FROM Jan Schaffer
Covering the Sting Operation behind 'American Hustle' Many films carry the vague message, "based on a true story." A new film carries the equally vague but tantalizing, "some of this actually happened." American Hustle features an FBI operation with a fictitious Arab sheikh and a con man who persuades public officials to take bribes. Anybody who's read a review of the film knows that. But, did the FBI really conduct an operation like that? The answer is yes in what came to be called "Abscam" after a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer broke the story . She is Jan Schaffer now in Washington with the Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
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?