longtime bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan Pamela Constable.  President Trump has threatened punishment because he says Pakistan lacks the will to seal the border and suppress its own terrorist groups.  But others wonder if there's an actual way for the Islamabad government to accomplish these tasks.  The fear in Pakistan is that the Trump Administration will double-down of the Obama Administrations escalated use of drone attacks against suspected terrorists inside Pakistan. 

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Will Everett, who first came to Afghanistan as a back-packing tourist and returned again and again over a decade or more, as a journalist and as a manager of USAID projects, will look at the likely impact of the Trump war effort on the Afghan civilians. Their present unhappiness, he says, is easily seen in the flows of refugees fleeing the country.  Only Syria has more citizens in global flight. Trump’s “No more nation-building,” is bad news to them. 

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Some reality-testing of President Donald Trump’s recently announced plans for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Military analyst Matthew Hoh, who served with the Marines in Iraq and worked for the State Department in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says, too often America's diplomatic and military efforts in Afghanistan, like the Obama-era "surge,"  were ill-conceived and worse-executed.   He predicts, the projected Trump escalation will only produce more disappointment, death and destruction and not, as the President claims, "victory." 

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For Labor Day, a holiday treat, a conversation about baseball the author of Mickey and Willie, The Last coach and Clearing the Bases and other best-sellers about sports, Allen Barra, -- We talk about the disappearance of African-Americans as players and as fans of what we used to call "the national pastime."  What’s caused the Black retreat from baseball, and what is being done or can be done about it by Major League Baseball? 

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