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?
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.
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.