FROM Rebecca Sinderbrand
Week in politics: Confirmation hearings to changes for Cuban migrants There were the confirmation hearings, Donald Trump’s first press conference in months, the Senate’s big move to unravel Obamacare, and a big policy change on Cuban migrants.
Protests continue to heat up across the country On the streets of New York City there was a third night of protest against Donald Trump's election, similar to what happened in major cities and on college campuses around the country. Rebecca Sinderbrand, Senior Political Editor at the Washington Post, has more on the protests as well as on changes in Trump's transition team .
Paul Manafort Quits Trump Campaign Donald Trump is in Louisiana today, surveying flood damage. But the political press is focused on changes in his campaign leadership. Paul Manafort has resigned just days after Stephen Bannon, chair of the rightwing website Breitbart News came on board. Rebecca Sinderbrand, Deputy National Political Editor at the Washington Post, joins us.
Trump Slams Media, Defends Donations to Veterans Donald Trump today attacked the news media after finally releasing information about the televised fundraiser for veterans he held in January to compete with a Fox News debate with other presidential contenders. Telling reporters he "wanted to keep it private," Trump explained, "because I don't think it's anybody's business if I want to send money to the vets but I have to say this. I raised close to $6 million, it'll probably be over that amount. As of this moment its $5.6 million." He called one reporter a "sleaze" for asking him at the news conference when he actually donated $1 million of his own money. The Washington Post , led the way in trying to determine where the money actually went -- and when.
After Iowa: the GOP Survival Test in New Hampshire Donald Trump took a major hit in Iowa, where he wasn't "the winner" as he predicted. He needs a comeback, and insults are flying. Ted Cruz scored an upset but, in New England, he's on shakier ground, while Marco Rubio is trying to make third place look like a victory. Bush, Christie and Kasich aren't giving up, but a poor showing on Tuesday could put any one of their campaigns on life support. New Hampshire will play a major role in shaping what could be a long nomination contest to come.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?