FROM Sarah Karlin-Smith
Trump's HHS pick questioned on the future of Obamacare One of today's hearings was for Georgia's Republican Congressman Tom Price — an orthopedic surgeon who's nominated to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. When grilled about repealing Obamacare by Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, Price tried to reassure the public, saying that his goal was to have more people covered under the new plan. Sarah Karlin-Smith, who covers healthcare for Politico , reports on the politics and procedures discussed in today's hearing.
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?
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?