FROM Phil Mattingly
Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Reached Negotiators for the US and 11 Pacific Rim nations agreed today on the largest regional trade accord in history. The Trans-Pacific Partnership covers commerce and worker standards in 40% of the world's economy — while very much excluding China. Phil Mattingly, national political correspondent for Bloomberg TV , has more on the deal, which must now be ratified by Congress.
Eight Wall Street CEO's Get a Grilling on Capitol Hill For the first time since Washington's $350 billion bailout, the CEO's of eight major banks appeared before Congress today. Democrat Barney Frank was among those who picked up on public anger. “There has to be a sense among the American people that you understand their anger, their frustration, and that you willingly cooperate and in fact are willing to make some sacrifices so we can get this whole thing working.” Phil Mattingly is economics reporter for Congressional Quarterly.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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?
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?