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All Eyes On Georgia's Special Election

Jun 21, 2017

Georgia’s state of mind and message for the nation after the most expensive congressional race ever.

Republican Karen Handel won the much-watched special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. In South Carolina, Republican Ralph Norman also won a seat in Congress, but by a smaller margin than expected.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with NPR’s Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) about the significance of both races. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

When Elizabeth II rolled up to the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, she did so without many of the trappings that typically attend the Queen's Speech. Declining her traditional horse-drawn carriage, keeping the imperial crown beside her rather than atop her head and swapping the royal robes for a blue dress, the queen pointedly toned down the pomp this year.

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If two nearly simultaneous hearings Wednesday by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election revealed anything, it's that U.S. officials saw what was going on but were all but powerless to stop it.

In his prepared remarks, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Russian government, "at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our Nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple."

A top FBI official says that the man who opened fire at a Republican baseball practice a week ago didn't appear to be targeting a specific individual and that the attack appears to have been spontaneous.

James T. Hodgkinson was killed by police after he fired more than 60 shots at GOP congressmen, staffers and police at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., last Wednesday. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was hit by gunfire in the attack, along with three other victims.

What The Democratic Loss in Georgia Means For The Midterms

Jun 21, 2017

Defeat is an orphan.

Summing up the left's response to its deflating loss in a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs were two reactions:

1. Jim Dean, chairman of the progressive activist group Democracy For America, in a statement:

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There are dual hearings in Washington on Wednesday related to the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young gets the latest on the House and Senate hearings from NPR’s Greg Myre (@gregmyre1). Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in last night’s closely watched Georgia special election, while Republican Ralph Norman won in South Carolina’s special House race.

Running the Justice Department presents a challenge in any administration. But the Trump era is different.

In just five months, Justice leaders have been under heavy pressure, on everything from the travel ban to the Russia investigation. And one man, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is bearing the weight.

Here's something you need to know about Rosenstein: He's worked at the Justice Department for his entire career, nearly 27 years.

Last year, Rosenstein told NPR the advice he gives younger lawyers.