FROM Jenny Beth Martin
Pragmatism and Principle Are Dividing the GOP Ronald Reagan's advice to party colleagues was, "never speak ill of another Republican." But " the Civil War has begun ," according to conservative David Bossie of Citizens United, blogging this week on Breitbart.com — and referring to a Republican Party now sharply divided after failing to take the White House last year and over how to capture the Senate in next year's elections. Karl Rove has promised big money to oppose GOP primary candidates he calls "unelectable" because they're too extreme to beat Democrats. That's caused a Tea Party backlash against a "Washington establishment" accused of clinging to power by compromising on principle. We hear about a party divided on many issues, and on how to capture the Senate in next year's elections.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
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?