FROM Jennifer Bendery
Feds to Limit Military-Style Weapons for Police Forces During protests over last year's shooting death of Michael Brown, police in Ferguson, Missouri rolled out armored tanks and riot gear. A White House working group concluded that over-reaction made the situation dramatically worse. Today, President Obama announced a ban on providing certain military equipment to local police. Jennifer Bendery, who covers the White House and Congress for the Huffington Post , has details.
Escalation of Violence in Ferguson Missouri For more than 10 days, heavily armed officers in body armor and SWAT vehicles have clashed with protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The use of military equipment against peaceful protesters backfired on local police, producing an escalation of violence. Members of Congress, including presidential prospect Rand Paul, are pointing fingers at the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. Washington gives heavy weapons, riot gear and armored personnel carriers to police forces who aren’t trained to use them, even if they needed to. We’ll hear how long-term policies have led to unintended consequences.
Obama Stays on Offense on the Payroll Tax Cut Yesterday, House Republican leaders backed off their insistence on spending reductions to cover renewal of the two percent cut in the payroll tax, scheduled to lapse at the end of this month. Today, President Obama sounded skeptical . "You can't take anything for granted here in Washington until my signature is actually on it… So we've got to keep making sure the American people's voices keep breaking through, until this is absolutely, finally, completely done." Jennifer Bendery is Washington correspondent for the Washington Post .
Obama Names Consumer Watchdog by Recess Appointment over GOP Opposition President Obama today appointed Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans have been blocking the action for months but, with Congress out of town, the Chief Executive is empowered to make what’s called a “recess appointment.”
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.