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Trump Ties to Russia; Kushner and Netanyahu; A Very Good Dog

February 14, 201745 min
Coming up on today's show:
More details are emerging around the dismissal of national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia, but late last night we learned that members of Trump's campaign staff were often in contact with senior Russian intelligence officials. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich will have more. 
The Kushner family has a relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu that goes back decades. Now Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, is the White House's leading adviseron on Middle East affairs as President Trump is set to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister today. Ambassador Dennis Ross, a former Middle East peace negotiator and adviser to both Democratic and Republican presidential administrations, joins us.
In the same week that Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu visits President Donald Trump at the White House, a delegation of 11 current and former NFL players was supposed to take a trip to Israel. Four of the players bailed on the trip, which appeared designed to make them look as if they supported settlement policy, after Dave Zirin of The Nation penned an open letter to players that was signed by Angela Davis, John Carlos and others.
Only one can be Best In Show, but they're all good dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Sarah Montague, cohost of the Dog Story podcast and resident pup expert joined us to talk about the 141st version of the annual dog show that concluded last night. 
Since 2010, increasingly conservative state legislatures have been passing laws designed to make abortion harder to access, despite Roe v. Wade. Last year, 60 bills were passed, and Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute explains why restrictions have been getting more extreme.
Filmmaker Garrett Bradley's 'Alone' is about the hole ripped in other lives when a loved one is behind bars. In this short, Aloné Watts lives in New Orleans, where she has became a single mother and a woman in a relationship with someone in prison overnight.

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