The CIA ends aid to Syrian rebels, the U.S. looks at sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, and the shooting of an Australian in Minnesota raises questions on two continents.
Congress is back in session. What are the bills that have bipartisan support? How might the Affordable Care Act be repealed? And will both parties agree to an infrastructure plan?
Also House Republicans have voted to gut Congress’ independent watchdog. The places the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under the control of the lawmaker themselves, a move that has outraged Democrats. The change is controversial and carries the appearance of House members taking power away from the office that can investigate them for misconduct, at a time when Republicans are about to have control of both the House and the Senate.
- Seung Min Kim Congressional reporter, Politico
- Ron Elving Senior editor and correspondent, NPR
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