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Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's former prime minister who came out of retirement in his 90s to challenge his own party's embattled incumbent, has won a surprise victory in elections — ending more than six decades of rule by the country's dominant party.

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Senator Angus King is an independent from Maine. He sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and he joins us now.

Senator, thanks for being back on the show.

ANGUS KING: Glad to be with you.

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Sanctions Expert On Iran Deal Withdrawal

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Sen. Ron Wyden On Gina Haspel And The CIA

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Dr. Drai Beats Dr. Dre

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Combat veterans from the Vietnam-era through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often turn to Vet Center counselors for help with post-traumatic stress or depression. And some of these counselors are themselves feeling stress - in part, they say, because of what they're calling unrealistic productivity requirements.

Ted Blickwedel, 63, is a Marine Corps veteran living in Smithfield, R.I. And recently, when he was working as a clinical social worker at his local Vet Center in nearby Warwick, he began to think about suicide.

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In Hawaii, some 2,000 people are still waiting to get back into their homes after the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island spewed all this lava into residential neighborhoods. The lava burned homes and buildings.

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Does President Trump really have to answer questions from a special counsel? His new lawyer fielded that question on ABC.

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