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 .
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."