FROM Alex Triantafilou
The Gathering Storm and the Campaign for the White House After briefing reporters on efforts to prepare an upcoming disaster, President Obama answered just one question today at the White House: what about the ongoing campaign for the White House? As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, and with only a week left to go until the election, we look at what days of devastation could mean for early voting and the crucial "ground games" of the presidential campaigns.
The Gathering Storm and the Campaign for the White House Disaster response is already underway as tens of millions of Americans are hunkered down for the full impact of Hurricane Sandy late this evening. From the White House, President Obama said federal agencies are coordinating with states and localities to cope with winds, floods and power outages. Both he and Mitt Romney have reduced their campaign schedules in a race pollsters and pundits say is still too close to call. With just eight days remaining, what's the potential impact on the "ground game" so crucial in Ohio and other swing states that could decide the election?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?