Face the Nation 2016 Diary

Face the Nation 2016 Diary

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The Face the Nation 2016 Diary features news, insights, and analysis on the 2016 election from John Dickerson.

Episodes

The Bottom Line: Fire and fury  

The president took his counter-punching to the world stage this week, promising North Korea carnage and destruction if they continued to threaten the United States. The North Korean regime responded in kind. Meanwhile, there were new signs that the investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is gathering steam. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Kelly > Scaramucci  

The White House re-shuffling continued this week with the departure of Anthony Scaramucci. A new chief of staff brought in military discipline, but news that the special counsel has empaneled a grand jury sent a chill through Trumpworld -- as did more leaks, including leaks of presidential conversations with foreign heads of state. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Obamacare stays, Priebus goes  

The bars that surround the White House protect the president from the public, but this week it felt like they might protect the public from the chaos as it spilled out on the front lawn in the form of ugly disputes involving the president and his top aides. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a dramatic late night vote ended this round of health care reform and left the future of the Affordable Care Act intact but shaky. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: He does love holding my hand  

A seven-year promise to end Obamacare may go unfulfilled despite last-minute scrambling and closed-door brow furrowing in the Senate, and the president and his aides prepare for trench warfare to defend against the special counsel. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Junior and the lawyer in the tower  

The investigation into Russian election interference took another turn this week with the release of emails showing Donald Trump Jr.'s attempt to arrange a meeting with a Russian government lawyer in the hopes of obtaining incriminating information on Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, the Republican health care bill remained stalled in the Senate, and President Trump headed to France to commemorate Bastille Day. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: How do you solve a problem like North Korea?  

The tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs entered a dangerous new phase this week with Pyongyang's successful test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Meanwhile, President Trump was overseas at the G-20 summit in Europe, engaging with uneasy U.S. allies and coming face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since taking office. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: The counterpuncher goes overboard  

The Senate postpones action on a bill to replace Obamacare amid insufficient support, the president goes too far in an attack on a journalist, and the travel ban catches a break in the Supreme Court. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line on the Senate GOP's big health care reveal  

Republican senators took their health care bill out of the back room and blinking into the light, and Democrats engaged in some soul-searching after a disappointing loss in a special election. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: The shooting and the obstruction probe  

A week of tragedy in Washington and a president under investigation for obstruction of justice. A politically motivated shooting causes the political city to stop to reflect for a moment, but the threat of a crippling inquiry into the heart of the presidency draws forth a new set of partisan reactions. Face the Nation Moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review

The Bottom Line: Comey goes to Congress  

All eyes this week were on former FBI Director James Comey, who testified Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey had been fired from his post last month by President Trump amid an ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and his testimony shed significant new light on that controversy and others. Also this week: the president continued his feud with London's mayor, criticized his own Justice Department attorneys, and more. Face the Nation Moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Comey goes to Congress  

All eyes this week were on former FBI Director James Comey, who testified Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey was fired from his post last month by President Trump amid an ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and his testimony shed significant new light on that controversy and others. Also this week: the president continued his feud with London?s mayor, criticized his own Justice Department attorneys, and more. Face the Nation Moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Pittsburgh > Paris  

President Trump was back in Washington this week after a nine-day trip abroad, but he still had one more message to send to the rest of the world with his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Plus, some new developments in the Russia investigation cast a shadow on presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: President Trump hits the world stage  

President Trump continued his swing through the Middle East and Europe this week, winning friends at some of his stops and causing controversy at others. Back home, the investigation into Russian election meddling continued simmering, the White House released its budget, and a special congressional election got a bit physical. John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line on Trump's Worst Week  

It was another week of what seemed to be a relentless stream of news relating to the Trump White Administration. Leaks coming from the Intelligence Community and the White House birthed developments in the intertwined story of President Trump, the Department of Justice, Congress and Russia. It?s been seven straight days of sharp intakes of breath, building up to the week the president took his first foreign trip. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Why did Trump fire Comey?  

President Trump stirred up an intense controversy this week with his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. The White House?s explanation of Comey?s termination kept shifting as the week wore on, and critics of the president wondered whether the decision was motivated by the FBI?s investigation into possible collusion between Mr. Trump?s campaign and the Russians. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

John Dickerson interviews President Donald Trump  

To mark the president's 100th day in office, "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson sat down and traveled with President Trump

The Bottom Line on the GOP's health care win  

President Donald Trump cleared a major hurdle this week finally getting the health care bill unstuck from the House of Representatives, but there?s still a long road ahead for Republicans working to fulfill their pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. There was also some news this week on the investigation into Russian meddling with the U.S. election. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Is Trump changing Washington, or vice versa?  

President Trump will mark his 100th day in office this week, and he?s trying to notch a few more accomplishments before the deadline, pushing a new budget-busting tax cut, pushing for a House vote on health care, and signing a few executive orders. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Countdown to the end of Trump's first 100 days  

With a possible government shutdown on the horizon, another terrorist attack in France, and continued tensions with North Korea, President Trump is approaching the end of his first 100 days with no shortage of agenda items. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

The Bottom Line: Countdown to the end of Trump's first 100 days  

With a possible government shutdown on the horizon, another terrorist attack in France, and continued tensions with North Korea, President Trump is approaching the end of his first 100 days with no shortage of agenda items. Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson looks back at the week in review.

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