Photo: Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be US secretary of state in Washington, January 11, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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At yesterday's news conference President-elect Donald Trump called for a speedy resolution on Obamacare. "It'll be repeal and replace, essentially simultaneously, various segments obviously but most likely the same day, or same week, probably same day – could be the same hour." In the wee hours this morning on Capitol Hill Senate Republicans started down the road to repeal Obamacare while Democrats made passionate appeals as the gavel came down. Mary Agnes Carey, Editor and Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, has more.
Donald Trump's picks to lead two major national-security agencies are contradicting positions taken by the President-Elect. In testimony before a Senate committee today, CIA chief-designate Mike Pompeo said he would not use "enhanced interrogation," even if Trump told him to. At another hearing, Trump's choice for Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, said Russia's Vladimir Putin is trying to break up the NATO alliance. When his nominees differ with him in such important ways, what are we learning about Trump's national security policy — and who will shape it?
Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and columnist for the Washington Post (@MaxBoot)
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Hudson Institute (@RLHeinrichs)
Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution (@MaloneySuzanne)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
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The US isn't the only country beset by Russia's political hacking. The French Ministry of Defense says there were some 24,000 such incidents last year — with presidential elections coming up later this year. Today, the right-wing populist and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen paid a visit to Trump Tower. Philip Golub, Professor of International Relations and Politics at American University of Paris and a former contributing editor of Le Monde diplomatique, says today's visit raises questions about international politics.
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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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