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?
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
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?