FROM Siobhan Hughes
Republicans plan busy week of confirmation hearings At Trump Tower this morning, the President-elect told reporters that this week's accelerated Senate confirmation process will be no problem for any of his cabinet appointees. "They're going great. Confirmations are going great. I think they'll all pass. I think every nomination will be, they're all at the highest level." But Siobhan Hughes, who covers Capitol Hill for the Wall Street Journal , reports that missing ethics forms could slow down the process.
The political fallout from Trump's "grope and brag" Across the country, Republicans up for re-election are caught between voters who helped nominate Donald Trump and those who can't stand him. House Speaker Paul Ryan has liberated GOP members from the mandate to support their nominee for the White House. Donald Trump says, " the shackles are off " and he's threatening retaliation in what's become a war within his own party. The possible consequences include: a victory for Hillary Clinton; a loss of Republican power on Capitol Hill and widespread public alienation.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.