FROM Ben Brody
Would the GOP's tax plan benefit the middle class? In an impromptu news conference on the White House lawn today, President Trump talked about an executive order on healthcare he might sign next week. He said tax reform — next up on the GOP agenda -- won't be a giveaway to the wealthy. He told reporters that, "My plan is for the working people and my plan is for jobs… I don't benefit. I don't benefit, in fact very strongly as you see, I think there's very little benefit for people of wealth." Ben Brody, who covers lobbying and government ethics for Bloomberg , says despite the release of few details, the plan has generated quick response from business interests, organized labor and Democrats.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.