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?
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?