FROM Joe Strupp
Should News Media Make Public DC Madam's Client List? An alleged madam has caused a furor in Washington, DC by claiming she has 46 pounds of telephone invoices proving that high-level officials have used services she claims were entirely legal. Deborah Jeane Palfrey 's given the list to ABC News , which says it includes "a Bush Administration economist, the head of a conservative think tank, a prominent CEO, several lobbyists and a handful of military officials." Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias resigned last week, revealing he was a client. In the midst of TV ratings sweep, ABC says it will have a report on Friday. Will the Washington press corps release their names? Joe Strupp is senior editor at Editor and Publisher , which reports on the newspaper industry.
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The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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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?