FROM Brian Faughnan
This Year's Mid-Term Elections: Which Party Will Party? After one year in office, President Obama has yet to deliver his first State of the Union address, but his approval ratings are on the decline. This week, three Democrats made headlines by deciding not to stand for re-election, provoking reports that the party's in big trouble. But even more Republicans are dropping out, the GOP's short of money, and Chairman Michael Steele says his party's " not ready " to seize control on Capitol Hill. We look at the prospects for this year's mid-term elections. Will they determine whether President Obama finally succeeds or fails? Will the Democrats lose control on Capitol Hill? Should Republicans and Democrats appeal to their most ideological voters or move to the center?
Can President Obama Organize America? To demand action from Congress — on healthcare, energy independence and the stimulus package — the President's using the bully pulpit. That's business as usual. But Obama's extraordinary campaign apparatus may give him a new kind of political weapon. With e-mail, social networking sites and text messaging, he can directly reach some 13 million Americans who supported his presidential campaign. The call has gone out for neighborhood meetings this weekend to discuss his agenda and how to get it approved on Capitol Hill. Will the "online army" that transformed campaigning change government too? What's the risk of backlash from Congress and from the "army" itself?
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?