FROM Charles Taylor
Can the US Senate Pass Finance Reform in an Election Year? In the House version of finance reform, the provision that banks hate most is an independent agency for consumer protection. It's been compared to the so-called "public option," that divided Democrats to the benefit of Republicans during the healthcare debate. But the politics of finance reform are very different.
Can the Senate Deliver Finance Reform in an Election Year? The US Senate's next item of business is finance reform, with Democrats trying to draw up an offer Republicans can't refuse. The provision banks hate most in the House version of reform is an independent agency for consumer protection that's been compared to the so-called “public option,” that divided Democrats to the GOP's benefit during the healthcare debate. But the politics of finance reform are very different. With popular anger focused on Wall Street, should banks that are “too big to fail” be regulated or cut down to size? Should a consumer protection agency be independent or part of the Federal Reserve?
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?