Hillary Clinton is facing a reckoning on the issue of income inequality as she decides on a run for the White House. The left is pushing for a run from Elizabeth Warren. Yesterday we learned the Working Families Party is pushing for a Warren run based in part on her propensity to go after income inequality. That's helping force Hillary Clinton to the left.. Here's how the New York Times put it,
"With advice from more than 200 policy experts, Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to answer what has emerged as a central question of her early presidential campaign strategy: how to address the anger about income inequality without overly vilifying the wealthy."
We'll talk with our political panel on this issue of income inequality and it's growing emergence as the issue of 2016.
The war in Ukraine taking center stage today in Washington. President Obama holding meetings with Angela Merkel.. Germany's President. They hold a bilateral meeting at 10:23 and a joint news conference from the White House at 11:45. We'll take it live. Merkel has been unwilling to send arms to the Ukrainians to defend against Russian-backed separatists waging war in Eastern Ukraine. The U.S. is reportedly considering arming the Ukrainians and there is a split among EU countries about what to do about Russian aggression.
Heavy shelling killed at least 9 people this weekend in and around Donetsk.
Meantime, in Brussels today EU foreign ministers are continuing their meetings on new sanctions against Russia. There are peace talks scheduled for Wednesday in Belarus. Kevin Corke and Ed Henry reporting.
Jordan announcing today that it had conducted 56 successful airstrikes against ISIS terrorists since the news of their pilot burned alive and videotaped. According to the Fox brainroom, "As of Feb. 5, coalition aircraft have conducted 2,294 total airstrikes as a part of Operation Inherent Resolve -- 1,259 in Iraq and 1,035 in Syria." Conor Powell reporting.
A wildfire destroyed 40 houses and buildings in the Sierra Nevada eastern slope over the weekend. The fire burned 11 square miles, and is now 75% contained. If it's this bad in the middle of winter, imagine this summer. Drought is alarming.
An ugly mix of snow sleet and rain making a mess again in the Northeast today. Boston expected to get particularly hard hit. More than 60 inches of snow have fallen in Massachusetts in the past two weeks. Schools and offices are closed in parts of the Northeast and as much as two feet could fall. Molly Line David Lee Miller, Janice Dean and Maria Molina reporting.
Watch Alabama today. A federal judge ruled in January that the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. But Alabama chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered courts to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses. That is illegal, and federal officials may need to get involved. The Supreme Court denied a stay request from Alabama, and some counties have already apparently begun issuing licenses.
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