FROM John Bresnahan
FBI director nominee vows independence in confirmation hearing Christopher Wray, nominated to head the FBI, told a Senate committee today he was not asked to pledge political "loyalty" to the president and that he never would. John Bresnahan, who is following Wray's confirmation for Politico , says when several senators raised the issue of independence Wray repeatedly affirmed that his values are to the constitution and rule of law rather than loyalty to the president.
Jack Abramoff is back to dealmaking -- to defeat Boko Haram Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is working with Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. The two went to Africa to try to convince leaders there to fight Boko Haram .
Divided Republicans and the Politics of Abortion There won't be a government shutdown this week, but there may only have been a postponement — as the fight continues over Planned Parenthood . At a hearing today, the group's president said, " Deceptively edited videos " are being used to support "outrageous accusations" about abortion and fetal tissue. Republicans insisted the organization does "bad things" with federal money, while Democrats renewed their charge of a "war against women." With GOP leaders under siege in both houses, the business of government could again become hostage to politics — possibly before the end of this year.
House Ethics Committee Conduct in Maxine Waters Case to Be Reviewed Los Angeles Democrat Maxine Waters says the House Ethics Committee has now recognized that its investigation of her conduct was "misguided, flawed and could go no further." This after the Committee hired an outside counsel to investigate its own investigation . John Bresnahan reports for Politico , which first reported infighting among committee staff members with conflicting agendas.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters Facing Ethics Charges A House investigative panel filed charges today against Los Angeles Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters . Unless she negotiates a settlement, she'll face trial in the fall, as will New York Democrat Charles Rangel . John Bresnahan reports on Congress for Politico .
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?