FROM Susan Ferrechio
Congress Seeks Common Ground on VA Bill… If Not Others This is the last week until the Senate and Congress take their August recess, and a lot of the nation’s business will remain undone. But there just might be an agreement on improving health care at the Veterans Administration. Susan Ferrechio is Chief Congressional Correspondent for the Washington Examiner.
Can Barack Obama Go It Alone in His Second Term? In his fifth State of the Union address last night, President Obama asked a divided Congress to increase the federal minimum wage. But he also conceded that a divided Congress is not likely to embrace his agenda. This morning, Congress stayed in Washington long enough to pass a Farm Bill, before House Republicans headed for a working retreat to talk about immigration reform behind closed doors. The President got into campaign mode — at a Costco in Maryland -- repeating last night's promise that if Congress doesn't make this "a year of action," he will. Get ready for more from the Bully Pulpit, as the President tries to achieve familiar objectives before he becomes a "lame duck." We hear what he can do with executive orders — and what requires Congressional action, including immigration reform.
President Obama's Healthcare 'Fix' President Obama spent almost an hour with reporters today, announcing a change in Obamacare . Conceding that his personal credibility is on the line because his promises about the Affordable Care Act didn't come true, he's telling insurance companies they can re-issue those cancelled policies people liked, even if they didn't comply with new rules for benefits. Will that smooth the way for a program mired in computer problems and political controversy?
Is the GOP Tearing Itself Apart over Obamacare? Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about each other as if they belonged to opposing parties. It’s all about trying to stop Obamacare. Tea partiers, backed by well-funded conservative groups, say they’re willing to shut down the government or stop the US from paying its bills. Outraged GOP leaders say it’s their own party that will take the blame for whatever happens in an effort they insist is bound to fail, and Democrats agree. Washington veterans say nothing quite like this has ever happened before. We look at what’s at stake for both sides and for the nation.
E-Mails Show Foley Sought Rendezvous with Page Former Congressman Mark Foley is being investigated by the FBI because of sexually explicit messages sent to underage boys. Today, Foley blamed his problems on "alcoholism and other behavioral problems." Foley resigned from Congress Friday, just hours after he was questioned about the messages by ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross .
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?
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.