FROM Mike Zapler
Federal Judges Under Fire for Conference in Maui One hundred fifty judges from the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals are headed for Maui in August to hold a conference on the administration of justice. Republican US Senators Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Charles Grassley of Iowa are up in arms, as we hear from Mike Zapler, Deputy Congressional Editor for Politico .
Health Care Reform and Individual Mandates In January, Governor Schwarzenegger made national headlines by proposing universal health insurance in California and there was talk of creating a national model. After months of wrangling in Sacramento, he offered a legislative proposal yesterday. It would still require that every Californian buy health insurance. It would change the formulas for employer participation. The big news has to do with the state lottery .
More Debate in Sacramento but Little Progress on Health Care Reform In January, all sides agreed that this was the year for Healthcare Reform in California. The Washington Post said “all eyes” were on Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan requiring everybody to buy health insurance. That was then, this is now. Democratic Senate Leader Don Perata says the budget battle left Democrats and Republicans “ battered and bruised ” and just 3 weeks are left in the legislative session. Today, leaders of both parties met with the Governor today to talk about top priorities.
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.
Further revelations into Russian involvement in 2016 election Last week's failure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare was an early setback for the Trump Administration. There may be long-term danger of a different kind in multiple investigations into ties with Russia among campaign workers, the White House staff and the Chief Executive himself. We look as some of the threads they're following.
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?