FROM Jesse Jenkins
Climate Bill Set Aside: What's Next for US Energy Policy? After a series of stunning victories on economic stimulus, healthcare, finance reform and unemployment insurance, President Obama suffered a major setback yesterday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that the climate-change bill is dead, at least for now. Months ago, the House passed a comprehensive bill to charge corporate polluters for releasing carbon dioxide, but even a pared-down version failed to attract enough votes in the Senate. Jesse Jenkins is Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute .
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
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.
Will the GOP weather the storm with Trump or jump ship? Breitbart news claims that the GOP "establishment" has it's knives out" for President Trump, but Republicans in Congress are mostly supportive… at least in public. We look at whether that's likely to last.
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?