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 .
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?