FROM Phil Matier
Proposed Special Election Could Be Mail-in Only In his campaign for Governor, Jerry Brown said he would never raise taxes without a vote of the people. Now, faced with a $25 billion budget gap, he wants to cut $12 billion in budget cuts, matched with $12 billion in revenues by extending increases in income taxes, sales taxes and vehicle license fees enacted during the Schwarzenegger Administration. Brown is proposing an election, one that possibly might be conducted exclusively by mail. Phillip Matier is half of the team of Matier and Ross at the San Francisco Chronicle .
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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 Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.