FROM Anne Kornblut
The 'Day of Departure' in Egypt? Yesterday's bloody violence has been replaced by uneasy calm as tens of thousands of protesters have gathered following Friday prayers. Pro-Mubarak forces have disappeared and the Army has increased its presence, as the growing crowd demands that Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak resign before the end of the day. It's being reported that the Obama White House is trying to negotiate Mubarak's departure, at the same time creating an interim government that would then give way to democratic elections. Is there any chance for a constitutional democracy? We get updates from Cairo and Washington.
Congressional Leadership Meets with President Obama The White House originally invited leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress to a working afternoon followed by dinner on November 18. That devolved into a meeting this morning that ended well before lunch. But both Democrats and Republicans said afterward they really are trying to work together. Anne Kornblut covers the White House for the Washington Post .
Goodbye Rahm Emanuel, Hello Pete Rouse As expected since Mayor Richard Daley said he would not run for another term, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel left the White House today to return to Chicago. Emanuel and the President made emotional statements about the challenges of public service and about each other. Pete Rouse, who will succeed Emanuel as Chief of Staff, made no public statement at all. Anne Korblut covers the White House for the Washington Post .
Obama and Netanyahu Make Nice President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House today, their first encounter after what was perceived as a chilly meeting in March. Today's meeting reportedly was intended to showcase mended ties between the two countries. Anne Kornblut, reporter for the Washington Post , is covering the meeting.
Administration May Switch Course to Military Tribunals Attorney General Eric Holder wants to try the self-proclaimed mastermind of September 11 in civilian court in New York City. But White House advisors are telling President Obama to reverse that decision and make Khalid Sheik Mohammed face a military tribunal. Anne Kornblut co-wrote that story today for the Washington Post .
Obama Transitions into the Presidency After a cabinet meeting today, President Bush addressed his staff, massed on the south lawn of the White House, and promised an " unprecedented effort " to make the transition to the Obama Administration a smooth one. He said he'll make sure his successor can hit the ground running. For his part, Barack Obama has made his first appointment, that of Congressman Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. Anne Kornblut reports on national politics for the Washington Post .
Out of Babylon, Obama Gives Press Conference in Amman In Amman, Jordan, today Barack Obama held a news conference to talk about his trip abroad, designed to shore up his credentials as commander in chief. Once again, he set out his vision, talked about national security and encouraged an achievable phased withdrawal from Iraq, one that is consistent with what the Iraqis want. Anne Kornblut is covering the presidential campaign for the Washington Post .
Potomac Primary Primer This year's tight contests for party nominations have focused attention on states that have never mattered much in presidential elections. Barack Obama swept to four victories in this weekend's primaries and caucuses. Mike Huckabee beat John McCain in Kansas and Louisiana and got close enough in Washington to challenge the outcome. In tomorrow's so-called "Potomac Primaries" in Maryland , Virginia and the District of Columbia , the focus is mostly on the Democrats. Anne Kornblut reports for the Washington Post .
What Do Yesterday's Primary Results Mean for the Future? Veteran Senator Joe Lieberman lost to Ned Lamont in yesterday's Democratic primary with 48% to Lamont's 52. This morning Lieberman filed to run as an Independent in November's general election. Connecticut's other Democratic Senator, Chris Dodd , said that he would honor Lieberman's decision, but hopes that voters would unite and support Lamont. Wile all sides recognize the final result in Connecticut's senatorial primary, there's little agreement on what it means. Was it a referendum on the war in Iraq that means trouble for Republicans in other parts of the country, or will it hurt the Democrats most? Is it a sign that moderates are a vanishing breed in both parties, whichever ends up controlling the Congress next year? We hear from reporters and political strategists, pollsters and historians.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.