FROM Donna Harris-Aikens
Is 'Race to the Top' Producing Education Reform? On Monday, 18 states and the District of Colombia were named finalists in Round Two of the Obama Administration's " Race to the Top " in education. But yesterday, the President was defending against attacks from an unlikely source: civil rights groups concerned about the emphasis on competition. Teachers and some union leaders have also complained about efforts to hold them accountable for their students' performance. The $4.3 billion program is less than 1% of what's spent every year on K-12 education. Can it give states the help they need to prepare kids for the global economy? We talk with the head of the Race to the Top Fund and others.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.