Photo: Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be US secretary of state in Washington, January 11, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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At yesterday's news conference President-elect Donald Trump called for a speedy resolution on Obamacare. "It'll be repeal and replace, essentially simultaneously, various segments obviously but most likely the same day, or same week, probably same day – could be the same hour." In the wee hours this morning on Capitol Hill Senate Republicans started down the road to repeal Obamacare while Democrats made passionate appeals as the gavel came down. Mary Agnes Carey, Editor and Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, has more.
Donald Trump's picks to lead two major national-security agencies are contradicting positions taken by the President-Elect. In testimony before a Senate committee today, CIA chief-designate Mike Pompeo said he would not use "enhanced interrogation," even if Trump told him to. At another hearing, Trump's choice for Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, said Russia's Vladimir Putin is trying to break up the NATO alliance. When his nominees differ with him in such important ways, what are we learning about Trump's national security policy — and who will shape it?
Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations (@MaxBoot)
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Hudson Institute (@RLHeinrichs)
Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution (@MaloneySuzanne)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
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The US isn't the only country beset by Russia's political hacking. The French Ministry of Defense says there were some 24,000 such incidents last year — with presidential elections coming up later this year. Today, the right-wing populist and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen paid a visit to Trump Tower. Philip Golub, Professor of International Relations and Politics at American University of Paris and a former contributing editor of Le Monde diplomatique, says today's visit raises questions about international politics.
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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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