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At an hours-long public hearing on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he pushed back against President Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he will recuse himself from any investigations into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.

"Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign," Sessions reiterated during an afternoon news conference in response to reports that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last year.

"I should not be involved in investigating a campaign I had a role in," Sessions said.

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A group of  citizens from the Bowling Green area met with Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie on Wednesday to express concern about issues that have arisen with the administration of President Trump.

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The intelligence report on Russia's interference in the U.S. elections concludes that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" that aimed to help President-elect Donald Trump.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting calls for a special Senate investigative committee focused on possible interference in U.S. elections by Russia and other countries. 

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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul reaffirmed his support for his party’s nominee for president. Paul said ‘yes’ when asked if he supported Donald Trump at a campaign rally this week at Murray State University. Nearly 200 students filled the room to hear Paul address issues of racial injustice, gun control and foreign policy.

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Last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA declared Russia out of compliance with the ban on performance- enhancing drugs. Unless Russia fixes the problem, their athletes could be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Kalinski about how deep the "culture of cheating" runs.

As his two-and-a-half year post as NPR's Moscow bureau chief came to an end, David Greene decided to chase after one final story. Together with Sergei, his translator, co-producer, and closest friend in Russia, Greene rode the Trans-Siberian Railway across the country - a 6,000 mile journey - to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Kate Lochte speaks with Greene on Sounds Good.