FROM Shirley Anne Warshaw
Obama Taps William Daley for Chief of Staff President Obama has named his new Chief of Staff. William Daley , brother of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, served as Commerce Secretary for the last three years of the Clinton Administration. He's currently a senior executive with JP Morgan Chase. His appointment is part of what the White House calls an "overhaul" with two years to go until the next election. Shirley Anne Warshaw is Presidential Scholar at Gettysburg College and author The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney .
Lame-Duck President Gets His FISA Bill Last week the Democratic majorities in Congress passed--and the president signed --the FISA bill . The biggest revamping of federal surveillance powers in 30 years allows more wiretapping of people overseas and at home, and provides phone companies with immunity from lawsuits for what they did - at the Bush Administration's request- before the law was passed. Barack Obama voted for it, despite earlier promises that he would filibuster if it contained that provision.
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?