FROM Thomas Kaplan
GOP budget proposal paves way for massive tax cuts In a party-line vote – except for Rand Paul of Kentucky, Senate Republicans passed the framework for a budget last night, but a detailed spending plan will come later. The objective was to protect a massive proposed tax cut from a Democratic filibuster. Thomas Kaplan, who covers Congress for the New York Times , says the move paves the way for a massive tax overhaul.
Is It Time to Retreat from the Sea? Forget spending billions in tax dollars to rebuild coastal developments destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. New York's Governor Cuomo says he has a better idea. Buy up vulnerable properties, restore the beaches to their natural condition, and enjoy a publicly owned resource until the inevitable happens again. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office doesn't go that far, but it is warning that climate change is one of the highest risks to financial stability. Are the beaches the first place to prepare for the consequences of climate change? Where will it happen next?
New York State Passes First Gun Bill Since Newtown Last night, New York’s Republican-controlled State Senate approved new gun controls by a vote of 43 to 18. Today, the Assembly—led by Democrats—is expected to go along and Governor Cuomo is ready to sign the package into law.
Gay Couples Rush to Exchange Vows in New York In New York, a bruising, multi-year legislative battle ended last month when the State Senate approved same-sex marriage by a narrow margin, instantly doubling the number of Americans who live in states where gay and lesbian couple can wed. Couples from all over the state, as well as a hundred from other states, rushed to wed Sunday. Over a thousand ceremonies were celebrated in New York City alone, where temperatures were high, but the mood was even higher. After an 11-year engagement, one couple wed beside Niagara Falls, a minute past after midnight. Thomas Kaplan reports on politics for the New York Times .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.