Photo: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, on March 19, 2017 (State Department photo)
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The grilling began today for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the US Supreme Court. Senate Democrats are still angry that Republicans blocked Obama nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.
Garrett Epps, Supreme Court correspondent for the Atlantic and a professor at the Baltimore School of Law, says Gorsuch has thus far been successful in deflecting Democrats' attacks.
So many of his Department's top jobs are still unfilled that Rex Tillerson seems like a lonely Secretary of State, and as a diplomat, he's an amateur. His trip to Asia — just one reporter included — was full of contradictions, with tweets from the President adding to the confusion. It's not clear if he threatened North Korea, advocated nuclear weapons for Japan and South Korea--or if he'll seek common ground with China. And there's another big question: how much is the Trump White House running the show?
Simon Tisdall, Guardian (@guardian)
James Fallows, Atlantic (@JamesFallows)
Michael Auslin, American Enterprise Institute / Wall Street Journal (@michaelauslin)
Ankit Panda, The Diplomat (@nktpnd)
Tisdall on North Korea rocket test upping the ante with Trump administration
Fallows on China's great leap backward
Auslin on China standing up to Trump
Panda on the State Department itself on the 'pivot to Asia'
Michael R. Auslin
Last night House Republican leaders published 21 pages of modifications to the American Health Care Act, the bill designed to replace Obamacare. This morning, President Trump was on Capitol Hill, allegedly telling Republicans if you don't vote for this I'm going to come for you.
We get perspective from two guests from the Bipartisan Policy Center, one who favors replacement and the other who wants to retain Obama's Affordable Care Act with what he calls "surgical" changes. Andy Slavitt is a former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Avik Roy is president and co-founder of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.
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Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
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