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In a party-line vote – except for Rand Paul of Kentucky, Senate Republicans passed the framework for a budget last night, but a detailed spending plan will come later. The objective was to protect a massive proposed tax cut from a Democratic filibuster. Thomas Kaplan, who covers Congress for the New York Times, says the move paves the way for a massive tax overhaul.
The GOP controls the White House and both Houses of Congress, but that's not stopping former Trump aide Steve Bannon from fomenting a revolution. Mitch McConnell's the Senate Republican Leader Bannon blames for un-kept promises -- especially the vow to repeal and replace Obamacare. Bannon's "war" starts with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore — who's extreme enough to make "establishment" Republicans cringe. But because GOP can't afford to lose one seat in the US Senate, there are signs that it's getting behind the disgraced former judge to replace Jeff Sessions of Alabama. We hear what might be in store for the Grand Old Party, with George W. Bush getting into the act.
Jenkins on how Roy Moore, rising in Alabama, could disrupt Trump's GOP
Heer on Roy Moore and other Bannonite extremists making GOP even stronger
Philip Elliott on a divided Democratic Party and its existential crisis
Demonstrators rally before the speech by Richard Spencer
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The University of Florida obeyed its own rules yesterday and allowed white supremacist Richard Spencer to rent a hall and deliver a speech. The audience got to speak, too – shouting him down with, "Go home Spencer, go home Spencer" and "Go home, you can't hide. You support genocide." Was it a test of the First Amendment? We ask Angus Johnston, a professor at the City University of New York and a historian of student activism.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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