FROM Neil Buchanan
Will the Senate and Congress Pass the Debt-Ceiling Deal? Late last night, the President and Congressional leaders announced a debt-ceiling deal . The trade-off is deficit reduction that relies entirely on spending cuts and no increases in taxes. It still may not pass both houses, but here's how it stands. Almost no Democrats are willing to go past tomorrow's deadline without raising the debt ceiling. But a lot of Republicans are willing to risk the first default in American history. It's a dynamic that doesn't create a deal so much as it creates a "ransom." We hear what the President and leaders of Congress agreed to and what it could mean for their partisan rank and file, the American people and the global economy.
Will the Senate and Congress Pass the Debt-Ceiling Deal? Late last night, the President and Congressional leaders announced a debt-ceiling deal . The need for last night's so-called compromise was forced by Tea Party Republicans ready to risk the first default in American history, but they still might not vote for it. The President says he had no choice but to reduce the debt with drastic cuts and no revenue, so angry liberal Democrats might not vote for it either. It's a dynamic that doesn't create a deal so much as it creates a "ransom." If it does pass, the spending cuts might further slow the economic recovery. It won't create jobs, and it lets unemployment extensions expire for 14 million Americans. We hear about the terms of the deal and what might happen if it passes — or fails.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.