James Comey fired. Sally Yates. Health care. Macron bests LePen in France. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.
A week of whiplash and dismay in Washington. James Comey, head of the FBI investigating Russian meddling in the election of Donald Trump, fired by Donald Trump. The reasons given, changing by the day. The White House, the Vice President, the Attorney General saying it’s because of how Comey handled Hillary Clinton. President Trump saying nope, I wanted him out. Russia. We’ve got Sally Yates, hot town halls, France saying no to Le Pen. This hour On Point, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. — Tom Ashbrook
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POLITICO: Comey firing shows Sessions’ growing clout — "President Donald Trump was infuriated in early March when Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign. And yet, despite being legally sidelined from the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, the attorney general — the ultimate Trump loyalist — has now played an indispensable political role by helping slow it down."
Washington Post: The GOP health-care bill is a complete political dud — the likes of which we’ve rarely seen -- "Republicans failed to pass a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act in March. So they made some changes and cobbled together enough votes to squeeze a measure through the House. Then they celebrated. The American people aren't celebrating. In fact, a new poll shows that this updated bill is about as much of a political dud as its predecessor. Which is to say: a complete dud."
NPR News: Centrist Emmanuel Macron Wins French Presidential Election — "Macron will not have long to savor his victory. If he wants to put his policies in place, he has to win a majority in the national legislature, and elections are in one month. Of 577 seats, Macron's party holds none."
This program aired on May 12, 2017.