FROM David Nakamura
Obama Meets with Asian Leaders during Nuclear Summit Fifty-six world leaders are in Washington today for President Obama's final nuclear security summit. One major issue is North Korea's recent provocations. This morning, the President met privately with the President of South Korea and the Prime Minister of Japan. David Nakamura covers the White House for the Washington Post .
Obama Names an "Ebola Czar" After weeks of prodding from Republicans, President Obama announced last night he’ll appoint a so-called “Ebola Czar.” Today, he named Ron Klain, who’s been chief of staff to Vice Presidents Biden and Gore as “Ebola response coordinator.” But the word has been slow to pass down. David Nakamura is reporting the story for the Washington Post.
President Obama Responds to Ferguson, Missouri After five days of protest since police in Ferguson, Missouri killed an unarmed black man, President Obama addressed the issue today. Interrupting his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, he said there will be different accounts of how it occurred. David Nakamura is a White House reporter for the Washington Post.
The Road to Immigration Reform: Rough as Ever When Congress took off for the two-week Easter recess, the so-called "Gang of Eight" Senators had not finished their work on immigration reform. So the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce took up what some called the only remaining issue, a guest-worker program for unskilled immigrants, which scuttled George Bush's effort six years ago. Over the weekend, they announced a deal, leading to agreement from South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham and New York Democrat Charles Schumer. But another Senate player, Florida Republican Marco Rubio, says the celebration is " premature ." Are elements of the new coalition unhappy? What about border security and the "path to citizenship" for guest workers and the 11 million illegals already here?
Obama on the Fiscal Cliff Campaign Trail Recently elected, President Obama has begun a new campaign, asking Americans to pressure Congress directly to pass his tax plan. "Tell members of Congress what a $2000 tax hike would mean to you. Call your members of Congress; write them an e-mail; post it on their Facebook walls… You can tweet it using #My2k." David Nakamura is following the story for the Washington Post .
President Obama Attacks the Republican Budget President Obama flayed his Republican opposition today as so far right that, "Ronald Reagan could not get through a Republican primary today." He attacked the GOP latest budget proposal as a "recipe for economic decline," and tried to reframe this year's election campaign. David Nakamura is a staff writer at the Washington Post .
Obama Announces New Housing Plan With Republican challengers otherwise engaged, President Obama today offered a new plan for mortgage holders to re-finance. David Nakamura is a staff writer at the Washington Post.
President Asks Congress for Power to Shrink Government President Obama said today it's time that the federal government was run more like a business. He called on Congress to reinstate the authority held by past presidents "to streamline and reform the Executive Branch," as would a private business owner to "make sure that his or her company keeps pace with the times." David Nakamaura is a staff writer at the Washington Post .
President Obama Plans New Proposals for Job Creation The White House is promising big things to come, after the President completes his tour of the Middle West and takes a week of vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Today he was in Atkinson, Illinois. In early September, Mr. Obama will make a major speech with new proposals for issues central to America's future and to his re-election campaign: job creation and taming the federal debt. David Nakamura reports from Washington for the New York Times .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
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.
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.