Photo: Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks to reporters after announcing he will not run for re-election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 24, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
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Late last night, Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie vote in the Senate, which sent a measure to President Trump eliminating a rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to allow consumers to sue banks. Democrat Elizabeth Warren was outraged, calling the bill "a giant wet kiss to Wall Street." Jessica Silver-Greenberg covered the vote for the New York Times.
First term Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is a staunch conservative, and he's voted the Party line — as defined by President Trump. But yesterday, Flake stunned his colleagues by announcing he won't run for a second term because of the President's behavior, which he called "reckless, outrageous and undignified."
He told his colleagues Trump is "undermining" our democratic norms and ideals." Will other Republicans just say, "no," like Bob Corker of Tennessee? Or has the GOP become Trump's party?
Mao Zedong, the founder of Communist China almost destroyed the country with one-man rule. After that, there was government by a consensus of leaders, until Deng Xiaoping became first among many. This week, President Xi Jinping was elevated to similar status -- with his name in the Constitution like Mao's and Deng's. In an address to the Party Congress, Xi cautioned, "We must continue to rid ourselves of any virus that erodes the party's fabric and make great efforts to foster a healthy political environment of integrity and generate waves of positive energy throughout the party."
China's President Xi Jinping waves after addressing the a meeting with the media
at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 25, 2017.
What will President Trump need to know when he goes there next week? We speak with Max Baucus, the former US senator who became Barack Obama's Ambassador to China.
Max Baucus, American diplomat
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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?
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