FROM Cord Jefferson
How Did Alvin Do It? In Tuesday's primary, South Carolina Democrats nominated a candidate for the US Senate who did no campaigning and spent no money apart from the $10,400 filing fee. Alvin Greene, a 32-year-old African-American military veteran who's unemployed and facing a felony obscenity charge, defeated a four-term former state legislator. He's declined a request from the state's Democratic Party to withdraw from the race against Republican US Senator Jim DeMint. Cord Jefferson of TheRoot.com , interviewed the surprise winner.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?