FROM Jacob Heilbrunn
Barack Obama Goes Back on the Road The $787 billion stimulus bill passed in less than three weeks of a new, Democratic presidency, with just three votes from Republicans whose party was drubbed in the last two elections. Now that bipartisanship has failed on Capitol Hill, President Obama is taking his signing show on the road with a stimulus signing ceremony today in Denver.
Barack Obama, Back on the Road Signed into law today, the $789 stimulus package is the biggest thing of its kind since the Great Depression. Passed in three weeks with help from just three Republicans, President Obama is gambling that it will work. The GOP's gambling that it won't and that Obama will take the blame. Outside the Beltway, Obama wins two-to-one in the polls. This week in Denver and Phoenix, he'll talk jobs and once again dramatize his grass roots appeal. Is bipartisanship an illusion? Will Obama transform governance into a permanent campaign?
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.
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.
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?