FROM Steve Lavine
When Oil Falls, Who Wins? It seems like yesterday that oil prices were going up—pushing the price of gasoline along with them. Oh, how times have changed. One oil analyst says we’re seeing an “epic” transformation—bigger than anything in a generation. Oil now costs less than 70 dollars a barrel on the world market, and it’s expected to go even lower. That’s great for America’s consumer economy, but it’s big trouble for countries that depend on oil exports. We’ll look at the consequences, both good and bad—for international stability and the environment.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?