FROM Maura Reynolds
Is the Second Time the Charm for the Bailout Bill? Last night the Senate passed its version of economic rescue, a measure that's grown from three pages to 451. President Bush is urging business leaders to lobby the House to go along. Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who is spearheading the bill, says members are hearing a new message from their constituents. Maura Reynolds is economics writer for the Los Angeles Times .
Gonzales Resigns, Bush Says Critics 'Dragged Him Through the Mud' Brutal treatment of terrorist detainees, electronic surveillance without judicial approval, politics in the administration of justice. Republicans as well as Democrats accused Attorney General Alberto Gonzales of being less than candid about policies dealing with human rights and the Constitution. Today, he announced his resignation , effective September 17. The son of migrant workers in Texas, Gonzales said, "Even my worst days as Attorney General have been better than my father's best days," and thanked President Bush for his friendship and the opportunity to serve the American people. Less than two hours after he stepped down, President Bush reluctantly accepted , lamenting that "his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons." Bush said Solicitor General Paul Clement will be interim Attorney General until the Senate approves a full-time successor. We look at the latest transition at the highest levels of the Bush Administration and explores where the President goes from here.
Bush Visits Mexico, Revisits Illegal Immigration Reform During President Bush's first year in office, he made much of his friendship with Mexican President Vicente Fox. Then came September 11. Today--after stops in Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Guatemala—Bush is in Mérida, Mexico for two days of talks with Fox's successor, Felipe Calderón. Bush and Calderón are both Ivy League MBA's who support the free market and want to see immigration reform. Nevertheless, Mexico's President had strong words for Bush today about that issue, US demand for illegal drugs and what Calderón called neglect of Mexico since September 11. As President Bush ends his Latin American tour with Calderón, we hear about high-profile issues and low expectations. Will Calderón be a counter-force to the influence of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez? We hear from journalists traveling with the President, political scientists and public policy experts.
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.
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?