FROM John Bresnahan
FBI director nominee vows independence in confirmation hearing Christopher Wray, nominated to head the FBI, told a Senate committee today he was not asked to pledge political "loyalty" to the president and that he never would. John Bresnahan, who is following Wray's confirmation for Politico , says when several senators raised the issue of independence Wray repeatedly affirmed that his values are to the constitution and rule of law rather than loyalty to the president.
Jack Abramoff is back to dealmaking -- to defeat Boko Haram Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is working with Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. The two went to Africa to try to convince leaders there to fight Boko Haram .
Divided Republicans and the Politics of Abortion There won't be a government shutdown this week, but there may only have been a postponement — as the fight continues over Planned Parenthood . At a hearing today, the group's president said, " Deceptively edited videos " are being used to support "outrageous accusations" about abortion and fetal tissue. Republicans insisted the organization does "bad things" with federal money, while Democrats renewed their charge of a "war against women." With GOP leaders under siege in both houses, the business of government could again become hostage to politics — possibly before the end of this year.
House Ethics Committee Conduct in Maxine Waters Case to Be Reviewed Los Angeles Democrat Maxine Waters says the House Ethics Committee has now recognized that its investigation of her conduct was "misguided, flawed and could go no further." This after the Committee hired an outside counsel to investigate its own investigation . John Bresnahan reports for Politico , which first reported infighting among committee staff members with conflicting agendas.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters Facing Ethics Charges A House investigative panel filed charges today against Los Angeles Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters . Unless she negotiates a settlement, she'll face trial in the fall, as will New York Democrat Charles Rangel . John Bresnahan reports on Congress for Politico .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.