FROM Nick Baumann
GOP's Backdoor Maneuver to Pull Forcible Rape Language from Bill In February, pro-life members of Congress took heat for wanting to change the language of a law re-instituting the federal ban on abortion funding. In the exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, they wanted the law to read "forcible rape," instead of just "rape." When the issue became public, the effort was dropped. Now, pro-choice advocates are concerned about the renewed effort to add "forcible" not to federal law, but to a committee report. Why does it matter? Nick Baumann is with Mother Jones magazine.
Who Is Jared Loughner? The New York Times reports that in a community college classroom last June, Jared Loughner's behavior was so strange that other students were afraid. The teacher says he though Loughner might "pull out a weapon." Mother Jones magazine reports that a friend of Laughner's, Bryce Tierney, has been in touch with them. Nick Baumann is assistant editor and reporter at Mother Jones .
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?
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?
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.
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?