FROM Jodi Schneider
Will Washington Flirt with Disaster or Punt until Next Year? The lame duck Congress has until next week to prevent a government shutdown. At the moment, that sounds unlikely. But tea-partiers outraged about the President's immigration action could upset the best laid plans of Republican leaders. Meantime, the President's threatened veto of a tax break extension has Democrats who still run the Senate at odds with the White House. That could delay next year's taxpayer refunds. We look at the options, including short-term fixes for long-term problems.
Senate Republicans Vote against Democratic Energy Bill With gasoline more than $4 a gallon, Senate Democrats today tried to tax the windfall profits of America's five largest oil companies. Republicans said, "No." Jodi Schneider is economics editor for Congressional Quarterly .
President Bush Presents His 2008 Budget President Bush's latest budget is a staggering $2.9 trillion, with one fifth--$624 billion--for the military. Among his priorities are restraining Medicare, Medicaid and other domestic entitlement programs, maintaining efforts to stabilize Iraq and balancing the budget within five years. Jodi Schneider is Economics Editor for Congressional Quarterly .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.