FROM Michael Kranish
John Kerry Starts First Day at State John Kerry is now Secretary of State, and today was his first day at the office in Foggy Bottom. In his welcome remarks to department employees, the former senator expressed his excitement about his new post. "Here we can do the best of things that you can do in government. That's what excites me. We get to try to make our nation safer. We get to try to make peace in the world, a world where there is far too much conflict." Michael Kranish, chief of the Boston Globe's Washington bureau, is co-author of John F. Kerry : The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, which is being released as an e-book today.
AIG Outrage Runneth Over on Capitol Hill The failed American Insurance Group paid 73 executives bonuses of a million dollars or more, eleven of whom are not with the company any more. Today, Democrats began writing bills to require that $165 million in bonuses, paid for with taxpayer dollars, be returned. Michael Kranish is based in Washington for the Boston Globe .
Gregg Pulls Out, Eroding Obama's Efforts of Bipartisanship Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire dealt the Obama Administration a blow on Thursday when he abruptly withdrew as the President's nominee for Commerce Secretary. A fiscal conservative, the Republican Senator said it would be “very difficult, day in and day out,” to serve in an Obama cabinet. Reporter Michael Kranish is covering the story for the Boston Globe .
The First 100 Days? How About the First Hundred Minutes? The Obamas and Bidens stood on the Capitol steps and waved to the helicopter taking George and Laura Bush away from Washington and out of power. Members of Obama’s staff had already left the Capitol early to prepare the White House for the new commander in chief.
The New Shape of Presidential Politics Last night, it was all about Iowa. Today, the candidates are hitting the ground, each with a new set of challenges. Can Obama and Huckabee do it again in New Hampshire ? Will Clinton and Romney be this year's comeback kids? Are McCain and Edwards still in the running? Whatever happened to Giuliani ? These are just some of the questions raised last night in Iowa, where caucus-goers of both parties demonstrated that they are eager for change. With just four days left until the next showdown, we’ll look at this year's fast-track presidential campaigns.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?