The government shutdown in Washington continues as Republicans and Democrats continue to say they won't change their position on negotiating around the budget and debt ceiling issues. On ABC "This Week" House Speaker John Boehner also said that "we're not going to pass a clean debt limit increase," insisting that budget changes be made before a debt ceiling vote. Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, talks about the latest developments and where we go from here.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong and is reportedly headed for asylum in Ecuador (via Cuba). Meanwhile, the conversation over the impact of the surveillance tactics employed by the US government continues, including a heated exchange over the role of journalists on Meet the Press yesterday (see video below). Plus: an immigration bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate this week, but the arguing over border security provisions may hold up its passage or stall it in the House. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington.
House Republicans are gearing up to reopen the fight on abortion limits—even if a new bill has no chance of passing. G.O.P congressional representatives are introducing a new bill today that would prohibit women from having an abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy, an effort that is seen as one of the most restrictive pieces of abortion legislation to be voted on in the last decade, and one that would not get past Democrats in the Senate, or the White House. Molly Ball, political writer for The Atlantic, weighs in on this legislation and it's deeper meaning.
After a last-minute decision to not vote on the Sandy relief bill, followed by strong pushback from New York and New Jersey politicians, the House is scheduled to vote later this week on two separate pieces of legislation. Andrew Grossman of The Wall Street Journal and Molly Ball of The Atlantic discuss the politics and details of the bills -- plus the continuing fallout from the fiscal cliff negotiations.
This week's agenda with The Atlantic's Molly Ball and the Wall Street Journal's Kirsten Grind: the Obama campaign in Ohio, the Volcker rule, and Ben Bernake's big week.
President Obama is calling today for a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000. The Obama proposal differs from the Republican plan, which would extend tax cuts for both middle and upper-class Americans.
For the past few days, The Takeaway has been speaking with reporters about possible vice presidential candidates. After discussing Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, and Chris Christie, now it's time to look at everyone else.
Greek elections next Sunday and last Saturday's euro zone agreement to bail out Spain’s banks are likely to drive markets this week, and the Romney campaign has seized on Obama's recent gaffe about the private economy to paint the president as out of touch with the realities of the economy.
Right now, we’re at the crucial phase in the general election season where both leading candidates for president are looking to define themselves and the presidential race before their opponent does it for them. So where do we stand on presidential campaign definitions? Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist, break it down.
The NATO Summit spurs protests in Chicago all week, while European leaders continue talks that began at the G-8 conference over the weekend. The insider trading case against former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta begins this week in New York, as the Senate Banking Committee starts a round of Dodd-Frank hearings. Also, just a few weeks after President Obama declared his support for gay marriage, the NAACP followed suit. The impact on African-American voters remains to be seen. Molly Ball, staff writer covering politics for The Atlantic, and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, explain the stories of the week.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against the constitutionality of SB 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law. The case and the Court's decision are sure to play a roll in this year's elections. Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination. But with five primaries in Romney-friendly territory in the Northeast, why is the presumptive nominee still campaigning so hard in primary states? And panic returns to the Eurozone, with renewed fear over Spain and Italy. This weekend's first round of presidential elections in France only further clouds the Eurozone's future. To talk about these issues and more, we're joined by Takeaway and WNYC Economics Editor Charlie Herman, and Molly Ball, Staff Writer for The Atlantic.
While the GOP Presidential contenders prepare for primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., candidate Mitt Romney garners key endorsements from Senator Rob Johnson and Congressman Paul Ryan. Is the Republican Party finally coalescing around their presumptive nominee? Back in Washington, President Obama is set to sign the STOCK Act and the JOBS Act on Monday, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics prepares to release job numbers for March on Friday. What does this mean for the future of the economy? Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Molly Ball, staff writer covering national politics for The Atlantic, explore the stories for the week ahead.
More than halfway through the Republican primaries, there is still no clear frontrunner. It's a three-way race with four men running, and the guy that no one paid any attention to last year keeps walking away with primary victories. Our expert political panel examines last night’s Republican primary election results and discuss what Mississippi and Alabama's wins may mean for the GOP race ahead.
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann acknowledged earlier this week that she suffers from chronic migraine attacks, a familiar problem for the 36 million other Americans that experience them. But some people are now speculating as to whether or not Bachmann's migraines might interfere with her ability to do her job. This kind of talk could amount to a minor setback for Bachmann's campaign, considering some polls show she's the front runner for the Republican bid for president.