FROM Philip Shenon
Paul Bremer Grilled on Capitol Hill As promised, Democrats are beginning their public investigation into the conduct of the Iraq war and occupation. The first witness is Paul Bremer , who led the Coalition Provisional Authority . California Democrat Henry Waxman is chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform . Philip Shenon, of the New York Times , has details.
Report Finds Extensive Abramoff-White House Contacts The House Committee on Government Reform today released the latest report on former lobbyist Jack Abramoff , who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe public officials. The report documents 485 contacts between Abramoff's firm and the Bush White House.
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?
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.
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.
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?