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Attorney General and former Senator Jeff Sessions returned to Capitol Hill today, telling the Judiciary Committee he won't reveal conversations with President Trump about Russian meddling, DACA, the pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio or anything else. He also engaged in a long exchange with Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota about Sessions' testimony during his confirmation hearing and conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Matt Ford, associate editor of the Atlantic, focusing on law and the courts, has more on Sessions' willingness to testify before the committee and where that might lead.
Insurance company subsidies are key to the Affordable Care Act. After President Trump cut them last week, he called Obamacare "virtually dead." Then, yesterday, a bipartisan group of Senators proposed to revive the subsidies for two more years -- and the President changed his tune — until this morning. Will any of this keep Obamacare alive? That may depend on the most conservative Republicans in Congress — still determined to dance on its grave. We hear about uncertainty for low-income consumers -- with this year's enrollment scheduled to start in less than two weeks.
Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News (@jrovner)
Brian Frosh, Office of the Attorney General of Maryland
Kate Brown, Buzz by Brown (@browniebites)
Philip Klein, Washington Examiner (@philipaklein)
Topher Spiro, Center for American Progress (@TopherSpiro)
Murray-Alexander bipartisan bill to protect families from rising healthcare costs
Rovner on on challenge of bring Congress along on Murray-Alexander health law fix
Klein on Trump's radical Obamacare move: following the Constitution
Spiro on the bipartisan way to strengthen healthcare
Frosh on filing suit against the president's Obamacare rollbacks
Pennsylvania's Republican Congressman Tom Marino has withdrawn his name as President Trump's appointee to be the nation's drug czar. The move comes after reports by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes about Marino's role in weakening drug enforcement — by pushing a law signed by Barack Obama. Lenny Bernstein, who reports for the Washington Post, provides some background and looks at where we go from here.
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Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination Meets #MeToo Senate confirmation looked like a done deal, but gender politics are disrupting the process. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s unblemished record is up against a woman’s lifetime of trauma--depending on who you believe. What are the options for Senate Republicans less than two months before this year’s elections?
White House ‘Norms:’ Past and Present President Trump has famously violated traditional rules of presidential behavior. Now Barack Obama has broken the studied silence maintained by former presidents. He’s even attacked Trump by name. Warren explores the historical context and future implications with Tim Naftali, who once ran the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.
Climate Change and Big Money for New Technology California leads the nation in reducing greenhouse emissions, but Governor Jerry Brown concedes that’s just the beginning. Will his global conference on climate change make any difference? Not without trillions of dollars, which will have to come from private investors. We’ll hear about some exotic technologies attracting that kind of money.
The Supreme Court and the End of Judicial Restraint Senate confirmation for SCOTUS nominees has become a political circus. That’s because unelected judges have seized legislative powers--when Congress fails to take action. Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Roe v. Wade is bad constitutional law, even though she agrees with the outcome. Should abortion have been left to the voters? Will Brett Kavanaugh make a difference?
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