FROM Christopher Barron
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 Republicans Are Sending a Message: Never Say "Never" Republican Senator Lindsay Graham branded Donald Trump "a race baiting, xenophobic religious bigot," but that was before Trump nailed down his party's nomination. Now Graham is reportedly telling fundraisers in private to get behind Trump's campaign for the White House. Some other former critics who are now public supporters are being compared to hostages making videos to earn release from their kidnappers. But hardliners are still insisting that Trump's not just unacceptable — he's unelectable. Will he unify the GOP or destroy it?
Dis-Unity on the Road to the White House After yesterday's victories in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders both claim the "momentum" has changed in their favor. But, there's much more voting to go before the party conventions this summer, and the battlegrounds are already shifting to New York State. There's a growing conviction that Republican leaders will never allow Donald Trump to win -- and a growing conviction that they won't have any choice. Sanders has Hillary Clinton on the offensive as never before, as both parties appear more divided than ever.
Barack Obama and Gay Marriage On Tuesday, voters in North Carolina said "no" to legalizing same-sex marriage. On Sunday, Vice President Biden said he was " completely comfortable " with same-sex marriage. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy The White House said President Obama's views were still "evolving." Last night on ABC News, Barack Obama said, "Yes." video platform video management video solutions video player The American people are divided almost evenly, and Mitt Romney is solidly on the other side . Why did the President choose this moment? What will it mean for his re-election campaign ?
Barack Obama and Gay Marriage On Sunday, Vice President Biden said he was " completely comfortable " with same-sex marriage. The White House said President Obama's views were still "evolving." Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Last night on ABC News, America's first black president said he'd reached a conclusion , committing himself on what the New York Times calls " the last civil rights movement ." video platform video management video solutions video player Mr. Obama wants it decided state by state, but Mitt Romney wants a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. With public opinion running about 50-50, the President concedes there's political danger. When given a chance, voters have never approved. Why did he come out now, in the midst of his re-election campaign? We talk about religion, politics, money and personal conviction.
Is the Grand Old Party Showing Its Age? It's conventional wisdom that the Republican Party is dominated by Christian Conservatives. Last night, ten white males lined up on a stage in South Carolina to make their cases for the Republican presidential nomination. Since their last debate two weeks ago in California, some of the candidates have refined their ideas and positions. As a Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney has different positions on key social issues than he did as Governor of liberal Massachusetts. But Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain are ahead in Republican Party polls, despite liberal views on issues like abortion and stem-cell research. Will that change with greater exposure or has the formula that made George Bush president lost its luster for 2008? Other GOP presidential candidates include: Sam Brownback Jim Gilmore Mike Huckabee Duncan Hunter Ron Paul Tommy Tancredo Tommy Thompson
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."