FROM Jonathan S. Miller
Is Obamacare on the Chopping Block? Three years into Obamacare, the President's most controversial program is under-performing. Only half the enrollees predicted have signed up so far. Nevertheless, the rate of uninsured adults has dropped by 40% nationwide. So what about promises to kill off Obamacare? The Red State of Kentucky has been a success story, but this week a Tea-Party Republican won an upset election for Governor after pledging a roll-back. We get a progress report on Obamacare's political future.
GOP Chances of Winning the Senate Are Looking Up There are some certainties in the mid-term elections: Republicans will hold the House. The Democrats still have the White House. But control of the US Senate is surprisingly close. Yet by most accounts, Republicans maintain an edge — right now they have a 67% chance of gaining a majority in the Senate according to the Upshot’s Senate Forecasting Model.
US Senate Elections that Could Make a Difference Republicans and Democrats are calling each other "brain dead," "un-American," "tools of special interests" and "enemies of the Middle Class," par for the course during midterm elections. But this year the stakes are nothing less than control of the Senate during President Obama's final two years. Kentucky, New Hampshire and Louisiana — states that don't always matter -- could help determine the course and content of presidential campaigns in 2016. The ultimate consequences couldn't be higher, for issues including Obamacare, the minimum wage — and your tax bill. We get a preview.
Climate Change and the 'War on Coal' Power plants are by far the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the US, and now the Obama EPA has issued regulations that Democrats in some regions are calling the first battle in a "war against coal." It could be extended and bitter. The President wants to get around Congress, with other countries looking for US leadership in reducing greenhouse emissions. We hear about national and international politics as climate scientists are about to release their latest findings.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?