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    The "Art" of a New Arms Race: Trump Tours the Middle East

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    On today'e episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Massoud Shadjareh of the Islamic Human Rights Commission.

    Donald Trump’s first trip abroad continues as Israel’s President Netanyahu welcomed him in Tel Aviv. He’ll meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today — but is there any indication that Trump will deviate from the United States’ decades-old fervently pro-Israel orientation?

    Trump’s proposed budget reportedly includes $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid over ten years in line with the “TrumpCare” bill that passed the House of Representative. Will these cuts, along with others to a number of social programs, spell disaster for millions of Americans who rely on these services? Brian is joined by Dr. Carol Paris, President of Physicians for a National Health Plan.

    New developments are shaping the tumultuous relationship between the United States and China. Recent revelations about the break up of a CIA spy ring and the confirmation of a new US ambassador have come on the heels of China’s historic Belt and Road Forum. Keith Bennett, China expert, joins the show.

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    Budget, Medicaid, Mahmoud Abbas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Israel, China
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