FROM William Allison
Can California's Political Parties Survive Super PAC's? Steve Schmidt, a senior advisor to the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, says, "The California Republican Party has collapsed." In "the Number One richest state for politics in America, the donor community has defunded" the state GOP, which is "an unworthy and unsafe investment," Schmidt says . Former Republican state finance chairman Jeff Miller and strategist Tony Russo have gone outside the party to form a "center-right" Super PAC to support candidates that favor business in the Assembly and Senate. Even moderate Democrats will do.
Healthcare Reform: Competition and the 'Public Option' Last night, ABC News televised a so-called “ town hall ” from the Obama White House. Today on Capitol Hill, committees were meeting both in public and behind closed doors while thousands rallied on the streets outside. It was all about healthcare reform, and debate is focused on quality, cost and proposals for a government-sponsored alternative to private insurance, the so-called “public option.”
Healthcare Reform: Competition and the 'Public Option' Last night, ABC News televised a so-called " town hall " from the Obama White House. Today on Capitol Hill, committees were meeting both in public and behind closed doors while thousands rallied on the streets outside. There's a rare consensus in Washington that this is the moment for healthcare reform if Congress takes action before the end of this year. With protracted wrangling, the opportunity could be lost, and debate has bogged down over a public plan to compete with private insurance. Would it help maintain high quality at reduced cost? Would it drive insurance companies out of the healthcare business? We look at the pros and cons and at competing efforts to shape a winning message. What are the roles of ideology, media manipulation and money?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
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?
Trump's intelligence disclosures cause chaos On the eve of departure for his first trip overseas, President Trump is embroiled in another controversy. It's about reports that he shared highly classified information with two high-ranking Russians.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.