FROM Carolyn Lochhead
A Major Shakeup for California Politics US Senator Barbara Boxer says she will never really retire, but she won't run for re-election next year after more than three decades in Washington. It's not age or Republican power on Capitol Hill. She says she wants to perform political work back home in California. She insists it's not because of the Republican takeover of the upper house. Are there armies of Democrats and Republicans ready to run ?
Republican from Bakersfield Sets Sights on Cantor’s Job House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suffered a stunning upset last night in a Virginia Congressional primary. He spent $5 million, compared to his Tea Party Opponent, David Brat, who spent just $200,000 and never thought he could win. Today the big question is, will Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield be the next Majority Leader? Cantor says, “If he does decide to run, I think he would make an outstanding majority leader and I will be backing him with my full support.” Carolyn Lochhead covers Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Water Politics on Tap for President's Visit As the drought continues, the Metropolitan Water District has issued a " water supply alert " for the 19 million people it serves. Meantime, water use has become a political issue in Sacramento and Washington. President Obama will visit the San Joaquin Valley tomorrow. Republicans have focused attention there in a way that puts the Democrats on the defensive. Governor Brown — political pro that he is — is always ready to decry the effects of partisanship. So what's the potential impact of the competing proposals?
President Obama Comes Out in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage President Obama said today that he now favors allowing gay couples to marry. In an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, he said that his position had evolved over time from his support for gay civil unions to this new support of full marriage rights. Obama is due in LA tomorrow for a fundraising dinner at the home of actor George Clooney. We hear more about the President's announcement from Carolyn Lochhead, Washington correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle , and Democratic activist Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign .
How a Debt Ceiling Deal Would Impact California Is the debt deal a done deal? That's the big question in Washington, one we might not know until tomorrow. But California gets about 10 percent of all federal spending. That adds up to 40 percent of the state budget. From highways to universities, defense spending to unemployment insurance, cuts may be on the way. Carolyn Lochhead reports from Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Accusations Fly in Boxer-Fiorina Debate Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina went at each other tooth and nail in a debate broadcast on radio today by Pasadena station KPCC. In a race becoming increasingly personal, Boxer attacked Fiorina for supporting Prop 23 , which would postpone enforcement of Governor Schwarzenegger's green-house legislation. Fiorina gave as good as she got, branding the Senator “ineffective." Carolyn Lochhead reports from Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle.
California to Get New Infusion of Federal Aid Senate Democrats had to make concessions, but today won the battle to approve more federal aid to California and other financially troubled states. Moderates Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe , both from Maine, voted to break the Republican filibuster. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the House back from recess to vote on the measure. Governor Schwarzenegger’s office calls it “critical to preventing deeper pain and deeper job losses in California." Carolyn Lochhead reports from Washington for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Senate Compromises on Healthcare Bill On his way to Europe to pick up his Nobel Prize, the President today commended Democrats in the Senate for an agreement arrived at last night to dispose of one of the most controversial aspects of health care reform, the so-called "public option." We hear what's known so far about the details of the deal, and find out what happened yesterday with regard to Medicare and abortion.
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.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.