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 .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.