The White House Promises Action; From Russia to Trump Tower; NY State Budget's Impact on NYC; Find Your Utopia

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According to Scott Pruitt, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that will eliminate the Clean Power Plan.

Coming up on today's show:

  • After the embarrassing failure of the Republicans' health care bill, President Trump's chief strategist Steven Bannon says the White House will be busy with executive orders and other policy moves this week. POLITICO White House correspondent Tara Palmeri reports on the political jockeying and the policy plans President Trump and his associates have in store.
  • Paul Manafort lasted only a few months as Donald Trump’s unpaid campaign manager but he continues to make headlines for his political and financial ties to Russia. Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter, and Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, take a look at a series of puzzling real estate deals made by Manafort in New York City over the past 11 years.
  • Lawmakers in Albany are busy hammering out the final New York State budget, which is expected to be finished by the end of this week. Ben Max, the executive editor of Gotham Gazette, talks about how it will affect New York City, including the proposed "mansion tax," education aid to the city and funding for affordable and public housing in the city.
  • Rutger Bregman, a journalist and the author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World (Little, Brown and Company 2017), discusses how we can get to a world where we there is a universal basic income, a 15-hour work week, and open borders for everyone.