FROM Charlie Mahtesian
The Voting Is Over; Let the Campaign Begin Hillary Clinton has all the delegates needed to stake her claim as the first woman nominee of a major political party. But Bernie Sanders will carry on. Despite accusing Donald Trump of "textbook" racism, House Speaker Paul Ryan is reportedly telling colleagues to continue backing their nominee. As for Trump, he did stick to a speech on a once-scorned teleprompter, but he was anything but contrite, and many Republicans are looking for cover. The bottom line? Both presumptive nominees have made clear that months of negative campaigning are just getting started.
The GOP Tries to Get Down to Business With Hurricane Gustav a diminishing distraction, John McCain's convention is trying to get back on track. President Bush will speak live from the White House and former Senator Fred Thompson and former Democrat Joe Lieberman will speak in prime time, but the delegates and news media are focused on Sarah Palin . Did her daughter's pregnancy and a corruption investigation take McCain by surprise? As the torch passes from Bush to McCain inside the Excel Center, we hear about yesterday's protests and the police response outside.
Romney Says Goodbye at CPAC John McCain will address a traditionally hostile crowd of conservatives today at the Conservative Political Action Committee in hopes of building support from the base of his party. But in the meantime, Mitt Romney has stolen the moment by dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. After a series of applause lines the CPAC audience wanted to hear, he explained, "I entered this race because I love America. And because I love America, in this time of war, I feel I now have to stand aside for our party and for our country." Romney's "suspended" campaign leaves Mike Huckabee as McCain's only remaining obstacle, whether conservatives like it or not. We hear what Romney said, consider the consequences and look at McCain's failure to vote yes or no on economic stimulus.
Trump, Russia and rabbit holes Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence.
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?