FROM Keith Laing
Gas Tax May Be Next Funding Battle Congress will return from its summer vacation on September 6. On September 30, federal gasoline and diesel taxes are set to expire. Will renewal be Washington's next major battle? The federal tax on gasoline is 18.4¢ a gallon. On diesel fuel it's 24.4¢ a gallon. That's $100 million a day for the Highway Trust Fund , providing $35 billion a year to road and transit projects run by states nationwide. Keith Laing writes for The Hill , a newspaper widely read by Capitol insiders.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.