FROM Matt Ford
Jeff Sessions grilled by Senate committee on Russian meddling Attorney General and former Senator Jeff Sessions returned to Capitol Hill today, telling the Judiciary Committee he won't reveal conversations with President Trump about Russian meddling, DACA, the pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio or anything else. He also engaged in a long exchange with Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota about Sessions' testimony during his confirmation hearing and conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Matt Ford, associate editor of the Atlantic, focusing on law and the courts, has more on Sessions' willingness to testify before the committee and where that might lead.
Democrats challenge Sessions nomination after Yates firing Senate Democrats today on Capitol Hill refused to attend committee votes on two of President Trump's nominees. They did not boycott the hearing on Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General. Instead, they focused on Trump's dramatic firing yesterday of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. At the hearing, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin emphasized that, "this is a constitutional moment for us to consider how the next attorney general will deal with the remaining three years and a 11 months of this president." Matt Ford, who covers law and the courts for The Atlantic , has more on Democrats' dramatic showdown.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.