FROM Deborah Brake
Congress Prepares to Send Fair Pay Bill to Obama The House today was expected to join the Senate and pass the first bill to go to the desk of President Obama. It would make it easier for women workers to combat wage discrimination. In 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled against Lilly Ledbetter , even though she proved she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the same work at a Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama. Ledbetter rode Barack Obama’s inaugural train from Philadelphia to Washington and he promised her the law would be changed. Debora Brake, who teaches law at the University of Pittsburgh, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.