FROM Sam Stein
Trump pre-emptively attacks the Congressional Budget Office Since his candidacy began, President Trump has challenged accepted authority in politics and government. His latest target is the Congressional Budget Office. Some Republicans want to delay voting until the CBO has estimated what it will cost in money and lost health insurance policies. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says, "If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy you're looking in the wrong place... Their record is what I'm calling into question, when you look at the number of people and the cost they scored the last Obamacare bill on they were way off. That's a fact." Sam Stein, senior politics editor for the Huffington Post , calls the criticism ironic.
Where Democrats go from here As the Trump Administration starts to build for the future, the Democrats are faced with re-building after last week's disaster. In the Senate, New York's Chuck Schumer is now Minority Leader, and he's added Vermont's Independent Bernie Sanders to his leadership team. On the House Side, long-time minority leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco faces a challenge from Tim Ryan, a relative newcomer from Ohio. As the Democrats try to pick up the pieces, will they try to use some of Trump's campaign promises to divide the GOP? Can long-time Democratic leaders survive calls for new blood after last week's unexpected disaster?
Who Is Bernie Sanders? The Democratic presidential debate is a week away and for the first time frontrunner Hillary Clinton will have to directly confront Bernie Sanders, who has become her closest competitor. Sanders has been drawing big crowds to his campaign events and is polling well in Iowa and New Hampshire. Who is Sanders? Who are his supporters, and how’s he different from Clinton?
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.
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.