FROM Mike Zapler
Federal Judges Under Fire for Conference in Maui One hundred fifty judges from the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals are headed for Maui in August to hold a conference on the administration of justice. Republican US Senators Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Charles Grassley of Iowa are up in arms, as we hear from Mike Zapler, Deputy Congressional Editor for Politico .
Health Care Reform and Individual Mandates In January, Governor Schwarzenegger made national headlines by proposing universal health insurance in California and there was talk of creating a national model. After months of wrangling in Sacramento, he offered a legislative proposal yesterday. It would still require that every Californian buy health insurance. It would change the formulas for employer participation. The big news has to do with the state lottery .
More Debate in Sacramento but Little Progress on Health Care Reform In January, all sides agreed that this was the year for Healthcare Reform in California. The Washington Post said “all eyes” were on Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan requiring everybody to buy health insurance. That was then, this is now. Democratic Senate Leader Don Perata says the budget battle left Democrats and Republicans “ battered and bruised ” and just 3 weeks are left in the legislative session. Today, leaders of both parties met with the Governor today to talk about top priorities.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.
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.