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Politics Day: Top Intelligence Officials Detail Biggest Threats to U.S.

Jose Luis Magana
Dan Coats, U.S. Director of National Intelligence

Yesterday, top American intelligence officials detailed the biggest threats facing the U.S.

On this politics day edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with analysts Christopher Larimer and Evan Renfro of the University of Northern Iowa about how the priorities of the Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats are at odds with the priorities of President Trump.

They also discuss new developments in the Russia investigation, Sen. Kamala Harris’ first Iowa visit as a 2020 presidential candidate, and the long term effects of the 35 day government shutdown.

“Those students who are 18 to 24 year olds, when they look at employment in the public sector, what are they going to think of it?” says Larimer. “When you see on TV that the government is shut down for 35 days over something that is an extremely small portion of the overall budget, there’s a concern that long term, people are going to be less likely to trust government, less likely to even think about going to work in government.”

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River