FROM Richard Perle
Nuclear Weapons and the Politics of National Security Senate ratification of the New START treaty with Russia looked like a shoo-in but, after Republicans raised objections, debate went down to the wire. The Pentagon's top brass and Republican cold warriors said it would make America safer, but Senate GOP leaders and other confirmed hawks disagreed. Did the President cave in to Russian demands? What about missile defense? Why were short-range battlefield weapons left out? Will another victory in the lame-duck session advance the cause of a world without nuclear weapons or solidify opposition to the President's vision?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.