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 .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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?