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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.