FROM David Mark
Will Eric Holder Be Held in Contempt of Congress? The White House has escalated the administration's clash with Congress over the so-called "Fast and Furious" scandal, in which the Justice Department lost track of weapons that turned up in Mexico. When Attorney General Eric Holder appeared again today before the House Oversight Committee , Republicans renewed their threat to hold him in contempt for refusing to turn over some documents. In response, the President today asserted "Executive Privilege." David Mark is senior editor for Politico .
New Policy Offers Relief for Illegal Immigrant Youth As we discussed in our 'Making News' segment, President Obama has ordered a major change in American immigration policy , partial implementation of the so-called "Dream Act." The President's blocking of the deportations of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children ends a years-long standoff with Latino advocates who are crucial to the President's re-election campaign.
President Obama Chides Republicans At today's White House news conference , President Obama said that to reduce the deficit, he'll make spending cuts that hurt his political base. He chided Republicans for their reluctance to increase taxes on the rich. The President said failing to raise the debt limit by August 2 will force choices between paying interest on bonds or social security and veterans' benefits. He also talked about Libya, Afghanistan and infrastructure rebuilding to jump- start the economy. We hear excerpts from his first White House press conference in three months.
Obama Announces More Cabinet Picks Barack Obama's cabinet continues to take shape, well before he's sworn in to office. Today, he appointed as Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan , head of public schools in Chicago since 2001. David Mark is senior editor at Politico.com and author of Going Dirty : The Art of Negative Campaigning.
Bush Signs $162 Billion War Spending Bill President Bush today had rare praise for the Democratic-controlled Congress as he signed a $162 billion plan to continue operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The President congratulated both parties for putting politics aside in an election year to "stand behind our troops and their families." David Mark is senior editor at Politico.com and author of Going Dirty : the Art of Negative Campaigning.
Energy Costs, the Environment and the Presidential Campaign Responding to rising gasoline prices, President Bush and candidate John McCain are calling on Congress to end the moratorium on drilling for oil off-shore. For both the President and the Senator, this is a change in policy; Barack Obama calls it a "flip-flop." Oil companies concede that nobody knows how much is available, how long it would take to produce or what the impact on prices might be. But Democrats in Florida and Virginia are among those joining Republicans who want the moratorium lifted. Has rage over fuel costs reached a tipping point or is McCain making a risky political bet? What about the environment, global warming and the effort to get America off the oil economy?
With a Split Decision in Tonight’s Election Returns, Who is the Real Winner? Barack Obama won a double digit victory in North Carolina tonight. Hillary Clinton is on her way to a narrower victory in Indiana. With Obama now within 200 delegates of securing the nomination, does Clinton still have a chance to catch up?
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.