FROM Jane Hamsher
Will Congress Save Detroit? The CEO's of the Big Three are putting the pressure on Democrats and Republicans. GMAC is running full-page newspaper ads headlining "The Auto Industry Matters" and warning about the ripple effects if plants close and laid off workers can't feed their families or pay taxes. Backed by organized labor, they want a federal bailout, but there's no consensus on how or whether to save them. Democrats, Republicans and the Bush White House may let Barack Obama pick up the pieces, even though GM may go bankrupt before he takes office. With CEO's and labor leaders marching on Capitol Hill, we get a progress report. We also learn about Joe Lieberman 's punishment for supporting John McCain .
Democratic-Led Congress to Recess on a Very Low Note When the Democrats took over Congress 18 months ago, there were expectations of major change. But it hasn’t happened, partly because a lot of the new Democrats are "Blue Dogs," almost as conservative as the Republicans they defeated. Between angry progressive Democrats and Republicans, Congress now has the lowest approval ratings in the history of the Gallop Poll. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if Democrats increase their majorities next year, change finally will come. Do Progressives believe it? Since Republicans have been getting pretty much what they wanted, what are they complaining about?
Abortion: After the US Supreme Court's Latest Decision Women still have the right to choose an abortion in the United States, but not by "intact dilation and extraction," also called "partial birth abortion." Last week's US Supreme Court decision upheld a ban based not on the physical health of the mother but the fear that a gruesome procedure might cause women emotional harm, including "regret," "severe depression" and "loss of esteem." Dissenting justices find that "alarming." Other critics call it "legal paternalism" and "19th Century thinking about women's rights." What do women and their doctors do now? Did abortion-rights drop the ball when Alito and Roberts were named to the court?
Would a New Democratic Majority Go Left... or Right? A county sheriff in Indiana, a retired Army colonel in Kentucky, a former pro quarterback and evangelical Christian in North Carolina: they're pro-business and opposed to abortion, gay marriage and gun control--and they're all running as Democrats in next week's elections for Congress. Potential Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises President Bush would be safe from impeachment, but could conservative newcomers put liberal veterans in check if the Democrats took back the House? Where would that leave the base of the party that's been out of power on Capitol Hill for the past 12 years?
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.