FROM Dean Barnett
Palin vs Biden: A Preview of the Vice Presidential Debate Political junkies--and much of the rest of the country--will be focused tonight on St. Louis, Missouri, where Alaska's first-term Governor Sarah Palin will debate 36-year Senate veteran Joseph Biden . Palin won't be the only loose canon; Biden is capable of the kind of gaffe that leads to lasting impressions. While the latest polls show that Palin's recent interviews have dulled the shine on her brilliant appearance at the Republican convention, past opponents say she can appeal directly to voters who don't care about facts, figures and policies. In the meantime, she's been boning up. Past vice presidential debates have produced fireworks that turned out not to matter come the November election. Will this one make a difference for John McCain or Barack Obama ?
How Would the Candidates Fix This Financial Mess? The Fed rescued insurance giant AIG yesterday, but the stock markets took a dive anyway. Today, central banks in America, Europe and Asia promised $180 billion in hopes of calming financial jitters. We find out how the markets reacted. With the financial system on the ropes, Congress still plans to adjourn within the next two weeks without taking action. It turns out that major funders of both John McCain and Barack Obama are firms involved in the current financial crisis. Does McCain's political history undercut his call for more regulation? What about Obama's ties to Wall Street, including the former head of Fannie Mae? Note: The McCain campaign declined our invitation to participate in today's program.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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?