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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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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