1. Weekly Roundup: July 8th NPR 26:01

President Biden has exchanged letters with the WNBA all-star, who is behind bars in Russia. It’s the latest example of the thorny politics surrounding Americans jailed abroad.

And the president will take his first trip to the Middle East next week, visiting Israel and Saudi Arabia. His administration has embraced the success of the Abraham Accords, an agreement brokered during the Trump administration to better integrate Israel with its neighbors in the region.

This episode: political correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, Moscow correspondent Charles Maynes, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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