FROM Ellyn Ferguson
House Bill Would Block California's Comfortable Chicken Law In 2008, the voters of California passed a measure requiring that egg-laying chickens be given enough room to spread their wings. The state legislature followed up with a law requiring the same standard for eggs imported from other states. California is an enormous market for eggs — and 55% of them are imported. Some farmers in other states complain that California law will require them to spend more money to raise their chickens, in violation of the Constitution's "interstate commerce" clause. With big money at stake, Congress is now divided over states' rights and federal power. Ellyn Ferguson covers agriculture for CQ Roll Call .
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?
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?