FROM Josh Barro
Trump says US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel President Trump says the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He calls it a campaign promise, but is it a wise move? Under pressure from scandal, Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican representative Trent Franks will resign, that comes as Alabama voters are preparing to possibly send Roy Moore to the Senate. Congress passed legislation to fund the government will they reach a longer term deals.
Obamacare lives to see another day Healthcare was back on the front burner on Capitol Hill, again. Senator John McCain said he can’t support a Republican effort to repeal and replace the law, most likely ending the GOP campaign to do so. Meanwhile, President Trump has been making waves on the world stage and got into a war of worlds with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Is Big Tech on the defensive? Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon have amassed incomparable power over the US economy, political discourse and social interactions. Now they're being targeted as monopolies, which determine -- intentionally or otherwise — not just what we buy but how we think. Both the Left and the Right are now talking Regulation, but is Big Tech insulated by its ubiquitous services, popularity with consumers — and its lobbying power?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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.
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.