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Seg. 1: Midwest Stakeholders Await Farm Bill Progress. Seg. 2: Presidents And The Special Counsel.

Amy Mayer
Harvest Public Media
The Agricultural Act of 2014, the most recently enacted farm bill, authorized $956 billion dollars in federal spending over the course of 10 years. The massive food and agriculture legislation is typically enacted every four or five years.

Segment 1: Proposed work requirements for some public food assistance is ruffling feathers.

While senators and House members in Washington struggle to find the compromises that could turn this year's version of the farm bill into law, millions of stakeholders await a solution. Today, we got an update from Harvest Public Media on how the negotiations, and their eventual outcomes, could affect city- and country-dwellers across the Midwest.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:00: How a previous president handled a threatening investigation.

President Donald Trump's ongoing war with special prosecutor Robert Mueller may ring a few bells with long-time watchers of American politics. Now that pressure on the president has risen dramatically in the wake of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's conviction on eight charges of financial crimes and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen's plea deal, we compared the president’s ongoing faceoff with the special prosecutor to the last president to go toe-to-toe with one: Bill Clinton.

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