The two hulking rocks hurtling toward Earth today seem to have caught Congress’ attention: Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, is calling for a Congressional hearing on what we can do to protect our planet from asteroids.
In her debut appearance today at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts made federal regulators uncomfortable when she asked a simple question: When was the last time you took a big Wall Street bank all the way to trial?
After the 2012 election, many Republicans admit they need to do more to reach out to minorities. The party recently launched a campaign called the ‘Future Majority Caucus,’ to recruit women and people of color to seek state offices. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee about the effort.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
As Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan has been associated with some controversial policies, including the use of armed drones. It’s unlikely his appointment as CIA director is in trouble, but he’s likely to face questions on drones as well as the agency’s interrogation policies.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The debate over gun control continues to dominate the headlines. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate doubles the number of African-American members by welcoming William ‘Mo” Cowan. He replaces John Kerry. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Keli Goff, political correspondent for The Root.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Mitt Romney’s eldest son reportedly is considering a bid for the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by new Secretary of State John Kerry. His candidacy would bail out Republicans there who were deflated by former Sen. Scott Brown’s decision not to run in the June 25 special election.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., appears to have reversed his views on an earned path to citizenship, which in a Tea Party-backed 2010 campaign he called “code for amnesty.” Some critics say the young Cuban-American lawmaker seems to be looking ahead to 2016 and a possible White House bid.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday becomes secretary of state. The decision leaves Republicans scrambling to find a competitive candidate in the deep blue state.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Hillary Clinton ends her tenure as secretary of state Friday a respected national figure with sky high approval ratings. “I don’t see myself getting back into politics,” she says. But that hasn’t slowed speculation about a 2016 presidential bid.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee made clear that the former Republican senator has said things that don’t sit well with current Republican senators. And for all that we learned, the hearing ended with one lingering question.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us