FROM Sam Stein
Trump pre-emptively attacks the Congressional Budget Office Since his candidacy began, President Trump has challenged accepted authority in politics and government. His latest target is the Congressional Budget Office. Some Republicans want to delay voting until the CBO has estimated what it will cost in money and lost health insurance policies. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says, "If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy you're looking in the wrong place... Their record is what I'm calling into question, when you look at the number of people and the cost they scored the last Obamacare bill on they were way off. That's a fact." Sam Stein, senior politics editor for the Huffington Post , calls the criticism ironic.
Where Democrats go from here As the Trump Administration starts to build for the future, the Democrats are faced with re-building after last week's disaster. In the Senate, New York's Chuck Schumer is now Minority Leader, and he's added Vermont's Independent Bernie Sanders to his leadership team. On the House Side, long-time minority leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco faces a challenge from Tim Ryan, a relative newcomer from Ohio. As the Democrats try to pick up the pieces, will they try to use some of Trump's campaign promises to divide the GOP? Can long-time Democratic leaders survive calls for new blood after last week's unexpected disaster?
Who Is Bernie Sanders? The Democratic presidential debate is a week away and for the first time frontrunner Hillary Clinton will have to directly confront Bernie Sanders, who has become her closest competitor. Sanders has been drawing big crowds to his campaign events and is polling well in Iowa and New Hampshire. Who is Sanders? Who are his supporters, and how’s he different from Clinton?
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.
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.
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.
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.