Photo: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addresses the Media, May 24, 2017
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At the G-7 meeting today in Italy heads of state are clashing over trade, climate change and terrorism. Yesterday, the newly elected President of France greeted Germany’s Angela Merkel before offering his hand to be gripped by President Donald Trump. Was Emanuel Macron being deliberate? Judy Dempsey, editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says Trump's behavior and speeches at the summit have world leaders puzzled over how to move forward with the President.
Three weeks ago, the House passed its Obamacare replacement without any public hearings and before the Congressional Budget Office determined what it would do and what it would cost. Now comes the reality check on the pros and cons: a deficit cut of $119 billion -- leaving 23 million people without health insurance. At first, many Senators said they’d start over from scratch, but now it appears their deliberations will be conducted in secrecy, too. As debate rages over White House connections with Russia, would most Americans rather know what’s next for protecting their health?
David Leonhardt, New York Times (@DLeonhardt)
Karen Pollitz, Kaiser Health Foundation (@KaiserFamFound)
Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner / American Enterprise Institute (@TPCarney)
Chris Arnade, writer and photojournalist (@Chris_arnade)
Leonhardt on Senate leaders laying the groundwork on health insurance
Leonhardt on the CBO report revealing Trumpcare's fatal flaws
Kaiser Health Foundation on premiums, tax credits under ACA vs. AHCA and interactive maps
Carney on insurance, the safety net and redistribution
Timothy P. Carney
The latest "person of interest" in the probe of the Trump White House is presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who's been assigned massive responsibilities. The work of independent counsel Robert Mueller is bound to be an "enormous distraction." That's according to Russell Riley, co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia. His books include Inside the Clinton White House: An Oral History.
Russell Riley, University of Virginia
Russell L. Riley
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Bannon, Moore storm the establishment barricades Donald Trump appealed to the frustrated base of the Republican Party, and Steve Bannon rode Trump's train to the White House. Now, Bannon's out on his own -- fomenting revolution against the GOP establishment—especially leadership in the Senate. Where's President Trump as the battle lines are being drawn?
Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
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