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This's weekend edition from NPR News, Lulu Garcia Navarro is off this week. I'm Debbie Elliot. Intelligence officials say Russia is working toe harm Joe Biden's bid for the White House just as it did Hillary Clinton's So why, then has the Trump Administration just ended election security briefings to Congress? We'll start there with NPR National political correspondent Mara Liasson. Good morning, Mara. Good morning, Debbie. So the election now 65 days away, And now we hear that national intelligence director John Radcliffe told the Senate and House Intelligence committees on Friday that they will on ly Now get written. Updates about election security from here on out why According to the president. The reason is quote. You have leakers on the committee. The national Intelligence director says it's to help ensure that the information is not quote, misunderstood or politicized, even though the last Briefing documented that Russia still is hard at work trying to influence the 2020 elections. As you can imagine, Democrats reacted with outrage. They think this is a complete betrayal of the president's constitutional responsibility to allow the article one branch Congress to do oversight. Adam Schiff, who's Thie, Intelligence Committee chairman in the House, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying, this is a betrayal of the public's right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy. The intelligence belongs to the American people, not the agency's, which are its custodians. What they're going to do about it remains to be seen. We're going to hear from an intelligence committee member elsewhere in the programme tomorrow. What do you think this is all about? Well, the president doesn't like oversight. He doesn't like any mention that Russia might be trying to help him. Which is what the intelligence community has been saying. There do you know? Breaking norms is a feature not a bug of this administration, and this is another norm broken. He has defied subpoenas last week during the Republican National Committee convention he used the White House is a partisan political backdrop, which is illegal, even if it probably isn't enforceable violation of the Hatch Act. And then you have this extraordinary event of the chairman of the Joint Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, being asked by Democratic members of Congress for reassurance that he would refuse to let the military be used in the election. It's amazing. He has to be asked that But Democrats are worried that Trump won't leave office if he loses, or he'll try to use law enforcement at the Poles to intimidate voters. Trump has already said he's going to send sheriffs and other law enforcement U. S attorneys to the polls. He says it's to watch out for fraud. But this is where we are out. 60 odd days before the election. You watch the Republican National Convention. The convention's air now over what your take now that it's done. I think the Republican Convention had two messages. One was to fire up the base lots of red meat. But also there was a new message, which is there is a secret Donald Trump. You don't know, And he's warm and empathetic and not racist. And and there was a lot of time spent describing this. This president who we don't see in his daily television appearances or tweets. Republicans worked hard to create a permission structure for voters who might like the president's policies, but not his behavior, particularly white. Non college women, for whom trumps behavior is annoying, but not disqualifying women who might be looking for a reason to come back to Trump. And then, of course, there was the message to suburban America. Be afraid, be very afraid. The Republicans think that the riots are working for them that people are now more concerned about the looting and the vandalism than they are about racial justice. And here is what presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway said to Fox News on Thursday about that. The more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, The better. It is, for the very clear choice on whose best on public safety and law and order So there you have it. There are a couple of poles that have shown black support for black lives matter plummeting. From July to August. Briefly. Mara, We do have violence right now. What's going on? In Kenosha? There was deadly violence overnight in Portland, Oregon. How does the White House make the case that Trump can end the unrest? With the second term. Well, that is a very good question. That's a Ziff the Republicans. They're saying, Watch the videos of what's happening right now. That's what will happen if Biden is elected. It's a hard argument to make usually Re election campaigns or referendums on the incumbent on DH there. 70% of Americans think the country's on the wrong track in the past, that has been a very bad sign for the incumbent. But maybe we're so tribal ized that that doesn't matter anymore. We'll find out soon. That's NPR's national political correspondent. Mara Liasson, Mara. Thank you. Thank you. The National Basketball Association put the world on notice this week playoff games came to a halt when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play on Wednesday in protest of the latest police shooting of Jacob Blake. Ah black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protest in other leagues followed suit. The WN BA Major League Baseball, hockey and Football College athletes marched on campus in solidarity with players trying to raise awareness on racism and police brutality. To talk about what's next. We're joined by the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Lloyd Pierce. Thank you for coming on the program. Thank you for having me so, Coach. I understand you have been in touch with Jacob Blakes. Father. Why was it important for you to reach out to him? The level of influence and access that we have as an association is really, really I and and so just the opportunity that was presented to us as coaches our coaches association to connect with the family, I thought would be, um Really impactful trying to figure out one how they're all doing. And to what we can do from a humanity standpoint to really be there in support of the family. I have to ask emotionally did this shooting. Bring up feelings that you had back in June when there during the killing of Rashard Brooks in Atlanta, every shooting as an emotional attachment it and I think every time you see another one, you know it brings you back. They just all add on and for people that are dealing with anxiety deep people are dealing with depression, people that are feeling like There's so much stress that's occurring. You can see how that comes about, you know, n Ba players sent a clear message this week that reverberated throughout the sports world. Beyond that the protest led to some concrete commitments for change. For instance, the Wisconsin Legislature committed to going into special session on police reform. What kinds of things were achieved through this action, But I think the biggest thing that the players were able to do was was express that they want to be hurt. They wanted our league toe put racial discrimination, racial profiling, racial injustice, police brutality. They wanted to put that at the forefront. Obviously, there's some tangible items that came about, you know, with with emphasis on voting, with the emphasis on forming a coalition to address these issues moving forward with the emphasis on the policing bill. Writes and addressing that from a legislative standpoint, you've been a prominent voice in Atlanta for racial justice and a protest this summer. I'm going to quote you now, you said. I was born a black man. I'm going to die a black man, But I do not want to die because I'm a black man. Why is sharing your experience with the community there in Atlanta? Important to.