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Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2017

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as Melani...

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Above: Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States as Melania Trump looks on during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.


Tony Perry, Former San Diego Bureau Chief, LA Times

Michael Smolens, Columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Laura Wingard, Managing Editor, inewsource

Amita Sharma, Investigative Reporter, KPBS News


The Story

Time Magazine named "The Silence Breakers" its Person of the Year. People from all walks of life have felt empowered to come forward to tell their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. As a result, big names in politics, media and entertainment have lost their careers.

The Discussion

  • Is this a long term cultural shift, or a moment that will fade?
  • Why do some revelations have more impact than others?

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The Story

President Donald Trump went to war with the media and criticized unfavorable coverage as "fake news".

The Discussion

  • How does the term affect how people trust and consume the information they get?
  • What's the impact of propaganda on social media and public discourse?

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The Story

The new President entered the White House with full Republican control of Congress and growing questions about his campaign's relationship with Russia during the election.

The Discussion

  • What were Trump's setbacks and accomplishments?
  • How will the probe into Russian election meddling progress in 2018?

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The Story

San Diego has been ground zero for the push to build a new border wall. Also, so-called dreamers are in limbo as Congress struggles to extend DACA.

The Discussion

  • What's next for the border wall as prototypes go up near the San Diego crossing?
  • Will Congress find a solution for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children?


The Story

The county dealt with new challenges as housing costs continued to climb, including a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A.

The Discussion

  • How well did the city handle the public health emergency?
  • What's the outlook for affordable housing in 2018?


The Story

The 2003 Cedar Fire was eclipsed this year by the Thomas Fire as the largest in state history.

The Discussion

  • How did firefighters apply lessons learned from past fires to the Lilac Fire?
  • Are these major wildfire events a sign of things to come as a result of climate change?


The Story

After more than 50 years in Mission Valley and several failed attempts to build a new stadium, Chargers owner Dean Spanos finally decided to relocate the NFL franchise.

The Discussion

  • Does anyone miss the Chargers?
  • What's next for the Mission Valley site?

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