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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.