FROM Robert Book
President Obama Finally Comes Up with a Plan Last year, the President called on Congress to come up with the details of healthcare reform. Instead of debate on reduced costs and expanded coverage, attention focused on special-interest deal-making on Capitol Hill. Today, the White House website unveiled 11 pages called The President's Proposal , designed as the framework for Thursday's televised, bipartisan healthcare summit .
President Obama Finally Comes Up with a Plan Last year, the President called on Congress to come up with the details of healthcare reform. Instead of debate on reduced costs and expanded coverage, attention focused on special-interest deal-making on Capitol Hill. Today, despite public anxiety in an election year, President Obama is making a final push for comprehensive healthcare reform. The 11-page proposal unveiled by the White House rejects Republican calls to go back to the drawing board and builds on the Senate Democrats' plan: major new coverage for the uninsured, but no public option; new subsidies, taxes and regulations but no special deals for Nebraska. In advance of Thursday's bipartisan summit , to be televised live on C-Span, is it a script for serious talking points or another scene of political theater?
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.
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?
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?
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?