FROM Jackie Calmes
State of the Union: The Soldier Who Stole the Show The most memorable moment of President Obama’s State of the Union Address was when he introduced Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg to the country. The 30-year-old Army Ranger was nearly killed in a roadside bomb during one of his 10 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. We hear about Remsburg’s life and how it intersected with the president’s several times.
Conservative House Republicans Reject Boehner's Plan B The Obama White House is "as incredulous and bewildered as the rest of Washington" that House Speaker John Boehner had to cancel his vote on what he called "Plan B" because he failed to get the support of all his Republican caucus members. That's according the Jackie Calmes, White House correspondent for the New York Times .
The GOP Candidate in What's Supposed to Be a 'Democratic Year' George Bush has a disapproval rating of 69% , the worst presidential rating in the history of the Gallup Poll. The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey shows that just 27% of voters like the Republican Party. But it also indicates that the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee, John McCain , who promises more of the same, runs nearly even against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama . Are the political media giving McCain a free ride? Is he really the "maverick" he's made out to be? We hear about tax cuts, the economy and what he means by "victory" in Iraq. Once the Democrats resolve their nomination fight, will the campaign focus on issues, or will it all be about personality and image?
New Poll Shows Record-Low Ratings for GOP Some Republicans have been skeptical of public opinion polls from the New York Times and Gallup . But now the Wall Street Journal's latest survey shows President Bush and his party in worse shape than the Democrats were when they lost control of Capitol Hill in 1994.
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.
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.