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What Trump’s Helsinki Speech Could Mean For America’s Standing In The World (HBO)

Thomas Shannon was the number three official in the State Department — until he quit in June, joining a growing wave of top diplomats who have departed their posts.

That meant he was at home when President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and told the world that he trusted Putin’s word over that of the American intelligence community.

“That was distressing,” Shannon told VICE News in his first interview since leaving office. “Because I was part of a larger evaluation of Russian interference, or efforts to interfere, in our election. And I have no doubt about it.”

He added, “In many ways this was kind of a wink heard round the world. Winking at Russian behavior which should not be winked at — it should be called to account.”

Shannon spent more than 34 years in the foreign service, much of it in posts across South and Central America. His retirement, he said, was purely a personal choice.

Meanwhile, his experience at the top level of the Trump administration has left him wary, though not quite ready to declare Trump a threat to the nation, like some of his former colleagues.

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Trump’s Putin Press Conference Just Made Republicans’ Lives Way Harder (HBO)

The president of Russia and the president of the United States holding a press conference is not unusual. Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all took questions with their Russians counterparts at some point in their presidencies.

What made President Trump and President Putin’s appearance Monday in Helsinki so unusual was the fact that, when asked about Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump seemed to side with Putin instead of the conclusions of 17 intelligence agencies, his own director of National Intelligence, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Justice Department.

And asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin to never do it again, Trump, well, didn’t. Instead, he responded, “My people came to me, Dan Coats [the Director of National Intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

Coats later put out his own statement emphasizing Russia’s involvement.

“We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security,” Coats said.

Republicans back in America were also quick to distance themselves from Trumps remarks.

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These American Scholars Say The Real Threat To The U.S. Is Russophobia (HBO)

President Trump set off a roar of outrage when he defied U.S. intelligence agencies to defend Vladimir Putin and Russia against allegations of meddling. Republican lawmakers joined Democrats to condemn the president’s deference to Putin, but his conclusion that the U.S. and Russia are both to blame for the deteriorated relationship is not without defenders.

Take, for example, two American foreign policy experts, Stephen F. Cohen and John Mearsheimer, who both say they agree with Trump on that point, whether you think that makes them Putin’s patsy or not. And they’re both afraid anti-Russia sentiment in the U.S. will tank Trump’s efforts.

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How Erdogan Gained Near Absolute Power In Turkey

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After The Fall In Raqqa (Trailer) | VICE on HBO, Season 6

The fight for the future of Syria has turned the nation into a chessboard for competing world powers. But for civilians in the former ISIS capital city Raqqa, the ghosts of the past make the future hard to imagine.

Isobel Yeung returns to Syria to tell the stories of those who were caught in the crossfire between the most feared terror group on Earth and the US-backed coalition, whose collateral damage destroyed most of the city.

See it this Friday at 7:30 PM and 11 PM EDT on HBO.

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The Generation Lost To The Opioid Crisis | (VICE on HBO Bonus)

The U.S. is suffering from the highest rate of drug overdose deaths on record. Driving this public health crisis is the opioid epidemic, which claims more than 100 lives daily. But as politicians and public health officials grapple over solutions, another crisis is emerging.

VICE’s Isobel Yeung travels to West Virginia to investigate a surge in child welfare cases, as opioid-addicted parents fight to keep their families together.

Watch the full episode now on HBO.

Read: How to get a baby — and a mom off heroin – https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/4345dg/pregnant-women-opioid-addiction-treatment

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Opioid Generation & Hindustan (Trailer) | VICE on HBO, Season 6 Ep. 14

This week on VICE on HBO, we take a look at the opioid crisis in the U.S. and the rise of Hindu nationalism in India.

The U.S. is suffering from the highest rate of drug overdose deaths on record. Driving this public health crisis is the opioid epidemic, which claims more than 100 lives daily. But as politicians and public health officials grapple over solutions, another crisis is emerging. VICE’s Isobel Yeung travels to West Virginia to investigate a surge in child welfare cases, as opioid-addicted parents fight to keep their families together.

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In India, a wave of resurgent nationalism is transforming the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his far-right political party, the BJP, have been accused of promoting policies which incite religious intolerance and violence. VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu travels across the Hindu-majority nation to see how this cocktail of religious nationalism is affecting India’s 240 million religious minorities, most of whom are Muslim.

See it Friday at 7:30 PM and 11 PM EDT on HBO.

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What The Protests In England Against Trump Looked Like (HBO)

Donald Trump has wanted to come to London since he was elected president. Just before setting off on his first official visit on Thursday he even told reporters, “I think they like me a lot in the U.K.”

But that was news to the hundreds of people already turned out on the streets to protest the president’s visit to the U.K. — and the tens of thousands expected to attend demonstrations in the coming days.

Normally a visiting U.S. president might be expected to address parliament at Westminster. But Trump is staying in London, though his official engagements including a meeting with the Queen — will take place out of the U.K.’s capital. This will help him avoid both the protests and the giant baby Trump blip that’s set to fly next to parliament during his visit.

Trump’s place of refugee during the trip, Winfield House, resembled a high security prison Thursday with high fences and armed cops surrounding its perimeter as more than 200 protesters stood outside chanting and waving anti-Trump placards.

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Coal Miners Are Dying Of Black Lung. A Kentucky Law Could Make It Harder To Claim Benefits (HBO)

COAL RUN, Kentucky — Kentucky is at the center of what experts are calling the worst black lung epidemic on record. But instead of making it easier for miners to get access to health care, Kentucky’s lawmakers passed a law that may soon hinder miners’ ability to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.

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What It’s Like For Separated Immigrant Families To Be Reunited (HBO)

Jose, a 27-year-old Honduran asylum seeker, was reunited with his 3-year-old son on Tuesday after spending nearly two months apart. But even though their initial nightmare is over, Jose worries about the long-term effects.

“His mind is confused, because of the solitude he lived through, without the love of his father or his mother,” Jose said. “He was forgotten. He must have thought that I abandoned him.”

Jose was one of a handful of parents reunited with their children on Tuesday at the Eloy Detention Center in Southern Arizona. In one sense, he’s luckier than many of the other parents in his position. While he was in detention, Jose passed a credible fear screening, the first part of his asylum application, which means he could spend several months waiting for the case to wind through the immigration courts. During that time, he can remain outside detention with his son.

One of the first things he plans to do is take him to a psychiatrist.

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