FROM Bradley Blakeman
Republican Candidates: the Ins, Outs and In-betweens The Iowa Straw Poll drew a tiny minority of that state's voters to a Republican fundraiser on Saturday, but the results were disproportionate to the turnout. Tim Pawlenty has withdrawn; Michele Bachmann looks serious and Ron Paul is still a factor. Rick Perry , who wasn't there for the straw poll, announced his candidacy Saturday in South Carolina, then paid a visit to Iowa.
Republican Candidates: the Ins, the Outs and the In-betweens The Iowa Straw Poll drew a tiny minority of that state's voters to a Republican fundraiser on Saturday, but the results were disproportionate to the turnout. Texas Governor Rick Perry , who wasn't there for the straw poll is in; Tim Pawlenty is out. Is Michele Bachmann leaving enough room for Sarah Palin ? Is Mitt Romney still the front-runner? What about Ron Paul ? Meanwhile, President Obama begins a town-hall tour of swing states. We hear how his possible opposition is shaping up.
Chaos Continues on Capitol Hill The lame-duck session of Congress is hard to keep track of. Today's sure thing is old news by tomorrow, and nobody knows how long it's going to go on. The tax bill and the omnibus spending package were dealt with last night, but what about " Don't Ask, Don't Tell ," the DREAM Act and the START Treaty ? Is Barack Obama "triangulating" with Democrats and Republicans, just like Bill Clinton? Is he abandoning principles or finally getting real? What are the prospects for next year when Republicans will take over the House? Will it be time to get down to business or the start of the next campaign?
Election Results: Did Insurgents Upend the Establishment? Every state has its own political dynamic, but yesterday's primaries in Arizona, Alaska and Florida were billed "as a test to see whether the political establishment of either party could hold its own in this summer of America's discontent." That's according to Carl Cannon, executive editor of PoliticsDaily.com . We hear from Cannon, journalists and other political observers.
More Mudslinging on the Road to November Every state has its own political dynamic, but yesterday's primaries in Arizona, Alaska and Florida were billed "as a test to see whether the political establishment of either party could hold its own in this summer of America's discontent." That's according to Carl Cannon, executive editor of PoliticsDaily.com . The campaigns were nasty enough that some losers are saying they'll have a hard time endorsing their victorious rivals. We look at what the future might hold for John McCain, Sarah Palin, Lisa Murkowski and Charlie Crist. Are any new political stars rising? Did Tea Party conservatives help challengers on the Republican side? Come November, will they be assets or liabilities?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.