Politics and Government

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo posts for a portrait.

Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo joined other lawmakers Friday in calling on President Trump to seek congressional approval if he intends to escalate U.S. military involvement in Syria. We’ll speak to Representative Eshoo about what she sees as the United State’s role in Syria and in the region as a whole. We’ll also hear Rep. Eshoo’s views on a range of topics including the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, her ongoing fight to compel President Trump to release his taxes, and how Democrats and Republicans may find common ground in a hyperpartisan Congress.

Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president.

The Women’s March broke records as one of the largest protests in U.S. history, with approximately 3 to 4 million participants. But what happened to the momentum after that? We discuss what makes an effective, sustainable protest movement today… and draw lessons from past movements by talking to longtime activists and influencers from AIDS advocacy, Black Lives Matter, the Tea Party movement, the Grab Your Wallet boycott and more.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) (C) presides over a markup hearing on the proposed American Health Care Act, the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes claimed Wednesday that intelligence agencies collected and “widely disseminated” information about members of President Trump’s transition team. In response, Representative Adam Schiff, the Committee’s top Democrat, denounced Nunes for not first sharing the information with other members. Meanwhile, House Republicans remain deadlocked over the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, and new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia surface. We discuss the latest political controversies.

Judge Neil Gorsuch listens during the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Gorsuch was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left on the court by the February 2016 death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, appeared for the first day of his Senate confirmation hearing Monday. Rejecting the notion that judges are “politicians in robes,” Judge Gorsuch, a George W. Bush appointee who sits on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, emphasized the importance of a neutral and independent judiciary. The judge’s comments followed four hours of speeches from senators and pointed references by Democrats to what they consider the unfair treatment of Obama nominee Judge Merrick Garland. We discuss Judge Gorsuch’s jurisprudence and the politics surrounding his confirmation.

FBI Director James Comey (L) speaks as National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers listens during the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign on March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

FBI Director James Comey testified during House Intelligence Committee hearings Monday that his agency has for months been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Comey also told the committee that after looking “carefully inside the FBI” he had no evidence to support President Trump’s allegation that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. We review the proceedings and discuss the questions remaining.

Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agencies and the National Security Agency.

“How does intelligence survive in a post-fact world?” That’s the question General Michael Hayden raised when reports surfaced last week that President Donald Trump relied on Breitbart, not U.S intelligence agencies, as the basis to claim that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower. Hayden, who led the CIA and the NSA under President George W. Bush, joins Forum to talk about the relationship between U.S. intelligence agencies and the Trump Administration, as well as the role of American intelligence in the fight against terrorism.

House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Wisconsin speaks at a press conference on repealing Obama Care and its replacement at the US Capitol on January 10, 2017 in Washington,DC.

House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, released a long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Monday. The new legislation, entitled the American Health Care Act, would keep intact the Obamacare provisions for pre-existing conditions, but would eliminate the mandate that all Americans have health insurance and would roll back Medicaid expansion. We discuss the proposed ACA replacement, which still faces some major challenges from both sides of the political aisle.

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U.S. Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) attends a meeting with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Capitol Hill, November 29, 2016 in Washington, DC.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with a Russian ambassador twice in 2016 when serving as a senator and adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Sessions was asked about contact between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign during his confirmation hearing in January. Sessions did not disclose the meetings and responded that he had not “had communications with the Russians.” House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has called on the attorney general to resign. We’ll discuss the latest developments in the story.

Donald Trump speaks during a rally in San Jose, California on June 02, 2016.

President Donald Trump has had a busy first three weeks in office, signing executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban refugees from seven countries. We’ll talk with Bay Area Trump supporters to get their take on the president’s first few weeks in the White House. We’ll also hear what it’s like to be conservative in a predominantly liberal region.  And we want to hear from you: If you voted for Donald Trump, what grade would you give the president so far and why?

Rep. Ro Khanna poses for a portrait.

Freshman Rep. Ro Khanna is not wasting any time becoming vocal in D.C. The first-generation American has said that he would risk arrest to help prevent the deportation of undocumented immigrants in his district. And Khanna called Ajit Pai, the new Federal Communications Commission Chairman,”the poster child for everything that’s wrong with Washington” for scaling back a program that helps low-income households access broadband. Khanna joins us to discuss his priorities for California’s 17th District, why he thinks the Democratic Party’s future lies in a Bernie Sanders-style populism and President Trump’s new immigration rules.

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