FROM Josh Barro
Following the money in the Russia investigation Donald Trump is warning special prosecutor Robert Mueller not to dig too deep into his family's finances. But that seems to be a direction the investigation is heading. Guest host Josh Barro speaks with four guests who can provide an idea of where that inquiry might lead.
Republicans struggle to find a compromise on healthcare Moments before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shows his GOP caucus his latest version of healthcare reform , two moderate Republicans offered another plan. South Carolina's Lindsey Graham told CNN , "We're going to support Mitch's efforts with his with his new plan, but we want an alternative and we all see which one can get 50 votes. We're not undercutting Mitch. He's not undercutting us." Graham was joined by fellow Republican Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy ( Gage Skidmore ) Josh Barro, senior editor at Business Insider and host of KCRW's Left, Right and Center, considers likely Democratic and Republican reaction to the new bills.
What came out of Trump and Putin's sit-down meeting? President Trump had a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday in Hamburg, Germany. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Trump opened the meeting by talking about Russian interference in the U.S. election. Syria came up too -- the leaders agreed on a ceasefire for a part of that fighting. What else was discussed, and how did the meeting play out in the U.S. and overseas?
Week in politics: Blistering tweet, stalled health care vote, twist on travel ban It’s been another busy week in Washington. President Trump took to Twitter to call MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski “low IQ Crazy Mika,” and say she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.” After the July 4th recess, the Senate GOP health care bill may be up for a vote. Trump’s revamped travel ban took effect Thursday, making it so travelers from six Muslim-majority countries will only be allowed into the U.S. if they have a “bona fide” relationship to family, businesses and schools here.
Week in politics: Health care and Comey tapes We look at the politics around the Senate GOP health care bill. Four conservative senators say they can’t support it? Do they really mean that? What will the moderates do? We also talk about President Trump admitting that he had no tapes of his conversations with Comey and that he hinted at them to influence Comey’s testimony.
Is obstruction of justice Trump's greatest threat? President Trump tweeted today, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.” He also traveled to Miami to roll back President Obama’s Cuba policy. Also, this week’s Congressional baseball practice shooting led to lots of talk about mutual respect and more civil debate, but will it change anything?
Trump to Comey: 'That's what I want -- honest loyalty' Former FBI Director James Comey’s opening statement for Thursday’s Senate hearing has been released. It reads a little like a YA novel. In describing a dinner with Trump, Comey writes: “It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room. Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.” He also says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Will withdrawing from Paris agreement solidify Trump's support? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership, as John Kerry said, or it’s a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty. How are Trump supporters responding? For some in Southern California, climate change is not their priority.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?