FROM Jonathan Strong
Newly Empowered Republicans Are Sending Mixed Messages Republicans are now in charge on Capitol Hill, but they're divided over how to thwart President Obama — at the same time trying to prove they can govern. Yesterday, House Republicans passed a bill holding the homeland security budget hostage to repeal of President Obama’s executive orders allowing "Dreamers" and other undocumented immigrants to live and work in this country. But 26 moderates voted "no." One said, "We have an obligation to act like adults." Today, at the GOP Congressional retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania, they’re behind closed doors planning strategy with Senators. Meanwhile, the list of potential presidential nominees is growing fast. Will majorities on Capitol Hill help their chances or hurt them in 2016?
Speaker Boehner Concedes Defeat At noon, Washington time, Senate leaders announced an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt limit by midnight tonight. There was uncertainty about whether House Republicans would go along, until after they caucused and conceded defeat. Jonathan Strong is a political reporter at the National Review .
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.
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.
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.