FROM Rachel Smolkin
After First 100 Days Obama Talks Syria, Sequester and Stalemate On the hundredth day of his second term, President Obama held a news conference today ranging from criticism of Congress to praising NBA player Jason Collins for coming out of the closet . He said, once again, that the use of chemical weapons by Syria would be a "game changer," but said it's still too early to take any action. Rachel Smolkin is deputy managing editor of Politico .
Letter Sent to White House Tests Positive for Ricin CNN and other news agencies report that two suspects have been identified in the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities plan to brief the media later this afternoon. Meantime, in Washington, authorities are investigating a letter addressed to President Obama that tested positive for Ricin, a highly toxic substance. Rachael Smolkin is deputy managing of Politico .
Budget Talks Will Resume after Deep Cuts Take Effect President Obama has spent the week warning Americans about the consequences of "sequester." Now he's invited the top leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress to visit the White House — but not until Friday, when $85 billion in budget cuts are scheduled to go into effect. Rachel Smolkin is Deputy Managing Editor of Politico .
Obama Faces the Press in the Midst of a Sex Scandal Wide-open meetings with the White House press corps were a casualty of President Obama's re-election campaign. Today's press conference was the first since last March. He opened with an announcement, as we hear from Rachel Smolkin, White House Editor for Politico .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.