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Last night, the House Republican Caucus voted to eviscerate the bipartisan Office of Congressional Ethics. President-elect Trump tweeted that other issues have "far greater importance." Today, in its first act, the new Congress repudiated the Caucus’s action. Bob Cusak is Editor in Chief of The Hill.
Reflecting on what he has left behind, President Obama has said, "By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started. It's a situation that I'm proud to leave for my successor." But the Republican Congress is using different "measures," and its first order of business is to erase as many of Obama’s accomplishments as it can. We look at his domestic agenda — from Obamacare, which barely passed on Capitol Hill, to the many executive orders he issued to overcome GOP opposition. As he prepares to leave the White House, what's likely to last?
Maraniss on Obama's legacy
Lowry on Obama's legacy, a short-lived experiment in leftism?
Noah's 'The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It'
Washington Monthly on Obama's top 50 accomplishments
Sixteen US intelligence agencies are said to agree it was Russia that hacked into Democratic National Committee computers in an effort to influence last year's election. Republican Senator John McCain has accused Vladimir Putin of "an act of war." President Obama has imposed new sanctions. But President-Elect Trump has been skeptical, and Sam Biddle says the public just hasn't been shown enough evidence. He writes for The Intercept, the online publication, founded by Glenn Greenwald and dedicated to transparency in government.
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Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
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