FROM Cal Cohen
Does Pacific Free Trade Have a Future? Last week, House Democrats and right-wing Republicans held up fast-track authority for free trade , delaying action on the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact . The President and GOP leaders say the TPP is "absolutely essential" for the US economy. They had hoped for reconsideration this week, but now the issue has been delayed again — until the end of this month. Too many players call it a "bad deal" — even though the details are still secret. We hear why it's so important to both supporters and critics, including multinational companies, organized labor and politicians of both parties. What's at stake if it's finally enacted? What if it loses?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.