FROM Xavier Becerra
A nightmare for Dreamers "Dreamers" were brought to this country and raised as Americans, but their parents were never were naturalized. With Donald Trump's promise of deportation many worry they'll be rounded up and sent out of the country.
Pope Francis Makes History on Capitol Hill Before a packed chamber today, Francis became the first Pope to address a joint meeting of the House and the Senate. Speaking slowly and in heavily accented English, Pope Francis said he was grateful for a historic invitation. He called for unity and denounced political and ideological “polarization”—but did not shy away from Washington's most divisive issues. They included abortion, same sex marriage and climate change — each provoking a standing ovation from a different part of the audience. Afterward, there was no handshaking with dignitaries: the Pope had a meeting with homeless people.
Xavier Becerra Named to the Super Committee The infamous debt-ceiling deal created a so-called Super Committee of six Senators and six members of Congress. It's their job, between now and Thanksgiving, to find $1.2 trillion in savings over ten years. If they come to agreement, then both houses of Congress will have to vote up or down. No amendments. No filibusters. No delays. The Super Committee is now complete, with three members appointed by leaders of each party in each house. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi has named Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles as one of three Democrats from Congress.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.