FROM Jake Sherman
Kevin McCarthy's Transition California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is expected to take over as speaker of the House at the end of the month when John Boehner officially resigns. McCarthy’s known as a consummate politician, well-liked by his fellow Republicans. But how will he transition to his new role, where he may have to take a heavier hand?
House Passes Bill Defunding Obamacare, Sets Stage for Showdown The Republican Congress today passed a bill funding continued government spending — but not for Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner explained , "Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don't want the government shutdown, and they don't want Obamacare." Jake Sherman is Congressional reporter for Politico .
Republicans Slam Obama's Stopgap Sequester Fix Congress is on a week-long recess with massive spending cuts scheduled to take effect at the end of next week. Washington is reportedly getting resigned to the so-called "sequester." At the White House today, the President warned of dire consequences. "It won't consider whether we're cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day; it doesn't make those distinctions." Jake Sherman reports on Congress for Politico .
House Changes Debt Ceiling Strategy At a House Caucus retreat in Virginia, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today that Republicans will vote next week to raise the debt ceiling—but only ‘til April—delaying, but not resolving, the anticipated showdown over spending cuts with President Obama.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."