Episode #163: One President, Different Numbers
Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President … and wasted no time in making the changes he said he would do. But he also remains unable or unwilling, to let go of personal grievances and slights. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post gives an assessment after less than a week of the Trump presidency.
While there’s still a ways to go, thus far the Trump Cabinet nominees have, with a few bumps, advanced their cause in Senate hearings. Secretary of State designate Rex Tillerson was thought to be in jeopardy of losing the support of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who gave him a tough grilling in the Foreign Relations Committee. But ultimately Rubio voted yes. Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, a long time Rubio watcher, talks about the limited options he had.
We go back nine years to January 2008, remembering the ultimate collapse of the presidential candidacy of Fred Thompson, once a leading candidate for the GOP nomination.
And we get some good news from Jim McGrath, the spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush, who is still hospitalized, but improving, for bacterial pneumonia at a Houston hospital.
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