FROM Ian Swanson
Paul Ryan Gives First News Conference as House Speaker During his first news conference as House Speaker today, Republican Paul Ryan said he's "not concerned about the presidential election," but is focused instead on how Congress conducts business and gave this example. "The highway bill is a good place to start. We're opening up the process, we're allowing members to participate in a way that the founders intended and we're advancing an issue that is a big priority to the hard working taxpayers of this country – fixing our roads and our bridges, improving our transportation infrastructure." Ian Swanson is managing editor of The Hill , a news outlet that covers Congress.
With Midterms Looming, Republicans Poised to Take Senate Voting in the midterm elections is already underway, and a consensus is already building about what the results will be and what the next Congress will look like. Ian Swanson is managing editor at The Hill , a publication that monitors the House and the Senate.
House Grills CDC on Ebola Control School superintendents in Texas and Ohio have closed schools after reports that students were on the same plane as a nurse diagnosed with Ebola. Meantime, a Congressional sub committee grilled health officials in Washington, including Thomas Frieden, Director of the Center’s for Disease Control. Ian Swanson is Managing Editor of The Hill , a publication that monitors Congress.
Is the Secret Service Keeping the President Safe? The Secret Service is charged with making the White House the safest place in the world. When every agent swears to take a bullet for the President of the United States, the purpose is to create an aura of invincibility. Now that aura is fading.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.