FROM Jake Sherman
Kevin McCarthy's Transition California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is expected to take over as speaker of the House at the end of the month when John Boehner officially resigns. McCarthy’s known as a consummate politician, well-liked by his fellow Republicans. But how will he transition to his new role, where he may have to take a heavier hand?
House Passes Bill Defunding Obamacare, Sets Stage for Showdown The Republican Congress today passed a bill funding continued government spending — but not for Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner explained , "Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don't want the government shutdown, and they don't want Obamacare." Jake Sherman is Congressional reporter for Politico .
Republicans Slam Obama's Stopgap Sequester Fix Congress is on a week-long recess with massive spending cuts scheduled to take effect at the end of next week. Washington is reportedly getting resigned to the so-called "sequester." At the White House today, the President warned of dire consequences. "It won't consider whether we're cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day; it doesn't make those distinctions." Jake Sherman reports on Congress for Politico .
House Changes Debt Ceiling Strategy At a House Caucus retreat in Virginia, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today that Republicans will vote next week to raise the debt ceiling—but only ‘til April—delaying, but not resolving, the anticipated showdown over spending cuts with President Obama.
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.
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.
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.