FROM Amy Davidson
Can the Republican Congress Get Anything Done? Winning the Senate put Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress, and leaders promised an end to gridlock. But the major accomplishment so far -- Keystone XL Pipeline approval — was vetoed and homeland security funding barely passed. Now, protection of sex-trafficking victims and confirmation of the first black woman Attorney General are being delayed, and the big challenge: will contrasting proposals for Pentagon spending hold up passage of the entire federal budget? Can the Republicans actually govern? The answer could be crucial for next year's presidential election.
Jon Stewart’s Legacy on News and Politics Jon Stewart’s announcement that he’ll be leaving The Daily Show was almost an after-thought at the end of his program on Tuesday. Stewart’s been at it for 16 years—but he hit it big in the year 2000 as the US Supreme Court was deciding the case of Bush v. Gore—and the winner of the presidential election. Stewart didn’t invent political satire, but he updated it during the rise of the Internet and the decline of public trust in news on TV and cable. Now that he’s leaving The Daily Show, we’ll look at his influence on journalism and politics.
Taking Stock of Superstorm Sandy Millions of Americans are feeling the brunt of one of the worst storms ever to strike the East Coast. Sandy is making its way across Pennsylvania toward Canada, after leaving a trail of destruction and death along the East Coast. We survey the damage, especially in lower Manhattan, where high winds and flooding have taken a serious toll. How long will power out for millions of people? Has Sandy demonstrated the vulnerability of the Grid? What about transportation — from flooded subways to international air travel?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."