FROM Bob Vander Plaats
Does "Make American Great Again" Mean 'Turn Back the Clock?' Day Two of the GOP convention was more about demonizing Hillary Clinton than extolling Donald Trump -- nominated by delegates who were still divided. Tonight, the major speaker is Vice Presidential choice Mike Pence, the born-again Indiana Governor accused of using religious freedom to foster discrimination. There's a rift between the traditional values of white Christian Protestants and the need to broaden the party's appeal to a changing America. Is the Era of White Christian America ending? We hear about the reaction of Black Republicans to speeches about racial violence and relations with the police.
Ted Cruz: Obstruction as Opportunity The Senator from Texas is proud of antagonizing even Republican colleagues -- whatever they might call him. Ted Cruz has filibustered and even shut down the government to demonstrate his refusal to compromise what he calls conservative ideals. We hear about his record in Washington and how he got there.
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?
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.
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.