FROM Liz Halloran
Democrats Shift Focus to the General Election John McCain and Barack Obama are the last official candidates in the presidential campaign. They're raising money today and talking about the economy. Hillary Clinton has "suspended" her effort and endorsed Obama , but nobody knows what role she'll play between now and November. We look at the challenges for Obama, a first-term Senator trying to define himself against a veteran of politics and the military. Would it help him if Clinton were on the ticket? Can the "veteran" McCain advocate change and avoid looking like old news?
McCain's Medical Records Released John McCain will be 72 in August, and if voters choose him this coming November, he'll be oldest man ever elected President. McCain, of course, was maltreated when he was a POW in Vietnam. He has survived melanoma three times. Today, he released his most recent eight years' worth of medical records . Liz Halloran, senior writer with US News & World Report, has just spoken with McCain's doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
At Long Last, Former CIA Spy Valerie Plame Testifies Breaking her public silence today, Valerie Plame testified before a House Oversight Committee . The wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who criticized the Bush Administration’s rationale for the war in Iraq, called herself the only covert CIA operative whose identity was disclosed by her "very own government," and said she felt "hit in the gut" on being outted by syndicated columnist Robert Novak. During the trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, there was testimony that he and Vice President Cheney had a role in public disclosures of her status. Liz Halloran is Senior Editor for US News and World Report .
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?
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.
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.