Photo: House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks to reporters about the American Health Care Act.
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Tuesday's public hearing by the House Intelligence Committee has been cancelled by Republican Chairman Devin Nunes. Obama intelligence officials had been scheduled to testify. When asked about including new witnesses, Nunes replied, "We're not going to get into a neo-McCarthyism Era here, where we just start bringing in Americans because they were mentioned in a press story, and I'm concerned about that."
But Nunes' Democratic counterpart, Ranking Member Adam Schiff, offered a very different perspective. "We really need an independent commission here because the public at the end of the day needs to have confidence that someone has done a thorough investigation untainted by political consideration." Eric Geller, a cyber-security reporter, is following this story for Politico.
The White House says President Trump will "watch and take names" as House Speaker Paul Ryan tries to unite the GOP to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. Meantime, polls show more than half the public's opposed to adding some 24 million people to the ranks of the uninsured. The House is scheduled to vote later today, and we look at the consequences one way or the other. Will the President blame the Speaker if the bill fails? If it passes the House, what's its chance in the Senate? There's a lot at stake — including the health of America's healthcare system.
Shortly after we finished recording this conversation, Speaker Paul Ryan announced
that Republicans have pulled the GOP healthcare plan from the House floor.
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)
Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post (@JeffYoung)
Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute (@sallypipes)
Sarah Gollust, University of Minnesota (@sarahgollust)
Roll Call on the latest on the Republican healthcare vote
Young on the Republican Obamacare repeal vote
Sam Stein on Dems finding political upside, little joy in GOP healthcare mess
Pipes on putting the CBO's score of the American Health Care Act in perspective
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The Great Barrier Reef
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is hundreds of miles of tiny creatures -- corals that are exquisitely sensitive to changes in ocean temperatures. In recent years, seas overheated by less than two degrees have killed an estimated one fourth of this magnificent world wonder. One of the world's great living wonders is dying fast. Can the Great Barrier Reef be revived? We ask Mark Eakin, coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch Program.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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