FROM Bill McClellan
President Obama's Support Is Evaporating Republicans presidential candidates dominated this weekend's political news while President Obamas approval ratings sank to their lowest point since he took office. Today it was his turn to visit Iowa , part of a three-state tour to shore up support from crucial constituencies. Obama has been denounced for filling the White House with Wall Street bankers and defended for doing the best he can with the bad hand he was dealt by George Bush and Republicans in Congress. But Independents are among those giving the President ratings so low he's vulnerable to the Republicans.
Whatever Happened to 'Hope' and 'Change?' As the field of Republican challengers appears to be taking shape, President Obama's approval ratings are at their lowest point ever. Liberal Democrats, who expected a tough leader, say he's capitulated to Wall Street bankers and Tea Party extremists in Congress. Independents also perceive a lack of leadership and failure to keep the promise to tame Washington's mean-spirited partisanship. Defenders say Obama inherited two wars and a collapsing economy, but still got some stimulus, healthcare, and finance reform, despite Republican opposition. Does the President still have time to bring Congress together, shore up the economy and regain his credibility with taxpaying voters? Segment image: Supporters 'stand up' for candidate Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign. Photo by Michal Czerwonka/AFP/Getty Images
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.