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.
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.
Will the GOP weather the storm with Trump or jump ship? Breitbart news claims that the GOP "establishment" has it's knives out" for President Trump, but Republicans in Congress are mostly supportive… at least in public. We look at whether that's likely to last.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?