FROM Jennifer Steinhauer
What to watch in the lame duck congress’ final weeks Next week, the House and the Senate will be trying to clean up left-over business from the Obama era before a newly elected Congress begins the Trump Era next year. Is there any chance for bipartisanship? We get insight from Jennifer Steinhauer, who covers Capitol Hill for the New York Times .
Paul Ryan Elected 54th Speaker of the House Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is now the 62nd House Speaker , elected today by a comfortable margin. But he's not trying to hide the chaos that led to his taking the gavel. In addressing the House, he cautioned, "But let's be frank: The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them. And I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean. Neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going. We need to make some changes, starting with how the House does business." Jennifer Steinhauer, who covers Congress for the New York Times , has more on the road ahead for the new Speaker.
Sex Crimes on Campus Are Going Public Harvard, Ohio State and 53 other colleges and universities — including Catholic University in Washington, DC — are under suspicion of mishandling complaints of sexual assault on campus. Today's release of an embarrassing list by the Department of Education follows Vice President Biden's warning that universities "face the facts." It demonstrates that a subject too tough for prior generations to talk about is now hot-button politics. Today's disclosures are part of an on-going movement. We trace its progress and see what might be next.
Will Digital Disaster Upend the Affordable Care Act? The White House has promised that Healthcare.gov will be running smoothly by the end of November, but yesterday, it crashed again. At today's briefing, Press Secretary Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters, "We have several teams, many teams of highly qualified experts who are addressing the identified and isolated problems that do exist and have existed with the website, and they are fixing them incrementally as Jeff Zients and others have talked about." Why has so much gone so badly so soon for the signature accomplishment of President Obama's first term? Some website programmers say it started too late and too big. They warn that the planned "tech surge" could make things worse, rather than better. With Democrats demanding delays in signups and penalties and Republicans calling for heads to roll, the urgency of finding a fix grows by the day.
Bills Left on Hold as Congress Goes on Recess Forget about drought relief for farmers and ranchers or cyber-security for critical infrastructure. Congress has recessed for five weeks of political campaigning. The House and the Senate adjourned yesterday, and won't return for more than a month, leaving behind a lot of unfinished business. Jennifer Steinhauer is congressional correspondent for the New York Times .
House Resolution Condemns Arizona Shooting On Capitol Hill today, members of Congress honored the dead and wounded from Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi said her colleague Gabrielle Giffords provided a model for appropriate behavior. Republican majority leader Eric Cantor said Giffords was not the only target, calling the shooting an "attack on the very essence of democracy and representative government." Behind closed doors, members were briefed on security measures when they're dealing with their constituents at home. Jennifer Steinhauer reports on Congress for the New York Times .
House Reading of Constitution for the First Time For the first time in history, the Constitution of the United States has been read aloud in the House of Representatives. After some discussion, Republicans agreed to make it bipartisan. The reading, which began with the new Speaker, Republican John Boehner, followed by Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, included introductions of each member of Congress who read passages but excluded some provisions, took about an hour and a half. Jennifer Steinhauer is congressional reporter for the New York Times .
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.
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.