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Donald Trump continues to thumb his nose at the Republican Party. He's expressed no regrets about attacking a Gold Star Family, despite criticism from GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona Senator John McCain. Despite their concerns, they have not withdrawn their endorsements of Trump. But he's now refusing to endorse them in primary elections coming up soon. Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News, has more.
’Donald Trump is "politically incorrect" in many ways, from racist attacks on Mexicans and Muslims, to questioning NATO and praising Vladimir Putin. He's refused to endorse some GOP leaders even though they've endorsed him. So, why are Trump supporters rock solid, however outrageous he sounds? The answer may lie with millions of white Americans, and the economic anxiety and fear of cultural change ignored by both parties for too long. We hear about Trump's constituency — and the challenge it poses for both political parties, whoever wins in November.
Vance on the white working class, patriotism and the rise of Donald Trump
Tanenhaus on race, America's great unsolvable problem
Tanenhaus' 'The Death of Conservatism: A Movement and Its Consequences'
Rand survey on 'outsider popularity,' candidates' ideology
David Brooks on 'the organization kid'
J. D. Vance
Ronald Reagan was embarrassed by a swap with Iran of arms for American hostages. Did the Obama Administration make a similar trade?
US Secretary of State shakes the hand of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian
Photo: US State Department
In January of this year, the US and Iran reached their nuclear deal and Iran had released four American prisoners. President Obama said it was time to resolve a dispute over an arms deal made before the Islamic revolution overthrew the Shah of Iran. It was worth $1.7 billion. What Obama did not say was that $400 million in cash had already been airlifted to Iran. Today, the White House says the timing was coincidental — denying that ransom was paid for the release of the prisoners. Jay Solomon is reporting the story for the Wall Street Journal.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
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