FROM Jesse Byrnes
What came out of Trump and Putin's sit-down meeting? President Trump had a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday in Hamburg, Germany. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Trump opened the meeting by talking about Russian interference in the U.S. election. Syria came up too -- the leaders agreed on a ceasefire for a part of that fighting. What else was discussed, and how did the meeting play out in the U.S. and overseas?
Gun Control, Back on the Front Burner With Republicans in the majority, gun control has almost no chance on Capitol Hill. But last week's mass killing in Oregon has changed the political calculus. Today, Senate Democrats promised to block other action until GOP members are forced to vote against background checks and other provisions. Next week, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders will display their differences in the party's first presidential debate. We look at the prospects for maintaining momentum for gun control until the November election.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?