FROM Bob Cusack
The 115th Congress starts with a surprise ethics fight 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 .
Would divided government mean gridlock? GOP candidates point with alarm at Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, free college tuition and “Big Government” that’s bigger than ever. Advocates for Republicans are almost saying it out loud: Hillary Clinton is likely to be America’s next President. That’s got them campaigning to maintain a divided government. Are they selling government by checks and balances in hopes of gridlock and four years of a Democratic president who can’t get anything done? Is that what voters really want?
Hillary's fainting spell focuses renewed attention on her health Hillary Clinton has cancelled two days of campaigning because of pneumonia — diagnosed on Friday but not revealed until she left an event yesterday and appeared to have trouble getting into a van. On Fox News this morning, Donald Trump had a muted reaction. Clinton is 68 years old, and he's 70. So what about his own health condition? Bob Cusack, Editor in Chief of The Hill , says candidates' health is a vital concern.
Trump names Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate In light of the terrorist attack, Donald Trump postponed today’s news conference about his vice presidential selection. Then he tweeted it anyway. We’ll hear how Indiana Governor Mike Pence might affect next week’s convention and the November election. Photo: Gage Skidmore
Trump Dumps Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski The Trump campaign is expressing public appreciation to Corey Lewandowski, the original manager. But Lewandowski has heard those fatal words from the former star of The Apprentice, "You're fired." Bob Cusak, editor in chief of The Hill , says the firing has come at a rocky moment in Donald Trump's campaign.
The March to Super Tuesday Last Saturday, Democrats in Nevada caucused to choose a presidential nominee. In South Carolina, Republicans went to the polls. As always, there were multiple winners… and losers. Only a fraction of Republicans have voted or caucused so far, but traditional party leaders are facing their worst nightmare. Many don’t even believe Donald Trump is a real Republican, but he could well be this year’s presidential nominee. Can he be stopped? As for traditional Democrats who tried to stack the deck for Hillary Clinton, it’s hardly smooth sailing with so many young people and women feeling the Bern. We hear what to expect before Super Tuesday next week when 13 states will go to the polls.
Vintage Political Theater on Capitol Hill A committee of Congress today grilled Hillary Clinton about the deaths of four American officials in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 while she was Secretary of State. Republicans used stacks of emails and charts to bolster their claim that she was lax about security. Democrats used video to accuse Republicans of another partisan witch-hunt that has failed to turn up any new information. All this as the GOP continued to struggle with Paul Ryan’s conditions for taking what could turn out to be the thankless assignment of House Speaker.
Senate Reaches Deal for Confirmation Vote on Loretta Lynch Senate leaders have reached a deal on a human trafficking, a bill held up because of a dispute over abortion. The agreement will allow a confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch , the nominee for Attorney General. Official White House photo by Pete Suarez Bob Cusack is editor in chief of The Hill , a news service that covers the US Capitol.
Playing Politics with Homeland Security Just hours after Republicans won control of the Senate last November, the new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised no more government shutdowns. But the budget for the Department of Homeland Security still hasn't passed — and the current money runs out on Friday. Republicans are divided over what to do to protest the President's unilateral action on immigration. At stake is the budget for Homeland Security -- including the Border Patrol, the Coast Guard and the TSA. Democrats are warning about a terrorist threat to Minnesota's Mall of America and the need for FEMA workers in the snowbound Northeast. It's politics and public safety with time running out: the deadline is Friday.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.