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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.