FROM Rachel Smolkin
After First 100 Days Obama Talks Syria, Sequester and Stalemate On the hundredth day of his second term, President Obama held a news conference today ranging from criticism of Congress to praising NBA player Jason Collins for coming out of the closet . He said, once again, that the use of chemical weapons by Syria would be a "game changer," but said it's still too early to take any action. Rachel Smolkin is deputy managing editor of Politico .
Letter Sent to White House Tests Positive for Ricin CNN and other news agencies report that two suspects have been identified in the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities plan to brief the media later this afternoon. Meantime, in Washington, authorities are investigating a letter addressed to President Obama that tested positive for Ricin, a highly toxic substance. Rachael Smolkin is deputy managing of Politico .
Budget Talks Will Resume after Deep Cuts Take Effect President Obama has spent the week warning Americans about the consequences of "sequester." Now he's invited the top leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress to visit the White House — but not until Friday, when $85 billion in budget cuts are scheduled to go into effect. Rachel Smolkin is Deputy Managing Editor of Politico .
Obama Faces the Press in the Midst of a Sex Scandal Wide-open meetings with the White House press corps were a casualty of President Obama's re-election campaign. Today's press conference was the first since last March. He opened with an announcement, as we hear from Rachel Smolkin, White House Editor for Politico .
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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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.